This inn is quite a drive from Yosemite Valley. You need to be aware of that. We stayed there for a night on our way out of Yosemite National Park, and we are glad we did. After the hectic hyper atmosphere at the more popular stops in Yosemite, the Narrow Gauge was a welcome and secluded respite for us.
It is situated off the road and down a hill. The landscaping is beautiful. I don't know who does the gardening there, but kudos to them. There were flowers everywhere, and everything we saw was well kept and tidy.
Our room was also well kept and tidy and a little old fashioned in its decor. The only drawback was the size of the room. It was tiny for two beds. You couldn't open the door to the bathroom and still walk from one side of the room to the other, and it was impossible to open the door to the deck the whole way. There was very little room for our things. The shower was tiny, and we wondered how a large man (for example) would fit in there and be able to turn around or bend to reach their feet because it was difficult for us. From the reviews I assume there are larger rooms available, so you might want to consider requesting one of them.
I will say that it was very quiet. The deck was great with a very restful forest view. It was very private.
The free breakfast is served in the restaurant (to be reviewed separately), which is very charming and typical of a small mountain inn eatery. There was a variety of breads and the usual simple breakfast choices, and the server was a very lovely woman who asked if we would like eggs. They were cooked to order and served with your choice of breakfast meat. Delicious. I would say it is a cut above anything we expected given that it was free.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced (for the area) getaway in a great setting, and you don't mind the long drive into Yosemite, this is a good option for a night or two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming 26 room Inn located 4 miles from Yosemite's South entrance. This pet friendly Inn has a seasonal fine dining restaurant, pool and hot tub. Spend time in the beautiful gardens or ride the historic Railroad, just next door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Narrow Gauge Hotel Fish Camp