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Sierra Sky Ranch
George F from: London, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 5, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
The perfect location for a Yosemite style
This is one of the best places I have stayed in my life. A historic 1875 ranch with original features throughout. The property is beautiful, extremely comfortable and well maintained. The staff were lovely, very welcoming and genuinely interested in talking to their guests. There is tea and coffee available in the reception area, a lounge area to sit in and a restaurant (we chose not to use as we fancied pizza). The hotel is about 50 minutes from Yosemite but with the single route into Yosemite from Oakhurst it is perfectly located, I would love to stay again and take more members of my family. I can not recommend this hotel more highly, thank you to the Sierra Sky Ranch team for providing us with everything we hoped for and more for our visit to Yosemite, you really were the crowning jewell for the entire weekend.
Slo-Lju from: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Published Date: Oct, 23, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Tiny room without any amenities, not very welcoming check-in, dusty grounds from gravel parking lot
Judging by the description and photos on their website I was expecting a true historic, boutique hotel experience with great views and vistas of natural surroundings.
Arriving to the proprty there was Etta to check us in. She was polite, but nothing more, not really warm, friendly or welcoming. Later, when I returned to the lobby to get coffee, I heard her check in other guests and was much friendlier. Perhaps her cold and sterile attitude could be attributed to the fact I was using Choice Privileges points for my stay. At some point during check-in she said, "my system says I have to give you a welcome gift". What kind of statement was that? Not very welcoming.
The 2-queen room in the adjacent building was the tiniest of any hotel I've stayed in a long while. We arrived with two, slightly larger than check-in size, suitcases and had nowhere to put them. There was no desk, a tiny closet and a TV stand with 3 drawers. Besides the TV the room had zero amenities. In the bathroom counter-top space was literally non-exsistent. I could not imagine spending a few days not to mention a week here. I do understand it's an older property, however if they want to offer 2 queen rooms they should really connect two of the existing rooms.
I was looking forward to sitting in the "patio" as described on their website. In turned out "patio" was actually a long shared terrace, without any partition walls. It seemed our room was the only one that did not have a table and two chair on this shared terrace, there was only a mid-sized bench. Since many of the adjacent rooms were not occupied I wondered if that was Etta's penalty for staying on points, too.
The view from the terrace was disappointing to say the least. The lawn right below the terrace was neglected, the view continued over utility tanks and to a dilapidated building on the neighbouring lot. Their whole parking lot was gravel and whenever a car drove by (to reach the handicapped parking spots) we were engulfed in a dusty cloud.
The wooden floors and thin walls meant you get to hear every guest arriving or using the toilet throughout the night. I also did not like the large gap between the shades and the patio door frame. If there was someone standing on the terrace at night, while you had the light on in the room, they would have an unobstructed view of the room.
I can't comment on the restaurant, we arrived early when it was still closed, so we drove to town for dinner, and then left early in the morning before it opened. I did take advantage of the grab-and-go breakfast and complimentary coffee in the lobby.
There were two positive aspects of my stay: the location - convenient for exploring Yosemite and cleanliness, which was very good. Other than that it was a disappointing experience, far from a historic ranch experience. I was happy I used the points and did not have to pay for the room.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 2
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
By far my favourite place on a California road trip. Very convenient for visiting Yosemite and within 3 miles of restaurants, mini marts & fuel station (all in same road).
Check in was very friendly and helpful. Entire place is clean and welcoming. We stayed in a corner room with original oak flooring and enormous bathroom with separate bath & shower.
Multiple lounge areas with TVs, books & boardgames or you could just sit and appreciate the scenery.
No issues with the Wi-fi service and breakfast as described as ‘grab & go’ so knew what to expect. Would definitely recommend if you want somewhere scenic, relaxing and with some history.
NJSPOP from: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Good location for visiting Yosemite
Convenient location about 15 minutes drive from Yosemite park south entrance , approx another 60 minutes to Tunnel view.
Old ranch, lovely setting, all buildings are made of wood, hence quite noisy (squeaky) some reviews have mentioned rooms are dirty, ours was clean every day. Nice to sit on the shared veranda. and watch wild deer roaming in the grounds. Breakfast is pastries/ cereal bars and coffee/ tea, Water pressure was very low in shower.
Avoid the branding iron restaurant which is attached but seems to be a separate business, limited supply of bottled beer ( no draught) service is poor, and food is expensive and poor quality. Stayed for 3 nights,
M4829JV_ from: Paris, France
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Nice place but close to zero breakfast
We spent here 3 nights while visiting Yosemite. It's about 20 mins to park entrance. Place is super nice - it's a ranch with very authentic atmosphere. Room is clean with huge and comfortable bed.
What we didnt like: wifi is very slow (even though there are several spots - all of them were slow for us). Its quite noisy in the room: you here every step of people in room on top and every word in bathroom from people in rooms around. That is understandable as this is quite old wooden building. But it was ok for us as we were in the room just for sleep and seems to be same for other guests. So noise were limited to mornings and 'just before sleep' time. They do provide breakfast but it's so poor: coffee, cookies, yogurt, oatmeal in pack. That is really strange because there is a big restaurant space. If there is hot nice breakfast this place would be wonderful...