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“Great place to stay with all the amenities you need”
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Cozy Bear Cottages
Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place to stay with all the amenities you need”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

We stayed two nights at L'il bear in September. Yosemite west is about 25 mins out of theain town but still in the park - very close to glacier point entrance and mariposa grove so very convenient. The cottage had obviously had a lot of thought put into it and the pictures were very accurate.
The place was clean and cozy, washer/dryer was useful and the satellite TV a great luxury.
Everything was very clean, the kitchen well stacked and the owners who lived upstairs very helpful without being intrusive. Great correspondance before we arrived. Only downside was the barking at night, but that is probably hard to escape in Yosemite.
Would def recommend as a great base to explore the park.
Make sure you fill up on gas and shop for food before entering the park.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

We spent three nights at the Cozy Bear south unit this summer while visiting Yosemite NP. It is some distance from the crowds and bustle of Yosemite Valley, and that was just fine by us. The Cozy Bear is not so much a cottage, but rather a 4-level, 2-unit building. Open the door and you find yourself on level one which contains a big comfortable couch for at least six, a fireplace, and a television. A few steps up to the second level leads to the laundry room, the patio, and a kitchen. (We came in the I-41N entrance and stocked up on provisions at Trader Joe’s in Fresno and Von’s in Oakhurst before entering the park). The third level features the bathroom and the larger of the two bedrooms. The second bedroom is a few steps up on the fourth level. The stairs were no problem for us, but if you require ramps or an elevator, seek lodgings somewhere else.

Our unit was clean and well-maintained by the owners. The building is on a sloping woodsy lot which is quite pleasant to take in from the patio over a meal and drinks. If you fancy an evening stroll, just amble down the driveway to the road and walk around to your heart’s content in the pleasant surroundings. If you enjoy noise and traffic and rec halls and swimming pools, this is not the place for you. If you enjoy relative peace and quiet and easy access to one of the USA’s loveliest national parks, I’d say Cozy Bear will suit you. One hint: the owners have a couple of lively little dogs, so if you want to minimize a bit of barking, ask for the south unit when making reservations.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gallatin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We had 4 adults and 2 children in Cozy Bear South. It was perfect for the 6 of us, very clean, very nicely decorated and stocked, and close to everything in the park. We had an excellent stay and will return again in the future.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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1 Thank Chris C
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Suffolk
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We stopped at L'il bear which was great for the 2 of us, we were concerned after reading some of the reports, but our fears proved to be for nothing, every thing was superb, clean, tidy & very quiet.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2011

We saw the photos and read the reviews, so the decor was of no great surprise.

It was not to our taste, but that was neither here nor there.

What I did object to was the overall cleanliness. It really was very poor. If the fridge had been in a restaurant, I'm sure it would have been shut down.

I appreciate we all have different standards, but if you are charging people to stay in a property, there surely must be a gold standard.

The location was good and we enjoyed our stay in Yosemite but Cosy Bear Cottage was not the lovely retreat we had hoped for.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Just returned from our stay at Cozy Bear North. We were two single woman using both bedrooms. The cottage was just perfect for us. The kitchen and living room areas are not huge, but had everything we needed. The bedrooms were spacious and well appointed. I found the hosts-Carole and Neil- to be very helpful and responsive. The place was clean and comfortable. Yosemite West itself has a lot of construction going on, so at times it could be noisey. We were mostly out during the day, so this wasn't really a problem.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Seattle
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2011

What a disappointment the Coyote Walk (part of Cozy Bear Cottages) was.  Where do I begin...Perhaps the best place to start is the misleading brochure that was sent by the inn keepers Carol and Neal Misener with our receipt prior to our stay. The brochure states the cabin has a wood stove. And while there is one present, as the inn keeper told me upon arrival, it has not been working for over a year. Misrepresentation?  Yes!!!  The brochure states that there is an "entertainment center" and yet, there is no radio or other music to be had. There is a very small TV with a few DVDs...one of which was cracked!

My final comment relates to the brochure claiming a "gourmet kitchen," not even close. The kitchen is functional but if you desire decent pots, pans and knives, bring your own.  P.S., to the innkeepers, cleaning the oven once in a while is a good thing.  Same goes for dusting and cleaning the great room windows so one can actually see the advertised "spectacular view!"

My biggest problem is that the rate for this poorly maintained facility is $277 per night.  Much too high for the quality of the stay versus many other cabins/homes I have rented over many years.  My suggestion is do not stay here...look elsewhere!

P.S., To the owners, should you read this...I suggest some quality control on your innkeepers is necessary.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cozy Bear Cottages
Address: 7226 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9106
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #11 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
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Number of rooms: 2
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