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“Family Winter Wonderland” 4 of 5 stars
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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1122 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623   |  
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“Family Winter Wonderland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed at The Cottages at Tenaya Lodge. They are on the same property but a short walk from the main lodge. We enjoyed being a little further away from the hustle and bustle but you have to walk outside to get to the lodge, restaurants, swimming pool and spa keep in mind.

The room was nice with a fireplace, microwave, coffee and tea and a small fridge. The housekeeping did a great job everyday and a paper was delivered to our door.

*TIP: Bring a humidifier. They don't provide them and of course heat's on all the time and that just dries everything out especially your sinus' when you're asleep.

RESTAURANTS/FOOD: There's several restaurants at Tenaya Lodge but it's a bit of an illusion as it all comes from the same kitchen (except for the pizza parlor) and the menus are quite similar. It's a 30-50 minute wait to get a seat at dinner and they don't take reservations except for Embers, which is the most expensive of the eateries (the only one we didn't dine at). Overall the food was good and the staff is friendly but the service is slow by good dining standards which made for a bad dinning experience twice. We got 2 breakfasts with our 4 night stay - and the buffet is really good but for $16.95 it's smart to bring some of your own food if you don't want to eat heavy every morning and spend that much money for a bowl of cereal and some coffee.

*TIP: You can pick up some basic groceries at the Wawona General Store a few miles up the road if you forget to bring them. The don't have a lot but more then what Tenaya has at the "Parkside Deli".

The Sleigh Ride is fun. A real sleigh with 3 big Belgium horses pulling complete with bells. The operators served hot apple cider and toasted marsh mellows around a small camp fire at the ranch house before they turn around and bring you back. If you're lucky you can sit up with the driver and chat with him.

Tenaya also has a small skating rink that looked fun but we didn't have time for.

BADGER PASS SKI RESORT: Badger Pass is within Yosemite National Park and you must have snow chains/cables to enter durning snow season. There's a good chance you use the chains unless you have you have 4 wheel or all-wheel drive but you still need to have them to get into the park.

*TIP: Arrive early. If you're there by 8am you'll be happy! The first day we arrived at 9:30 and spent about 1 1/2 getting our lift tickets and rentals and they were out of a lot of sizes already. A real drag.
**You can also rent your ski gear from a local shop at home - which is what we'll do next time. Then you can arrive anytime.

The resort is family friendly, very small and a great place for kids to learn to ski or snowboard. Our two girls were up on the beginner lift by the end of their 1st day and we plan on coming back next year.

Room Tip: We enjoyed staying at The Cottages but if you come durning the winter keep in mind you have to walk...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We have driven by Tenaya several times leaving Yosemite from the South gate, so we were pretty excited to stay here during the Holiday week. Check-in was great, but it seemed to go downhill from there.
Rooms were average for a 3 star resort, including what looked like my old college mini-fridge under the bathroom counter. We made quick use of the resort's true gems, sledding and ice skating. We had a blast! Rent your sled or skates = guarateed fun! Or better yet, bring your own! Either way is great family fun, just steps away from your room.
Unfortunately, those were the highlights of staying at Tenaya. The food at the 3 restaurants merged into 1 was mediocre at best. Even our Austrailian friends thought the food was lacking in all three rooms.
And then there is room service... I have 2 beautiful daughters under 7 years old. And some meals are better served in our room because of their lack of ability to plant the backside into a seat. By the second day, I had had enough of hearing that the minimum time for room service delivery was 1+ hours, so I had a chat with the service manager. Needless to say, my order of kids pancakes was expedited nice and fast. This is a fail in my book, but because it was Dec. 28, they get some leeway.
The big problem is that there really isn't any other food near this lodge, so you end up being stuck with bad food service. Hope they get better in the future.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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TenayaLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Our apologies for the extended room service times during your stay over the holidays. We are delighted that you found the winter resort amenities at Tenaya Lodge to your satisfaction, however, and hopefully we have a chance to prove ourselves to you and your family again for a future Yosemite visit.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed at Tenaya Lodge in September 2012 for 2 nights and found it to be a superbly located hotel, around a 20 minute drive from the South Gate to Yosemite and close to the Mariposa Grove.

