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Wawona Hotel
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A place to sleep
User: Jason C from: Littleton, New Hampshire
Published Date: May, 15, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 5
We booked a room that had a queen size bed and the room barely held the bed. It had heat and one window with a fan in the room to move air. It was very cozy and located upstairs - which was about 20 stairs up a staircase with no landings. The restroom was "shared" and located outside the building but we didn't have any issue with this (other than we don't "love" shared bathrooms). The lodge is located inside the park which was good because the park changed their "weekend reservation required" policy between the time we booked the trip and arrived at the park. Fortunately, our stay was on a Saturday night, so we could get into the park easily on Saturday morning because we were staying at this hotel and on Sunday, we were already in the park. This hotel is near Mariposa Grove and a few other small hikes, but the bulk of the activities and park are about 40 minutes away, so driving back and forth might have been an issue. We spent a few days closer to the main activities before staying at this location. The price was right, the food was good, and the internet in the lobby met our needs. No TV's, air conditioning or amenities are in the room we reserved.

Be prepared for exterior bathroom.
User: dpmulvihill from:
Published Date: May, 13, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 3
We booked private room with shared bathroom. We were put in a cottage away from the main hotel but I was not expecting the bathroom to be outside access only. When checking in we were told to call if we found droppings outside our door and they would come clean it up. This did not make me feel comfortable about going out in the middle of the night to get to the bathroom. The walls are also very thin and you can clearly hear the conversation in the next room.

An unusual throwback near Yosemite
User: Irishbookie from: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 27, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 3
The good: The desk staff at the hotel were amazing as well as the dining room staff. The ambience/history of this hotel is very interesting. We very much enjoyed sitting in the lobby near the fire to use the Internet. We had a lovely dinner and delicious wine and an excellent, friendly waitress. The room was very clean and our bed, although small, was comfortable. I thought the original clawfoot bathtub and tiny corner sink were cool. The not-so-good: although I knew there was no Internet or TV, my husband was not very happy about that. So just be aware that you really just go back to your room to sleep or read a book. It is nice to sit in the lobby where the Internet connection was fairly decent. You pay for all meals, nothing complementary, and it is expensive. But delicious. The place is experiencing a makeover but they have a long road ahead of them. We were glad to have a bathroom in attached to a room but just be aware that it’s a clawfoot tub that you have to climb into -it was a little tricky. Others have said this, but I will repeat that it’s one of those places that’s a throwback, one of a kind and I’m really glad we stayed there. It’s 45+ minutes from Yosemite activities, so if you really want to be in the park, you should stay further up the mountain .

Service on serious downward spiral.
User: RDelle A from:
Published Date: Apr, 19, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 2
We’ve been to Yosemite several times over the years, and we’ve stayed at the Wawona many times. The service seems to be on a serious downward trend. It is so incredibly disappointing. The park is one of the most extraordinary places on the planet. Might be one of

Historic charm but not luxurious
User: igneousone from:
Published Date: Apr, 16, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
We had a comfortable, pleasant two-night stay at the Wawona Hotel during a partly warm and partly snowy April weekend. Our ensuite room was clean and comfortable, though minimal. We had to use a chair as a second bedside table. The heating system, modernized some time ago, worked well. Make sure to ask the front desk for amenities such as a blow dryer if you find the spartan accommodations lacking. The wifi did not reach our room on the far corner of the second floor, but the cellular service was strong enough at about 3 bars which was better than expected. Also, being at the far corner meant waiting a while for the warm water to pipe to our room. The two chairs and table outside the door on the veranda were a nice to have, particularly given the small size of the room. The dining was good. Dinner was better than breakfast. I really liked the trout dish. My only complaint about the food: the breakfast potatoes were either mushy or burnt. Service at the front desk and in the dining room was great. Watch your step. The footing can be uneven, un-level, and sometimes slippery.

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