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“Great food, shame about the room!”
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Narrow Gauge Inn
Ranked #3 of 4 Fish Camp B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Swansea, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great food, shame about the room!”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were relieved when we phoned to have the last room at this hotel as it was a busy time of year. The room itself was dated but adequate. There was however one big drawback which we were to find to our cost later that night. The room was situated at the far end of the hotel, first right at the bottom of some wooden stairs next to the restaurant. At every 20/30mins intervals a generator would power up and reverberate through the walls, it sounded like a tractor starting up every half an hour. This went on all night. We did complain at around 11.30 pm but we were stuck as there were no other rooms available. I am a light sleeper so had a terrioble night. We complained again at reception in the morning and they reduced the price by half without quibble so I guess they were aware of the problem. Unless you are a heavy sleeper, do not take this room!
Positives: The hotel is situated in a beautifull wooded area and the wild west style train next door is well worth a look. We didn't board it but it was great to see it chugging away in the distance, smoke billowing and hooter sounding. I have to say that the staff were very polite and curteous at all times and we had the best meal ever in our three week US holiday at the restaurant there. It was simply outstanding. So all in all I would recommend staying there - just heed my warning above!

Room Tip: See my review above!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stayed here October 2013. Despite the gov't shutdown, there was plenty to do in the area. Hotel was clean, good view of woods. Rooms were a bit dated to a 1960's feel, but added to the charm. Restaurant was very good with people coming from outside the hotel to enjoy (prepare to reserve or wait 1/2 hr to get a table). Hotel staff was super nice and helpful. They pointed us to a Sequoia grove outside Yosemite which was great due to the shutdown. Don't miss the narrow gauge train ride just next door -- it's fun! Also, there's an antique fire engine on site which is fun for small kids to view. Say hello to the multi-toed cat in the office!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Besides the romantic quality of this hotel, with its solid wood interior and welcoming fireplace, staff are first class in making you feel truly welcome. We added a night's stay, just to linger in the warmth a bit longer. Excellent restaurant with some great local wines on the list. Pastry chef deserves medal for her chocolate tart, alone.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Marlo B, General Manager at Narrow Gauge Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We are very thankful for our beautiful Inn and our wonderful staff, we all truly love to serve our guests. I know the Netherlands is far from our Inn but we do hope to see you return in the future, you could have another bit of the fabulous tart. PLEASE NOTE: Our restaurant is seasonal, our last night for dinner this year is Oct. 27th, 2013. Our re-opening date is April 16, 2014.
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Chino Hills, California
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We have to cancel our reservation because of the shutdown of the park and they want to take half of the deposit. So we have to pay for the government's fault? It feels like a robbery. Will stay away from them forever.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Marlo B, General Manager at Narrow Gauge Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
The park shutdown has been sad for all travelers involved. I do apologize for you feeling robbed, that is the last thing we want our guests to feel. The Inn likes to meet our guest half way even when a full penalty can be enforced. PLEASE NOTE: Our Inn is still open even with the park shut down, we do have activities and trails in our area that guests can enjoy.
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Milano, Italia
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Narrow Gauge Inn is a charming hotel located just outside the entrance of Yosemite National Park, an ideal base for visiting Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point. The atmosphere is lovely, very romantic, with soft lighting. We stayed in the suite. The room was comfortable with a large terrace with a beautiful view of the woods. The hotel restaurant is very romantic and every detail is taken care of in a harmonious way. The food is great. I love this place ....

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marlo B, General Manager at Narrow Gauge Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Come see us again.
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Stayed at Narrow Gauge Inn with my husband and we brought our dog. Great location - probably about 10 minutes from the entrance to the park. Great woodsy area - walked our dog and enjoyed the paths around the Inn. Included dog treats for the dog on arrival. Room was nice (overlooked the woods). Arrived too late to really enjoy the patio but it would have been nice. Ate in the restaurant on the property and enjoyed it greatly...husband ate elk for the first time (like a steak he said). Breakfast was included and was really nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marlo B, General Manager at Narrow Gauge Inn, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay and we just love it when the pet has fun to. Being you are from L.A. keep in mind we have some wonderful fall and winter rates and we still have things to keep you busy until the park re-opens. Our restaurants last night will be Oct 27th, maybe we can see you back for another wonderful meal.
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed here in September when the National Parks were still open. This Inn is wonderful. Close to the park and there is a tour service that will come and pick you up from here for a guided tour of Yosemite. We were in the rooms that face the forest with a outside deck. Wonderful to watch the sunset from. The staff are very helpful and there is a computer available in the office for guest use. (Also easy to use room wireless access.) The breakfast was included and in the restaurant since the mornings were cool. Great outside hot tub to fight off any chill. (Office has 30 min time slots since there is only room for ~ 4.)

Room Tip: Rooms with Forrest view and outside deck are the best
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Marlo B, General Manager at Narrow Gauge Inn, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and before the park closer. We do hope to see you return for a visit in the future.
TRAVELERS PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WE STILL HAVE GREAT ACTIVITES TO ENJOY IN OUR AREA EVEN WITH THE PARK CLOSER.
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Property: Narrow Gauge Inn
Address: 48571 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623-9700
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Location: United States > California > Fish Camp
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Fish Camp
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Narrow Gauge Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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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