Narrow Gauge Inn
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- High-speed internet in room
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Refrigerator in room
- Breakfast Available
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Hygate Motor Lodge Hamilton
Quaint and friendly.
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hygate Motor Lodge Hamilton
We would return in a heartbeat
We love the Yosemite area and found that the Narrow Gauge Inn fit in perfectly with our plans. The atmosphere was wonderful. Our room was cozy and neatly furnished. We had room 37 with a nice mountain view. Yes, there are a lot of trees. Don't know how that can be considered an Inn problem. I like trees, especially when I'm out in the mountains.
The restaurant food was great. Loved the atmosphere. Nice continental breakfast. Great blueberry muffins.
Nice little swimming pool surrounded by flowers, and yes, more trees, and a manmade waterfall. Clean. The hot tub was a real treat after a long day.
Will return next year.
Charming, but not all that!
We stayed at the Narrow Gauge in during June for a few nights. We paid around $130/nt before taxes, if I recall correctly.
Pros: The driveway and exterior say "charming", and there is a cute gift shop and adorable restaurant, which apparently is a must-go (we had to cut our trip short so couldn't make it). The trees on the property are very thick and tall, and they attract beautiful birds. The room we were in was cute and clean and the bathroom was relatively spacious. The continental breakfast couldn't have been in a nicer setting and was reasonably generous.
Cons: The trees are so thick they hide any distant views; it is difficult to pull out onto the highway from the Inn due to poor visibility. The room, though cute, was very small and poorly insulated. Could hear every conversation from the next room and the "boardwalk" outside the rooms made for lots more noise. Each night we were there I was up til 2 or 3 am due to the fact that children were in the room above us apparently running and jumping and hopefully (????) were unsupervised. The office shuts down at night so there was no one to complain to. (I know people exaggerate sometimes, but I'm not kidding about the 2-3 am! Shame on these parents!) The restaurant is closed for a few days a week, so check the schedule if that's important to you. If it's closed, I'd rec the Mexican Restaurant down the road (forget the name but they'll tell you). You don't even have to like Mexican food - I had the Cajun Shrimp.
Overall, I'd recommend staying here as there are few other options unless you want to camp or pay huge bucks somewhere else.
A gem of a location
We stayed at the Narrow Gauge in May 2004 during a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. On arrival we were pleased to hear that you could have private use of the moon pool (hot whirlpool tub). You just had to reserve a half hour slot and it was all ours. After travelling through the Yosemite Park, we reached ths pretty old fashioned style motel, but with class. Lots of features that added to its charm such as the old fire engine garage, the railway signs, even the fact that most rooms had an outside wooden balcony with rocking chairs. Stayed in room 43 and it overlooked the rear wood area, surrounded by lovely trees. Nice and quiet (apart from the beautiful birds), big soft bed - very pleased with everything. We do not feel their website did the Narrow Gauge justice and were very pleasantly surprised. Ate in their restaurant and, although not cheap, the choice was good. Another nice feature (if you like birds) were the large bird feeders outside of the restaurant window area. All sorts of beautiful brightly coloured visitors were eating the seeds. Sadly, we did not see any bears.
We stayed at the Narrow Guage Inn as part of our honeymoon in April 2004 and I can't recommend it enough. We had the most fantastic room (40 I think?) with a wrap round deck overlooking the creek and it was just beautiful. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed the nights we stayed but we had breakfast in the restaurant and it had a beatiful view.
The check in staff (especially Jack) were so helpful and couldn't do enough for us. The proximity to Yosemite was our reason for booking the Narrow Guage but this is a truly special place and next time we're in that neck of the woods we'll definitely be staying here again.
Highly recommended--we loved it!
