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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1122 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623   |  
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San Jose, California
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“Good deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Value, proximity to Yosemite
  • Disliked — Maid service
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2008

We stayed for two nights at the end of January, and while our trip was mostly enjoyable, i guess i wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this place or to plan a return trip.

The receptionist at check-in was very friendly and offered to upgrade us to their "honeymoon suite" for an additional charge. We decided to go for it because the idea of having a jacuzzi tub in our room sounded great, especially after a day of skiing. The suite was nice, but let's just say to call it a "honeymoon suite" is a bit of an exaggeration. Parts of the floor squeaked in certain areas, and the furnishings were looking a bit outdated. The bed was very comfortable though. The tub turned out to be just "ok" - it was barely big enough for two people, and we are by no means large people. I didn't sleep well either night because the front doors to each guest room SLAM shut and so you will hear people coming and going. We could also hear people walking around on the floor above us, which was disturbing. My pet peeve in hotels is noise, above all else, and you could say this hotel was not very well insulated.

For dinner our first night we decided to sit at the bar and just share an appetizer and have a couple of drinks. The bartender was very friendly, but seemed completely clueless when it came to his job. I asked for a water with no ice, he served it WITH ice. My boyfriend said, "no salt please" with his margarita...yes, it came with salt. We ordered $14 chicken nachos - the first time they showed up with no chicken, and after we waited 20 mins. for them to be re-made, they came back with maybe 3 small strips of chicken on top. Pretty funny if you ask me!

We went up to check out the pool but the STRONG smell of chlorine was really so awful that i wouldn't have wanted to go in. I realize there's lots of kids, so they need to keep it clean, but it was really a turn off. Also, since the pool is indoors it gets very loud with the echoing sounds of kids shouting, etc. Just warning you that it's not a great place for adults to come and relax. We walked through the fintess center which was small and outdated. We did enjoy a few minutes in the steam rooms - they were clean and well stocked with towels, etc.

Overall atmosphere at the hotel was very "cabin in the woods-ish" but it had a tired feeling to it and wasn't up to standard with most other 4 star hotels i've been too. Good for families with young kids, but if you're going as a couple you may want to re-set your expectations! :)

Before we went skiing the next day, we purchased two "picnic lunches to go" from their cafe (right next to Jackalope's). I believe these lunches were $9 each and we were pleasantly surprised at how tasty the sandwiches were - i recommend the turkey and cheese on croissant. It was huge and really good quality. Also included was a bag of gourmet chips, an apple and a large (homemade?) cookie. This was a great value and a wonderful lunch after a few hours on the slopes.

I'm not sure if this is the norm, but while hanging out near the fireplace in the lounge on our first night, we noticed lots of 20-somethings hanging around the front desk, carrying bags of beer and booze and chatting with the employees. A few of them were running around, up and down the stairs and shouting to their friends down below. It just took away from the relaxing vibe we were hoping to have and the fact that the staff were kind of involved with it, didn't seem too professional.

Like i said, this hotel was ok as a place to sleep (though i really didn't even sleep that well!) but for better atmosphere, pool and food we will probably look elsewhere next time.

  • Liked — Our balcony had a beautiful view of the snow
  • Disliked — Too much of a
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2008

I just return from a trip to the Tenaya Lodge. It far exceeded my expectations. Everyone there was friends, the front desk staff, the valet staff, restraunt staff, etc. The room was clean and was good size. We had a beautiful view of the snow covered High Sierras with icicles hanging from the roof right outside of our window.

I was worried about trying the restraunts after reading previous bad reviews. However, the food was excellent. Good portions, good quality, good taste.

I have been to Yosemite many times and this would have to rate as one of the best. Yosemite is beautiful but when you add snow it is breathtakingly beautiful. If you can handle the snow its definately worth going to Yosemite in the winter - less people!

And stay at the Tenaya lodge, it might be a longer drive into the park but the hotel is beautiful and the staff is exceptional.

