Thanks to the government shutdown and uncertain reservations in Yosemite we needed to find somewhere to stay outside of the park. Our helpful B&B hosts in Mariposa told us the area was full of “old saloon towns” and that we might have luck in Groveland. We discovered Hotel Charlotte on an internet search. Linda? was friendly and sympathetic when we called to inquire about availability and held a room for us. The main street of Oakdale is about two blocks long and does have a saloon look to it. It also boasts the oldest Saloon in the state of California (see review). Friendly owners Jenn & Doug were there when we checked-in. They encouraged us to join the restaurant and while we would have enjoyed the menu (local, organic) we were starving at 4pm and couldn’t wait for the restaurant to open. (With everything closed in Yosemite we never had lunch.) Our room was pleasant and the bed comfortable. The lobby and bistro have a relaxed, rustic, hip vibe. Breakfast included a nice selection of eggs, cereal, yogurt, etc. along with some great coffee from Firefall Coffee. It was so good in fact that we went across the street and bought some to bring home. The guy (GM?) who handled breakfast was very upbeat, enthusiastic and clearly happy to be there. Jenn and Doug are doing a nice job of creating a homey, mountain-y feel without all the usual frilly Victorian décor. We love that they are offering something different in both style and menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience a wonderful escape at the Hotel Charlotte, located at the gateway to Yosemite. Enjoy the rustic quirks of a charming, historic boutique hotel coupled with a wonderfully inviting ambiance and stellar service that will leave you wanting more.At the Hotel Charlotte, you'll be welcomed by friendly, knowledgable staff who will help you settle in to one of our 10 hotel rooms or 6 guest houses. Whether you want to experience the natural wonders of the surrounding area and Yosemite, have a romantic getaway, or enjoy a stay in an authentic old west hotel, you will find what you are looking for at the Hotel Charlotte. The owners, Doug and Jenn Edwards, wanted to retain the gold rush feel of the hotel while at the same time modernizing and simplifying. The sage green walls, the throwback Edison lightbulbs, the oversized, brown velvet sofas - invite guests to step into a contemporary old west. The look of the hotel also carries into the adjoining restaurant, the Charlotte Bistro & Bar. Under the direction of Chef Doug Edwards, the restaurant features locally grown produce and innovative Modern American fare. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charlotte Hotel Groveland