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Yosemite Westgate Lodge
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Miami, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“absolutely fine”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

this place is absolutely fine as a place to stay for access to yosemite - it is a long way out if you are going every day into the park every day but we used it as a overnight the day before going in and it did the job.
couldn't get the coffee machine to work and the shower was pretty hopeless, but the beds were comfy and the room was warm.
what got this place the very good rating however was the dinner attached to it. Great diner food (enormous meal), incredibly friendly service and a good atmosphere. Definitely worth saving a few cents and eating here!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Nothing fancy but the location so close to the park was fantastic. And the price was so incredible. The front desk extended our rate for an extra day as we wanted to stay another night and spend another day in the park.
Rooms are large, clean and comfy. There are fridges, microwaves and coffee makers in the room. All the basics you want. It is a great place to stay outside the park but yet be close to everything. I would definitely recommend staying here if you are visiting Yosemite.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clementon, NJ
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Stayed at Yosemite Lodge in early October, during the government shutdown. Rooms were newly updated and very clean and comfortable. Check-in and out was quick and easy, everyone very pleasant. Although the park was closed, this hotel is close to the entrance. Ate at the restaurant next door several times. Food was excellent and staff is very friendly. Very happy with our stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Darlene:

We are so sorry you had to deal with the incompetence of our Congress and had your vacation impacted by the Governent Closure. We are pleased, however, that you had a great stay and shared such a sentiment with the TripAdvisor Community. We work really hard to provide one of the best places to stay when visiting Yosemite and kind words like yours help highlight this.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitewestgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thanks,

Lucy - Owner
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Raleigh NC
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a trip that included Yosemite. We stayed at the Westgate Lodge for two nights. The recent fire came VERY close to this property - walk behind the buildings and you can see the fire line - so there is still a slightly smoky smell to the area. Not pervasive, mostly pleasant.

Check in was quick and easy. Alyssa set us up, gave us the free wifi password, and gave us the scoop on the restaurant next door.

Our room was large and very clean with new furnishings and a very update bathroom. The sheets were new, and a little on the rough side, but the bed clothes were really clean. The carpet was brand new and still very clean. We had a small coffeepot and good sized mini-fridge, both of which we used. The coffee maker was fine, but their brand of coffee wasn't great.

It was cool while we were there, so we didn't try the pool. The hot tub was not really clean enough for our comfort level.

The one drawback, which is NOT the hotel's fault, is that there is NO cell service in this area. There is free wifi, but that won't help you make a phone call. You'll have to go all the way into Groveland, to the very highest point, to get a decent cell signal. My husband has Verizon and I have AT&T and neither of us had a signal.

That being said, we went all around the park and this hotel really does seem to be the closest to Yosemite Valley sites. Even those hotels in the park itself aren't as close, and the roads to get their are steep, windy, and narrow.

There is a three-day cancellation policy, which we understood upfront and were prepared to invoke when the government shutdown closed the parks. We got to see most of what we wanted to see there anyway, shutdown or no.

If you go, eat at the Buck Meadows Restaurant next door. Food and staff are wonderful. Fun atmosphere, great beer options.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest:

I wanted to personally take the time to thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough and positive review of your stay at Yosemite Westgate Lodge. Such reviews really help our business tremendously.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitewestgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save $5 per night!

Thanks,

Lucy - Owner
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Washers and dryers for guests, fast in-room Wi-Fi, clean large rooms, recently refurbished, coffee maker with free coffee, refrigerator, and microwave. The restaurant next door has good meals at reasonable prices. The friendly owner drew a map to a nearby hiking trail for us. We may stay here when we come back to Yosemite in the spring.
One reviewer below has the wrong motel; this motel consists of 4, 2-story buildings in a "U" around the pool and parking lot. It is not one-story.
The light switches have motion detectors, so that when you are sitting still at the desk checking email, the room's light will suddenly go off. How many pennies is the owner saving with that annoying feature?
When comparing prices, keep in mind that you don't get breakfast here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest:

I wanted to personally thank you for leaving a review about your stay at our hotel. I also wanted to quickly apologize about those motion detector lights. It might have been a faulty switch and I am sorry you were annoyed. We had our property undergo an energy audit to become more green which we feel is important considering we are in the forest.

We'd love to host you again in the Spring. Book direct with us at yosemitewestgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thank You,

Lucy - Owner
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Maple Plain, Minnesota
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Large room - huge tv - microwave and fridge - all close to Yosemite! Loved the location - restaurant next door was good with friendly service. Would definitely consider if I were a couple or family spending a couple of days in Yosemite. Good clean value.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your stay at Yosemite Westgate Lodge. Such reviews really help grow our business.

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Lucy - Owner
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stayed here for one night in August after a short visit to Yosemite.

Received a friendly welcome from the reception area when arriving early evening and was checked in quickly.

Our room was on the second floor or a lodge-style building. The room was large with 2 double beds and was very clean. There was a small 'kitchen area' with a microwave and fridge and there was also a large screen TV in the main bedroom area. There was also a good AC unit that kept the room cool.

Surprisingly there was free WiFi available and it was pretty fast too!

There isn't much in the area in terms of shops or restaurants, but there is a vending machine for cold drinks just outside, as well as a good diner-style restaurant just next door.

I would recommend this hotel and would stay here again should I be visiting the area again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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:
Business Center with Internet Access 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. ... more   less 
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