Located in the southern end of the park on the site of Galen Clark's original lodge, this hotel recalls the charm of the 19th century. The beautiful old building, complete with long white verandas, was built in 1879 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Several smaller lodges and cottages cluster ... More
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Located in the southern end of the park on the site of Galen Clark's original lodge, this hotel recalls the charm of the 19th century. The beautiful old building, complete with long white verandas, was built in 1879 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Several smaller lodges and cottages cluster around the sweeping green lawn. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable, and each quaint room is furnished with charming antiques. Rooms are available with or without a bath and rates vary accordingly.
two key words describe this hotel: "historical landmark" and we aren't anywhere in the realm of the Ahwahnee. They are doing a lot of construction there this summer and the place is in shambles with the construction crew starting at 8:30am Saturday and Sunday (and weekdays). When we complained about this to the hotel staff they just shrugged their shoulders and said they tried asking them to not start so early. The walls are thin, there is no phone or TV in the rooms, if someone is walking outside on the deck or above you on the upstairs deck you hear every single foot fall. The kids are running around everywhere and are up bright and early. There is a nosy street right next to the hotel so you hear all the traffic. The restaurant is overpriced, but the food is decent. It's a quant, old, victorian style hotel in the beginning of the southend entrance to Yosemite. I heard many people complaining around me about it, and I just thought it was not worth $180 per night at all. Not all rooms have private bathrooms, so be careful when you book to ask for one. There are weddings and events happening all the time and the noise travels to every nook and cranny in that hotel. Also, there is NO heater at all that works. We were told the boiler would come on at 8:30pm but it never did. Also, in the rooms starting with 103-110 that is right where they store all the chairs from the BBQ and events, so at 11pm at night we were woken up by trucks driving by the rooms and then the sounds of unloading all this furniture right under the rooms! and they were so LOUD!!! There are many other great places to stay in Yosemite, I just wouldn't recommend this one. If you want relaxation and you know you are a bit of a hotel snob, stay away from this hotel because "historical landmark" charm just won't cut it. The sound of the construction, the noise aspect from kids, feet, parties, etc.....it just isn't very great right now. Yosemite is beautiful and gorgeous, no doubt about it - but if you are out for hikes and want to truly be pampered after walking around all day completely skip this hotel. I am just really bummed out with my experience.
This hotel was built around 1857, not 2005!
This Hotel would not be a "National historic landmark" with modern amenities e.g. A/C, isulation, phones, TV, satalite, and rooms bigger than they were in 1857. When I visit a "Historic landmark" built in 1857 I would hope it still looks like it did then.
I'm sorry but folks from "Palos Verdes", should have done some research. I know were "Palos Verdes" is located (Guarded & gated, private community in the $2-5 million range)do I need say more! "I don't have a problem carrying my own luggage, and that in 1857 they did not have A/C, & elevators.
Anyways, this is a beutiful place to relax, and take in some history about the pioneer days. The food is excelent in the dinning room. Never have I experienced bad service while visiting. For those of you with realistic expectations of a 150 year old hotel in great shape for what it is, will not be disappointed. :)
The piano player and the golf staff were great. All the buildings are rundown and neglected. Some repairs are being done but the general condition is poor. Cleanliness is poor in the rooms, the staff, in general, has a poor attitude, cold and unhelpfull. The grounds and the forest setting is magnificent. It's not worth anywhere near what they charge. Our group of 4 only stayed 2 days, that was enough!
I have been going to Wawona for years and love it. One has to remember that this is an older hotel and when it was built, AC wasn't around. So, while it is in the Sierra's, it still gets warm. The dining room in particular can be toasty, but not unbearable. The rooms are smaller but the whole place has a quaint feel about it. Since it isn't in Yosemite Valley, you don't have a lot of unecessary traffic. There are no TV's or phones in the rooms which adds to the charm. You really do 'get away from it all'.
Nice historic hotel set out in a large meadow. Very nice area, quiet, quaint. But the rooms are very sparse, motel style and not all have a bath. It is also very far from the valley. If you stay here get the top of the line room or you will be unhappy. The food is terrible in the dining room.
Our serene Wawona arrival was destroyed with a daunting set of stairs leading to the hotel lobby. After checking in, which took some time; we again carried our own luggage up another flight of stairs to the second floor. We opened our door to find a small, hot and stuffy room. There was a mini electric fan on the floor which helped circulate the hot air around the room...kind of like a convection oven. Unable to stay in the room we went down to have dinner in the dining area. This room was also uncomfortably warm and we actually broke a sweat just lifting our forks. We spent the rest of the evening outdoors waiting for our room to cool off. When we could no longer stay awake we went back to the room and propped the door open, with the one and only chair, for ventilation. We spent the night tossing and turning, with our clothes on, should someone see us with the door open. At first light, having forfeited our showers due to dirty facilities, we were packed and on our way never to return.
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