The hotel is very large and decked out in a kind of ski-lodge fashion with deer heads adorning the entrance hall. The room itself was expensive, as you would expect given the location, and was large but a little dated in decor.

We ate both evenings in the Sierra restaurant, which was pretty poor value for money with the food not particularly impressive. We considered dining in their fine dining restaurant for the second night, but made a judgement that based on our experience in Sierra, that the experience would not be worth paying for.

Breakfast was ok - an average cooked breakfast, but for this price range of hotel I would expect little things like eggs cooked to order.

Housekeeping was a bit haphazard - we noticed that one room service tray appeared to be left outside a room for the entire period we stayed, and our room was late in being made up.

Although we enjoyed our stay in Yosemite, I suspect this was more to do with the park than the hotel, and next time I would choose to either spend less and camp, or spend more and stay at the Ahwahnee.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I was on a 1 week trip, from las vegas to san francisco, staying in various hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars hotel, and my final stop was at the Tenaya Lodge, where i paid the most for the new year event.
I got a very rude and cold service, the answers from the employee was like programmed robots like in the 80s,
On top of that:
- Not enough hot water from my bath
- The SPA (i admit, it's a big luxurious place ) was noisy from upstairs at 5PM
- Got charged 3 times for the internet connection ( was taken care )
- Long Waiting time for restaurant, bar, parking, check-in ....
- Waked up by dogs on other rooms ...


Very disapointed, they treat customers like in mass production, i got far better service from 2 stars hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Dinner with Santa for our nine-year old initially lured us to Tenaya Lodge as first-time visitors; yet, the entire experience amazed from planning to check-out. I booked our stay through the Tenaya Lodge website weeks in advance.

Stand-out memories of personalized, warm, and attentive service mark several high points of the visit: friendly, unrushed phone calls to our home clarifying our itinerary and inviting questions; unexpected help parking our Mazda near our cottage upon arrival, through icy slush, up the slightest grade, in the dark; encouragement to participate in the gingerbread house contest (raised our family's stakes!), along with interesting back-stories of entries past; humorous reassurance that the horses pulling the sleighs through falling snow were 'ole pros and didn't need snow boots like we did (not to mention the video memories of our kid feeding snowballs to Rocky); and understanding nods through dinner at Embers (with reservations made just hours before, and seated early), nestled as we were in the high-back crimson seats plain exhausted, that holding hands near a fireplace child-free for two hours was as romantic as we could get after a long, cold day. :-)

We felt absolutely welcomed!

We were gladly and easily loaned a sledding disc with extended time when archery cancelled due to falling snow, which made for wonderful sledding memories the next morning before check out on Christmas Eve. We found out by chance that shuttles were provided between the cottages and the lodge the night of Dinner with Santa, and easily made arrangements within the hour for on-time pick-up. Although room service to the cottage was late that first full-packed day, the delicious breakfast was delivered apologetically yet cheerfully. The delay did not ultimately affect our plans, if not cause some worry.

The cottage itself was a dream, with towering trees all around us: balcony of snow (for impromptu lone snow play or snowball fights with kids/teens in our cottage), fireplace (for ambience and practicality, such as drying wet clothes), bathroom with a small window for outdoor air, and cozy beds and sheets. The high ceilings expanded the room, and the country chic decor was unpretentiously tasteful. I personally knew that the cottages held three rooms with separate entries and balconies, but it took some investigating to realize and accept that, because I was caught by surprise. No, not the quietest with kids/teens upstairs; but for us, the staircase noise leading to a single cottage above us ended at a decent early hour the first night - with no noise at all the next night. Lucky for us, perhaps, to have relatively quiet cottage neighbors, versus shared hallways to several rooms, with the usual noise (as in any conventional hotel or lodge.)

We also brought our terrier with us, and it was notably far, far quieter in the cottage for his nerves at this time of year. He doesn't like the snow, too, poor thing! To us, the lodge was bustling with activity, crowds, conversations, and other pets, that we were glad for the relative seclusion for our dog. And to think at check-out on Christmas Eve it was getting even busier!

