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“Best hotel in the area, but probably not worth the money” 3 of 5 stars
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Chateau du Sureau
48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Oakhurst
London, UK
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28 hotel reviews
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“Best hotel in the area, but probably not worth the money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

We booked Chateau du Sureau because it was the only good hotel in the area. The Ahwahnee is the alternative and gets pretty bad reviews, and some cottages I had found were fully booked. The chateau is very nice and the service is excellent - the staff really do go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. I can see that some people might find this overbearing - it's a small hotel and they do try to make people feel at home, so it's a very different atmosphere to a big 5* hotel. If you like cosy, then this is the place for you. The rooms are indeed a bit small, in keeping with the chateau theme. The bathtub was too deep to get into and out of comfortably, even for a young person, and there didn't appear to be any central heating, though there was a fireplace in the room.

The problem is that Oakhurst is not a very nice or charming place. When we made the reservation, we planned to eat at Erna's Eldeberry restaurant (associated with the hotel) and then try other places too, but there is absolutely nothing in Oakhurst other than chain restaurants (Pizza Factory etc), a dodgy-looking Chinese and the like. There are some better restaurants further afield, but they are at least a 20min drive away, down winding roads that are unlit at night. The food at Erna's restaurant is good, but again I felt it was overpriced at $95 per person for the prix fixe menu plus $75 each for matching wine.

Despite Oakhurst being only 15m from the Yosemite park entrance, it still takes a good 25-30mins to get there because the roads are so winding. Then it's a further hour from the entrance to the valley - so Chateau du Sureau turned out to be far less convenient for Yosemite than I had expected.

Overall, it's a good hotel, but I am not sure it's worth the price. For c$500 a night I would have expected quite a lot more. The problem is that there doesn't appear to be an alternative in the area.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Fort Worth, Tx
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

Stayed at the Chateau after having stayed at the Ahwahnee for the first part of our trip to Yosemite--there is no comparison. The Chateau is 5 star in every way (The Ahwahnee is, sadly, not). The Chateau is like staying in someone's private European villa. The setting and building are beautiful. The service is impeccable--the staff attended to our every need--be it icing down a bottle of wine while we were hiking so it would be ready upon our return, to having our car parked at the front steps every morning. The rooms are beautifully appointed with 4 poster beds, European antiques, and large baths. Our room had a fireplace, which unfortunately, could not be used due to current dry season fire hazard. Otherwise, the stay was perfect. The adjacent Elderberry restaurant is world class also--amazing food with a complete change of menue daily--beautiful setting and attentive, but not intrusive, service. It is definitely pricey--our room was $495/night and dinner for two at the restaurant (5 courses with wine and tip) was $310--but you, undoubtedly, get what you pay for--we will look forward a return visit.
FYI: the Chateau is about 15 minutes to the Yosemite Park south entrance and Maraposa Sequoia Grove, about 1.5 hours to the south rim of the valley (incredible hiking off the road to Glacier Point!), and about 2 hours from Yosemite Valley.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

There are very few boutique hotels in America like Chateau du Sureau. I went on my vacation to see the magnificent Yosemite Valley but will forever talk about the wonderful Chateau and Elderberry house restaurant before El Capitan and Half Dome. Thank you Erna for building such a beautiful hotel!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Chicago
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

This is the second time my wife and I have stayed at the Chateau Du Sureau in California. It is close to Yosemite Park. This luxurious bed and breakfast has a fantastic restaurant on the property (The Elderberry House) and a fantastic Spa. The food at the restaurant and the great wine list rival the finest establishments in the US or Europe.The attention to detail and guest service is something we have never experienced to this depth. Each room is in a different European themed decor. Authentic Antique furniture is in every room. The efforts of Sonja and Erna a re visible throughout. The breakfast consits of a good balance of cheeses, fruits and meats. Our visit here has truly been a wonderful experience. The place is a destination in and of itself. The chic little towns in the rest of the "gold country" and Yosemite Valley are also not to be missed.

Judy and Hans Heitmann

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clovis, CA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

We had heard about this Relais & Chateaux property for a number of years and have stayed at other affiliated small hotels in the Caribbean (Horned Dorset) and France (Les Crayeres). So it was with great anticipation that we checked in for a romantic weekend in February 2010. We were warmly greeted and shown to our room by the Chateau manager. The room was very cozy, with a roaring fire in the hearth, and exposed beam ceiling. The bed was quite comfortable, being outfitted with a fluffy down comforter and fine italian linens. The room was clean, though the lighing fixtures and controls could stand to be updated.
One problem we noticed was that the bathtub was clogged, so after showering, one had to stand in the dirty water and wait for the tub to drain, before completing the bath. For such an exquisite hotel experience, this oversight stood out. Overall, we would recommend Chateau du Sureau to our friends. There was good attention to our comfort and ease, and the wait staff was excellent. We had a delightful stay at this hotel, though it was not up to the standard set by our previous two stays at the other Relais & Chateaux properties.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

We stayed at the Chateau for two nights as part of an 11 night road trip around Califoria. This was our first stop. The first thing we notice was that this place had the most amazing service. To enter the property, you pull up to beautiful iron gate and ring up to house. As soon as the gate opened, we could see two people in Victorian servant garb rushing down the stairs of the house to meet us. One showed us around the property (which includes a beautiful garden area with swings, a gazebo, a pond, a giant chess board and a bocce court) while the other drove out car around the house and unloaded our luggage into our room (we stayed in the Mint Room) before we got there. We were brought roast beef crostini with glasses of good red wine about 15 minutes after we arrived. We spent the first afternoon in the garden on the swings and in our room relaxing. The room itself was very beautiful, with a canopy bed, antique furniture and a huge jacuzzi tub.

For dinner the first night we went to the restaurant at the Chateau, the Elderberry House. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the service was flawless. When we were seated, the first thing we noticed was that the menu had our names printed it, a nice souvenir. The 5 course dinner and wine pairing was outstanding. Everything we had was superb, especially the salmon "lasagna" (although the bland-seeming eggplant soup was just ok). Before dessert, we were offered the opportunity to move to the patio to enjoy the remaining course. It was a lovely night and a great end to a wonderful day.

The breakfasts were probably the only slight negative to this inn (other than the fact that they did not provide wood for the fireplace even though it got down into the low 60s at night). The breakfast was very similar both days we were there and was very european, meaning cold meats, cheese and fruits. It was fine, but definitely the least satisfying of the trip.

We had a great day in Yosemite on our second day and then had dinner at a local favorite (according to the guest information guide in our room), a casual mexican joint called El Cid. The next day they packed up our car for us and sent us on our way with a bag filled with bottled waters and pistachios.

We enjoyed our stay here and we will be back!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2009

We really enjoyed our 3 day stay at Chateau du Sureau. The staff were professional, friendly, unpretentious and discrete. There is no check-in desk and we really felt at home in the Chateau rather than in a hotel. Beautiful flowers throughout. The room was beautifully appointed. European breakfast was excellent quality and served in a quiet room - some day to day variation in the breakfast meat platter ould have been appreciated - but overall great. When we arrived back at the room one night we found that the staff had placed Chateau du Sureau bookmarks in our books at the correct pages - very sweet.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644
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Location: United States > California > Oakhurst
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Oakhurst
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Number of rooms: 9
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