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“Enough issues for us not to come back” 3 of 5 stars
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The Groveland Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
El Cerrito, CA
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47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Enough issues for us not to come back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Given the recent rave reviews of this establishment, perhaps our experience was atypical. But with such high marks from other guests, we really wanted to like this establishment. However, we were underwhelmed. The issues we encountered during our weekend stay prevented us from getting any semblance of restful sleep & will prevent us from staying at or recommending this establishment in future visits to the Yosemite region.

Pros:
Historic hotel with that "old-timey" feel (exterior & interior). There are comfortable chairs lining the porches where you can just hang out & watch the cars go by on Main St./CA-120 (you may run into a neighborhood cat stopping by for a bite to eat). The staff was friendly & helpful. They were ready to give us suggestions with regards to the park (although we did not need them since we've been to the region a few times prior).

The staff put us in Room 118, The O’Shaughnessy (http://www.groveland.com/lodging/oshaughnessy). This room is in the building adjacent to the lobby/main building, towards the back of the property. Our room was small, but clean with plenty of light. The room was close enough to the rear entrance to make getting to & from the parking lot easier.

Easy access to parking from the street & the hotel. You might even see a couple of beagles hanging out on a porch in the lot.

Pet-friendly.

The location of the hotel & relative proximity to the park is nice. There is also a nice tea shop (Dori's Tea Cottage) & a Mexican restaurant (Cocina Michoacana) across the street, & a market about 5 minutes east on Main St. in case you needed some supplies. Between the hotel & the market (past the fire station) is a nice community park.

The outdoor rear patio area looked inviting. However, it was still a little too cold outside to fully take advantage of it.

The free breakfast every morning was delightful. A continental-style spread offering bagles & english muffins. Cold cereals, coffee, juice, & milk. Fresh fruit & a hand juicer where you can squeeze some fresh orange juice. Plus a small hot menu where you can get eggs, omlets, waffles, etc..

Cons:
We came here via the LivingSocial deal that they offered. When my wife tried to redeem the voucher & book a room, the staff told her that the only rooms they had left for the weekend we wanted to visit were singles (e.g. the O'Shaughnessy room). Not a huge deal except that the hotel had multiple vacancies during the weekend according to their online booking system. Granted, this is not Las Vegas, but an "upgrade" to a room with a queen bed would have been nice, especially if that room happened to be vacant during the weekend.

The shower head is one of those adjustable stream ones. Apparently the previous guest had turned the head sufficiently to loosen the head from the pipe threads. The water pressure backed up a bit & caused water to spray from the back of the shower head into the bathroom. I managed to tighten the head so this was not a problem during the remainder of the stay. In addition, the water temperature would fluctuate randomly. Sometimes it would get too hot, other times too cold. Adjusting the hot-cold water flow seemingly did nothing to help.

Given that this is an old building, the floors are creaky & the walls are relatively thin. Late at night, you can hear water flowing through the pipes if someone flushes a toilet/uses a sink/takes a shower. The shower pipes for the neighboring room were particularly loud. This normally wouldn't be an issue except the neighboring occupants decided to take 30-40 minute showers around midnight on both nights we stayed there.

The Iron Door Saloon is adjacent to the property. One of the only establishments open late at night in the immediate area. And a source of annoyance for someone trying to sleep late at night due to the noise level coming from the driveway that the saloon & hotel share. Perhaps the noise level doesn't affect other sections of the building, but there weren't any structures separating our room from the noise (& it seemed like noise travels pretty well through the back courtyard). It seemed that the noise level from the saloon died down after 12:30 am, but this is not conducive to an early morning trek into Yosemite.

Since the O'Shaughnessy room only had twin beds, I offered to take the bed next to the window (my wife gets cold easily). Good thing I did, as the window was 4 inches from the bed & drafty.

In regards to the beds, they were WAY too soft & "plushy" for my tastes (I have chronic back problems, so a firm mattress is definitely preferred). I felt that the only support from the mattress was directly in the middle... move a bit towards the edge & I felt like I was going to fall off the bed. Because this was a twin bed, I felt like I was going to fall off quite often. They were also very creaky. Turning over or getting up/into the bed & the bed would creak. I also ended up using the decoarative pillows as bed pillows as they provided more support than the sole (feather?) pillow that was provided.

As part of the LivingSocial voucher, we were offered $35 off a dinner at the Cellar Door restaurant. We decided to use the voucher on the first night rather than search for a local dinner spot. We arrived around 6:15 pm & although the dining room was completely empty, the hostess apparently needed to scramble to find a table for us (she ended up seating us at a window table which was supposed to be reserved for a later guest, although when we were finished a little before 7 pm the dining room still did not appear to be half full). Our server was also unable to tell us with confidence what menu items were unavailable, so she went to check with the chef (who had unfortunately "stepped out"). We were hungry & wanted to get back to our rooms quickly so we could rest after the long drive, so we only ordered a couple of starter & entrees. The caesar salad was tasty as was the grilled prawns (though at $9 for 3 prawns, it wasn't a great value). However our entrees were rather bad. My wife got the seafood pasta. The overall dish was under-seasoned (my wife suspected that the pasta was cooked in unsalted water) & the pasta itself was cooked past al-dente (when we asked for salt, our server forgot to bring us any). My 12 oz ribeye however was over-done (I asked for medium, it was almost well-done) & overly salty. My side of wild rice was WAY over cooked & had the consistency of oatmeal. And my "seasonal vegetables" consisted of broccoli & carrots, & was waterlogged. We skipped any dessert & got out of there. For us, the mexican restaurant across the street had much better food at a much better value.

