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Tenaya Lodge

At a Glance

    Pros

  • rustic setting with modern comforts
  • good off-season deals
  • very close to Yosemite National Park

    Cons

  • so big it can seem impersonal
  • pricey during summer

Fodorite Reviews

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Tenaya Lodge Review

One of the region's largest hotels, Tenaya Lodge is ideal for people who enjoy wilderness treks by day but prefer creature comforts at night. The buildings and giant parking lot blend in somewhat with their woodsy surroundings. The lounge is striking, with high windows and lovely beams. The ample rooms are decorated in pleasant earth tones; deluxe rooms have minibars and other extras, while suites have balconies. The Sierra Restaurant, with its high ceilings and giant fireplace, serves Continental cuisine; the more casual Jackalopes Bar & Grill has burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

    Hotel Details

  • 244 rooms, 6 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-05-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Immaculate, Expensive

    This is a really nice property but with small common areas that give it a noisy, crowded feel. The Jackalope Grill was a lovely spot (outdoor patio very charming), but the food and service were run of the mill. The pool area was jammed. Room was of average size but immaculate and very comfortably appointed. A nice spot but not a great value.

    by Luvero, 8/17/07
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    A Worn out Super 8 at the Yosemite Gate, for $250

    This is an ugly hotel of a ridiculous design; for instance, it is impossible to navigate from one wing to another without walking through the pool. The regular rooms will remind you of a worn Super 8. The Sierra restaurant served me the only inedible dinner I have ever been served in my 60 years--at a premier San Francisco Restaurant price. The waitress was kind enough to warn other guests not to order the special I had, but the substitute dinner they provided was not much better. Had to run the fan all night to mask the noise from above, the halls, and rooms adjoining. The suites may have balconies, but there are only a few of those. Maybe I just got a bad room but it had a view of a sewer pipe with trash strew about it. Most of the rooms look at a parking lot. Get set for company--this is a conference center as well as a hotel. Glad my company never put anything on here. This is a grossly overpriced place belongs in Winnemucca. NEVER AGAIN.

    by petethecat, 5/7/08
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    High Cost in the Low Sierras

    I have been to Tenaya Lodge 3 times; this third time was for a 3 day conference. The first time, it was relatively new and a very nice and inexpensive option when Yosemite Valley is sold out. The second time, the employees had just taken over ownership, and it was more expensive, and starting to get a bit dated, but remained a nice alternative to the Valley. It IS a 40 minute trek to the Valley, but it is certainly better than nothing. This time,in May, we stayed in the main building, which is leaps and bounds more upscale than the outlying buildings (the latter do have that motel vibe to them). Even though I wasn't paying, I was absolutely SHOCKED at what is being charged for a room. OK, the parking and the wifi are not extra (always a plus in my book!), and OK, the rooms have been nicely updated with upscale toiletries, but this was yet another hotel where they did not each day replenish the room with more soap, shampoo and other stuff I either used up or tucked away (as, you know, we ALL do!) in my bag. Still, that does NOT make up for what was being charged. I'm giving service 5 stars primarily because the people that work there are so nice vs. being on time with the service. For example, we had cocktails in our room with some of our conference friends. We had to ask 3 times and wait over 30 minutes to get someone to bring us 6 glasses. I finally went over to the bar and got some myself. Then, they were never taken away, and I finally took them all back to the bar to get them out of the way. The grounds are beautiful, and it is a wonderful place to either bring a bike to ride, or rent one of the bikes they have there. The inside pool was great, but packed. We did NOT get to use the outdoor pool this time. Unforunately, they were remodeling the outdoor pool -- getting ready for summer, I guess. Since it was incredibly hot when we were there, it would have been really nice to have had the opportunity to use the pool and see if they still had the music piped into the pool (that can only be heard when one is swimming underwater). That used to be one of my favorite features about this property! Here is my advice: since the cost of a room is getting really close to the Ahwahnee prices, and you have to spend gas money driving to and from Yosemite Valley, there's absolutely no reason why one would NOT stay at the Ahwahnee if they have room.

    by Surfergirl, 9/13/12

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