Mediocre hotel at a very Unmediocre Price A review of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Our family stayed at Tenaya Lodge in the middle of August and found the property to be decidedly mediocre. Unfortunately, at $249 even at the special AAA rate (some unfortunate guests apparently paid $350 or more) the hotel is vastly overpriced. There just doesn't seem to be much competition in the Yosemite area. The room was okay, reasonably clean, but far from luxurious. Why this hotel is rated 4 stars by AAA, we'll never know. The room was a bit on the small side. It doesn't even stack up well to a Marriott Courtyard type of property. If you're planning on spending much time in Yosemite Valley, be prepared for a long haul on very windy roads of about an hour. The hotel is close to the Mariposa Grove -- don't miss the Grizzly Giant (a huge Sequoia tree -- 2700 years old) which is an incredible sight to see. It took us so long to get back from Yosemite Valley, that we almost passed it up. And don't expect a great meal at a fair price either. Although the food at the expensive restaurant was pretty good for dinner, the prices certainly weren't. And when we tried to save a few dollars the next evening by dining in the pub, there was a considerable dropoff in the quality of the meal. I wish the reviewer who mentioned the Narrow Gauge Inn restaurant had reported before we took our trip. The nicest part of the hotel is the spacious lobby which houses an interesting little gift shop.