We stayed at the Apple Tree Inn for two nights as to visit Yosemite. The Inn is approx. 1-2 mile from the south gate of Yosemite and approx. 45 mins-1 hr from the Yosemite Valley, so it made for a great day trip. There is also a snow play park just prior to the Yosemite gate, though we found a little area on property the was great for us.
There was snow on the ground at the hotel and in Yosemite which was just beautiful. This was a great time of year to visit the park because it was not crowded at all and the waterfalls were flowing beautifully.
The Inn itself is a bunch of little cottages scattered around the property. Our building had three rooms, one two room suite (which we had) and two standard rooms in each.
Our room had one bedroom with a queen size bed and tv, and a main area with a king bed, tv w/dvd player, fireplace, sitting area, microwave, coffee maker & mini refrigerator, so it was perfect for us (couple with a 3 year old). We also had a balcony with a nice view of the snow and trees.
Amenities are continental breakfast from 7:30-10am, racquetball, and an indoor pool/spa. The Tenaya Lodge is a 1 minute drive next door where they have two restaurants and lounge (walking path between the properties was closed due to snow). We ate at Jackalope's Bar & Grill, which had great drinks and food but slow service.
The rooms are quaint, but starting to look a little dated and shabby. With some easy updating the rooms could be fabulous. Robes in the room would also be a nice touch. The only other thing I missed was room service, but that wouldn't really be possible here.
The front desk staff was helpful and friendly. Cleaning service was poor and the maid for our block was not very friendly. Carpet wasn’t vacuumed well and dirty glasses weren’t cleared or replaced.
For the area this place was a great deal for the room ($99 per night, compared to $305 for a standard room at Tenaya). The location and proximity was great for Yosemite. All and all we had a very nice stay and would return again.