We booked here during the ‘Rim’ fire of August/September 2013 following a recommendation from a friend. Our booking was a back-up plan in the event that our first choice booking (The Evergreen Lodge) was closed due to the fire. The Evergreen Lodge was indeed still closed so we used this booking and were pleasantly surprised by it. The room was very good (a two bedroom option with shared bathroom) and the location is pretty good for Yosemite despite being a 45 minute pleasant drive from the hotel to Yosemite Valley. Our original booking would have been closer.
We booked a room with inclusive breakfast for which we were offered a buffet or table service option each day. CHOOSE THE TABLE SERVICE OPTION!!! We chose the buffet on the first day and it was fairly poor. It was occasionally very busy, many items ran out repeatedly and some of the food was of poor quality (e.g. hard pancakes). The table service option experienced on subsequent days was far nicer and allows you to order anything from the menu for your pre-paid price (they like a tip at the end though!). Quality on the table service items was good (e.g. French toast breakfast with bacon or sausage) and the service was very friendly and efficient. Any drink (e.g. juice, tea or coffee) was included for the pre-paid breakfast.
The restaurant/bar is also good for evening use – we used it twice. Good quality food and good service. There’s a good range of beers to choose from also. Prices weren’t unreasonable. There are plenty of other nearby restaurants to try if you prefer.
We stayed at our original choice (Evergreen Lodge) last year and would choose it over this accommodation for a trip to beautiful Yosemite where possible in future but the Yosemite Gateway Inn is a good place to stay nonetheless and we would recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each of the 135 quiet and beautiful guest rooms have either deluxe queens, kings, or twin queen sized beds and there are 2-bedroom family units available for up to six people. Most rooms have a mountain view or garden setting and many have balconies and patios. Our hotel offers free High Speed Internet Access, In-room coffee, local calls Premium TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN standard for your enjoyment and comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Hotel Oakhurst
- Best Western Oakhurst
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