I had high expectations based on the website and the price ($315/night for 2 queen room with a view of a parking lot), but this hotel reminded me of an older Holiday Inn. This hotel bills itself as a luxury resort, but I would much rather stay in a new Holiday Inn Express.
Pros: Location - an hour outside Yosemite Valley, but the drive was nice and you are (relatively) close to Glacier Peak and the Mariposa Grove. Free wifi in the business center, although it didn't work in the rooms. Fitness center was decent, and the front desk clerk was kind enough to phone someone to let me in early (it didn't open until 6 am). Rooms were spacious and this was the only hotel we stayed at that had washing machines (not normally something I look for, but this was a 9-day trip and we didn't want to check luggage).
Cons: Hallways, indoor pool, laundry, and our bathroom were very old and worn out. Every monring, inexplicably, we lost our cold water (I understand losing hot water but cold?!) between 6 and 7. It was cold when I woke up, but by the time we were brushing teeth at 6:30 to leave, it was burning hot. I told the front desk clerk the first day, she asked if I wanted them to fix it (um, yes??), but it never got fixed. I suspect when maintenance came to my room later, the cold had come back on, and they just thought I was crazy (but it happend three mornings!). Restaurants were mediocre, and service was VERY slow. outdoor hot tub was lukewarm (maybe it got my cold water). Concierge was overwhelmed - twice we waited around for 15 minutes or so to meet with her but gave up (she did VERY quickly reply to an email I had sent before we left home, so that was quite helpful).
Tips- we stopped at a grocery in Oakhurst (Raley's or something like that - great food but no wine selection) to get breakfast foods to eat in our room, and we had an amazing Sunday brunch at the Awahnee hotel in Yosemite valley - highly recommended and well worth the price.
- 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