We stayed at the Tenaya during a recent holiday to the States and arrived in freezing temperatures so we glad to get inside. Initial impression - from the outside, the hotel is quite ugly, just a modern looking hotel. However, the huge foyer looked beautiful with a forty foot christmas tree covered in lights. Think it would normally look a bit bare but it looked very inviting whilst we were there. Check in staff were also very nice.
The hotel has a bit of a strange layout in that only the 2nd floor links all the buildings - this turned out to be quite infuriating at times. Also we found one of the lifts to be ridiculously slow and it always stuck at the third floor for some reason.
Bedroom itself was very nicely presented though it could do with a few touch ups such as the very rusty bottle opener on the back of the bathroom door and the splintered frame around the main bedroom door. However, in general, nice homely feel to it and we settled in well.
Then onto the food - Jackalopes looks the part but the food was appalling. Cold, bland and unappetising. Unfortunately we ended up having to eat there both nights as the Sierra closed at 9.30pm and we didn't know. Food the second night was marginally better but still not what I would have expected.
During our stay we asked the 'guest services' for some info on Yosemite and were told she didn't have any and couldn't help! Again not really what you would expect.
They do have an ice-rink at the hotel during the winter season so we did enjoy that but they charge extra which I thought was a bit cheeky. Also extra is skate hire which we weren't told about and saw it on the final bill - fine if you bring your own but who takes ice skates on holiday with them?! Fitness room was very basic - it does for the occasional use but my husband was very disappointed with it. The pool was also permanently full of kids - this is a great location if you have them, perhaps not so great if you don't!
Overall, it was a nice hotel in a beautiful setting. It needs work in a few areas which do let the side down but overall we did enjoy our time there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 48 acres in the southern High Sierra and just 2 miles from Yosemite, the Four-Diamond Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers easy access to all of Yosemite’s most alluring attractions and all the amenities expected from a luxury resort property. Tenaya boasts comfortable and spacious accommodations, Ascent – a luxurious 10,000 sq.foot spa, steam room, sauna, fitness room, three pools, five dining options, all-season recreation and a full-service concierge to help you plan your getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel Fish Camp
- Tenaya Hotel At Yosemite
- Tenaya Lodge Yosemite
- Yosemite Tenaya Lodge