Here is the good news: Mariposa is a great little town located in about 45 minutes to an hour from Yosemite with lots of great little shops and restaurants. We wanted to stay in Yosemity but everything was booked up, and the hotels / cabins / motels closer to the park in Midpines and El Portal were fully booked. So we ended up getting a night at the Best Western Yosemite Way Station.
I would have to say that most things about this hotel are average. Our room was good sized, bathroom was okay, but nothing was truly nice about it. Old TV, stained carpets, and an okay breakfast with weak coffee awaits those who stay there, and the broken ice machine has a warning not to fill your ice chest, even though there are no fridges in the room. Not exactly first class in my book.
So when you add it all up, we paid $160 with taxes to stay at what is a distinctly average BW a fairly long distance from the park. We don't feel ripped off, and we are not elated with the value, either.
Next time through town we'll give the Super 8 a chance, its just up the road and tends to have better value rooms. Since there isn't anything particularly special about this place, we don't really feel the need to come back especially given that it is fairly pricey being so far from the park.
And for some reason, the place is crawling with Europeans. Now i know Yosemite is a really big attraction for people visiting the area, but the fact there were so many there made me think that perhaps it owes its existence to tours and aggressive booking overseas. No matter... I think next time we'll try one of the other motels in town and see just what you can get for $150 bucks in Mariposa!
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