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“A Pleasant Stay in June” 4 of 5 stars
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White Chief Mountain Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7776 White Chief Mountain Road, Fish Camp, CA 93623   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Fish Camp
Los Angeles, California
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“A Pleasant Stay in June”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

I stayed here for two nights in early June, based on TripAdvisor reviews from other folks. Yosemite is a busy place all year, but this place is like an oasis from the hustle and bustle, 300 yards off the main road into the park. It is clean and comfortable, meets basic needs very well, and is a good deal for the price, considering that everything is expensive near the Park. It's a small, older style motel, but well cared for.

Good: Clean, comfortable room. The bed was quite firm, which I like. Free wifi, at least for rooms near the office (I was a few doors down from the office). Staff was friendly. Pretty quiet and no neighbors -- my room looked out on the forest next door. I slept well.

A few shortcomings: No phones in the rooms (but I could get a cell phone signal). Just a few channels on the TV. You'll need to drive to restaurants (there are a few in Fish Camp, the Wawona hotel 5 miles away, or several in Oakhurst 10 miles away).

I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

As stated by others, basic room facilities, but excellent beds and extremely clean facilities.
A little old on the outside but the front rooms are all double glazed. Free Wi-Fi. More than
enough breakfast, friendly owners and an excellent price for Yosemite. Basically just motel
rooms, but hey Yosemite in the day - sleep at night.

Room Tip: Front rooms face the carpark, but are double glazed and the whole area is very quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

The bedroom included a small dining table with two chairs, small refrigerator and microwave. The bed was firm but comfortable The bathroom was roomy enough. Didn't like the shower because it didn't spray out hard enough and I couldn't get it hot, just warm.
We had trouble adjusting the heater. It was a little too warm throughout the night.
It was quiet even though they were booked solid the night we stayed.
The office personnel were very pleasant and we had no wait checking in or out.
They gave us a packet of instant oatmeal and a Capri Sun juice upon check in.

Despite deficiencies, I would probably stay here again for one night as the other places nearby were more than twice as much.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Stayed here two nights this month while visiting in Yosemite. Found the room to be basic but clean. With clean sheets and towels. Room had a small frig and microwave, as well a a coffee maker. TV reception was not to good, but then we didn't come there to watch TV. Location was surrounded by woods, one side of the lot looked like it was used to store old equipment, cars, etc.? But did notice while we were there that they were cleaning it up.
No nightly noise, was able to set outside and talk towards the evening without any interruptions. Not something you usually can say about a motel. Room service cleaned the room while we were in the park, to include fresh towels, and they made the bed up nicely.
Did not find any restaurants near (the one at the hotel was closed), but the town down the road (about 14 miles) had a lot to choose from.
Access to the south gate of Yosemite could not have been closer, just a couple of minutes drive.
Enjoyed the stay, would stay again if I can't find a location within the park.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We had a hard time finding a decent price in expensive Hotels of Yosemite area. This hotel was one of the few that didnt have crazy rates, plus it is close to the park entrance (giant sequoia area). The location is great, the cottage was really in the forest, sorrounded by super tall trees. Inside, though, the carpet was smelly, the toilet not very clean, not enough furniture to place our 4suitcases, being a family... We stayed for 2 nights and they also forgot to make our beds once, maybe because we forgot to tip, but being from Europe, we never do that and we really forgot to do it by mistake. Breakfast constists of a bag full of sweet snacks, juices and coffe for your room; no milk neither cereal. If you have picky children, they won't eat anything! I don't say it was terrible, but still, we payed too much for what we got; next time I would go somewhere else.
For Italians: bellissimo da fuori, immerso nella foresta, viciissimo alle sequoie di Yosemite,spazioso e non troppo caro, ma dentro moquette puzzava e non grande pulizia. la colazione di merendine confezionate e succhi di frutta stra-dolci senza latte, non è piaciuta ai miei figli. Se siete di passaggio andateci, se state una settimana evitate.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We were concerned when we read some of the tripadvisor reviews but decided to give the hotel a go as we were looking for simplicity and proximity to the park. It is very much no frills but the room was clean and there was a tv, coffee making facilities and it was wonderfully peaceful and we slept really well. The young couple who do the housekeeping are delightful and gave us a really warm welcome. The owner was less friendly and seems to be missing an opportunity to make much more of this hotel. In our time there, there were only three or four other people staying. There is no doubt that the hotel is overpriced for what it is but in this area of Yosemite it's hard to find anything cheaper and so it was worth it for us. We would recommend a stay here.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Figueres, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

This motel is just on the entrance of Yosemite. We stayed there on May 2010, after driving from Chicago all along Route 66. We had booked a tent in Curry Village but when we saw it we preferred a betteer place. Almost everything was full and this was the only place we could find (in fact a very kind woman at the tourist information found it for us :)). We were surprised about its location: it is very near from Park entrance, in Fish Camp, a very small and nice village.

The motel is a bit old, but it seemed quite clean for us. Price was absolutely great according to its location (I think it was about 30$ more than the tent at Curry Village).

There ain't many places for dinner near s our only option was the motel's restaurant. It is very nicely decorated and feels quite romantic for a couple. The food we ate was GREAT. Staff was very friendly too.

I recommend it without any doubt.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7776 White Chief Mountain Road, Fish Camp, CA 93623
Location: United States > California > Fish Camp
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Fish Camp
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Hotel Class:2 star — White Chief Mountain Lodge 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the White Chief Mountain Lodge. We are now under new Ownership and Management. We have recently remodeled our guest rooms and our cabins are under remodel right now. We are 2 miles away from the front entrance to Yosemite National Park. We are a hidden jewel in the woods with a lounge that we offer a free continental breakfast with a make your own waffle maker. We are far enough off the beaten path to enjoy the peace. We are perfect stop for travelers who are on a budget.You can find us on your way to Yosemite on the right. We also offer free wi-fi, Directv, fridge, microwave, and coffee in every room. We look forward to hearing from you soon. ... more   less 
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