BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn Oakhurst
A lovely setting
Stayed 10-11th April. Lovely room, parking outside so easy to unload. Nice setting, pretty waterfall on grounds opposite room. We were next to launderette so we could here water from 8 am onwards when everyone was washing clothes but were were only there 2 days and went out early so it didnt matter. Nice to see a fridge in the room - very useful as there was no breakfast so we stocked up at the local supermarket down the road for breakfast and picnics.
Long drive to Yosemite but very pleasant. Dont try and map read while car is moving or it'll leave you feeling sick!
Great place to stay
My husband and I stayed one night here. It was a wonderful woodsy setting. The motel complex went up a hillside. Our room was #333, an end unit on the upper floor (second). Our accomodations were great! The room had 2 comfortable queen beds. The furnishings were very nice and two bouqets of silk roses in the room, one on the dresser and one on the dinette table , which had 2 wingbacked upholstered chairs. French doors opened up onto a balcony to a woodsy setting behind the room. Amenities for this room included small refrigerator, microwave, wet bar with tiled countertop. hair dryer with a nightlight , ironing board, TV, alarm clock. The bathroom had a large countertop with 1 sink. Get past the ugly brown color of the toilet, sink and tub! Lighting in the bathroom was poor. The flourescent fixture was not over the sink area making it difficult to shave or put on makeup. There were 2 heat lamps which you needed to turn on to provide extra light. My only other complaint was the towels. They were the thinnest and roughest towels I have ever had to use in a motel. We had dinner at Hondo's Steakhouse. We both had the ribeye steak which was fine. Meal came with soup or salad and fresh bread. There was an indoor and outdoor pool on the property. I saw pictures of it but did not check them out. Also there was an excersise room which we did not see. I would reccommend the Best Western and would stay there again. I'd request the same room also.
Excellent value in a peaceful setting
We have stayed here several times while searching for a home to buy in Oakhurst. Rooms are adequate and clean. The open hillside location is one of the most peaceful in oakhurst. Their "manager's special" rate beats any other hotels and always seems to be available. A new resturant has re-placed The Viewpoint and shows promise, but there are many good choices within walking distance.
Beautiful, scenic, peaceful & amazing value for money
We stayed here towards the end of September 2003 and were amazed at this gem of a hotel. Had read reviews here and were a little wary of what to expect but after our stay in San Fran, we found this hotel and its setting to be absolutely breathtaking.The rooms were vast (all that space! What on earth for?!), there was a jacuzzi & outdoor pool, continental breakfast was provided...honestly it was just great, especially when considering the price. True, it was about 1 hours drive away from the centre of Yosemite but what a beautiful scenic drive it was! Plus you don't need to drive to Yosemite valley every day - there are different trails going in different directions and you only really need to go the the valley once.Now I have been there I am really having a hard time understanding how anyone could complain about this place. It is a fabulous base from which to explore Yosemite and all its wonders, and is an absolutely beautiful place in its own right. We looked at all the other local hotels in Oakhurst and were so glad we had chosen the Best Western as they all loooked very poor in comparison
We drove from San francisco and took the wrong road right through the park from north to south Yosemite. Took us 6 hours and then found we had to drive back 50 miles from the Best Western to see the valley etc.
Also the outdoor pool was too croweded and small. Rooms were okay except the alarm clocks hadnt been re-set and we were woken up at 6am and every 10 mins after that on our first morning as we couldnt work out how to switch off the alarm
Nice rooms but very far from YOsemite Valley
The room I've got was very clean and has a nice view. The hotels lobby looks great and the staffs are nice. Reservation staff said there's a complimentary breakfast , which I later found out to be a $2.50 voucher for the Viewpoint restaurant . The restaurants utensils are not clean, food are not good and staffs are slow. Nothing good about this restaurant. they also said that the hotel is only 15 minutes drive to Yosemite. That's true, but you still have to drive one hour more in really winding road going to the valley. Hotel is really 50 miles away from the valley if you will get the real distance. If you're destination is Yosemite...better stay out of this area because you won't like driving 1.5 hrs. in a winding road. The hotel is nice though :)
Best Western Yosemite Gateway
A considerable disappointment, given the previous reviews. I booked a family room for a good rate but was given a smaller room with a rollaway bed instead. The paths to the pool area are cloaked in darkness after sunset and many areas look timeworn. The restaurant is a disaster - avoid it at all costs! One housekeeper later referred to it as a "ptomaine den," alluding to a questionable staff and constant turnover. Try Katie's Kitchen just down the block for a solid breakfast. Other hotels up and down the street may be better choices.
This Best Western was very clean and comfortable. The lobby was gorgeous, and the rooms were above average. The staff was very helpful and stored the bag the airline lost until our arrival. They also suggested serveral restaurants. Now, if they would only offer a complimentary breakfast, they would be perfect.
Stayed here during our trip to Yosemite this April, & highly recommend, friendly staff, big room, & my daughter really enjoyed the large indoor pool & jacuzzi.
Wonderful family hotel!
We were pleasantly surprised by the park like setting. Lots of big trees, nice hills, walk areas, paths, indoor pool AND outdoor pools(both with jacuzzi's), and most importantly for kids that love to be outdoors....a playground!! We had such a great and memorable time there! Highly recommend!!! All I wish for now is to find something just like it in ALL the places we visit!
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... cycling down the quiet trails of the valley. We peddled slowly down to Happy Isles from the village and over the river. We stopped off at the John Muir and Mist trail heads watching the hot trekkers trundle up and down the trails. The boys had zero interest in joining them! Instead we skimmed and threw stones into the crystal clear waters of the Merced. We cycled up the hill from there to Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake has little water much of the year due ...
... about the park. We caught the bus to Yosemite the next morning. Oh My God!!! The most amazing bus ride ever! It took one and a half hours and we saw incredible views of the Merced River and the mountains and rock cliffs. In one place, there had been a rock slide over the road that had cut off the State Road 140 entrance of the park for three months. They are still using the one ...
... for where you can hike or what you can see despite the shut down. The evening meal menu changes slowly, one or two changes per day but there are always at least three vegetarian options and it is good food. Despite a pianist playing in the lobby prior to dinner (not overly keen and I would appreciate it more if he played some blues but it is fairly unobtrusive and apparently he has been doing it long enough for it to be a Wawona tradition!) no-one changes for dinner and most of ...