Our room was ready hours ahead of schedule which was great because we had traveled for many hours and needed to unwind. The room was very nice, the bed was very comfortable. On the first night we stayed on site for dinner and had a wonderful time at a campfire/barbecue with entertainment (singer and guitar player). After the barbecue, which included s'mores over the open campfire, there was a lot of group singing, the entertainers were very personable and brought people onto the stage. It was an international crowd and we met some very interesting people. We were three adults and had a great time even though it was mostly families with kids (all ages). The setup was away from the hotel in the "woods" so it was really a unique experience, like a stage set with a taxidermied bear, etc.
We also had a lovely dinner in the hotel at Embers, the "adults only" restaurant on the premises, we appreciated the opportunity to have an "adult" dinner!
My only complaint: the bathroom in our room was set up so the toilet and bath had a separate door from the sink area. The sink area was carpeted which seemed odd in terms of keeping it spanking clean. Also the door was awkwardly placed so that if one person needed to get in and out of the toilet, the other person at the sink had to move. The mini fridge was on the floor in the sink area, I would have preferred it to be elsewhere. Also the dresser drawers were inside of cabinet drawers that also housed the safe, so every time I needed to get into the drawers, I had to open the cabinet doors first. It was a minor annoyance.
When we arrived the light just inside the front door was not working, we mentioned this to the bellhop and while we were out for the next few hours it was replaced, that was nice quick service.
It must be said that as nice as the Tenaya Lodge is, it is an hour's drive, along a very winding road, till you reach the Valley. The Park entrance is only two miles away from Tenaya and the drive is scenic but if you are visiting the Park every day the drive back and forth can get tedious.
I also should mention that on our last day there was a serious fire that broke out in the nearby town of Oakhurst which caused a power outage in the hotel, but the emergency generators kept everything running just fine, even the wi-fi. The staff was courteous and calm, even though some evacuees from the fire area started filling up the hotel. Some employees could not get home and others could not get to work because the main road out (41) was closed. As a result when we left Tenaya we had to drive 2.5 hours (100 miles) out of our way to get to the airport (and there was a fine coating of ash on our car from the fire). So this was not a typical hotel experience...but the employees were gracious and courteous even under duress.
- 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