Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite
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Needless to say, by the time we finally found Evergreen Road, we were both tense and ready to be *done* driving. Even Evergreen Road took far longer than it should have to drive, in part because of highway hypnosis, in part because of the lack of any stripe down the road, and in part because of not having a clue where on the road the Lodge was. Or …
This morning, and every morning from here on, Michael was up before I was. Just as at Ian's place, I slept soundly here. It's very peaceful at Evergreen Lodge, and the only reason Michael was able to get me up at all is because they stopped serving breakfast at 10:30. We made it to the diner at about 10:10. Breakfast wasn't anything special. It was …
It's quite a drive from the village up to Glacier Point, both in terms of time and of beauty. But we got there in good time for the sunset. We had enough time to park, hike out to the point, stop at the overlook for Nevada and Vernal Falls, then get set up on the granite outcroppings to view the show. Though sunset itself was to the west, we and …
Stopped at the visitor's center at Mono Lake for directions, then decided to go north to Black Point via the dirt road to kill some time before sunset. We decided not to get out and hike to Black Point, so we just drove around and played on the dirt roads, until I spotted a very interesting area of tufa at the edge of the lake. I drove around a bit …
Then it was on to Mariposa Grove, with stops for valley pics along the way. This time, we got to stop at Tunnel View (it'd been too crowded and too late when we were heading up to Glacier Point two days prior). It was a long drive from the Valley to Mariposa Grove, but we got to Mariposa just before gift shop closed (Yay! I got my keychain, and my …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite Groveland
Loved Evergreen Lodge
We had an amazing family vacation here. The cabins were great for families: 2 bedrooms with a living area in between. The kids loved the common areas....great for them to hang out playing ping pong and horseshoes while we enjoyed our beers on the patio. The hikes nearby were great and far less crowded than the valley. We will be going back every year.
No power but nice place
We arrived at the Evergreen Lodge to discover that a forest fire in the vicinity had taken out their power and that it would not be restored until later in the day. It wasnt restored for the whole of our three night stay, although not their fault for sure.
Cold water and no lights got us off to a bad start. In the first evening a BBQ was organised, due to no power in the restaurant this was eaten communally outside and was good value.
The cabin was fine, one of the newer ones clean and reasonably furnished with a nice secluded veranda and pleasant view.
Although we started off badly the place grew on us over the three days and the lack of power engendered a good community feel. They have a great little bar and plenty of games and entertainment for the kids, including a film night. They also had a singer one night in the bar.
They had generators hooked up to power the main bar and communal area by the second night, although food was still served outside
In the end we felt we had a good time and enjoyed our stay.
They coped pretty well in the circumstances and gave us a 50% discount on the rooms.
Overall I would recommend the place although it is quite a long way (45-50mins) to the valley which gets a bit of a pain if you go every day as we did.
Bad bad bad
I made a reservation after finding their website. Looked pretty good. They pre-charged my credit card. We went on a week long driving trip and our last leg was through Yosemite.
We went to the lodge only to find out my reservation was "cancelled". I told them I did not cancel it. Then the manager came out and said they were overbooked, so they put us in a different place. No, not on the same property. I had 2 hungry kids in the car at it was 7pm. She said, the place was a 3 bdrm / 3ba vacation home. I asked how it was and where it was. She said it was much "swankier" than their own place. It was back down the 8 mile road we just took, then 10 miles down. I could have argued really loud, but she made it seem pretty good. We didn't eat there, because we didn't want to drive in the dark to find this new place I did not map out ahead of time.Well, we got to Riverside Inn. I went to sign in and get the key. It's a little dark now. The room was above the office. Cats were hanging out on the stairs, there were cobwebs by the door. I went in and found the lights. GEEZ. A small very old 3 bdrm place. Nope, I didn't like it right off the bat. My husband came in and said, we'll, it looks clean. But he didn't see by the bed on the floor where it was all dusty. (Go read the reviews for this place).
I just took the key, and said, let's just get something to eat before we decide anything. The guy informed me the only place to eat was in Groveland 20 miles down. Everything was closed at 9, but we found this rib place (Stan's "Que" Outdoor Grill) and the owner lady (Pam) saw us and stayed open for us. Really good food! And after I told her our dilemna, she told me about a tent house and dialed a number for me. She was one of the nicest people I have met. Gave us all kind of advice and her home number if we got lost. We went back up the road, took the key back and then stayed at Yosemite Lakes in a Yurt. Nice. I'll put a review there.
