Since 1980, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has been a part of Fish Camp as one of the area's most accommodating lodgings. Located a mere 2 miles from ... More
Since 1980, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has been a part of Fish Camp as one of the area's most accommodating lodgings. Located a mere 2 miles from Yosemite, Tenaya is open year round, and can play hosts to special business events or weddings. Special vacation packages range from specific events in spring or fall, romantic getaways, or family trips. There are a number of dining options in the lodge, and amenities such as spa and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and you can even stay in your own cottage separate from the main lodge if you wanted to. Under fourteens go free.
At nearly $400/night I though this would be a somewhat romantic getaway with easy access to the park. It is closer to disneyland, however, than Yosemite, as there are a lot of kids, and with thin walls, you get to hear every scream and family fight you would ever care to pay $400 a night for. Amenities such as the jacuzzi and sauna are ok, but the pool is baby-pool cream for a reason. The restaurants are also disney-ish, and this was just at the start of the season. Although it is just a mile from the entrance, a few miles more and a few hundred dollars less would bring better value. Otherwise, stay at the Ahwahnee.
My dad and I decided to stay at Tenaya Lodge for our annual snowshoe and ski trip. Wow are we glad we did! The service was exceptional, the food outstanding and our room was immaculate with many upgrades. We're already planning our return trip. The best memories include the rib-eye steak from Sierra Restaurant, the complimentary breakfasts and swimming in the indoor heated pool. All of the employees we encountered were very courteous and helpful. They all seemed eager to go the extra mile in making our stay memorable. We stayed in the newly added Cottages, which are detached triplex cabins situated within a short walk of the resort. You won't find cleanliness and service like this at any other accommodations in Yosemite. The only things we found lacking were the dated pool decor at the resort and the Cottages, and the strange split layout of Jackalope Bar. Tenaya Lodge is conveniently located outside the southern entrance to the park - near Sugarpine Railroad, Mariposa Grove and not too far from Wawona, Glacier Point and Badger Pass Ski Resort.
white chief restaurant is the best place to eat, next to narrow gauge ..tenaya is not worth it, too expensive, not appetizing.all they care is to have your money..sorry but that's how most people, that stay there, feel.
My review is mainly based on some unfortunate experiences my wife and I had--departing today even. While the senior management was actually very kind (Javiear, Dennis, & Joe), we still left wanting to make sure others know what they are walking into. Our stay was for 5 days, and the first two days at Yosemite were amazing. But upon returning to the hotel, my wife and I discussed if we should bring our camera in with us or not, and we felt 'no, we are waking up at 5am to see wildlife-lets make sure we have it'. In the morning though, the camera was gone. It took Javiear to fill out the report, Dennis to talk with us and a phone call with Joe explaining how sorry they were. The camera was around $350 and after a full day of aggravation, Joe took $350 off our bill. We were very thankful of course--but our 2 full days of special memories were completely gone--something we hoped to document for our kids and our own lives for years to come. The same day, my wife and I were so bummed out we stayed at the hotel for the rest of the day (just yesterday). We ate at the hotel for lunch and then again for dinner--packing up our things. She ate the Chicken Pesto Pasta (6:30pm) and not but 30 minutes later she began throwing up from food poisoning. This lasted for 3 hours before we asked for help--the manager on staff came up and helped us call EMT asap. The medical team gave her fluids for the next few hours but after 10 hours of throwing up this, too, has caused us issues for our plans. We have now driven to Capitola, CA to see the US Open but we missed out on other events including whale watching ($100 loss) and even the practice rounds for the US Open today ($200 loss) because of the illness. I would say that also, the local staff is relatively nice unless you have an issue--then most of the feedback is more based on past experiences they have had. An example is that after our camera was obviously stolen, the front desk lady BJ White made a remark of 'oh, our guys would not do that'..i brushed it off at first and replied i was not making accusations but simply felt it must be reported. My wife went to the room to get some stuff before we left, and again BJ commented 2 more times that 'oh, our guys just aren't like that'--really making me feel as though it was our fault. It really saddened me a lot. Also, when leaving the valet guy suggested we go to Yosemite to check 'lost and found' (meanwhile we know for 100% fact it was there when we left the car in their hands)---and finally, when my wife came down with food poisoning--it was suggested that 'oh there is a flu going around'. Bottom line is that Joe (operations manager) was very kind at the end and took a discount off our bill. We still paid a LOT of money to fly, stay, eat at Yosemite--walking out with lost pictures of happy times and memories of EMT times in our hotel at 3am throwing up only to feel from the staff (not senior mgmt) that it was probably just our fault-not theirs. I hope if you stay here, you will first remove ANY valuables from your vehicle--no matter how nice the hotel looks or how nice the valet is--do not trust the situation. Also, for your meals--make certain it is cooked fully--we heard others at the pool area making comments of their sickness too--but we didn't think much of it until it happened to us. We might return to Tenaya--but it depends greatly on their follow up with my wife and I. I assume we won't hear from anyone or be given a full refund for our trip at least--but as I told them, this info just needs to be known for others who are arriving at their venue.
I read some reviews before we went here and was wary about the place. However, once I got there I realized that it is not so perfect if you are looking for a fancy hotel, but wonderful if you want a pretty nice hotel that's great for kids. We have two kids (ages 2 and 4) and this place was great for them because after a day in the park or a day sledding, we can drive down to Oakhurst, get pizza, be back at the hotel by 5 PM and hang out at the hotel indoor pool for the rest of the night.
There are some things that I would have wanted in a perfect world: quieter room neighbors (heard TV and some loud teens); not so many nickle and dime charges (WiFi was 10/day) and a 28$ sandwich at the deli in the lobby.
Food was expensive, but the free breakfast that came with our delux room was terrific and kids under 3 eat free at that buffet.
In the summer, I'd probably stay in the Park in the camps, but for Winter, I thought being outside the park was just fine because we could sled in Fish Camp (forgot the name but we went up to a meadow and it was wonderful) and we could drive to Oakhurst in twenty minutes. In the summer there is more for the kids to stay busy with inside the park, but for Winter and visiting the snow this is a wonderful, wonderful place to stay if you have kids.
Took and adventure without any hotel planning to Yosemite. Shocked at Ahwanhee prices (435? bite me) so we took to the road. Found Tenaya Lodge. They had rooms. Great rate. I see rants about how expensive and inconvenient it is but, it is the only affordable thing going within 45 minutes of the valley. Negotiate a better rate instead of settling for the internet price. Next opportunity for a motel is another 30 plus minutes away, maybe more. But those further away places are not nicer amenity hotels. A place like this is selected due to the balance of value at a slight distance from the park.
Had a very pleasant meal. The bartender helped with a wine selection, a good bartender! Later, a waiter helped with meal selection advising against one of our choices as he though we would not be satisfied with it. That is what I value in wait staff, honesty and knowing that they are the one serving the food. Offer a recommendation, maybe steer someone away from a marginal dish and mostly explain why to let the diner decide. Our meals were excellent. Crab cake appetizer and fish and chips.
The room was a slightly better than average per diem level hotel room. Clean and everything worked. No compliants at all
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