This was an unusual place. Not run like a typical bed and breakfast at all. We had reserved for one night, a Saturday, our 17th anniversary. My wife and I planned to drive up to Yosemite from the Bay Area, spend the day hiking, have a nice dinner, and drive down to the b and b. Called and told that to the innkeeper over the phone.
Well, I got a call before 9PM, as we were finishing dinner, that they were shutting down for the night. I was never told this in advance. I asked, as we were an hour away on narrow roads, if they could leave a key for us. He sighed, and after a pause, said he'd wait up for us.
When we finally arrived exhausted after navigating narrow roads in the dark, we found no signs. I actually walked into the bushes looking for the entrance. My wife proceeded through a carport, around some cars to a closed gate where a small sign said "office." This is when it got interesting. As she entered and walked toward a lighted doorway across a patio, she suddenly disappeared. She screamed hysterically, as she had walked onto a covered pool, completely unmarked. This is when they owners appeared (we could have used their help navigating our way), and as I tried to comfort my wife, the man remarked that this had never happened before. Of course, he said, most people don't arrive after dark. I'm thinking....it's Yosemite...don't people do things during the day?? In any case, we find our room, and I explain that I would have walked into the pool as well, as it was completely unmarked, with no lip, and just looked like a black tarp laid flat upon a patio. A sign, or a barrier of some sort would have been quite helpful.
In any case, we agreed on 9:30 breakfast, due to our late arrival. When we finally emerged (albeit a bit late at 9:50) our hosts were nowhere to be found. There was not note on where to find the coffee, NO SIGNS OF ANY KIND as to where the breakfast room was, and we proceeded to wander out to the deck, overlooking a nice view, to see if there was anything there. There wasn't. Since there were no signs, no one had appeared as we walked around for 10 minutes, and we didn't feel like knocking on random doors trying to find someone,we packed up, left and had a fabulous day in the gold country.
Moral of this story. To the innkeepers...PLEASE....I repeat....PLEASE put up a few signs. Your guests, especially those who arrive at night will feel more welcome, you won't have anyone falling in the pool again, and they will know where to find the breakfast. Right now it seems like you're getting to stay in someone's house....who really doesn't want to have you there. Especially if you arrive after dark.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite Bed and Breakfast is gently hidden down a country lane, nestled in the oaks and pines. It is located just five miles west of the historic gold mining town of Mariposa, and 45 minutes from Yosemite National Park. Leave the city with its noise and lights and enjoy a night where you can gaze at the brilliant stars in the sky and experience a different kind of quiet, only to be ocassionally interrupted by the song of a bird, the chirp of a cricket or the croak of a frog. Wild life watching and our resident hummingbirds remain star attractions. Our facilities include an independent, fully furnished 2 bedroom cottage and 2 individual rooms each with their own private bathroom. The cottage sleeps 2 couples or 4 people very comfortably. It is possible to sleep 6 with the sofa bed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Hotel Mariposa
- Yosemite b&b