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Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 (Formerly Shilo Inn Yosemite Southgate Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Oakhurst
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“excellent hotel near the yosemite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The hotel is located 15 min. from the Yosemite south gate
The check in and out was fast and easy, the receptionist was nice and efficient
Adjacent to the hotel there is a good restaurant
Hotel has a washer and dryer for guest use

Room Tip: First floor rooms have a pool suite
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Yaron:

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your positive remarks regarding your stay at Yosemite Southgate Hotel.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save an additional $5 per day.

Thank You,

Raj - Owner
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Had booked for two nights but then shortened the stay to one night, as Yosemite National Park had been closed down due to the federal funding and budget debacle. The hotel had many cancellations due to the park closure and this is not a reflection on the hotel, which was lovely and we would have stayed for a few more nights.
Good spacious rooms, good bathroom and comfortable bed.
Breakfast facilities a bit strange, had to collect food in hotel entrance area (near lifts) and then take them to the breakfast room. Apparently the scrambled eggs and sausages were elsewhere but I didn't see them, so missed out.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest:

Shucks! We're very flattered by your awesome review! Thank you so much for your kind words. We're really sorry that you had to put up with that ridiculous closure due to the incompetence of our Congress. We certainly tried to make sure guests like yourself were well taken care of during the Closure.

We do hope you visit us again. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more! Spread the word!

Thanks,

Raj - Owner
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Great staff - very helpful and extremely useful knowledge of area. A cut above the norm so full marks there. Rooms good being clean and smart. All in all a pleasant base from which to visit the awe inspiring Yosemite area. Breakfast minimal ie if coeliac prepare to fast.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Kate:

Our staff thanks you for your kind words. We work really hard to make sure that our guests get the best hospitality around when visiting the Yosemite area.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thanks,

Raj - Owner
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The hotel is lovely (clean and pleasing to look at), and in a great location. The town of Oakhurst had a good variety of amenities. The hotel itself was clean, semlled good and the people were helpful, generous with their time and willing to answer questions.

Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest:

I personally wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review of our hotel, Yosemite Southgate Hotel. Such reviews help our business tremendously because our potential bookers make more educated booking decisions. We work hard to provide a high quality, high value place to stay when visiting Yosemite and your review helps to highlight this.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save $5 per night.

Thanks,

Raj
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Barossa Valley, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The staff are very friendly.

The rooms are large and the beds are comfortable. Make sure you check that the fridge is on (as ours was off). The TV has lots of channels. The air-conditioner runs fairly noisy.

Breakfast runs from 0600 and a continental breakfast. There are only 4 tables in the "dining room" so make sure you get in early if you want to eat sitting down! There is a couple of waffle makers and yoghurt, fruit, cereal and juice.

Overall a nice place to stay in Oakhurst.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor. The roof creaked in our ground floor room with people walking around on the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

First the location, despite the name of the hotel it's much further from the park than we anticipated - about 16 miles to the entrance gate and another 26 miles to the valley although Mariposa Grove and Wanoma are closer. As a result we did a 100 mile round trip on each of the 3 days we stayed there, a pleasant drive but it meant we fairly late getting into the valley bottom each day.

The rooms are good, we booked a suite which had an odd layout but it wasn't an issue. Good bathroom with nice fluffy towels and plenty of clothes storage. Outside there was a heated pool & tub (not used).

Breakfast was very basic compared to other hotels we stayed in during our trip with everything in short supply and the coffee was appalling (the worst I've ever tasted), overall it was very poor.

Oakhurst itself is small with limited choices for dining (or at least dining well). While the hotel was OK on our next visit to Yosemite I think we'd find somewhere closer to the park (or in the park if we can afford it) with better restaurant choices nearby.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your review. I just wanted to personally respond to this review so other potential guests understand that Oakhurst is actually the Southern Gateway to Yosemite. We are located just 14 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. There are not many hotels closer and in fact the Yosemite Southgate Hotel is the only hotel in town that has an elevator and traditional hotel amenities. To stay in The Park is far more expensive and difficult to book. We feel Yosemite Southgate offers the best value and location to Yosemite. The remote and rugged nature of the National Park means that roads are windy and slow going. Oakhurst is the largest gateway community and does offer more dining and shopping options than Mariposa or Groveland.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thanks,

Raj - Owner
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Swansea S.Wales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Theoretically this hotel seemed ideal and to be fair our room was clean and the bed comfortable, but everything was badly in need of a make over. The carpets, particularly in the corridors are well past their best and the furnishings in our bedroom must have been the original 70's décor, and the furniture had drilled holes in places presumably for cables then left unfilled.
It was useful to have a fridge in the room, though this broke, was mended, then broke again during our stay, and the girl on reception we mentioned it to on check out seemed indifferent. Our room also had an odd smell as if they were using lots of airfreshner to mask something else, maybe cigarette smoke?
We did find the breakfast worked fine for us, as did the laundry room, thought this again needs refreshing.

Room Tip: We asked for an upstairs room with a view which we had but the road outside is noisy so beware if yo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking the time to leave your honest review. We take such feedback very seriously. We are working very hard to upgrade our facilities and have been making marked improvements continuously. We have repaved our entire parking lot, redone our pool and spa, installed RFID locks, 46 inch LED TVs, new bedding and more. We are definitely working on a more extensive remodel in the coming year, but we do feel the hotel is still in great shape and offers a great value to guests traveling to Yosemite.

We'd love to host you again in the future so you can see all of our improvements and see that this hotel hits the potential you and I both see. Book direct with us at yosemitesouthgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thanks,

Raj - Owner
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Address: 40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 (Formerly Shilo Inn Yosemite Southgate Hotel)
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Location: United States > California > Oakhurst
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shilo Inn - Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites is located in Oakhurst, California only minutes away from the south gate entrance to Yosemite National Park on Highway 41. The Yosemite Southgate Hotel offers some of the most spacious suite type rooms located nearby Yosemite. With interior corridors and an elevator and ample parking for tour buses, The Southgate Hotel offers a perfect place to stay for groups of all sizes and types. Located minutes from Bass Lake, the Yosemite Southgate Hotel is the perfect hotel to stay at when visiting Yosemite. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Shilo Hotel Oakhurst
Shilo Inn Oakhurst
Oakhurst Shilo Inn

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