We booked this hotel as part of our visit to Yosemite since hotels in the park were sold out. If not staying in the park, there are not a lot of "close" options for lodging outside the park, so it was good enough for a last minute booking. It's quite a drive from the hotel to Yosemite and the winding road up/down a mountain to go to/from the park is not something you can immediately determine from just on-line directions. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our few nights there. The kids loved the pool and the complimentary breakfast at the restaurant next door was decent. Rooms were clean and spacious enough for a family of four. It's also advertised as a conference/meeting location, so it offers free Wi-Fi which I typically expect now now given my various business trips. The hotel is in close driving distance to various fast-food restaurants, some supermarkets, and other stores that provide conveniences while on vacation.
The staff was friendly and offered tips on more local tourist attractions. What we didn't plan on but was a nice option is its proximity to other tourist spots like Columbia and other "Mother Lode" spots in Tuolumne County. If you enjoy a bit of the Old West flavor, then it's worth visiting places where you can go on stage coach rides, pan for gold, or explore local caverns.
I wouldn't plan on it as a place to stay if only visiting Yosemite. Still, it's a good option if finding a place to stay in that general area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at this Sonora, California hotel conveniently located in the heart of Gold Country. Those in need of Yosemite lodging will not be disappointed at the Best Western Sonora Oaks! Guests will be a short distance from many landmarks and attractions, including the Sierra Railroad, Columbia State Park and Yosemite National Park. Guests will also be near Dodge Ridge Ski Area, Leland Snow Park and we are the closest hotel to Black Oak Casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel And Conference Center
- Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel Sonora
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