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Chateau du Sureau
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 23, 2014

My daughter and I were visiting the Yosemite Park and Chateau de Sureau was the perfect place to stay (located at 30 minutes drive from the south entrance of Yosemite).

Chateau du Sureau IS the spirit of 'Relais et Chateaux'. This is more a private mansion than an hotel. Our rooms were 'like home', decent size and very nice bathrooms. Both had a balcony.

There is no reception desks but there is always someone to help. The living room (with a fire place) is large enough to find two sofas to read or to share a glass of Chardonnay.

Breakfast comes with the 'special of the day' (we had scramble eggs and omelets).

Dinner at Erna's Elderberry restaurant was good the first evening and excellent the next evening. The wine list is extensive.

In summary, Chateau du Sureau is a warm, feel 'like home' with peacefulness.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Pierre G
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

what a unique way to spend a special occasion here in California and not having to fly to Europe!
the moment the iron gates were opened to let in our car and being greeted outside the entry door by a chambermaid and valet we knew we had made the right decision. our room had an antique king size bed from the early 1800's and several fresh orchids and a memorable hanging tapestry along with L'Occitane toiletries.
their restaurant, Erna's Elderberry House prepared such creative vegetarian menus for us at our request in a stunning dining room with lit fireplace and impeccable service.
treat yourself or someone you love to this experience.

Room Tip: higher rooms have better views and loved our Saffron Room
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

I've dined here twice, stayed over here one night, and once the service was great but the other times it was very slow and painful. The food was good.
The management here seems a bit unfriendly. A bit snooty.
Definitely try this place out as it is different. But don't be surprised if you have a great experience or a very terrible one. Can really go either way.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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ChateauSureau, Director of Operations at Chateau du Sureau, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2014

Dear LiveWellUSA, thank you for writing to us, we truly appreciate your candid feedback. We are sorry that you did not feel that you experienced the best that our staff has to offer. Being a 5-Diamond, 5-Star property we strive to exceed our guests expectations. May we ask what specifically did not meet yours? If you would be so kind as to email us (chateau@chateausureau.com) directly, we will gladly discuss this further with you, and resolve our error. We would welcome the opportunity to improve.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The Good: Extremely warm winter days. Décor was interesting, especially the canopy bed, reminded my wife of when she was a little girl... Classical music in the room, perfect selection. The garden view was nice but we had to keep the shutters down for privacy from other outside guests and the gardeners in the evening and morning. The breakfast (not served at the restaurant, but rather the maids) brioche and croissants were wonderful the rest of the breakfast, well ho hum! I detest overly sweetened yogurt poured over perfectly good home made granola, neither of us fitness nuts could swallow it. The meat and cheese platter was enough for one person so my wife had that and I enjoyed the excellent coffee and had an early lunch at the lake! We were excited to find a bocce court though the surface was a mushy DG instead of oyster shell and too soft for proper play. We enjoyed the 800 meter walk but could have been a lot longer for proper exercise so in addition we took a 4 mile hike up above lake. The swing set and coy pond a nice touch.

The Bad: Location, looking out over the chateau you could see the city of Oakhurst, what? With all the beautiful mountains and valleys why this location??? Bedrooms very small, balcony the size of a matchbox and not meant for use, bathroom was very awkward and the step down tub/shower is a lawsuit waiting to happen. The worst part was the noise because of the supposedly antique wooden doors, all the noise from the hallway and downstairs came into the room. Need tissues, look under the sink where you would find a plunger? Room door locks hard to open! Spent 20 minutes looking for someone to get our car keys the first time going out.

The restaurant: I would have given 5 stars because the dinner by would have made up for everything but this is only a rating for the hotel. The dinner was very exceptional to say the least. Figure $200 Per Person and well worth it! The one negative aspect about this 5 star restaurant was they don't appear to have any dress code which was rather embarrassing and the only negative aspect of an otherwise perfectly wonderful 3-hour dinning experience! Any serious R&C should have a least a shirt and tie code, and turn away the scumbags in flannel and Hawaiian shirts and jeans that don't know how to dress properly. This is supposed to be an R&C in France isn't it?

Bottom line: At a $1,000 per night with dinning this R&C did only so-so and we've only stayed at only one worse as far as overall experience! But if you're in for $500 a plate dinner then you could consider the hotel free! I would recommend visiting here once then stay at the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite and dinning here in the evening on your way back to the bay!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Chateau du Sureau is a Five Diamond Resort and it shows at every turn you make, from the service of the staff to the amazing comforters.

This is our fourth time staying at the Chateau du Sureau. Usually when you go back to a resort you can see that it is a little older and they just don't give the place the attention that they did the first time you were there, not at this Chateau. Erna (owner) is very particular and everytime we have been there to visit she is there making sure that every detail is perfect. The flowers in the room, burning fire in the fire place, to the pillows on the bed.

My husband's favorite thing that they do are the elfs that will polish your shoes if you leave them out by your door at night, in the morning you wake up and the shoes are polished with a little wrapped candy on them.

My favorite is the smell of something cooking in the kitchen and the feeling that it is just the two of you, but yet if you need something the staff is right there.

The resort is so relaxing and peaceful. We feel so refreshed after we leave, and we always look forward to returning.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Erna (the lady who owns this place) is clearly someone who is extremely passionate about what she does, and it shows. The decor, the service, the rooms-everything is classic French Chateau style. From the time we entered through the majestic gates, to be greeted by our gracious host, to the time we drove out-bumping into Erna herself, it was an enjoyable stay. The staff goes out of their way to make you comfortable. The rooms are well appointed. Breakfast is good. Common areas are nice too. The adjoining restaurant (Erna's Elderberry House) - apparently the reason this chateau was built (to accommodate diners that came from afar) is delightful. See my review for that separately. Its about a 30 min drive from the Yosemite entrance

Room Tip: all rooms are great. Can't go wrong
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Arun K
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We are overdue our review of our stay at the chateau. It was an unexpected but amazing splurge while on our family car trip with infant son and two large dogs. We arrived at the Chateau very late at night, in a rain storm, in off season, and were welcomed with open arms and umbrellas. Everyone couldn't have been kinder. All staff were warm, friendly and sincere. They helped us with day plans, and also with babysitting while we had a private dinner for the two of us in the breakfast room in front of the fire. A special occasion for new parents. The food couldn't have been better (I would agree exquisite) and the menu personalized for our/my allergies. We loved breakfast as well, and I am the type of person who will rate a hotel solely on their breakfast. I have forgotten which room we stayed in, but it had its own exit to the garden which was certainly convenient. Room was spacious with four poster bed and fireplace and was spotless. Our trip was without a schedule and we enjoyed the Chateau so much we stayed an extra night. We enjoyed and appreciated the extra attention to housekeeping in our room, warming of baby food in the kitchen, beer in our room and fire in the fireplace at the end of a long day of sightseeing, and homemade cookies in the jar in the front hall. The location was great for what we wanted to sightsee. We did see the spa but didn't use - didn't have time. We will have to visit the Chateau when we are in the area again. Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 48688 Victoria Ln, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9215
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Location: United States > California > Oakhurst
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range: $263 - $783 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Chateau du Sureau 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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