The Monarch Inn says it is "Just minutes from Yosemite National Park." That's a stretch. It's over 30 miles of winding mountain roads. We drove back and forth for three days and never made the trip under an hour. That's fine if you are just driving through Yosemite for a day trip, but if you are planning a multi-day trip to the park, the drive gets old fast. (The lodges that are "just minutes" from Yosemite are Yosemite View and Cedar Lodge.)
For the hotel itself, the minuses outweigh the pluses. The rooms are clean and the beds firm, and the cleaning staff is helpful. But that's about it for positives. The management is unfriendly. They refuse to give you more than one key per room, saying they have a shortage of keys. Breakfast consists of dry cereal, toast, packaged sweet rolls, and waffles, served from a nook off the reception area, and hotel guests have to reach over each other to get to the food. Guests eat at four small tables in the reception area. Hall and elevator carpets are dirty. The hotel has individual room air conditioners rather than central a/c, and the a/c units are loud. At night you hear the droning of the a/c in your room and those next door and above. The bathroom fan comes on when the light comes on, and in our the fan was extremely loud - so loud that we opted to leave the bathroom light off when possible. Wireless Internet connectivity waxes and wanes. The back doors to the hotel remain open 24-7 without surveillance.
Not a pleasant experience. I will not stay at the Monarch again.
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