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Sierra Sky Ranch
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We arrived in the beginning of November and stayed 3 nights in the Sierra Sky Ranch. Although we got lost finding it, apparently most GPS have a problem finding the hotel, we were welcomed warmly by the receptionist, who showed us around the historic hotel and told a bit about the history of the ranch. It has an amazing history! I couldn't believe how many fireplaces it has. The people working at the Ranch are very nice and welcoming and will help you with anything you need. They also like to just sit and chat with you whenever you want!
We got a nice room with a huge bathroom. All rooms have access to a nice porch. Breakfast was one of the best we got so far with fresh orange juice, waffles, boiled eggs, toast, little muffins and more. The four cats who walked around (protecting the ranch from rodents/mice) were well taken care of and nice company in the early morning on the porch. Very nice that the hotel did not smell like cats! It is a quiet place where you can relax after a rough day in Yosemite NP! You'll definitely feel at home in the large living room with a beautiful fire place or in the garden, where you can see the stars at night and the deer during the day.

Room Tip: In the main building, the rooms near the library are very nice.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have stayed for a night at the Sky Ranch. I have found it friendly, charming, stylish and full of history. I felt like in an old movie.

The resort charms with a huge common room with a gigantic fireplace, piano and leather sofas. An excelent place to relax with a bottle of beer after sightseeing the Yosemite.

Remember, that it is a stylish B&B, not a "Macdonald style" plastic, networked hotel! Expect a history of Marylin Monroe sleeping there, U.S. WWII officers on their R&R, cats and very friendly owner. Expect an old, wodden building between giant trees. Expect a saloon-style restaurant. Did I mention fluffy cats?

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Mark S, Manager at Sierra Sky Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for your nice review. You certainly understand why all of the staff here at The Ranch are so attached to the property. You have provided a nice summary of what attracts people to this unique hotel. I am glad you were able to enjoy the fire in our main lounge. It really is an excellent place to wind down after a day in the mountains. I am also happy that you enjoyed and pointed out some of our historic highlights. Sierra Sky Ranch really is “A Place Like No Other!”

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It was really great place to stay, charming and calm, peacefull and nice:) I felt like in the past, in old historical place, people/owner were great and very helpful, and I have met there real John Wayne;) He slept on the coach, close to fireplace (John Wayne is black cat:)
I can recommend this place for everyone, who appreciates friendly people and peaceful places:)
(and you can play on the piano in saloon if you want to:)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Charming place in a beautiful setting, cozy atmosphere, a perfect place for fun and relaxation; there are great conditions to spend time with friends or to rest in quiet rooms. Well organized to welcome and host large group.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Sierra Sky Ranch was an AWFUL EXPERIENCE!!! On arrival, we were taken to the "BUNK HOUSE" which should be called the "FUNK HOUSE." Our 150.00 a night bought us stained sheets that were not contour and too small to tuck in so we woke up on a dirty mattress each morning with no pad. The bedspread was fifthy!!! The shower was grungy and the shower head was so low that I had to crouch to rinse. "Decorator" carpets had been stapled to the floor and I stepped on a staple that had come loose and it went through my foot. The first day, our room received NO ROOM SERVICE until I complained and that evening and the lady at the desk quickly made our bed and gave us fresh but tattered linens. The security light shone through our old curtains all night and then the sunlight pierced the room!!! The second day, our room was once again overlooked by house keeping!!!! Again, I had to go to the front desk.The pillows were pancakes!!!! Our "terrace" gave us a view of the kitchen staff smoking behind the kitchen!!! I am a cat lover, but was apalled to watch a cat urinating in the hallway just outside our door!!! ... and the entire hotel REEKED of cat urine!!! The wall tiles in the bath were cracked and the mildew smell was atrocious!!! THERE WAS NO SECURITY!!!! A simple hook lock on one door and nothing on the other!!!! We had to leave the hotel to eat because the dining room decided to serve on tow entrees --- a pricy roast beef or some sort of Mexican dish ---- ALL WEEKEND!!!
We were given a "free night" but it was hardly compensation for such a horrific experience. DO NOT STAY IN ROOM 26!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mark S, Manager at Sierra Sky Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback regarding our hotel. We are certainly disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We would like to apologize for the hotel and its staff. We have raised the issues you mentioned with our employees and we are working to make improvements.

Our policy, when guests stay for multiple nights, is to service each room, every day. It is not typical for a stay over guest to not receive this service. We are pleased that our Front Desk Host responded to your request for service, as all our employees are trained to accommodate our guests to every extent possible. All of our sheets are provided by a professional linen company which serves the majority of hotels in our area. We reject any sheets that are not fully clean and provide feedback to them on a regular basis. We have shared your review with our representative from that company. We have switched out the exterior light bulbs on our Bunkhouse verandas with lower wattage bulbs and reviewed shower cleaning procedures with our housekeepers. The decorator carpet in your room has been fixed and the kitchen staff has been reminded to close the gate which closes off the area behind our kitchen. We are sorry for the unfortunate cat incident you mentioned, we certainly hope you brought it to the attention of one of our staff members so it could be promptly addressed. Rest assured, that we have litter boxes placed outside of our guests’ view for their use.

As you know, we hosted the Yosemite Flute and Art Festival the weekend you stayed with us. We did limit our menu that weekend, due to the steady flow of people coming in to eat throughout the day and evening during the festival. We are sorry we did not have a larger selection for you to choose from. Our steakhouse is open on Friday and Saturday evenings during the winter and we hope you might have a chance to come in and enjoy the full menu we are known for, if you are back in our area.

Once again, please do accept our apologies and we do hope that you enjoyed the Flute Festival and the remainder of your trip to our area.

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