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Review of Yosemite Westgate Lodge

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Yosemite Westgate Lodge
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Bodegraven
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84 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great location, good hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Conveniently situated just half an hour from the west entrance of Yosemite. Hotel is situated in separate buildings with one story only. You can park your car in front of your room. Rooms are spacious and clean. Restaurant next door with great food.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Blok
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

We visited Yosemite a short while after a large fire in the area. When we arrived, we could still smell burnt pine and trees. You could see the devastation of the fire in the area. Luckily, the heroic firefighters stopped the flames from getting too near to this wonderful hotel. In fact, I am told that the hotel housed folks working on containing the fire, and they gave up their pool water for firefighting purposes.

The rooms were spacious enough for a family of 3 adults. There is a restaurant just a hop, skip, and jump away from the hotel (Buck Meadows Restaurant). The restaurant had enough variety that we had dinner there every night of the trip. The hotel has a YART stop, but I would highly recommend renting a car to see Yosemite. It's about a 30-45 minute drive from Westgate Lodge to the Yosemite Valley. This is as close as you can stay to the park on the west side without actually staying in the park. There is a convenience store with a gas station just a few minutes away from the hotel, and Groveland's Main Street is about 11 miles west of the hotel. The hotel also has free WiFi and coin operated laundry facilities.

The money savings of staying at this hotel as compared to staying within the park is pretty significant. Great value.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Teri T
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you for visiting us right after the RIM Fire. We nearly lost our beloved property due to the great disaster of the RIM Fire. Fortunately, we were saved by heroic firefighters and the grace of God. We are so grateful to your for your perfect review. We strive really hard to provide one of the best lodging experiences when visiting Yosemite.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitewestgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save $5 per night!

Thank You,

Lucy - Owner
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united kingdom
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

booked this as part of our road trip after a day in Yosemite. we hadn't put the address in the sat nav but just put groveland but its about 8 miles maybe from groveland if you were coming out of the park. we actually drove past this place and both said glad we aren't staying there, so when we had to turn around we weren't happy.
first impressions aren't everything but on closer inspection it has a rustic vibe about it. check in was pleasant and had a room on the second floor. rooms were big and clean and comfortable. could not fault this hotel at all and will recommend this to everyone. ate in the restaurant next door and it was one of the best meals of our trip.
pool wasn't in use due to the fires but we didn't have time to use if it was.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dustybin1923
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Dear Guest:

Thank you so much for your perfect score review. Our staff is always thrilled to receive such positive reviews. We're glad you had a wonderful stay at The Westgate Lodge.

We'd love to host you again. Book direct with us at yosemitewestgate.com where you will find our lowest rates. In fact, use the promo code tripadvisor and save even more!

Thanks,

Lucy - Owner
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Harrisburg, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Although a little rustic looking from the outside, our room was updated, fairly large, and most importantly clean. We stayed three nights in a first floor room. Parking was available right outside our door. The front desk personnel were friendly and efficient. It’s about a 20-minute drive to the west entrance of Yosemite and another 40 minutes or so to Yosemite Valley. However, this is the closest motel outside of the Park near the west entrance. We ate breakfast each day at The Buck Meadows Restaurant located right next door, a short walk from our room. We would stay here again if ever in the area.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bishop, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We stayed at the Westgate during the Rim fire. The people were AWESOME! I can not imagine our experience being any better. The accomadations were great. The price was right. The location is perfect. The people were great!! Definately on my list for the next time I visit Yosemite. Do yourself a favor and staty here next time you visit Yosemite.

Room Tip: The jacuzzi room was super!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryle A
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san francisco
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

We arrived late and had called beforehand to make sure that we could get a late check-in.The owner told us to just ring the phone at the front but she was actually waiting for us when we arrived at 11pm. The room was clean with 2 queen beds. Very comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bathroom! OMG the marble floor and granite counter top. The room came with a little fridge and microwave (which was also a pleasant surprise). We ate breakfast next door (AWESOME omelets!) before we headed to Yosemite to start our Half Dome hike. I'm so glad that we had stumbled upon this very clean and comfortable Inn before the 2 day hike.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

We booked a Deluxe Queen Room directly from the lodge’s website, which was easy and they were quick to confirm our booking via a confirmation email.

