We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Dead bird on the walkway” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Buck Meadows Lodge

Buck Meadows Lodge
We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Groveland
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Buck Meadows Lodge
Save
You added Buck Meadows Lodge to your Saves list
7649 Highway 120, At Buck Meadows, Groveland, CA 95321   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Dead bird on the walkway”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Our first impression was a dead bird on the stones right next to the deck to our room and then a bunch of bird poo on the deck which was from a nest in the eves of the deck (we had the room which was behind the restaurant and had a covered porch/deck to the room. From there, we stepped into a very dark and musty smelling room. We opened the windows but one of the screens was broken so we were concerned about bugs getting in...or BIRDS, so we only kept one window open! This place was not worth paying over $100. We should have driven a bit further and found a place in Groveland.

Shower barely spit out water.

On the plus side, the bed was very nice and comfortable and the room did seem clean. Rooster woke us up in the morning as well as a dog barking because we did keep the windows open.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Buck Meadows Lodge, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Darci:

I wanted to take the time to apologize for your poor stay at The Buck Meadows Lodge. We truly apologize that you came upon a deceased bird. As we are in the forest, we have many critters who frequent our property from wild birds to deer. We gladly would have taken care of this issue immediately if we were aware. In regards to the concerns you had with the shower--we have had maintenance handle that concern so we appreciate your feedback.

We have branded the Buck Meadows Lodge as a clean and comfortable place to stay when visiting Yosemite. It is a very small property but offers facilities which cannot be found in the area so we do take immense pride in our offering. We hope you would give us another chance to make a better impression.

Do book directly with us at buckmeadowslodge.com and save.

Regards,

Raj - Owner
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1
    9
    4
    3
    0
See reviews for
4
10
Solo
0
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (6)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is very close to Yosemite and it was cold, raining, hail and mist when we were there so to arrive at our Motel to find a large warm room, we were in heaven. Parking outside our door, a laundry to wash clothes in and diner next door with the great steaks, a wine waiter, who gave us a tasting, it was great. I cannot comment on price as our stay was included in the price of a tour we did but we certainly enjoyed our 2 nights here. There is a heated spa in the swimming pool area which some of our party took advantage of - all in all we had a fun stay.

Room Tip: From what I could judge all rooms were equal, just some were upstairs.
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Buck Meadows Lodge, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Bretvase:

Thank you for your positive review for your stay at Buck Meadows Lodge. We are one of the closest motels to Yosemite National Park and strive to offer clean and comfortable lodging at a budget. We appreciate your kind words.

Please do book directly at: buckmeadowslodge.com next time you visit and find our lowest rates.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hong Kong, China
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed at Buck Meadows Lodge for 2 nights at the end of September 2012. The lodge is about 35-45 minutes from the West Gate to the Yosemite National Park and perhaps the closest you can live outside the West Gate of the National Park. We paid about $99/ night + taxes. The Lodge is run by a friendly couple who gave us a lot of tips about the park. We were given a cottage close to the adjoining restaurant at the Lodge. Our cottage was basic, but clean and comfortable. We had a king size bed, tv, microwave, fridge, hot shower and a little patio. We didnt find (or explore for that matter) food options close to the Lodge, but the adjoining restaurant to the Lodge is great. The restaurant has big food portions (probably the largest chocolate shake I have had in a while) and open until late (11 PM or midnight), which is helpful if you come back to your room after a day of hiking at Yosemite. The gas station is located right next to the Lodge compound and is open 24 hours.

This Lodge is basic, but is a great option for someone who doesn't want to live in the park (and pay those $$), but be close by to get there quickly. They have a website - http://www.buckmeadowslodge.com/buck_meadows

Room Tip: Take the cottages close to the restaurant. They are bigger.
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed here 3 nights while seeing Yosemite. It was quiet, clean and very comfortable. Our room had a king bed, flat screen t.v., microwave and fridge. There is a restaurant/diner attached to this motel. We had breakfast there twice. The portions were huge, prices very reasonable (under $5 each) and the service was friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: This little motel only has about 4 rooms and a restaurant attached. It's part of a larger hotel...
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Israel
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Well, this is as close as you can sleep near Yosemite without sleeping inside the park. And the price is in accordance.

We slept in what was called on the web "Buck Meadows Lodge", which is actually a very worn-out wing of Americas Best Value Inn. Looks like an old in they've taken over. The room is very old and worn-out, the walls are thin (but our neighbors were usually quiet...), the shower is old, but in good repair. The sheets were clean and A/C in fine working order.

Bottom line: If you plan to leave early, return late, and just need a place to crash, this is not worse than anywhere else, and for a decent price. Relatively.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Buck Meadows Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Buck Meadows Lodge

Address: 7649 Highway 120, At Buck Meadows, Groveland, CA 95321
Location: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yosemite California Hotel - Buck Meadows Lodge. Buck Meadows Lodge - The Closest Affordable Lodging to Yosemite National Park. Welcome to the Buck Meadows Lodge & Restaurant. Located only 12 miles from Yosemite National Park in the small town of Buck Meadows on Highway 120, east of Groveland, The Buck Meadows Lodge offers 10 clean and comfortable motel rooms for the budget minded traveler visiting Yosemite. ... more   less 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Buck Meadows Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.