In addition to the meals already mentioned, we ate our arrival meal at Timberloft for their namesake pizza (the crust was good!), hearty pasta bowl (fed our kid with left-overs the next day), and salad bar. The football games on TV, the cool jukebox, and the pot-belly stove kept a light, fun, and casual atmosphere. Service genuinely friendly. Our last meal was at the breakfast buffet. Seated again by a lovely, huge fireplace (at Jackalopes, which was opened for the breakfast buffet crowd) the meal was made extra special. The selections of comfort buffet fare pleased everyone, and included the surprise quiche and specialty breads.

In all, our visit to Tenaya Lodge in anticipation of the Christmas Season was an inspiration! Photos and videos are now cherished family memories. Thanks!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TenayaLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Why, thank you sincerely for your five-star compliments. This is the quality of guest experience that we constantly strive for, and it's very rewarding to hear that you so fully enjoyed your time with us. We truly appreciate the time you took to write, and we certainly look forward to hosting you again soon (with winter snow come spring waterfalls)! Happy New Year!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile


Our family spent 1 week over Xmas at the Tenaya Lodge!

We arrived at the hotel very happy to spend a week at the Yosemite park,
The hall is glorious over Xmas... a giant Xmas tree welcomes you and nice decors make you feel immediately in a very warm atmosphere... but...then your dream is over!

Let's start from the beginning:
the luggages... if you want someone take care of them you have to pay
Really?? and this hotel has not exactly a cabin's charge!
we travelled all over the world and this is the first time ever that this happen to us! (and of course I'm not talking about the tip!)

The room is normal... nothing amazing...the look is not the cleanest ever especially when your son found a toy under the bed...clearly not belonging to him!
And talking about the room..The day after, at 3.30 p.m. the room is not done yet and you have to expressly ask to have it done! Impressive!

Then you wake up for breakfast and you decide to have a pastry at the bar... not possible... 10 people in the hall so not packed... but still no pastry available... after 30 minute waiting and the server telling me that the pastry are coming "as we speak" we decided to give up...

So you go for a tour at the awesome Yosemite Park and you come back, time to enjoy the pool... quite a decent size... and there are 2 small spa too... oh no sorry only one... cause at some point one of them start bubbling up some soap or something weird... so the day after is closed and you enjoy a relaxing spa with 15 people in a pool with the capacity of 4! So relaxing!

Okay... never mind: Let's go for a dinner... of course you can't reserve a table! Why?? this old fashioned idea of reserving table when you can wait at least 45 minutes to be seated in a restaurant they decide (for the Grill forget about it... you have to wait at least 1 hour)... then finally you got a table and you have to wave for someone considering you and getting your order and then other 40 minutes waiting for a salad while the restaurant is empty!

And Of course you pay the air you breathe at Tenaya... wireless is free everywhere but not here! Forget it!

So... if you still want to go... book the cottage (at least you don't have to struggle for all of this) do your grocery shopping at home so you don't have to depend on this terrible restoration service!

Such a pity... cause they could have some potential... but so far is very wasted!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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TenayaLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for writing and we're sorry our restaurants did not meet your expectations for timely service. We would like to clarify one comment you made about luggage -- there is never a charge or fee for delivering your luggage to your room, and our bell staff are happy to help you with that. Tipping for this complimentary service is purely optional, of course. We appreciate your kind comments regarding our holiday decor and atmosphere, and again, apologize for the mechanical issue with one of our hot tubs and the wait times you experienced at our restaurants.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in September 2012. The location was excellent, close to Yosemite National Park but quiet. The staff was helpful, and gave us good tips on where and when to visit the attractions in the park. There were 3 restaurants on premiss, with different pricing, but we couldn't tell the difference between the food offerings, the food quality and the service. It was a bit pricey, and the rooms and corridors could do with some refurbishment. The air conditioner was a bit hot and cold.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1122 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623
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Location: United States > California > Fish Camp
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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*
Number of rooms: 302
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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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