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Yosemite Westgate Lodge
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Rancho Cordova, California
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74 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“The beds were too firm”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

I can take a pretty firm bed but these were a bit to hard even for me. Housekeeping could have been a little better as there was popcorn on the floor under the edge of the bed and we were not eating popcorn! The small hot-tub was cooler than it should have been. They did have several seating areas around the grounds which we used to play board games in the evening. The play set was nice if you have children under the age of 12 (the posted limit of use). Was convenient to Hetch Hetchy were we went hiking on Saturday and then not to far to Yosemite Valley when we checked out on Sunday.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It was a lovely hotel, very lodgy feeling which was nice for where it is. Its only a short drive to the park entrance and excellent value considering the price to stay inside the park jumps exorbitantly. Rooms were clean and comfortable, all the usual things you'd hope for, and no issues with anything. Bathroom was massive and we were offered a jacuzzi suite as an uograde which was cool. We were grateful for this considering they had not honoured our American Best Value Inn membership card saying the website we'd booked through already gave us a discount. We weren't so sure about this but the upgrade was a very nice gesture so I guess we cant complain there. Would stay again!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in room 503 on 4/29/2013. The room had recently been refurbished and if it wasn't new it was painted. The room size was average and bed bed linens were new. The room had the light sensors that would turn off lights that it did not sense activity near them. This was nice feature. The temperature was just right outside and I did not need the heat or ac. The front desk gal was helpful and friendly. This property is 11 miles east of Groveland which makes it closer to yosemite than any place in groveland. There was restaurant within walking distance that I went to for both dinner and breakfast. It was pretty good. I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Northern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Took my sister to Yosemite for her birthday. We are both pretty picky and mobility challenged, [aka we are old and out of shape]. I choose this hotel due to location and good reviews. First off, the hotel says it's in Groveland but it is 12 miles outside of Groveland towards Yosemite. We spent a bit looking for it but asked a local and was given directions.

It was quiet except for the people moving the bench around upstairs. Our room was clean, having a fridge and microwave helped us keep some of our costs down. Since it was mid week and not quite the high season, it only took us about 20 minutes to get to the valley floor.
Don't know where the pictures on their site were taken, but I saw rooms in every building and not one had the bed linens pictured. The sheets etc were nice but covered with ugly flowered bedspreads. Not a big deal for me as I just throw those onto the floor anyway.

Bed was comfy, wireless was spotty at best but I was aware of that. The shower head was high which is usually an issue for both of us as we are tall. Water pressure which is a biggie for me was good so I was happy. Wierdly, we both commented that the toliet seemed very short.

We ate next door at the BuckMeadow resturant. Not terrible but certainly nothing to write home about. We choose to eat else where for all of the other meals. Their pie which is "homemade" was really bad.

I'd stay again and have even recommended it already to someone. If you can get the Groupon deal it's great too.

Room Tip: We had room 503. Middle of the building on the first floor. Close to everything and quiet
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lebenheimer1
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Singapore, Singapore
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100 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Located in Buck Meadows, simple and clean, quiet. What I like most about are the light switches, each has a pilot light to indicate its location, and also detects motion so that the whole switch brightens up when you move near it in the dark. Why don't more hotels have this gizmo?

It may be 15 minutes to the Yosemite Park West Gate entrance but it is another 45 minutes or so In early season traffice beofre one could reach the Yosemite Valley and the sights.
If you do not mind the hour long commute each waydaily it is a good place.

The Buck Meadows Restaurant next to it is good, cheap and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark T
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Tanaki:

Thanks for your positive review. I wanted to take the time to personally thank you! Its so funny some people love those light switches and some are just baffled by them! We are just trying to be eco-friendly, especially considering we live in the forest! Thank you for your review. We do recognize some also find is close to The Park, and some find us a bit far. The reality is: Yosemite is the size of Rhode Island and it is a very vast and rugged place. We actually are the closest and most modern hotel to Yosemite, so yes, we are the closest without being actually in The Park--where'd you'd pay an arm and a leg!

Anyhow, we'd love to have you stay again. Please do visit and book directly at yosemitewestgate.com and save!

Thanks,

Raj
Owner
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Granite Bay, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We recently booked this hotel using a Groupon voucher during an April visit to Yosemite. This hotel has basic accommodations, but is very clean and we felt it was a very good deal and would definitely come back again. There is a small restaurant next door that has decent food at reasonable prices (there appeared to be a lot of locals there, which is always a good sign). Our shower leaked something fierce onto the bathroom floor (and there was evidence from the bowed baseboards that we weren't the only ones to experience this) but the water was nice and hot, perfect after a long day hiking. Our internet was spotty, but definitely usable, about what you would expect when you are out in the middle of nowhere. The hotel is about 12 miles from the Yosemite gate (note, you will need another 20 minutes after getting to the gate to get down to the valley floor).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

While the room we were in was average in size, our bed was very comfortable, and you could tell they had done renovations to the room in the recent past. This made our stay a pleasant one. Because the heat was not working in the first room when we arrived, the manager quickly relocated us to a different room. We found a great rate on the internet and stayed here for two nights. We would stay here again on a return trip to Yosemite.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Yosemite Westgate Lodge
Address: 7633 Hwy 120, at Buck Meadows, Groveland, CA 95321 (Formerly Yosemite Westgate Motel)
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Location: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Yosemite Westgate Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Yosemite Westgate Lodge is the most modern lodging facility on Highway 120, located just a mere 12 miles from the Big Oak Flat "Westgate" Entrance to Yosemite N.P., And a short 35 mile jaunt down to the Valley Floor and the many popular features of Yosemite including the thunderous waterfalls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and many campgrounds in and around Yosemite. We offer the ideal place to stay if you are traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Our hotel boasts 48 luxuriously appointed and newly remodeled and extremely spacious rooms. Most of our rooms have two queen size beds, making them ideal for families or groups. The Yosemite Westgate Lodge is a 100% Non-Smoking facility and unfortunately, Pets are NOT allowed. The Lodge has a heated swimming pool, spa, playground, laundry facilities, and an adjacent restaurant. Sorry, we do NOT have WIFI. ... more   less 
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