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“The perfect base for Yosemite trips”
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Hotel Charlotte
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“The perfect base for Yosemite trips”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Gorgeous hotel that we chose to stay in as it was about a half an hour from the Yosemite gate. Very friendly staff, cute rooms that were small but very nicely decorated and well maintained. Really good food and wine too! The breakfast was better than expected with a large choice including sausages, eggs and pancakes. Groveland is a lovely little town with quite a few other food options, and many places to pick up a packed lunch, in particular the Firefall café which provided us with large sandwiches for our days in the park. The drive from here to Yosemite was very straight forward and beautiful too! Highly recommend :)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Hotel Charlotte is located in the heart of a charming little gold rush town, with friendly and attentive staff, a newly redecorated hotel and restaurant, and an owner-operated establishment. We drove every day to nearby Yosemite, and the drive was scenic and easy to navigate. Yosemite itself was breathtaking and the staff was happy to give recommendations on good day trips and places to go within the park and the area. The restaurant is the go to spot for the entire town at night, with a cozy ambiance, wonderful garden fresh food, drinks and local wines. My only regret is not having more time to spend in the park, and no more room to try all of the fabulous deserts in the restaurant!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

While researching places to stay in and around Yosemite, we came across Hotel Charlotte and decided to give it a try. We were so happy we did! Room 14 is a large queen room right on the back corner so we felt like we had plenty of privacy and space. It's decorated, as are all the rooms, with a very homey feeling. The bathroom has been remodeled and updated with a large double-headed shower and new tiling.
We ate in the restaurant our first night and this turned out to be the highlight of our stay! The quality of the food was excellent. There was so much flavor and freshness that we ate every last scrap on our plates.
The staff, from the front desk to the restaurant, were always pleasant and helpful.
As mentioned, the drive to Yosemite Valley can take between 45 - 60 minutes but it's well worth it in our opinion.
The only negatives for me were minor. The first is that our toilet seemed to have a small leak and would flush periodically on its own. We kept the bathroom door closed and notified staff at checkout so this really didn't impact us. The second is that all the pillows were very soft. I realize this is a matter of personal taste though and, additionally, have been told that new pillows are on the way.
Overall, just a wonderful place to come back to after a long day in the park.

Room Tip: Room 14 is large and quiet on the back corner of the house. Room 12 has its own spa tub.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay art hotel Charlotte for 2 nights in April 2014. The hotel is probably equivalent to a very good UK b&b. The location is excellent for Yosemite; only 45mins from the valley and There is a great little general store up the road for stocking up on supplies for a day out. When we stayed the selection of restaurants in grovel and was limited which isn't a problem weds to Sunday when the hotel bar is open. The food there is really very good, however we ended up being ignored for 45mins (aside from being offered weed) at the iron door saloon over the road on the second night and walked down the road for some pizza.

The only unavoidable negative was that because this is an old west style hotel the rooms are small. Not a complaint but something to be aware of if you're making a long trip and have a lot of luggage like us.

Overall we loved the style, location, helpful/knowledgeable staff, gastro restaurant and well appointed rooms in this hotel. We'd stay here again, hopefully!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you are planning to go to Yosemite National Park, you probably looked around for accommodation options in and near the park, only to find out that the options are very limited and expensive. If you do not mind driving about an hour, Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, CA is an excellent choice. The hotel is about 24 miles from park entrance, and another 20 or miles from there to the Yosemite Valley. It is a historical building, and it comes with all the charm, quaintness as well as a few little issues that comes with staying at such an old building. It is simple but tastefully decorated, and the rooms have the original bathtubs from who knows how many hundred+ years ago. The tubs have curtains running on old copper pipes, which makes the tub itself little tight (you will not like it if you are claustrophobic), if you are taking a shower. If you are taking a bath, no problem.

The hotel provides adequate if uninspiring standard fare continental breakfast, which along with the awkward curtain situation, is why I am docking one circle. That should not give you any hesitation, however, as the innkeepers are extremely nice and go out of their way to help the guests.

One word of caution: Groveland is a tiny tiny place. Do not expect very many dining options, though they do claim to have the oldest saloon in the country.

Overall, a very good place to stay, reasonably close to the park.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stayed at the Charlotte last week and loved it! So adorably decorated and the staff was excellent. Sure the rooms are small, but very comfortable. If you're the type who wants to lounge in a hotel room all day this probably isn't the place for you, but as a spot to rest after a day of exploring it is perfect! We didn't eat dinner there (the menu wasn't appealing to my 11-year old) but sure enjoyed the breakfast-definitely better than your standard continental!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Swindon
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Hotel Charlotte is a historic hotel in a small but cute town on the edge of Yosemite national park.
The staff were friendly and informative without being overbearing. We stayed in two rooms (decided to stay an extra night, and was charged the same as our first night despite it being an upgrade - thanks this was appreciated!).
The breakfast was good - the only criticism being that the crockery could have been slightly cleaner and some fruit for those of us watching our figures would have been appreciated!
Overall though, a fantastic place to stay and I would definitely recommend it.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Charlotte
Address: 18736 Main St, Groveland, CA 95321-9444
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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 Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Charlotte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience a wonderful escape at the Hotel Charlotte, located at the gateway to Yosemite. Enjoy the rustic quirks of a charming, historic boutique hotel coupled with a wonderfully inviting ambiance and stellar service that will leave you wanting more.At the Hotel Charlotte, you'll be welcomed by friendly, knowledgable staff who will help you settle in to one of our 10 hotel rooms or 6 guest houses. Whether you want to experience the natural wonders of the surrounding area and Yosemite, have a romantic getaway, or enjoy a stay in an authentic old west hotel, you will find what you are looking for at the Hotel Charlotte. The owners, Doug and Jenn Edwards, wanted to retain the gold rush feel of the hotel while at the same time modernizing and simplifying. The sage green walls, the throwback Edison lightbulbs, the oversized, brown velvet sofas - invite guests to step into a contemporary old west. The look of the hotel also carries into the adjoining restaurant, the Charlotte Bistro & Bar. Under the direction of Chef Doug Edwards, the restaurant features locally grown produce and innovative Modern American fare. ... more   less 
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