Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites
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Excellent value for the money!
at $65/night this hotel was an incredible deal! The room was immense and included a TV, microwave, mini-fridge. It looked like older furniture but was extremely well maintained. Everything was impeccable; service was high class.
The hotel itself has everything you may need: steam room, sauna, jacuzi, pool, exercise room.
Breakfast was a bit limited though: cereals and pastries.
Would definetly come back to this hotel next time we are in the area!
Nice place for the price
Spent 5 nights here. All staff were friendly and helpful. Room was clean although there were some ants by the sink (characteristic of area I think). Note the expedia room with lower rates are all on first floor, which is below grade. Only problem was using sauna and steam room. There was no shower so you had to go back to your room. Breakfast in morning was adequate to get you going and information on Yosemite was posted. Eat at Crabcakes (known to locals -great seafood).
Pretty good choice!
Enjoyed our 3 night stay at the Shilo. Staff were mostly friendly, our room was huge with a fridge and microwave. Only downside to room was that the walls were thin made worse by the fact that we had an inter-connecting door to the room nextdoor and were kept awake by noisy children through the night!
Free coffee available in Reception was a nice touch and the laundry facilities were most useful. Breakfast was adequate with coffee/tea, cereal, cakes and hot bagals which you could eat in your room.
The sauna was great, especially after a long afternoon of walking in Yosemite! Oakhurst had a few decent places to eat with a cinema and supermarket.
Would recommend this hotel as not far from Yosemite and much cheaper than accommodation actually in the park.
Good Value. Great Staff
Stayed for four night in March 2005. Felt like family by the time we left.
We didn't make use of all the facilities, as we were out all day at Yosemite.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was adequate.
The Ol' Kettle diner in the car park is worth a visit, if you don't want to travel too far to eat.
Overall good stay
Rooms are large and fairly well kept.I would call this hotel a decent value.Although pool area is very small and in open view of the parking lot,it is clean and well maintained.Some down sides are that rules are posted everywhere and seem to imply that patrons are not trusted.Pool towels,and exercise weight machine pin were issued at front desk which I viewed as a bit tacky.Front desk staff could do a little better job making guest feel more welcomed.Overall there were more up than down sides to this hotel and I would stay there again.
Okay for $66; no utensils; bit far from Yosemite; sparse breakfast
Stayed 10-4 thru 8th, 2004. Family of 3 w/2 queen size beds. It was a nice room. Air-con noisy. No good movies to pay to see and only about 5 channels - nothing worth seeing. Donuts and bagels okay. In retrospect, to see Yosemtie, I would have stayed in Oakhurst one night then spent a night in El Portal then a night in Lee Vining because driving back from Oakhurst to see sites in Yosemite is too long a drive.
Very nice hotel at excellent value
We spent 2 nights at this hotel in July 2004 and were pleasantly surprised considering some of the negative reviews we had read on Tripadvisor. Our room was very spacious and had refrigerator and coffeemaker. The reception staff was very friendly and helpful. They kept a noteboard with the latest updates from Yosemite National Park (road closures etc, which was helpful since there was a wildfire when we were there). The hotel has a good-size swimmingpool and coin-operated laundry area. The breakfast was fine, except the coffee which was far too weak (as usual).
Pleasant experience in Shilo Inn, Oakhurst
An unorganized trip to yosemite had my wife and I no place to stay till 11:00pm. Yosemite surely gets travellers' attention during summer in terms of the fact--no one single room avaliable within 40 mile radius of Yosemite National Park. Shilo Inn was the only place the last place we checked had avaliable room after phoning more than dozens of hotels. First impression, the counter employee was nice. They gave us a warm welcome; they did this like we were friends to them. The room we stayed was spacious and had a neat refrigerator provided with a number of drinks. Their continental breakfast was a blast, had a wide variety of food--milk, orange juice, donuts, bagels, cereal, cupped instant noodle, and fruit. Probably the best free breakfast provided by hotels I have ever seen. The people at the front desk were very nice. Never had a chance to use the pool. Just looked from outside, it's kind of small though and not private, location-wise. One interesting fact, they had popcorn available 24 hours, which is nice. I would recommand this hotel to my friends and am willing to stay again in the future.
Just about OK
We stayed at this hotel as part of a tour for our base to see Yosemite, It was the worst hotel of the trip, the pool is next to the car park so was not the most private of pools, the rooms were ok, clean and tidy.There is no cafe or restaurant at the hotel and the one nearest closed at 8pm (and its not the greasest either)The problem was one member of staff who was rude and ran the hotel like some sort of Prison, as we were having a few drinks at night by the pool, chating about our day in yosemite and at 10pm we were told to get out (not her exact words), when we asked if we could finish our drinks in the lobby area, we were told - It Time To Goto Bed, Everybody go upstairs !!!!, So if you want to be able to relax and enjoy yourself then I would not recommed this hotel, if you want to be in bed by 8pm and treased like children then this is the place to go.
Shilo is a chain in the northwestern states that I'd never heard of before. The rooms are large and have a refrigerator, but are not "suites" in that there is only one room. Their continental breakfast had a wide variety of food, and fruit and popcorn was available at night. The people at the front desk were very courteous and were happy to provide directions to a local restaurant. If staying here during a trip to Yosemite, be aware that while the drive isn't far in miles, the road between Oakhurst and Yosemite is slow and winding. Most of it is 35 mph and many drivers take it slower than that. It will take about an hour and a half to get from the Yosemite Valley to Oakhurst. However, aside from staying in the park, there didn't seem to be many hotels that were closer.
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Hikes at Sequoia: Congress Trail Loop - 2.5 mile Hikes at Yosemite: Top of Vernal Falls Loop - 5 miles 1500' elev Bridalveil Falls - 0.5 mile
... village we parked the car and found out there was a free shuttle to many different hiking trails.
All of different levels of difficulty and time to complete. We selected a couple that were shorter and of moderate difficulty. We saw a lot of dry streams which would be gushing in ...
... very lucky indeed. Des kept pinching himself at how amazing it was (and me too to be honest).Camping under the stars with no fake lights around allowed us to see the stars in their full glory and of course Des wondered off on his own to explore these in more detail (this was something he's dreamt of doing from the start of this trip). Listening to Pips sing around the campfire we ...
... Village and parked up, from there we walked towards Half Dome to get a better look. After that we crossed a meadow and doubled back towards Yosemite Falls. This involved a bit of a climb and we had to dodge a rattle snake. When I say "dodge" I mean look at it's tail sticking out from a rock then causally walk on - it really wasn't interested in us.
We got to the (lower) falls and clambered up the massive boulders to ...
... As was suggested to us, we took the drive up to what is apparently the best viewing area in the park, Glacier Point, where it is also the best place to watch the sun setting. It is at an elevation of over 7300ft and nearly all of the park can be seen from here. In the middle of this vista is a series of waterfalls, including Bridalveil Fall which we'd been at the foot of soon after entering the park. They must have been at least five miles away and we ...