The Groveland Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Groveland Hotel
Unexpected mixed charms
The staff members are eager to please and could not be more attentive. Dinner and Breakfast were both very fine.
The Lola Montez room greets one with delightful touches of whimsy, faux leopard patterned robe, teddy bears, huge pillows, and NO Chair(s) Limited electrical outlets. Quiet and private. Enjoyed visiting with others on the huge porch. Mix of decorating styles blend, creating a unique, if campy,feel.
Nice Historic Hotel, But...
Nice, old historic hotel with lovely decorated rooms complete with antiques and a ghost (although Lyle never visited us during our stay in his room).
The problems arose with the dining room - during dinner the food was very good, but the service was lacking. Our waitress brought both our salads and appetizers at the same time. Breakfast was worse, most of the pastries, cereal, yogurt, silverware, and coffee were empty or very near empty. The tables were dirty. Service was terrible, it took 30 minutes to get my muffin toasted and then it was brought cold!
Omlettes are terrible and the waffles are hard as a rock.
There is a very strict no smoking policy (which I like!), but we couldn't exit a single door without several employees there smoking - couldn't they walk just a few feet away??
Loved the Place
The Groveland Hotel is the most friendly and kindness hotel that I have been in. I had the most comfortable and relaxing stay in many years. The many, many special touches in the rooms, and of course, the special decor was outstanding. I will most certainly return to the beautiful yellow and white Groveland Hotel in the little town of Groveland amidst the wonderful mountains outside of Yosemite.
A special THANK YOU to innkeepeers Peggy and Grover Mosley for making my stay at the Groveland Hotel unforgettable.
Good, but . . .
The hotel has overall charm. Upscale amenities, coffee maker with bean grinder, etc. Decor in keeping with the "antiques" in the room --probably a bit overdone for most men. Unfortunately, they seem to be having staff turnover problems. Dinner in their restaurant was very slow due to only one waitperson. The food was good. They even asked some guests to walk around town and come back later (even though there were empty tables.) Breakfast was a disaster. We got there about only a half hour after opening, and there were no knives, spoons, or napkins. The cereals were almost empty, only one cinnamon roll or other "warm" pastry was available, one dish of yogurt, and no coffee or oranges for squeezing. Again, only one server -- unfriendly. The omlet, after 30 minutes of waiting, was pathetic.
Sorry that a place with such possibility is so inconsistent.
After camping in Yosemite for 4 days, I was ready for some luxury, and I found it at the Groveland Hotel. I sank into the featherbed and slept for 14 hours! The staff was courteous, the breakfast was delicious, the water was hot and plentiful. I would definately stay there again.
Fine for short stay
Took 2 rooms in August with our kids. Friendly welcome. Our room was very small, no chairs but we stayed just one night and so tolerated that. Charming building with porches and balconies.
Were not attracted to the restaurant for a number of reasons and ate elsewhere.
Comfortable bed. Stern warnings against smoking in the rooms and yet all the staff seem to smoke like chimneys outside.
Really nice town and all the people we spoke with were welcoming.
Our experience at the Groveland Hotel was very disappointing!
We would not go back to the hotel.
We were booked in the Just Jaunita room. 1)The room was not clean. There was dust creeping over the fan blades and a wash rag behind the bed on the floor. (The bed was in a corner so you could see the space behind it.)The floor needed to be vacuumed as well. 2) We had to share a bar of soap between the bath tub and sink. 3) Only one chair was provided for a double room. 4) The food at breakfast was terrible-especially the omlette. I am thankful we tried another establishment for dinner the previous night. 5) The customer service was reluctant...
Additionally, there was a journal with entries from other guests in our room. It was clear by the prior entries, that at one time, the room and service were excellent. That was certainly not the case for our visit. Is it under new ownership?
Wonderful Hotel, Wonderful People...even Lyle the Ghost!
This hotel experience was perfect in every way! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The friendly bartender whipped up our favorite drinks at the bar while waiting for our dinner reservation. Dinner was excellent, and the room amenities were wonderful. Teddy bears holding homemade cookies on the bed made us feel like we were staying at Grandma's house.
My husband and I stayed in the infamous "Lyle's room", #15. (Although Lyle frequents the entire hotel, getting into trouble, as we witnessed that night). Before I continue, I must add that no matter how skittish you may be about staying in a "haunted" room, this queen bed will NOT let you lose sleep over it! A feather bed with a deluxe down comforter, topped with a sea of pillows surrounds you like a cloud!
I had no expectations about the ghost, even after I read the room journal...but I was pleasantly surprised. Less than an hour after we arrived, Lyle turned the sink faucet on, just a trickle, and caught my eye. For fun, I stuck my hand under the sink, and asked him to please do it again...and he gave me a blast of water! Then the faucet went still, and not even a DROP leaked all day and all night long (I put the stopper up to check). A couple more times of this "Lyle prank" the next morning while we were there, always when we were talking about him. No spooky pics to take home, and he never touched any of my toiletries on "his" dresser, as we were told he is fond of doing. But while we were having breakfast, he smoothly turned off our videocamera I had left running in the room, just seconds before we returned. And the best trick was when we left the room just before checking out. He MOVED our videocamera up, then down again, just an inch or two, much smoother than a human hand could have maneuvered. We got this trick on tape! The videocamera was screwed down TIGHTLY to a tripod; so tight, I couldn't even budge it! The room door was centered in the dresser mirror in the camera's view, so no chance of the staff playing with it.
You will have a lot of fun at this hotel, whether it be ghost-hunting, enjoying the company of the owners and staff, or simply soaking in the coziness of your room. We checked out all the rooms; they are all beautiful. This was my best hotel experience ever, and worth every penny! We WILL be back!
Wonderful Stay at Groveland Hotel
We had a wonderful two stay while hiking at Yosemite. The room was very confortable and spotless, the service friendly and the food excellent.
Best of all, even though it is 47 miles to the heart of the tourist area of Yosemite the drive is worthwhile. The hotels in the Valley are crowded, noisy and mediocre. This hotel is peaceful.
Great Sierra Hide-Away
The food and service at the Groveland Hotel is some of the best I've experienced anywhere. It's great for special occasions. The Pine Mountain Lake Country Club restaurant offers a relaxing dinner. For a more casual dinner, the Mexican restaurant downtown on Hwy 120 across from the Iron Door Saloon is good and the Iron Door Saloon always offers an interesting combination of locals and Yosemite visitors from literally all over the world. Two Guys Pizza is always there for your basic Pizza night with the kids. A real treat is to rent a townhouse by the golf course or a house down by the lake for a week. And with a little planning having dinner an hour away at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite is a real treat. Enjoy!
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