We stayed at the lodge for an extended weekend at the end of March 2014 for a visit to Yosemite. We've stayed in the valley in the past, but wanted a place that accepted dogs, which Tenaya does.
For a large, modern hotel, the details are very nice. The lobby has a fun, "Ahwahnee-eske" feel that fits right in with the location. The front desk staff was very pleasant and helpful. We were placed in a first floor room with a sliding door to the outside due to having the dogs. The rooms were pleasant and fresh, and included a dog bed and water bowl. The only issue was we could hear kids running back and forth upstairs, but nothing major.
The lodge has an indoor and outdoor pool, a game room, plus a small skating rink for the winter, so kiddies should be easy to entertain if they are tired of hiking. It is literally a ten minute drive to the South entrance of Yosemite and another ten or so two the redwood grove. Keep in mind it is a much longer drive to the valley - 45 minutes - since you are at the south entrance, but the drive is pleasant (though windy), through the park.
There are three restaurants and a takeout deli at the hotel and we found the staff very friendly - they welcomed us back on our second night and remembered some particulars that were requested from the first night. The food is good, but not superlative - perhaps I'm spoiled by the Bay Area, but overall the dining experience was very good, EXCEPT for the prices. It's a 20 minute drive to the nearest big town (Oakhurst) and because of that they know they have a captive audience. In the mid-level restaurant, we paid $23 for a tasty chicken penne pasta that would have been at most $16 to $18 in San Francisco, and much more for a nice steak. Again, pleasant service and good food, just be prepared for the prices.
Our only other negative was a somewhat grumpy concierge, which stood out because all of the other staff was very friendly and professional.
Overall, I would stay here again for many reasons - big, pleasant rooms, great public spaces, great staff, good location, they take dogs!
- 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