We had flown in from the UK to San Francisco and after getting our rented car and braving the heavy traffic, we arrived at the Lodge at around 11pm. We had tried to call on our way to the lodge to inform them that we will be arriving late but received an automated message to say that the number we have dialled was not in service. There was no mistake in my dialling. The number was that as per printed on the confirmation email. Perhaps it was just down to my UK registered mobile not being able to make the call. We were totally exhausted upon our arrival and found the reception area to have closed but there was a sign for us to ring someone in order to get checked-in. We rang and were shocked to receive the RUDEST reception we have ever encountered from any hotels/lodges that we have stayed at in our travels around the world.

The man who checked us in was in his 60’s and he was obviously not happy at all that we had arrived late. Saying that, there was nothing on the confirmation email to say that there was a limit to the checking-in time. Upon his very cold attitude towards us, I explained to him that I had tried to call but was informed that the number was not in service. He replied rudely to me that there is nothing wrong with their phone, as if I was lying to him! He then made us sign some documents and gave us the key to our room, all done in a very rude and unacceptable manner. Before we walked out from the reception, he said to us, like a headmaster telling off some truant kids, to keep quiet while bringing our luggage to the room so that we do not disturb other guests!

This very experience has undoubtedly affected the rest of our stay at the hotel. Although the room was alright – large and spacious, the free wifi was erratic and weak. We had to practically sit near the window facing the reception to get any signal. The lodge is near enough to the Park, about 20 minutes’ drive and the restaurant next to the lodge served really good food at very reasonable price.

If you ask us whether we will we stay at this lodge again if we return to the area, our answer is no. Not if we have to see that man who checked us in again! First impression ALWAYS counts and in this respect, the lodge has hired the wrong person to do the job. If you are not happy to check people into their rooms after certain hours of the day/night, specify that clearly on your website or booking conditions. We paid for our stay and should not be subjected to such rude and unacceptable treatment.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Hannisze
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Innsight_Hospitality, Owner at Yosemite Westgate Lodge, responded to this review, 13 September 2013
Hannis:

I wanted to take the time to personally apologize to you for your bad experience, or more namely, your bad first impression. You are absolutely right--first impressions are very important and clearly your late check in was not handled with grace. We have addressed this situation with management. We do clearly have a Late Check in process and it appears that this was not communicated hence the unfortunate situation. Anyhow, there's no excuse and we are sorry it soured your entire stay.

Sincerely,

Lucy - Owner
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Additional Information about Yosemite Westgate Lodge

Property: Yosemite Westgate Lodge
Address: 7633 Hwy 120, at Buck Meadows, Groveland, CA 95321 (Formerly Yosemite Westgate Motel)
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Region: United States > California > Groveland
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Groveland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Yosemite Westgate Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Yosemite Westgate Lodge is the most modern lodging facility on Highway 120, located just a mere 12 miles from the Big Oak Flat "Westgate" Entrance to Yosemite N.P., And a short 35 mile jaunt down to the Valley Floor and the many popular features of Yosemite including the thunderous waterfalls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and many campgrounds in and around Yosemite. We offer the ideal place to stay if you are traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Our hotel boasts 48 luxuriously appointed and newly remodeled and extremely spacious rooms. Most of our rooms have two queen size beds, making them ideal for families or groups. The Yosemite Westgate Lodge is a 100% Non-Smoking facility and unfortunately, Pets are NOT allowed. The Lodge has a heated swimming pool, spa, playground, laundry facilities, and an adjacent restaurant. Sorry, we do NOT have WIFI. ... more   less 
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