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BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9621   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Oakhurst
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“Great place to stop for visiting Yosemite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

A large hotel -- we had to drive down for breakfast ! Had a top floor room with 2 queen beds and even a balcony and chairs. As we were on a longish trip we were self catering and found the facilities here excellent. It was nice to have a sink apart from the bathroom and a good table with 2 chairs.
. The bed and pillows were very comfortable and the room very quiet- no traffic noise or sounds from nearby rooms. The complimentary buffet breakfast served at the restaurant was the best we had on our entire trip

Room Tip: Our room was at the top of the hill furthest away from the road.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

As I explored the mountains, valleys and forests of Yosemite over 2 days time, it was easy to imagine what it must have been like for our pioneer forefathers back in the 1800s. Sleeping under the stars. Building a fire to cook their evening meal. Falling asleep under a canopy of stars to the sounds of the forest animals. But after a full day in the company of Mother Nature, I yearn for the civilized comforts of the 21st Century which thankfully the Yosemite Gateway was able to provide (and at a reasonable rate). You know? Falling asleep on a comfortable bed to the sound of an air conditioner after enjoying an evening meal cooked for and served to you in a restaurant. I could not help but notice the mixed experiences of other Trip Advisor reviewers. Our room was comfortably spacious and the furnishings appeared to be relatively new. The hotel is comprised of separate buildings. We were in the uppermost one, on the upper floor. The day we checked out, we noticed that we had neighbors but we would not have noticed during our stay. We had a small balcony that looked out over the tree tops. Not exactly a "view" but a nice sense of rustic privacy. And when we felt the need to connect with the rest of civilization, there was the free WiFi.

We found the Gateway Inn to be ideally located. We were not familar at all with the area around Yosemite. So I started checking Trip Advisor for the various surrounding towns. That's how we decided on Oakhurst, a decison we found confirmed on our arrival. The hotel is right in the village which gave us access to a number of restaurants, a shopping center, a movie theater (had we wanted to do that) and even a chain drug store down the street with an ice cream "parlor"! The front desk staff was very helpful in not just describing the food in different places but in giving their personal recommendations as well, even after our describing our totally unsatisfying experience at the restaurant next door. Yes, as other reviewers have noted, it's about a 20 minute drive from Oakhurst to south gate of the park. But we found it to be an easy one. We also noticed that had we chosen a hotel closer to the park itself, if we had wanted any other choices for a place to eat we would have ended up getting in the car and driving down the highway anyway. It was nice to spend the whole day with Mother Nature. But just like a visit to your Mom, at the end of the day I was happy to get back to my own place....or at least The Gateway Inn's.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The hotel is located near the southeast entrance to Yosemite National Park, about 15 miles to the actual park entrance. The rooms all had exterior entrances and were located in several buildings throughout the property (5-6 buildings). If you want to use the hot tub or pool, get a room near the building in which they are located. Otherwise, it can be a long cold walk in a wet bathing suit. The staff at check-in was efficient but not overly friendly. The room were well maintained and nicely decorated with a comfortable bed. We ate dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The dinner meal was good and so was the service. The complimentary breakfast offered a good variety, more than most complimentary breakfast buffets. The only downside to the restaurant was the décor. The tables, chairs, and carpet were outdated and a little worn. Every square inch of the walls was covered with paintings, mostly paintings of roses. I appreciate art but this was over the top and didn’t add a pleasing atmosphere. This is a very good hotel and an outstanding value close to Yosemite.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here one night before our reservation inside Yosemite began. A good choice to stop over on your way into the park. Close enough for visiting Wawona area, a bit far for valley touring but doable if no closer accommodations are available or your budget doesn't allow. The rooms were large and comfortable and the setting very pretty. We had a reasonably priced and tasty dinner in their restaurant, and the free breakfast buffet had a good variety of offerings. The lobby staff were very friendly and helpful. I prefer to stay inside Yosemite whenever possible but this is a good substitute if the park is full and I will return here to explore the Wawona-Mariposa Grove area further.

Room Tip: Buildings at top of the hill, back of property are quiet and near the indoor pool.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Perfect location if you don't want to stay in the park. Staff are relatively friendly, rooms are large and overall very good value for money. As with all Best Western hotels we've stayed at, you get what you pay for and you know what to expect. Great breakfast selection and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The hotel is situated on a hotel with the buildings spread out. Nestled in there are an indoor pool and hot tub, an outdoor pool and hot tub (seasonal - open only in summer I think), and an exercise room. There is also a restaurant on the premises where you go for the included free breakfast, which was ok. They had some hot items, fruit, yogurt, hot drinks - the usual. The scrambled eggs were actually pretty good.

The room was a decent size and had a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Not the best decor, but a comfortable room nonetheless. We stayed only one night while on our way to Yosemite. The hotel is about an hour from the south entrance to the park. It is also worth noting that they are very close to a number of restaurants so there are plenty of dining options

Room Tip: If you are interested in using the pool/hot tub try to get a room further up the hill
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Stayed for one night at this big hotel.
Before our Yosemite tour we checked on MANY hotels near and far from the park entrances, but this one was by far the most reasonably priced compared to nearness to entrance.
The hotel itself is OK - nothing special, nice big room, colors and interiors maybe a little outdated, but absolutely in good shape and clean and quiet.
Breakfast in a separate building was OK - again - nothing special, but OK.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9621
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Location: United States > California > Oakhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each of the 135 quiet and beautiful guest rooms have either deluxe queens, kings, or twin queen sized beds and there are 2-bedroom family units available for up to six people. Most rooms have a mountain view or garden setting and many have balconies and patios. Our hotel offers free High Speed Internet Access, In-room coffee, local calls Premium TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN standard for your enjoyment and comfort. ... more   less 
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