In real estate, they say: Location, location, location.
In this case, location is 2 miles from Yosemite South Entrance, and a hop to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias (including the Tunnel Tree that you can walk thru - they stopped allowing driving thru it years ago).
Clean basic motel-type rooms with mini-fridge, microwave and comfortable bed.
With nighttime temperatures in the upper 30's (F) (?this is June??) we were very glad that the gas heating came up quickly and quietly - not like some noisy heater/AC units. Don't think they have A/C... but who needs it when it gets so chilly out at night?
Hot water was nice and hot, a bit slow in coming up, but I have that same problem at home when I'm at the far end of the house from the hot water heater.
We had a room in the back, facing the woods = quiet and relaxing.
Free continental breakfast was basic (Toast, buns, cereal, yogurt, nstant oatmeal and the like), but we were able to eat our fill, while chatting with a pleasant couple from Switzerland.
Maggie, at the front desk, was extremely helpful and cheery.
Free wi-fi... Maggie will try to put you in a room close to the wi-fi if you require it. If you don't care, you can always head over to the office area to hop on.
Decor is very basic, and a bit tired.
Again, considering the location, don't be surprised if you have an insect visitor. (But our little spider in the shower put up no argument about being carried outside on a piece of paper :-)
Restaurant was closed, but a cooler of ice and a stop for groceries in Fresno meant we didn't have to starve for supper.
Being Platinum Marriott and Gold Starwoods (Sheraton), I'm familiar w/ the whole gamut of hotels types / qualities, but I also do not try to compare apples with watermelons. I feel that White Chief Mountain Lodge deserves it's 5-star rating based on it's own level of quality for its price at this location. Sure, you can probably find better for the same price, but then you're wasting 1/2 hour or more driving time each way to/from the park. If you want to stay elsewhere in Fish Camp, then expect to pay around 50% to 200% more.
Remember, you've come to Yosemite for the nature and the adventure!
- 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. We are 1.5 Miles away from the front entrance to Yosemite National Park. We are far enough off the beaten path to enjoy the peace. We are a 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 seeing you soon! -White Chief Mountain Lodge Staff ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Chief Mountain Hotel Fish Camp