This hotel is close to the South entrance and a good hours driving to the day parking at the Yosemite Village visitor centre so don't be fooled by the fact that it is one of only two hotels. The other Ahwahnee Hotel is much better situated. Our room, 103 , had a king bed and private bathroom and a lot of dust! Because of the recent outbreak of the hantavirus virus we expected this hotel to be squeaky clean. It couldn't have been further from the truth. The furniture was painted and shabby and behind the bedside table there was a lot of accumulated dust and dirt. We pulled the unit forward so as to be obvious to the cleaning staff that it wanted attention. All they did was to move it back and leave the dirt. We used a cloth and several disinfectant wipes and cleaned ourselves. The cloths were black with the dirt and dust. Every surface, ledge, picture frame etc was thick with dust and grime. The bathroom is old and grubby .. There is not even a shelf to put toiletries only the cistern lid! For some strange reason the staff removed our toothbrushes and their hard plastic travel cases. The mystery was never solved and we were given a token recompense but the inconvenience to replace them whilst travelling was the main issue. The bedding and towels were grey and poor quality ... the sheets ripped in places.
The hotel is run by Yosemite conservancy and not privately owned and we felt this was probably the main reason for the lack of management in dealing with housekeeping issues. This just isn't acceptable for the price paid. Our complaints had nothing to do with the age of the property ... Basic hygiene is to be expected and was not provided.
We could not recommend this hotel despite its historic charm. We would suggest you visit for lunch when visiting Wawona and the Mariposa Grove and have a look round .. The restaurant provides a good standard of meal but was freezing cold at breakfast time for the first two days of our stay ..someone found the heating switch for the last morning and we were able to eat without coats on. In the evening there is a pianist who has been playing at the hotel for the last 30 years .. Don't expect anything recent he is in a time warp ... But interesting. There is no bar .. Expect to wait for drinks ... Enjoy the log fire .. It's the best part of the stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Big Trees Lodge is cherished as one of the most respected and most frequently visited Yosemite hotels. Its authentic Victorian architecture features beautiful white buildings, classic verandas and lush natural surroundings. At the Big Trees Lodge, there's something for everyone-including golf, tennis, horseback riding, or fishing. Evenings are spent gathered around the piano for musical performances in the lounge. Big Trees Lodge dining is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wawona Hotel Yosemite National Park
- Wawona Yosemite National Park