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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
erikag02 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Sep, 8, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Great Dog Friendly Hotel
Love this hotel, 5 minute drive to Yosemeti entrance. They have Tesla charges which was the reason we booked this hotel. Dog friendly which came in handy for me and the rooms and property are very clean considering the amount of dogs that visit. Front Desk texted us a day before checked in to ask us if we needed anything. The front desk staff was friendly when checking in. After Check in, they texted us again asking us how our room was. Little details like that go a long way. Would stay here again and recommend to family and friends.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
pdxraiderfan from: Huntington Beach, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Ok, but far from great.
We are staying here now and had read that Tenaya was one of the best places to stay while visiting Yosemite. While it is. It horrible, it is overrated.
Check in was easy and helpful
Rooms are clean
Bikes to rent
Jorge was great at Jackelopes
Pool was good
Food was not good, both in restaurant and room service. Had multiple orders made incorrectly to ask and food was below average, even basic hamburgers were bad.
No room service - literally have to go get, food, towels, ice, anything! We travel a lot and have since Covid and this was as “do it yourself” as it gets.
Store hours are either very strict or inconsistent.
No room charge for anything! Only cash or credit card...makes no sense.
I’m sure in its day this was a good place to stay and is still average...just temper expectations of they are anywhere above “ok”.
love2boogie from: Union City, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 22, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Cottage rooms - Quiet, clean and cozy!!
Loved the Cottage Rooms. So cozy and quiet. Room was super clean and smelled great. Loved how staff kept in touch with us via text to make sure we were enjoying our stay and checking if we needed anything. Would definitely stay here again. Perfect base for Yosemite. Only 10 minutes to Mariposa Grove and about 45 to Yosemite Valley or Glacier point.
Published Date: Aug, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 1
This place does not deserve any positive feedback !
The Lobby has not been renovated for years but again we could believe this is charm and after a long day in Yosemite, we could forget about the dull and unwelcome entrance.
But when it comes to the bedroom, we cannot just believe that we have paid $350 for it : view over some water tank and AC units... Bed that haven't been changed for years... AC making a terrible noise, everything is dull and grey... Please when you ask travelers to pay this price, invest a bit of this money in renovating your hotel !
flaura from: South Pasadena, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Enjoyed our cottage
After many hours of searching for limited places to stay near Yosemite, I decided to go with a cottage at Tenaya, based on reviews and understanding of what the cottages were the hotels website. Unlike the main hotel, the cottages ensured that we would always be at a safe distance from the other guests durning the current Covid pandemic. Our 2 bedroom cottage was perfectly located towards the back of cottages loop/section of the huge resort. It was not clear to me that we would not have the entire cottage structure to ourselves when I booked it. Upon check in, we learned that the 2 bedroom cottages sit on top of 2 separate cottages on the first floor. We were pleasantly surprised when we walked up the stairs to find a locked off bedroom with queen bed (a closet would have been nice). And an open king bedroom suite that included a microwave, coffee maker and small fridge which we used each of our 4 night stay.
We had plenty of space and amazing view of the woods that surround the property. That we took in from the balcony every morning and evening before and after our time in the park. Not sure if we would have felt the same if given any other cottage on the property (#527).
I so wish our first time at that hotel would have been before Covid. The hotel was at 50% capacity. They are doing their best under the circumstances. Housekeeping is not allowed into your room at all. So you have to take out your own trash and call for fresh towels as needed, as well as replacement coffee kits. By the 3rd night of our stay, it would have been nice to have fresh bed sheets and got tired of having to ask for what would normally a given, like toilet paper. All at regular high season prices.
Most hotel amenities were closed. The outdoor pool was open, but we stayed away, as we felt like there were too many people allowed.
As far as other services go, they could have kept on some staff to help with answering the phones for the services available. For example, the gift shop, cafe, and room service only had one person working their registers. Completely frustrating when they mess your order up your room service order (that you picked up yourself) and there is only one person taking orders for the entire hotel.
Unless you bring your own food or drive to Oakhurst, expect to have meals at the hotel. We enjoyed two alfresco dinners at the onsite restaurant. The food and service were fine considering. The pizza restaurant located in the cottages section, opened the night before we checked out. It was nice to have something other than the food offered in the main kitchen.
If you are lucky enough to get a drive-on pass to Yosemite, expect an hour long drive in and out of the park, very pretty, but windy. For this reason, if we were to return to Tenaya, we would not drive into the park. Maybe only take in the AMAZING Mariposa Grove which is at the base of the park, 3 miles from the hotel as you enter the park. Driving in and out each day was draining on top of all the wonderful hiking. Can’t complain, except for Vernal Falls, we had the park to ourselves. Pure magic.