We stay here every year on our way to Yosemite. One of only two places with a pool in the Groveland / Buck Meadows area, and I need to get the kinks out of my back in the water after the long drive. I believe the other lodge (Evergreen?) only has cottages. Rooms at Buck Meadows are adequate tho walls slightly thin and beds are barely comfortable. The owners were making improvements each year but this year I think they consider themselves done. Wi-fi, but very, very slow, of course. Wish they would get some good pillow-top beds, but for one night, can live with it. Costs about $200 a night but there aren't many places on the way to Yosemite on 120. We then have only one hour into the valley and are not tired when we arrive. There's a small lawn w/ picnic tables and a swing set. Out of town, so, a quiet place in the woods on the highway (if your next door neighbors are quiet). Staff is somewhat indifferent but nice enough. Restaurant next door does a decent breakfast if you are there before 11. If you are an early bird, you may want to drive back to Groveland (20 min) for the $10 buffet breakfast at the Charlotte (over at 10AM) or the tea room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite California Hotel - Buck Meadows Lodge. Buck Meadows Lodge - The Closest Affordable Lodging to Yosemite National Park. Welcome to the Buck Meadows Lodge & Restaurant. Located only 12 miles from Yosemite National Park in the small town of Buck Meadows on Highway 120, east of Groveland, The Buck Meadows Lodge offers 10 clean and comfortable motel rooms for the budget minded traveler visiting Yosemite. ... more less