The Groveland Hotel
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... we make is a Wow!!! We ride through the huge area devasted by the recent fires, some of the fires are still burning.....it must be so hard to stop them when it's so dry and it's such a vast area! We travel down and down to the bottom of a valley, there are a few people on the drive but not many as the park is shut due to government shutdown.....you can drive through but not stop but the views are so amazing people are stopping and taking pics so we do ...
... So it was time to head back down the trail, which was almost as ******* our legs as going up was on our hearts/lungs. I actually jogged in a few places as it was easier to jog down the hill in my nice bouncy sneakers - less stress on my legs. But Darrin had on hiking boots, not great for jogging. Hot feet caused me to stop once and take off my shoes and socks to cool off my feet (I think some good Teva sandals will be on my shopping list next ...
... stops in the odd shady spot to take on water. But we made steady progress on the mostly uphill trek, keeping pace with another English family on the trail despite having a four year old with us. The trail was pretty quiet, very different from the walk to Yosemite Falls - in the whole walk we probably saw two more families (one German, one American) and the very occasional couple/individual.
Anyway, by the time we reached the ...
... that evening we tried out the local diner for dinner. The kids all had some form of hot dog (plain, corn, or chilli cheese) and the sheer quantity of food was frankly staggering. I always forget this, and stupidly ordered a 'side' of onion rings which, despite Jill swiping one or two, would have been a meal in itself before my ridiculously huge (and very tasty) burger arrived. Will managed to silence the table when he said he wanted a desert (hot fudge ...
... so up we went. And what a view, it was gorgeous up there. You could climb all the way to the very tip but that was a bit hardcore for me, I was happy sitting where I was waaay back from the edges thank you very much. It was so pretty up there we ended up staying there for an hour or so just soaking up the sun & scenery. We met another couple from Melbourne up there and had a chat to them, then decided we should probably be heading back. We stopped by the store for some more firewood ...
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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, old historic hotel with lovely decorated rooms complete with antiques and a ghost (although Lyle never visited us during our stay in his room).
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.
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.
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.
We would not go back to the hotel.
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.
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!