Stayed here a couple of weeks ago while visiting Yosemite NP.
First the good:
The location is stellar - great access to some beautiful terrain (not a great location for visiting Yosemite Valley, but great for seeing the southern part of the park and the national forest outside the park boundary). The building harkens back to a time when only the rich could afford to travel - and the size/decor caters to this clientele. The spa room was remarkably spacious - and it is great to have an in-room spa.
Next the not so good:
While the area is beautiful, the views from the hotel are not great - had a spa room with a balcony - the balcony looked over the access road and a parking lot into a wall of trees - some hiking showed that beyond the trees was a great view, but unfortunately not one that could be enjoyed from the room.
The drain plug in the sink was broken - had to physically remove it to get the sink to drain.
The large flat-screen TV did not have a picture - not really a big deal since you don't go to Yosemite NP to watch TV - but sort of silly to have a big TV that only provides audio.
Finally the really bad:
The service and the food (both dinner and breakfast) at the Sierra restaurant were atrocious and over-priced. The server could not provide any information about menu items - when asked about the fish, he went on a long description of how the fish is certified by some organization in Monterrey, but he would not be able to know where the fish are from without checking serial numbers - and all I wanted to know was how they tasted - turned out to have no flavor.
Salad greens were old and wrinkled. Poached eggs tasted like they were frozen and re-heated. Hollandaise sauce was clotting on the eggs. Hash browns were cut from a slab. Waffle tasted like it came out of a box.
The rooms are not sound-proofed - you really don't want to hear your neighbors enjoying themselves in the in-room spa.
Over-priced for what is offered.
And an aside: Tenaya Lodge is operated by the Delaware North Companies under license from the US Government - they have a monopoly on lodging in the national park and also manage the Tenaya Lodge that is just outside the park. Unfortunately monopoly does not lead to a high-quality service - maybe it's time to have some competition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel At Yosemite
- Tenaya Lodge Yosemite
- Yosemite Tenaya Lodge