  • Liked — The location and the staff
  • Disliked — Driving with snow chains!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2008

I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel. I did a lot of research on the web prior to booking. I had read many adverse opinions of accommodation in the Park itself. Mention was made of of dirty linen, uncomfortable beds and poor food. We arrived the day after 5 feet of snow had dropped in Yosemite to be welcomed by friendly staff and a warming fire. The hotel was clean, well furnished and the bed was comfortable. The food and in particular the breakfasts exceeded our expectations. The staff were courteous and helpful. They even fitted snow chains to our vehicle which enabled us to visit the park. We called in at the Ahwahnee and nice as it was, we actually preferred Tenaya Lodge particularly when it is half the price of the Ahwahnee. The only drawback of Tenaya is the travelling time into the Park but this is a small price to pay for the certainty of good accommodation

  • Liked — Comfort
  • Disliked — Distance to Park
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Bay Area, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2008

This hotel is situated in a beautiful place. We went there to play in the snow with our small children, and we all had a ball. The rooms were clean and nice. The staff was professional and friendly. They have a fitness center and indoor pool and jacuzzi, which was nice to go to after dinner with the kids. There is a covered ice skating area and a snowplay area. It's very family friendly. There are 2 restaurants and a deli onsite. They also have snowshoes for rent so you make take a winter walk/hike. If you feel like indulging, they also offer spa services. Chains or 4 wheel drive is recommended in the winter. We brought cable chains with us. There was plenty of snow and good food.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stirling
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

We stayed at the Tenaya during a recent holiday to the States and arrived in freezing temperatures so we glad to get inside. Initial impression - from the outside, the hotel is quite ugly, just a modern looking hotel. However, the huge foyer looked beautiful with a forty foot christmas tree covered in lights. Think it would normally look a bit bare but it looked very inviting whilst we were there. Check in staff were also very nice.

The hotel has a bit of a strange layout in that only the 2nd floor links all the buildings - this turned out to be quite infuriating at times. Also we found one of the lifts to be ridiculously slow and it always stuck at the third floor for some reason.

Bedroom itself was very nicely presented though it could do with a few touch ups such as the very rusty bottle opener on the back of the bathroom door and the splintered frame around the main bedroom door. However, in general, nice homely feel to it and we settled in well.

Then onto the food - Jackalopes looks the part but the food was appalling. Cold, bland and unappetising. Unfortunately we ended up having to eat there both nights as the Sierra closed at 9.30pm and we didn't know. Food the second night was marginally better but still not what I would have expected.

During our stay we asked the 'guest services' for some info on Yosemite and were told she didn't have any and couldn't help! Again not really what you would expect.

They do have an ice-rink at the hotel during the winter season so we did enjoy that but they charge extra which I thought was a bit cheeky. Also extra is skate hire which we weren't told about and saw it on the final bill - fine if you bring your own but who takes ice skates on holiday with them?! Fitness room was very basic - it does for the occasional use but my husband was very disappointed with it. The pool was also permanently full of kids - this is a great location if you have them, perhaps not so great if you don't!

Overall, it was a nice hotel in a beautiful setting. It needs work in a few areas which do let the side down but overall we did enjoy our time there.

  • Liked — Setting
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2008

The hotel lobby was being decorated when we stayed at the lodge, so had to put up with dodging a cherry picker when going to and from the hotels restaurants/deli or front carpark. It was also off season so we had to do without the hotels indoor pool and gym as they were closed due to maintenance. This aside it was a lovely hotel and seemed to have a lot of activities available in winter/summer. It was an hour into and out of Yosemite each day which was a bit of a drag, especially as this was one of the reasons for the visit. The bed in the room were very comfy and came with extra pillows. Needed to open the windows at night to let air in as the room was EXTREMELY warm (80F) and the air conditioning was too noisy to have on when sleeping.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1122 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623
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Location: United States > California > Fish Camp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fish Camp
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Hotel Class:4 star — Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite 4*
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Nestled on 48 acres in the southern High Sierra and just 2 miles from Yosemite, the Four-Diamond Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers easy access to all of Yosemite’s most alluring attractions and all the amenities expected from a luxury resort property. Tenaya boasts comfortable and spacious accommodations, Ascent – a luxurious 10,000 sq.foot spa, steam room, sauna, fitness room, three pools, five dining options, all-season recreation and a full-service concierge to help you plan your getaway. ... more   less 
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