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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
Yukon, Oklahoma
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“Clean, comfortable, affordable.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had to cancel a reservation very late at night at a Mammoth Lakes resort because we could not get to it because the road was closed duel fire. We found White Chief Mountain Lodge by chance and was very pleased with the price, location and accommodations. The cabin we got was a "duplex" attached to another cabin, but it was unoccupied so-that was great. We ate in he restaurant and it was reasonably priced and very acceptable burgers and fries.
We would stay again at this lodging because we were also very pleased with its location to things to do the next day ( Mariposa Grove of Giant sequoias)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the most over priced tent camp I've ever seen. At $150 + per night they must be laughing their heads off for the suckers who pay it. The rooms are small & old, reasonably clean except for forgetting to vacuum 2 days in a row. It might be nice to invest in a vacuum @ $150 + per night. You can't check in before for 3 pm due to there towel service. Then you have to go to the office to get fresh towels. No drawers, dirty stain shower, & toilet + runs constantly. good attention to detail.. If it was at least half the price I could live with that. This place needs to be renovated for the prices charged. the location is the only thing going for it. Why have an ice bucket in the bathroom when you don't have an ice machine or a drink vending machine on the property. The restaurant is a joke also. It over charges and is so old and outdated that you hav to question what kind of food you'll be served and how old is it. Really ! $30 for a steak dinner in what looks like a 50 years old tent house. There's a 4 Star hotel 500 yards from here with all the ambience and amenities that can charge that without question. You really need to check out your competition before you can ask these prices. Start small and earn your way up the ladder instead of scaring off the clients staying here. Time for a major reality check. I suggest watching restaurant impossible to get a clue. It can be made to be a charming place but you have to work at it not just wish it. Don't stay in business if your not willing to sweat. Look around and see what's out there and learn to compete. I have already made my charitable donation.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed for one night while visiting Yosemite to be close enough to get to our all day tour the next day. Room was basic but nice. Matt, who leases out the restaurant, was very nice and we enjoyed our dinner there. I recommend the boneless pork chop. I had the bone in but the boneless was a better value. We were unable to enjoy the complimentary breakfast the next morning. Staff very helpful and a quiet location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

The hospitaly is awesome. The cabin is comfy with clean beds and terrific views. The food at. Tthe restaurant is amazing. The owner truly cares anout his customers and the customer se service is wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

There's a lot to like about this little lodge. It's old, has been well maintained, and has just been taken over by new owners. You can see the evidence of their work, fresh paint, newly sealed and striped asphalt, updated furnishings, new beds and linens. Part of the charm is it's rusticness, and if you like that type of place, you'll like this. It's off the highway, and is very quiet and pretty. It also has a good little restaurant. They're working out the details of complementary breakfast vs menu breakfast. Both days, we used our credit toward a menu breakfast, and it was excellent. We would stay here again, and we wish the new owners well. The best part is that it is by far the closest lodging to the south gate of Yosemite, but quite a bit, is only 1 mile from the gate!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I expected basic but was still surprised by the size of the room. We had 3 adults and there was barely room for 2 suitcases. The complimentary breakfast was awkward. We were seated and handed a menu. When we told them we only wanted the complimentary breakfast, we were brought a packaged danish, a small muffin and a bowl of yoghurt each. Because it was table service, we then felt obliged to tip. We stayed for 3 nights but only went to breakfast on the first day. The hotel is close to the park entrance but still 1 hours drive from Yosemite Valley. It was very overpriced for what it offered. We stayed in a 5 star hotel in Vegas for about the same cost.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I really didn't like this hotel. It was very well located, and it was clean, but that's about all. The walls were paper thin so my sleep was disturbed by other people in other rooms. Not to mention the American obsession with having car horns signal the remote locking and unlocking of their car doors. What's wrong with a simple beep like we have??! But anyway, I digress.....

The shower was almost unusable, coming out in a dribble not a spray. There was a coffee maker, which was nice, but it leaked and was perched with no surrounding space on the microwave.

But the piece de resistance was the breakfast. We were told breakfast was included but when we arrived in the restaurant we were told we could either purchase from the menu, or if we wanted the free continental breakfast we had to get a voucher from reception. This was the first we'd heard of this. Seems completely unnecessary since we had our room key, but why on earth didn't they give us a voucher (or at least ask if we wanted one) when we checked in? So we got the voucher, feeling like cheapskates whilst everyone around us ordered off the menu (probably half of them also worried about appearing cheapskates) and almost laughed when the 'continental breakfast' arrived. It was 2 mini muffins and a dollop of yogurt. I wish I'd taken a photo of it, it was so insulting.

As another reviewer has mentioned, there was a terrible smell in the room. I would describe it as 'musty pine'. I can't believe that other people have reviewed it as 'very quiet'. The noise of other people was pretty much constant when we were there. Plus there was brass band music coming out of the woods.

All hotels in the Yosemite area are expensive. But I would strongly recommend paying just a little more and staying pretty much anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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