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“Nice stop to/from Yosemite” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Charlotte
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   18736 Main St, PO Box 787, Groveland, CA 95321   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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80 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice stop to/from Yosemite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Our room was towards the back of the hotel and may have been quieter than those up front and closer...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for a night after a long drive from San Francisco. A very warm welcome and great atmosphere in the hotel bar. Disappointed that we had already eaten as the dinner menu looked great. Would recommend for a stay before/after a long day in Yosemite.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Friendly check-in, reasonable price. Nice free extras (Internet, US phone calls). Room #11 was smaller than many NYC hotel rooms. Mattress very comfy but pillows pancake flat and hard. Outdated but clean furnishings. Breakfast was better than you average continental but not fancy or interesting at all. Good eggs, average pancakes made from a mix, yogurt with no mix-ins, good oj, average coffee. Overall I had no major gripes but also no major praise.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

After a long day at Yosemite, all you want is nice place to relax and feel at home. And this is exactly what this gem of a hotel offers up.

The place is beautifully and tastefully done up. The room we stayed in (number 7) is really cosy and pretty. Much nicer looking than the photos you see here.

The staff is extremely attentive and friendly. The owner was always around making sure everything is running smoothly.

The bar is good and both their local IPA beer and the house red were really nice.

Breakfast is simple but good.

The star of the show is the restaurant. Dinner was of a different league. I would dare to say it was Michelin star quality. Mexican white shrimp and the Tamales were incredible.

If you are visiting Yosemite don't even think about it too long. Just stay here and you won't regret it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My wife and I spent one night there when we visited Yosemite. The place is quiet. Both the bedroom and the bathroom are clean. The breakfast is nice. The overall experience is more like living at home rather than in a hotel. The only concern is the wooden floor in the bathroom. This makes us really careful to avoid wetting the floor seriously.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed in one of the Hotel's rental homes on the Pine Mountain resort nearby. It was a perfect base for visiting Yosemite and added a new dimension to our visit. The house was very comfortable but the resort was amazing. As soon as you drive onto the resort you see deer and it also has a great lake for swimming in as well as a swimming pool. If you are a golfer all the better as a golf course runs through the resort. It was beautiful. We stayed 2 nights and the first morning we awoke to a stag on our patio! What a beautiful sight.
Groveland itself is historic with the oldest saloon bar in California. We ate there and there was a great atmosphere and the food was good. Hotel Charlotte food was also excellent.
We are so glad that we didn't stay inside the Yosemite park as the main village seemed really overcrowded and the accommodation was expensive and not great quality. This way we were also part way for our journey back to the California coast too.
The staff were excellent and helped us to plan our journey when we left, printing off directions for us.

Room Tip: Consider staying on their Pine Mountain resort rentals rather than the hotel.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a great experience staying here on 10/2. It could have been a bummer of a first day because we were on our way to Yosemite but the park was closed. Fortunately staying here made it all better with a fun filled first night. Jenn and Doug are really interactive, interested, and fun hosts. The bar is a really nice area to hang out and visit with Doug who bartends. He was full of helpful information on alternative things to do since the park was shut down. We had tapas and some drinks on the upstairs porch upon arrival. The Brussels sprouts were yummy as were the deviled eggs with salmon and dates. The rooms are nicely done and the bed in room 10 was super comfy making for a good nights sleep. After dinner, we returned to the bar area for a night cap and found it filled with people because it was trivia night. Breakfast was served in the bar area and was just the right things to start the day...eggs, sausage, pancakes, yogurt, granola, cereals, juice, toast. Lots of choices. Eric cooked the breakfast and insisted because the eggs were cooked with love that's why they were so good. Their coffee is really good also! I encourage you to check this hotel out. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Address: 18736 Main St, PO Box 787, Groveland, CA 95321
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Location: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Charlotte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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Charlotte Hotel Groveland

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