The establishment promotes free Wi-fi service in all rooms. Given that we were at the far end/rear of the hotel, we barely got any signal whatsoever on a laptop. The hotspot didn't even register on our smartphones. The signal was strongest in the lobby & restaurant. This is where we had to travel to if we needed to check email or look up directions.

My wife thought that the chocolate used for the "chocolate-covered" strawberries were terrible. Given that she used to own her own high-end chocolate shop & she continues to work in the chocolate & food industry, I trusted her opinion & passed on the strawberries.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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South San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Had never been to groveland before but purchased the deal from living social so that we could visit Yosemite. The groveland hotel is a great place to stay. The building is a landmark so it really has the gold country charm. The rooms were comfortable and clean. We received champaine and chocolate covered stawberries that were delicious, free breakfasts both days and a voucher for the hotel restaurant. The breakfasts were really good but the dinner was excellent. Try the rib eye or BBQ ribs, so good! Has an in house bar with a friendly bartender but it closes early. The staff are all so nice and work hard to make you feel at home. Take advantage of the half off massage, Brian does a great job and really gets all the kinks out. Barbara at the front desk was great with all the accommodations, even provided me a free toothbrush because I'd forgotten mine! The beds were very comfortable, maybe feather, the bedding was definitly feather so it was easy to snuggle in. My freind love seeing the hocky network on the tv so that was an unexpected treat. There is a wine tasting that also goes with the deal but we didnt find the time to take advantage of this. Groveland is 20 minutes from the Yosemite gate and an hour from the village so you get a reasonable priced trip, Yosemite, a fun old style saloon across the street (oldest in CA, pricy drinks but a lot of fun) and friendly warm accommodations. If you want a change from the sterile, corporate type trip where you feel like a walking wallet, try this war, friendly hotel where the owner makes a point to thank each guest for visiting and the staff is so nice that it's contagious! You'll leave smiling...

Room Tip: We stayed in the o'shawnasy suite, two twin beds. Like most Victorians, rooms are on the small s...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

A last minute decision to take an overnight trip to Yosemite National Park left me looking for options near the park. Groveland, while near the Hetch Hetchy entrance, is still a distance from the Village and Yosemite's famous sites, but it is also your last chance for a great, small hotel and a good meal in a restaurant that has an award winning wine list. The hotel is historic (aka - old) but is very comfortable, very clean, quiet and filled with all the amenities you would expect to find at a high end boutique property. Bedding is top quality; towels are thick and soft; and the bath products are by Agraria. Groveland itself has little to offer in the way of entertainment or nightlife but if you want to be close to, but not inside of Yosemite Park (and the high prices for lodging that don't compare to the Groveland), this is the place for you.

Room Tip: The rooms that face the street have easy access to the big front porch.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I really enjoy visiting places with a story, so this historic building was completely enchanting. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful and the room top notch. My husband and I loved this Inn!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Walnut Creek, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in the Iron Door room. When we called to make our reservations, Joe-Ellen was extremely helpful. We were undecided with the room to select but her description made it easy!! When we arrived, Barbara greeted us with a warm smile and made us feel at home. We brought our pup with us and the hotel provided him with a bed, food bowls and a complimentary toy! We noticed a book in the room that was available to guests to make comments regarding their experience if they wish. There were many comments from international travelers who were all pleased with their stay. We dined and highly recommend the Cellar Door restaurant which is in the hotel. We'll be coming again!

Room Tip: The Iron Door room does not share walls with any other room; it's in it own corner. AND it's...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here during our visit to Yosemite. It was a charming old fashioned hotel in a quaint little town. We stayed two nights and had dinner there one of the nights.We ate on the patio and the service and food were good. If we ever are in the area again we would definitely stay there . The saloon next door was a fun experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Brentwood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed a single night as part of a getaway weekend to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Its a treasure words dont begin to give justice to. Fabulous dinner (Cheese plate, New York steak to die for) and breakfast (Rafters Skillet) in the restaurant, a bed that swallows you in plush comfort and the room (We stayed in Lyles room) pegs the charming scale. An amazing experience all the way around! I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: The Groveland Hotel
Address: 18767 Main Street, Groveland, CA 95321
Location: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Groveland Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park is a full service Yosemite region hotel, featuring 17 award-winning guest rooms. Our Cellar Door Restaurant is a casual yet fine dining experience, with a full bar and Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list. It is the perfect location for your Tuolumne River whitewater expedition, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, golf at Pine Mountain Lake, or just a great place to hang out and relax. A visit to Rainbow Pool (a great local swimmin' hole) with a great bottle of wine from the Cellar Door makes for a memorable, lazy afternoon. Located on the most direct, scenic route to Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento on Highway 120, Yosemite National Park's year-round northern entrance is a half hour or 23 picturesque miles from your Groveland, CA hotel. Our accommodations feature down comforters, featherbeds, private baths, delicious California cuisine, a full-service saloon, a full hot breakfast included with your stay, free parking and free Wi-Fi/high-speed Internet access in all rooms. We also offer free use of a guest computer with Wi-Fi connection and the ability to print out boarding passes at the front desk. Our Tesla electric car charger is available at no charge to hotel guests. The Groveland Hotel is pet-friendly and we welcome guests from around the globe, with all budgets - families, road-weary tourists, business executives, aviation enthusiasts, rock climbers, honeymooners - with gracious Southern Hospitality! ... more   less 
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