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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Very old fashioned property near the entrance of Yosemite. The property has a feel of old colonial. We loved the charm and old fashioned fixture and fittings. The night’s stay was expensive but a lovely start to our Yosemite trip; I wish could have stayed longer rather than staying at Housekeeping Camp! (See my other review). It was a bonus for our family that the rooms slept 5 one on a roll away bed that we had booked in advance. We visited Yosemite during August and it got very hot during the day although there was no air conditioning in the rooms they were comfortable. We enjoyed a full breakfast in the Mountain Room Restaurant. We did not eat dinner as we had stopped on the way. It was a long trip to Yosemite but worth every minute we can’t wait to return.
Our family on a two week road trip (2 adults & 3 children) travelled from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon to Lake Havasu, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Santa Cruse then San Francisco if you need advice planning a similar trip feel free to ask questions.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank tam6572
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

The location amazing, the scenery spectacular and history obviously very impressive. The rooms are naturally much smaller by modern day standards, but with character. If you're looking for a good night sleep you're extremely unlikely to get it, the beds/mattresses are as old as the hotel, and the experience feels a bit more like camping than staying in a nice hotel

The restaurant was a complete disaster zone, so bad in fact that we ended up giving up on it . The 15-20minute waits just to have breakfast (or any meal), the rude and/or erratic service, the the so so quality of food at astronomic prices (for California), tainted the whole experience. We often felt like a sketch out of a Faulty Towers episode and so by our 3rd night we actually opted to buy cold food and eat in the lounge rather than have to deal with this (a lot of other folk did the same!)

It feels a real shame that the Wawona is trading on their historical ties, good fortune to be located in one of the most beautiful places in the world (i.e. lots of people coming through so i guess they are always full without trying) to try and get away with not bothering to make any effort. We certainly won't be coming through again..

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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15  Thank Xanadu1971
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The Wawona is an old historical hotel with a lot of style and character. It is in the unique setting of Yosemite National Park, about an hour away from the famous Yosemite Valley. The hotel is maintained in a historical fashion, without TV or phones. Your cell phone may very likely not work, or be unreliable. There is one lounge for WIFI connectivity. You enjoy a simpler way of life by visiting with others, or playing games, or reading by the fire, or listening to live vintage music. The room have old style decor to fit the exterior design. Rooms were cozy and comfortable, and from the past. Staff members were all very nice and seemed proud of their hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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4  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

When I walked up to this hotel I was instantly in love.
The property was adorable, our room was fantastic and the overall hotel and staff amazing.

HOWEVER:
Please note, our room was affordable (off season $80-included breakfast) because it did not have a private bath, the bathroom was instead a communal bath outside down the veranda, the room also did not have a TV or phone.

The communal bathrooms were spotless and glowing white, they give you big bathrobes to walk to the bathrooms in, so that's no problem. The bathrooms were also super heated so you weren't cold when you got out of the shower. They also have gone "green" and just put giant dispensers of soap/shampoo/conditioner in the showers to reduce waste. The bedroom was pretty small but adorable, had a very comfortable bed (though we did fold the antique looking comforter onto the chair) and the room was heated perfectly even though it had gotten rather cold outside. Only real con was in the main building the walls are pretty thin so you can hear everyone pretty easily, but they did have earplugs available on the nightstand if you were interested, after all the hiking I didn't even mind still hearing the piano downstairs and was out cold.

The lobby in the main building was like stepping back in time, we were by far the youngest people there (25/26) but I really enjoyed the roaring fire, the live piano and the fun chatter about history and stories of vacations and anniversaries past and cocktail service in the lobby, a change from the usual hiding in your hotel room flipping through channels with nothing on. Maybe isn't for everyone, but playing borrowed games and sipping wine by the fire was a perfect evening for me after a day of amazing natural beauty and hiking.

Dinner was also fantastic, a little on the pricy side (ended up being $100 for 2 for entrees, wine and dessert) but the portions were large (perfect for post-strenuous hiking) and fresh cooked. The staff was amazing in the restaurant too!

A wonderful place to visit, meet new people and relax, just make sure you're expecting the historic amazingness and not a modern luxury suite.

Room Tip: Don't worry about not having a bathroom in suite, its not a problem at all to walk around the corner to the communal one.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank KRR1236
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Stayed here on a whim after spending the day in Yosemite. Planned on going out of the park to one of the towns on the outskirts, but ended up leaving Glacier Point late. While en route to Oakhurst, stumbled upon the Wawona. It looked pricey, but we decided to check just in case. The woman at the front desk was quite possibly the most friendly hotel receptionist I have ever met! She explained the different prices, and had a suggestion for all of my concerns. We ended up booking a shared bathroom room in the Annex building for a fraction ($80) of what I thought it would cost to stay in the park last minute. The building felt historic and magical, and it was beautiful waking up in the middle of the park. We also enjoyed dinner at the restaurant, which was decent, but slightly overpriced (ok ribeye was $30, pasta was $22 and slightly dry, blue cheese wedge salad was very, very good and worth $8, decent bottle of wine $26). The service was fantastic though, making it well worth it to not have to leave the property after being in the car all day! After dinner we took what was left of our wine and lounged by the fireplace, which was constantly stocked with wood by the front desk woman (wish I knew her name). In the morning continental breakfast was included, or you could upgrade to a hot breakfast for around $8.00. We did one of each, and both were good, even for the extra money. I would absolutely stay here again, especially with such a caring and accommodating staff. On a side note, the shared bathroom was about three doors down from our room, a brisk walk on the outside porch. It did not bother me in the least bit, but might deter others. An en suite bathroom was around double the price.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Stephanie G
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