We arrived fairly late in the afternoon, checked in got the keys to our $160 a night room, dropped our bags in it and went straight out to the Mariposa grove which is 5 mins drive from the hotel. When we arrived back at around 10pm we showered and were about to get into bed when we pulled back the covers to reveal........lots of mouse dropping, in our bed, under the sheets, pillows in fact we then started to notice that they were everywhere. On the kitchen table, ontop of the refrigerator. We'd put the musty smell down to the location and age of the accomodation but oh no! it was actually rodent crap. My wife freaked out at this point and I pulled on some clothes and trudged wearily across to the office which was closed around 10.40 pm. The old guy who owns the place was in the house opposite so I regretfully disturbed his peace and told him what was occurring. He seemed confused by the state of affairs but gave us the keys to the next door room. Guess what- it was even worse, covered in little black droppings-UGHHH!
We then got the keys to a room nearer the office and this was free of rodent crap but was infested with insects, covered with green insect killing pellets and smelled so bad that we had to cover ourselves with perfume to mask the smell. We put up with this (lying in our clothes on top of the bed for about 2.5hrs). I was unable to sleep and didn't want to touch anything in the room. My wife told me she had had enough and we went to sleep outside in our car. We then managed some sleep till 6am when we decided we wanted to not let it spoil our plans and went for a wonderful hike in Yosemite.
We returned around midday to see what the management had to say- to be fair the lady behind the desk (who was very nice like all the staff and the owner) said she didn't want to charge me anything (which would still have been too much!) but was afraid she might have to pay. I decided I would just pay the lower room rate which was $139 and would NEVER EVER go anywhere near that place again.
Here's a word to the wise, heed these reviews and whatever you do avoid this place like you would a gun toting maniac in a burger bar.
Even if they cleared up the rodent problem it's old, tired and not worth the money. If I could give a zero rating I would. My single worse hotel experience ever made all the sadder by the fact that the owner and staff are such nice people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the White Chief Mountain Lodge. We are now under new Ownership and Management. We are 1.5 Miles away from the front entrance to Yosemite National Park. We believe in keeping it basic so you can reconnect with each other and relax! We are a perfect stop for travelers who are on a budget. You can find us on your way to Yosemite on the right. We also offer free Wi-Fi, DirecTV, fridge, microwave, and coffee in every room. We look forward to seeing you soon! -White Chief Mountain Lodge Staff ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Chief Mountain Hotel Fish Camp