Gorgeous, authentic lodge on lovely property
Reviewed 22 June, 2021
Our family of four stayed here for three nights while vising Yosemite. We were at once struck by the loveliness of the porch and exterior of the lodge. The interior was even better - felt like a scene out of the show Yellowstone. Our check in went quickly and the associate was very friendly and helpful. She showed us the breakfast area where coffee and hot chocolate were always available and where muffins and fruit would be available in the mornings.
Our room was in the second building behind the lodge, so I can't say for sure, but I believe most of the rooms have a secondary door to access a shared porch. Ours had a table and two chairs and we loved the convenience of going in and out of this door directly to our room from the car. I booked the room rather late in the game for our trip and it ended up having two double beds. While this didn't thrill everyone in our family (our teenage daughters had gotten a bit tired of sharing a bed at this point!) we made do with it. The room was probably the smallest we've stayed in and if I had it to do over, I would have booked earlier to get a larger room or two rooms. But it was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the bathroom was nicely updated.
We checked out the sitting room in the main building which was a great quiet place for reading or drinking a cup of coffee. There were a few games in there and the wood floor, stone fireplace and paneling was incredible. We really loved the lobby too - such pretty decor.
The lodge is quite historic and had more than a few famous guests over the years. It's convenient to Yosemite, close to good restaurants in the town of Oakhurst, and it was nice to stay somewhere with so much character and history.
Reviewed 3 May, 2021
First off, the elephant in the room... this hotel has old wooden floors. You will be able to hear people walking and talking in the hallways. You will hear suitcase wheels. You will probably only have cell service if you use their WiFi.
You will also hear birds. Many, many birds. You will smell fresh air. You will have a choice of two gorgeous and spacious lobbies to sit and relax in.
My biggest complaint was the overpowering smell of febreeze or whatever they sprayed in the room. We stayed three nights and the smell was so strong it stung my nose. We aired the room and that helped, but never, ever should the cleaning crew use fragrance without properly airing the room. And, if it smells, and a light mist doesn’t fix the problem, then properly clean. I dreaded coming back to the room for this reason. The room looked and felt very clean. I am not sure why it required so much scent.
Breakfast is a very light affair. Apples, muffins, granola bars, yogurt. But there is 24/7 tea, coffee and cocoa.
I was saddened because when I checked out the front desk staff never thanked me for staying nor asked how my stay was. Just said ok when I told them my room number and dropped in my keys. Everyone has a bad day now and then though.
Bucolic Setting But Restaurant Still Closed
Reviewed 27 April, 2021
Just a few minutes’ drive from both Bass Lake and Oakhurst, this gem is a great stopover and soothing place to unwind on your way to Yosemite. The hotel front desk manager personally escorted us to our room, past the landscaped lawns and flowering redbud trees. She told us that the ranch was established in 1875 as the first working cattle ranch in the area; a plaque at the entrance notes that in the 1930s the ranch home was used as a hospital for tuberculosis patients. These days, both the pool and restaurant have been closed for more than a year due to COVID restrictions; the pool was expected to open later for summer, but not sure about the restaurant. Breakfast was very limited – tea, coffee and packaged pastries. There was no microwave or refrigerator in the rooms, so guests must drive to dine in one of the few restaurants open in Oakhurst. (While the property has been featured as a haunted hotel on various television shows – we did not feel any mysterious presences.) Sitting outside our large room on a lovely porch, we snacked on fruit and cheese listening to birdsong in the evening and early morning. The property is now part of the Ascend collection from Choice hotels.
Beautiful historic property!
Reviewed 10 March, 2021
Quick 5 minute drive from downtown Oakhurst with many great food options, and just off the highway -- but far enough to not hear many cars from the giant shared porch just outside of your hotel room! We loved our stay in this beautiful property with very rustic western themes throughout the hotel. The walls were thin, and the continental breakfast was nothing special -- But for our price, we still rank this property 5/5!
We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and family.
Good location, that's about it
Reviewed 17 December, 2020
The location of the hotel is great if you plan to visit Yosemite. The rooms were average but clean, the toilet in my room backed up into the shower and the shower did not drain well. Pedestal sink is very low and not suitable for taller people. I also has a larger suite on the first floor/basement and did not have any WiFi signal. There is no cell signal out there either but it comes back once you get to 41. The pillows were filled with some kind of crumbly foam and I found them very uncomfortable. The staff was absent when it was time for check out, so I just left my key at the desk and called and left a message to let them know I had left. It’s average at best but there really aren’t many options out there, just go in with humble expectations and you’ll be fine.