After miles of winding, forested road, we rounded a corner and there was the drive-way for Tenaya Lodge. The Lodge is away from the highway and the drive to the valet area was decorated for Christmas. Had there been snow, it would have seemed like a Winter Fairyland. We were greeted enthusiastically by the valet staff, who were eager to park our car(no charge), carry our luggage to the room and introduce us to the Front Desk for check-in. It was at this point that our trip went down hill.
Nine months before, we had called the reservations desk and were assured we would get the two connecting rooms we had reserved. We paid for one night at that point for each room. However, the front desk clerk said they had no connecting rooms that day, and didn't bother to check to even see if any would be available in the next 4 days. So, at the point of leaving to find other lodging, we figured that would probably be impossible over Thanksgiving weekend, so we went to look at our rooms, which were 5 doors apart. My husband and I have been married for 51 years and always request two rooms with a connecting door. Our "single" rooms each had a door that connected to another room, so we went back to the registration desk to ask if either rooms would check out in the next day or so. Amazingly enough, the room next to me was checking out the next day! But I was the one that had to ask about it. The next day my husband was given the connecting room next to me. In filling out a questionnaire about our visit, and writing basically what I just wrote, I was written back that connecting rooms are given to families with children first. What about elderly people that might need help or companionship? What about promising and not delivering? The whole time we were there, the vacancy sign was up out on the Highway.
Now for the positive side. As mentioned, the Lodge was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Santa came, there was a Gingerbread house building contest, ice skating, guided walks, horse back riding, kids game room, two swimming pools--there was plenty to do. Tenaya is both kid friendly and dog friendly. We saw a lot of dogs on leashes in the lobby. They are relegated to first floor rooms because of access to the lawn. Our rooms were on the 3rd floor and tastefully decorated. The bathroom had a shower/bath and toilet, separate from the counter and mirror. The amenities were adequate, the coffee good and even better if you use bottled water. No couch for extra people in the room.
We ate at both restaurants. Found the Jackalope food to be a little spicy to our taste. There is also a Deli for sandwiches. We had latte's there a couple of times. Our Thanksgiving meal was in the ballroom with nice decorations and plenty of food. We were charged $28.95 pp for a Senior Citizen. There were more families with children and Grandparents than at Disneyland. It was really a family destination for the Holiday.
We spent two days in the Park. The first was 9 hours of driving around to see all the famous landmarks. We also ate lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The waterfalls were barely dribbles this time of year. Probably our highlight was going to Glacier Point. It was worth the drive for the views. This is where the old fire fall used to be pushed off the cliff. We also went to the Mariposa Grove to see the Sequoia trees. On our last day, we drove to a parking area and walked .5 miles to see Tenaya Falls. It was a lovely, flat walk on pine needles. The Lodge has a map showing how to get there.
We liked our stay, and had it not been for the room problem, would give Tenaya Lodge a five.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 48 acres in the southern High Sierra and just 2 miles from Yosemite, the Four-Diamond Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers easy access to all of Yosemite’s most alluring attractions and all the amenities expected from a luxury resort property. Tenaya boasts comfortable and spacious accommodations, Ascent – a luxurious 10,000 sq.foot spa, steam room, sauna, fitness room, three pools, five dining options, all-season recreation and a full-service concierge to help you plan your getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel At Yosemite
- Tenaya Lodge Yosemite
- Yosemite Tenaya Lodge