I called Evergreen when I got home and got refunded. I was ready for a battle, but they refunded me quickly. They really owe me more than that for all the gas I spent driving! I can't comment on the place itself, but that is totally wrong to charge someone and send them last minute to someplace else. Especially by out-right lying on the condition and property. I would never make another reservation at Evergreen even if it turned out to be a resort!
We experienced a unique situation that day: an older guest checked out of her room that morning, then later that afternoon, she realized she accidentally checked out a day early, yet she refused to leave even after we explained that we couldn't accommodate her because we were sold out.
This left us in the terrible position of having to move a guest with a previous booking to another property. Unfortunately, due to the timing of your arrival, you were the guest we had to move.
We tried to give you an upgrade at the Riverside, and based on both the high rates they charge (much higher than ours) and comments from previous guests, we believed you would have a good experience there. Based on your feedback, we will reassess recommending them.
Your situation is such a shame, because we take great pride in the accommodation and experience we provide our guests. We are truly sorry and hope we can find a way to have you come stay with us again so we can have the opportunity to show you our true colors.
Mixed review: Nice new cabin, good food, good location
We're 2 adults & 1 child, so the 2-room cabin was perfect. A sleeper sofa in the L.R. was ok for 3 nights for the child. The cabin was brand new. Sparsley furnished, but clean. I did notice that the bathroom sink was not cleaned while we were there, and I assume nothing else was either. Lighting in the rooms was poor for reading. Hotel food was excellent at dinner. Expect to pay comparable to a nice city restaurant. Service can be a little relaxed, but, hey, it's a vacation - you don't have any planes to catch! Location is great for a day trip to Hetch Hetchy, as well as Yosemite valley. I did mention on checkout that I was disappointed because the website touted activites in the evenings, and there was nothing except a campfire for the little kiddies. I was asked to put it in writing, which I did, but have gotten no reply. They do have on-site recreation experts/guides who know the area and are very helpful in planning outings. Would stay there again if it was in one of the newer cabins.
You are right to have been disappointed in the nightly activities, as our new building construction ran late, leaving us without facilities available to offer our full set of evening activities. We have since opened both our new recreation building and our new event hall, and we offer a complimentary activity every night. Last week's activities included a Ranger Talk (Mountain Lions, Myths and Mysteries), a slide show on the John Muir Trail, a nature move, bingo, and a campfire. We also now have a great room available with fireplace, games, books, free internet and phones.
I hope you will come stay with us again so we can show you our full array of services and activities.
If this is your last resort....keep looking!
My husband and I spend a weekend at the Evergreen to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had considered getting one of the 2 bed cabins, but thought they were a little pricey so stayed with the regular one at $109. The new cabins look nice, though it was obvious that they are well behind schedule so I wondered if we'd have even had a place to stay if we'd booked one. And once we saw the poor standards of cleanliness and terrible service, we were glad we only wasted $400 and not more. It's a shame this place doesn't have its act together because the location is ideal, and once the new buildings are finished it will make a nice retreat. However, our cabin was filthy. And I'm not just talking about a bit of dust here and there, which you would expect being out in the woods. The bathroom floor obviously hadn't been cleaned since the previous occupants - there were dribbles of urine on the floor around the toilet, soap scum around the basin, housekeeping hadn't spent more than a few minutes (we know this because we watched them do their rounds one day). The furniture in the bedroom was thick with dust, not a big deal, but for $109 a night I'd expect a little better. There were mouse droppings in the drawers, obviously mice are a problem in this area but this could have been cleaned away. It wasn't so romantic having to put our shoes on each time we wanted to use the bathroom. I reported this to the staff the next morning and they said they'd take care of it...though there was no word of apology or any offer of compensation. And we still kept our shoes on!
As for the service, we tried to go to breakfast one morning, which was a buffet though they had servers pouring coffee and juice and cleaning tables. On this day we couldn't find any staff in the restaurant. We sat at a table, which was covered in syrup from the previous diners, and waited for about 20 minutes and still nobody came to serve us. The buffet was so picked through because the place was so busy. In the end we walked out without eating there. The place was so disorganized, and they haven't allowed for the increase in guests with the new cabins. If you want to eat dinner in the dining room you'd better be prepared to wait at least a few hours, or make a reservation well in advance.