My son and I loved the Narrow Gauge Inn, a small, charming, older hotel. Our room in June 2003 was small, with just enough space for a side table between the beds, but it had a nice balcony with a lovely view (our room was closer to the restaurant than the office) and nice bathroom. You want a room on the top level closest to the road if you can get one. The pool is small but beautifully situated. Flowers everywhere on the grounds. The restaurant is wonderful -- excellent buffet breakfasts in the morning came with the room, and the dinners were extraordinary, with excellent service. The office staff couldn't have been nicer. Definitely contact SOUTHERN YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN GUIDES (ask for guides Jerry or Tenaya) and they will take you to the hidden, uncrowded splendors of Yosemite, whether you want to backpack or just sightsee. The Narrow Gauge is close to one of the big lodges, where you can get a fabulous lunch or more substantial breakfast, but I prefer the N.G. for lodging. I recommend the gold-panning afternoon in the valley--a lot of fun for my 11-year-old. The train ride was okay but not a highlight.
A rustic, charming Inn
We stayed at the Narrow Gauge Inn in August, 2003 and found it to be quite charming. It appeared that the issues mentioned in previous statements have been corrected. The entire Inn was freshly painted, and the pool appeared to have been redone and was clean and refreshing. Our dinner at the restaurant was a wonderful end to each day. We look forward to our next stay!
Nice, rustic room for a good price
We stayed 3 nights at the Narrow Gauge Inn in early July 2003. The Inn was rustic and quaint, with a motel look. The room was comforable, nicely decorated, and included a balcony overlooking the rooms at the bottom of the hill and the mountains beyond. The check in process took a while because there was an error on the number of nights we were scheduled to stay and the charge was wrong; also, the person working the desk was new. When we first entered the room the windows were open; we closed them but were unable to lock them because the locks were broken. We called the office to complain (talked to the new person and she informed us she would talk with the manager) and received a return call while we were at dinner informing us there were additional locks available at the office that we could pick up (the kind of locks that just clip on the window to prevent them from being slid open). This led us to believe they knew the locks were broken but didn't bother repairing them before we arrived. We had dinner at the restaurant our first night; the entrees were good but pricey. Overall, our stay was adequate but nothing special. We had dinner twice at the Tenaya Lodge just a few miles up the street; this is a resort type of hotel and would be our first lodging choice if we return to Yosemite.
Past its prime in 2003
The Narrow Gauge Inn in the spring of 2003 was a hotel that was past its prime and seemingly living off its reputation. Our room was clean (probably refurbished within the last 5-8 years), the mattress was comfortable and the in suite bathroom facilities were functional if not quiet. The walls and floors reflect the age of the stucture and are thin; noise transmits easily. We had a nice view looking over the other rooms into the forest. The outside structure could have used a fresh coat of paint in many places. Our last night (of three) entailed moving to a new room--we did not make the reservation early enough to stay through in one room. This room (#37) was next to a stairwell and shared part of a common wall with a walk-in cooler for the restaurant. The fan for the cooler kicked on at least threes times per hour, and more in the evening when the restaurant was in full swing. The noise was significant, but not quite deafening. The management informed us of the cooler at the time of reservation and implied that it was not a problem: "no one's ever complained, I've slept there myself." On checking out and expressing my displeasure, they did admit that they take reservations on this room only when all the others are booked. It should be avoided; it is noisy and costs the same as a the other rooms--it's not worth it. The pool and hotub were not functional nor did the management notify us of that when we made the reservation, before we arrived or when we arrived; it was disappointing after our long hikes through the park. When confronted with the problem, the response was: "we're waiting for the parts, we don't know when they'll arrive. Sorry (we know you'll never be back...)." The air of indifference in their response couldn't be missed; very frustrating. A credit for $30 was offered only after I requested an adjustment. The hotel seemed to have repeat business from people who chose it for sentimental reasons not for its current product. Dollarwise, it was comparable to other hotelsext time we are going to the Apple Tree Inn down the road.
This place was truly a find! The charming rooms were the cleanest we have been in for a long time and the views were fantastic. I only wish the restaurant was open when we visited as the menu looks great. The Manager was nice enough to show it to us and it has a lodge atmosphere with fireplaces, stained glass and oil lamps on the tables. The view from the main room was amazing! We are looking forward to many more visits to this hidden treasure.
Charming country Inn
Wow, what a find! This hidden treasure celebrates the mountain atmosphere. Our cozy room had fantastic views and our dinners in the restaurant were all amazing. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful about Yosemite. I can't wait to go back
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