We stayed four nights at Tenaya Lodge and had a lovely time, but we did not make use of the pool/spa/weight rooms, so can't comment on that. We found the staff to be very helpful and pleasant, and the maid service was fine. This is a family/dog friendly hotel so some noise can be expected, but even though we retire quite early (10:00PM or so), we were not troubled by people noise. Our room was across from the elevator and next to the guest laundry room - never ideal from a noise standpoint. I never heard elevator noise, but one night, all night, I did hear what may have been a dryer cycling on and off. I think it was broken as I saw an out of order sign on a dryer that was on the shared wall with our room the next morning. However, having laundry facilities for guests seems like a great amenity. We did not need to use it, but could imagine packing less next time and using it.
Our room was not in the main lodge, but on floor 2 of the other building, which is a ground level floor, so we had a chaise lounge outside our room on the grass. It was enjoyable in the late afternoons after hiking to sit outside and soak up some afternoon sun. We pulled a second chaise over so my husband could sit too and that was not a problem, but I think they could use additional outdoor seating by each room. Not much of a view - the back of the pool house - but still pleasant. We were at the Lodge May 1 - 5 - early in the season, so I did not have an expectation the pool would be open. The pool was closed when we arrived, but opened on day 3 of our visit. It looked inviting, but by the time we returned from our hiking in Yosemite we weren't very interested in using the pool. There were kids and families using it but even though our room was close to the pool we were not bothered by noise.
I ate 4 breakfasts at the hotel - all were good. I am not a big fan of all you can eat buffets, so ordered from the menu, but the buffets had lots of seasonal fruit as well as the usual complement of eggs, breads, meat etc. The service was always friendly, and some of the wait people were very efficient, while a couple were quite obviously new and in training. On Monday morning, about 9:30 we went to get breakfast before checking out. This was the only meal at the hotel at which we were asked to wait for a table - about 20 minutes. We were given a remote buzzer and went to wait in the lobby. After a half an hour or so, we realized we should have been called and went to see what was up. Sure enough, something had gone wrong and we were not in the system. They apologized and seated us immediately. Not sure what would have happened if we had not mentioned this to our waiter, but when we did the manager immediately came over and told us our meal would be comped. Our waiter had already invited us to help ourselves to fruit, breads or whatever from the buffet while we waited for our breakfasts ordered from the menu. We appreciated what both the waiter and the manager did.
Our other meals, at both Jackalope and the more upscale Sierra were good. In fact, my salmon at Sierra was excellent! Yes, the prices are on the high side, even for those of us used to San Francisco area prices, but you are a long way from "civilization" so I guess paying a bit more for a good meal can be expected. I had read some of the bad reviews on Yelp and so was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised, both by the quality of the food and of the staff. We took our own bottle of wine for dinner the night we ate at Sierra. There was a $15 corkage fee.
In summary, we would go back to Tenaya Lodge. It is looking a little tired (ragged, older carpet in the room, chips in paint on doors etc), but it is so convenient to the South entrance to the Park, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the food was fine so why not? The concierge was helpful with planning our hikes in the park - no complaints there. We might take our dog next time, although there are not many places you can hike with a dog in the park, so maybe not, but I like that the Lodge allows dogs.
- 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