As for the management, I had to call them after we'd returned because there was a problem with our bill (we were charged for a breakfast for 5, ironically on the day we couldn't even get served!). I spoke with the manager to get this resolved, and she gave me the impression that she didn't believe me and thought the charge was ours! Once that was resolved I took the opportunity to explain about the other problems we'd had there. I was amazed that I didn't even get a simple "sorry", no attempt to apologize whatsover. They just didn't care.
Of course this place will be fully booked week in week out through the summer. So why should they give a damn about service, or trying to get repeat business, or even being civil to their guests? Maybe we were just unluckly. We only chose the Evergreen because if was the only place we could find with just a few months notice. If we go to Yosemite again we will plan well ahead so we can find a good campground - sleeping rough would be a lot better than paying for the Evergreen and getting no service in return.
Our off-season expansion ran late due to the wet winter, and in June, as you mentioned, we were still completing construction. Distracted by the construction, we did not have our operational act together, and unfortunately, you experienced this first hand.
Please know that we do care, and that since completing our expansion in July, we have focused great effort on improving operations and delivering a fantastic guest experience.
We have been hearing great feedback recently from our guests, who are now able to enjoy all of our new facilities, experience our improved operations, and receive warm, accommodating service.
We will contact you directly (as well as other guests who stayed with us during this period) in hopes of finding a way to have you come stay with us again so we can win back your confidence.
Thank you, Lee
They really spoiled our vacation
We don't have very nice things to say about Evergreen Lodge. They totally spoiled our 15th Anniversary and 50th Birthday. Way to go Evergreen!!
Two days before we were to leave on our vacation we get a call from them that they will not have the 2 room cabin for us that was reserved months in advance, confirmed and paid for.
We will never stay at Evergreen or recommend to our family and friends.
Love the evergreen!
i'd highly recommend the evergreen for it's woodsy atmosphere, cozy cabins, friendly staff, great food, fun activities, cool old-timey bar and it's warm overall feeling. my husband and i love it so much that we decided to get married there, and we had the best wedding-in-the-woods that i can imagine. we can't wait to come back every year with our kids, take the nearby hikes, swim in the beautiful swimming holes, explore yosemite, play ping-pong, pool, bocce ball and capture the flag and get to know the many other families that share our love for this wonderful place. accommodations are rustic and charming, and we're looking forward to checking out the new cabins, remodels and expanded facilities that we've been hearing about this year. i'd recommend booking early, as cabins fill up fast.
We really enjoyed our stay
This was the perfect place for our family. It was affordable, clean, fun and represented the Yosemite area really well. It was not some cheesy hotel but a real historical mountain lodge with cool cabins, great friendly staff and an authentic feel. I guess the other reviewer caught the Evergreen having a bad day because our experience was the complete opposite.
The food was incredible, probably the biggest surprise. Big portions, really high quality and not too expensive. The bar was classic with all walks of life enjoying themselves with good beer/wine/cocktails. There was even dancing going on! The kids could play ping pong and foosball outside, and there was plenty of roads for them to bike around. We even walked next door to a family camp to go swimming in the lake and walk their trails.
Our cabin was not glamorous but it was perfect for hanging out on the porch, reading, collecting pine cones and we all slept really well.
It seems as though they are adding new cabins and outdoor programs which from what we saw looks quite promising. We plan to return again this year.
Evergreen Lodge - What a dump!
The website said that the Evergreen Lodge was just recently updated - we'd hate to see what it looked like before! Our two bedroom cabin had a filthy dirty sofa and the throw pillow on one of the beds had a dirty footprint on it. These cabins could be so much cuter with little flower boxes in front and some updated furniture. I don't know what the owners are thinking! We got our first night's deposit back (which we had made on March 1 thinking that this was such a popular place to stay) and checked out immediately. Also, the website mentions a natural swimming hole fed by a waterfall. We were told that the swimming hole is fifteen miles down the road and that the website should be changed because this is deceptive to those visiting it.
After purchasing the 80-year old Lodge, it took time to improve it to a high standard. Since you visited, we have invested several million dollars in building new cabins and public facilities, and in further upgrading old ones.
If you have a moment, please check out our website (commercial URL), which has pictures of our new cabins and facilities.
We hope you will consider trying us again in the future, as we are confident you will have a great experience.