Overall: Deserves all the praise and raving reviews. This is the cure for road-weary travelers tired of bare-minimum lodging and mail-it-in service.
Facility: The unit is a suite attached to the owners' residence and consists of a bedroom and separate living room, plus you get free run of the large back yard and private use of the outdoor heated swim-spa. The decor is homey and welcoming, and the towels (not something I usually remark on, mind) would not be out of place in a 5 star hotel. Location is quite peaceful and quiet; we saw more wildlife (a train of quail, 3 mule deer, 2 duelling hummingbirds, and a few bold squirrels) during breakfast than we did during 3.5 days at Yosemite. Drive to Wawona was 30ish minutes in medium traffic.
Amenities: Suite included a mini-fridge, coffee-maker, tea kettle, and complimentary snacks & bottled water. The homemade hot breakfast was huge and left our whole party happily stuffed; one bonus was that the breakfast time was accomodated to our needs. The swim-spa was quite relaxing after a long day of hiking; just be careful not to overheat! The suite also included a huge (probably ~200 titles) library of DVDs & VHS tapes, in case the satellite TV wasn't enough. Wi-Fi worked fine.
Service: Upkeep was impeccable, and everything appeared well-maintained. The plush pile carpet did not show any of the stains or wear and tear you often see in places where many people have stayed before you. There was a direct-link intercom to contact the owners with concerns or needs. The owners truly went out of their way to make us feel welcome and even made suggestions about picking up food on our way into Yosemite and provided disposable icepacks to keep that food cold.
Value: At $198 for 2 or $228 for 3 people nightly but amenities and service to rival a high-end hotel, I felt this to be a good value and would return in a heartbeat. The only drawback is that the location near Yosemite's South entrance makes it inconvenient as a base for exploring the Valley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Want a comfortable bed? Rm serviced daily? full Breakfast? Privacy? Swim spa? Wifi? Your own Ac/heat? Just 15 miles from the south entrance of Yosemite more than just a bedroom. Lovely two room suite with private bath, private entrance, King bed & queen sleeper sofa. In room service center stocked with snacks,teas,coffees & bottled water. The ultimate in mountain comfort~designed for the privacy of our guests. Surrounded by lg oaks, pines & a small apple orchard. Enjoy the comfort of two rooms. Truly a Haven of Rest... ... more less
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