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Julia H from:
Published Date: Jan, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Very nice location for Christmas
This wonderful, old fashioned hotel is an ideal location for the festive season! Lots of beautiful decorations and a fabulous holiday atmosphere. We had a great time here, staying from Christmas Eve until boxing day. I really wanted to give the experience 5 stars, but just a couple of things let it down. We opted for the Christmas dinner, which was 5 courses, and just OK. It felt rushed and not very celebratory, and the food was not so great. We had a better a la carte dinner for cheaper on Christmas Eve. The room - we had a nice room with a shared bathroom, but it was just too much of a squash for 2 adults and 2 teens. One teen had to sleep on an air mattress on the floor and we had to rearrange the furniture to fit him in. He got a bit cold as well. Finally, although we had a great time, the whole experience was extremely expensive. You can spend a lot of money at the cocktail hour and at dinner (especially with hungry teens) without even noticing where it went. I have no regrets, but next time we go to fabulous Yosemite, we would definitely go cheaper.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
rubydellamano from: Charleston, South Carolina
Published Date: Jan, 4, 2020 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Christmas in Yosemite
As a Christmas present to our 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, we went to the Wawona for 4 days and 3 nights. The Wawona is the perfect place to get away from all the busy demands of our lives and just sit by the fire, read a book, work on a puzzle or play a card game. It was a perfect experience to build memories.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
BeachesandSunsets from: California
Published Date: Dec, 30, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Beautiful hotel and location!
We stayed in one of the double rooms outside of the main hotel. The rooms were small, quaint, bathroom only had a tub. If you wanted to shower, you had to walk outside and around the building. Normally wouldn't have been a problem - but it was JANUARY and freezing. Fireplace inside hotel is FABULOUS. Staff was very nice and friendly.
shunsvineyard from: Irvine
Published Date: Dec, 29, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
A cozy and historic hotel inside the beautiful Yosemite
It was our anniversary. My wife and I decided to spend our anniversary at Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is one of the busies (if not the busiest) national parks in the States. We stayed at Wawona hotel just simply because it was the only one available. However, it is still a comfortable and nice hotel.
Most people come to Yosemite to spend most of their stay in Yosemite Valley. Although Wawona Hotel is not located at Yosemite Valley, it is very close to Mariposa Grove where is the home of giant sequoias and not too far from the major Yosemite attractions.
- To Yosemite Valley: 1-hour drive
- To Glacier Point: 1-hour drive
- To Mariposa Grove: 15-min drive
Besides, it is very close to Oakhurst, where we can find restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores.
- To Oakhurst: 30-min drive
Wawona Hotel is one of California’s original mountain resort hotels, and the room (Washburn Cottage) we stayed in was built in 1900. It was spacious, and its Victorian-era style decoration made our stay very cozy. Since the Wawona hotel is historical, it has limited amenities. For example, it does not have a refrigerator or a coffee machine. And most of the complimentary toiletries such as hairdryers are available at the front desk. In general, the room was very comfortable and relaxing but does not offer many amenities like other modern hotels.
The hotel features a dining room that offers traditional American cuisines available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had Big Trees Signature Pot Roast (their most famous dish) and a daily special pasta for dinner. Both were great, but a little bit expensive.
Besides the dining room, the hotel offers a to-go lunch box for people who plan to go hiking all day.
Worth it? Unlike the other lodges located at Yosemite Valley, Wawona Hotel is relatively easier to book. And remember this is a lodge inside the Yosemite National Park. When we can wake up in the beauty of Yosemite, the Wawona Hotel is totally worth to stay!!
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
BobandDenise1979 from: Watsonville, California
Published Date: Dec, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Better than ever
This was our third time staying at the Wawona Hotel, but the first time we've stayed in December. We absolutely love this place. The rooms are warm and comfortable, with ample space for storage and an in room sink. The shared bathroom was nearby and very well heated, with hot water all day and night. Neighbor noise was minimal. Parking was very close as we stayed in a cottage up the hill from the main house. Cell phone and wifi reception was a little tricky but we figured it out. The best reason to stay here, and the reason we come back, is Tom Bopp who performs in the parlor. The man is a gifted pianist, local history buff, and a fine singer whose musical knowledge is encyclopedic. We never fail to have a most wonderful time singing and enjoying his work. There's no place else but here to enjoy Tom Bopp's piano and vocal stylings, so book while he's still around--none of us last forever.
- Rooms: 4
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5