Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

1122 Hwy. 41 | Fish Camp, CA 93623-9600  [SEE MAP]Fish Camp, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 2

Not worth it due to Covid Restrictions

Aug 5th, 2020

The hotel is running a skeleton crew. Check in took a long time. Vallet parking or bell hop service is not operating, so if you are looking for that level of service call and ask before booking. Pool bar is closed. Restaurant is only open for breakfast/dinner outside seating or take out. I realize with CA food service restrictions, this is the best Tenaya can do. Indoor pool is closed and all activities for kids have been canceled too. We have stayed here before Pre-Covid and the experience was much different. The staff that is here is doing the best they can but it is far from the 4 star experience you are paying for and expect when you stay at Tenaya Lodge. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3

Decent for Covid Travel

Aug 5th, 2020

I had high hopes for this hotel and it’s surrounding property, however feel I may have been mislead by some of it’s online pictures and descriptions. With that said, I know that everyone is struggling right now (especially the travel industry) and I don’t want to judge Tenaya’s service or grounds too harshly but I need to be honest on a few points. Location - Tenaya is about 2 miles from the southern entrance of Yosemite. That sounds great, right? Well, it will take you another 60-75 min to get to the valley which is where everything is located. The only close trails are in Mariposa Grove which you only need to do once. If visiting the park for multiple days, then you will want to go to the valley and that’s going to require 2.5 hours of driving daily. In hindsight, I would have stayed in the park. Location - 3/5. Service - Tenaya’s staff is amazing. Always courteous and helpful. I would give their employees 5 stars. Amenities - A lot was closed due to Covid, however we were able to use the outdoor pool one day. It’s just okay. Great for toddlers, but kids 8 and up would find it boring. No slides, just a shallow pool. The gym, spa, indoor pool, and ropes climbing course were all closed. We did rent a bike one day to use on the trail behind the hotel and the chain came off within 15 min. I didn’t complain, but still annoying and I still paid $30 to use it. There is an excellent trail behind the hotel that goes to a hidden waterfall. My kids loved this and we even swam in it one afternoon. It’s also a nice trail to run or walk on early in the morning. I think if everything had been open I would give them a 4/5 in this category. Food - There were only two restaurants open on property; a pizza place which we never tried and Jackalopes. The latter had decent food, but was waaaaay overpriced. You could order it for carry out (which we did most nights) or dine outside on picnic tables. The ambiance outside was fine. The deli inside the hotel had limited offerings and was extremely expensive. We ended up driving into town one evening and buying bottled water and snacks. I would give them a 3/5 on food just because it was so overpriced for what it was. Rooms - these were just OK. Somewhat dated and definitely not in great shape, however nothing was dirty. My biggest complaint was that our air conditioner did not work the entire time we were there. We would come back to the room after a long day of hiking and it would be nearly 80 inside. It wasn’t until our last day that we figured out it was broken and how did that happen...it started smoking. 2/5 on rooms Overall, we had a pleasant stay at Tenaya but I’m not sure I would go back mainly because of how far it is located from Yosemite Valley. If you are fine with subpar accommodations, overpriced food, and driving 2.5 hours a day then it is sufficient. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4

Nice first visit to Yosemite

Aug 4th, 2020

This is a review of the service and the accommodations in the Explorer Family Cabin for a 4 night stay. It was our family's first visit to Yosemite. Our plan was to drive into the park each day, maximize exploring/hiking and return to cabin by late afternoon early evening to relax and jump in the pool before dinner. I booked the Family cabin as we needed 2 bedrooms to accommodate my family--hubby and 2 boys (ages 13 and 18). I called from the road about 30 min before arrival to ask if room could be ready. We checked in smoothly Sunday afternoon, July 26th. Although they only had 2 employees at the front desk, they were very friendly and our cabin was ready as requested. After researching the amenities on the Tenaya website, I read up on recent TA reviews and called Tenaya to clarify what changes had been made due to Covid restrictions. So hopefully this review will help you out: Open: -- outdoor pool with social distancing, monitored by pool attendant -- ONLY outdoor dining for breakfast and dinner at Jackalope's restaurant -- Timberloft Pizza open for take-out only, Tues-Sat -- Harvest Deli open grab and go market -- bike rentals available (fee) -- open air Yosemite van tours available (fee) CLOSED: -- indoor pool -- Ascent spa -- game room -- fire pits and s'mores night -- Dive in movies poolside -- Explorer perks (Clubhouse, Lounge, comp continental breakfast, afternoon reception) Amenities of Explorer Family Cabins; 2 bedrooms (1 King, and twin over full bunk bed), mini kitchen. They do NOT provide daily housekeeping for stays under 4 nights. Instead you can request fresh towels , shampoo, TP, etc from housekeeping as needed. The kitchen is equipped with a small refrigerator/freezer (with ice maker), mini sink, microwave, mini Keurig (request coffee pods from front desk). There is NO stove. The cabin was very nice and new; had a front deck with 4 Adirondack chairs with lovely view; beds were comfortable; remote controlled A/C in each room. It is a 10 minute walk to the main lodge with some uphill and stairs along a dirt path. It is a nice walk past the forest and meadow. However, if you are unable to walk the distance/incline, you will need to drive couple min to lodge instead. We are from Orange County and here is what I packed in our car for our 4 night stay: paper plates, cups, utensils, mini dish soap/sponge, cereal, dry goods, microwavable snax for kids, paper towel, napkins , bottled water, vitamin water, wine, beer, stuff for sandwiches (bread, sandwich meat, cheese, mini condiments), plastic wrap, foil, variety pack chips, cookies, granola bars along with our hiking gear. These are tough times and we are all trying to enjoy what little type of vacation we can get. Do not pay attention to the negative reviews. Just plan ahead and call Tenaya to get all your questions answered. The Cabins are NOT FEMA style (as one reviewer stated). The Tenaya employees are friendly and are working hard to make it a pleasant and SAFE visit for all guests. Do not expect stellar service if you arrive impatient and demanding. Please be respectful of other guests waiting in line and not monopolize the front desk's time with questions that can be easily answered by the hotel receptionist by phone. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tenaya Lodge and will definitely return when we can explore Yosemite in the spring. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4

WOULD RETURN IN A HEARTBEAT

Aug 1st, 2020

We loved this resort and felt totally taken care of during the COVID pandemic. The front desk attendants were not the friendliest, is the one of the negatives. We got take out pizza the first night and just FYI you have to leave the resort and travel to another part of the lodge area to pick up you pizza which is expensive. A large pizza was $26.00. It was good though. Second night we ate at the resturant, It was ok it was pricey too. Nothing special about the resturants. Our room was great. We stayed in a double queen inside the lodge and it had been remodeled. It was very clean and the workers were very responsive when we asked for extra towels. There is no housekeeping which is fine with us. There are also no acitivites going on since we were there during COVID. About the location- you are very close to the South entrance. But you are about an hour and half to Yosemite Valley. MariposeGrove is close. One of the best trails we hiked was close to the lodge which had a waterfall and the kids went swimming. The location was good for us and the lodge had a very nice vibe/feel. We enjoyed our stay and hope to return when things are normal. Just know before you go that things are different but things are different everywhere and you just make the most of it. Also, the town of Oakhurst is about 20 minutes on curvy roads so you are kind of stuck with the lodges food after a long day in the park. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 3

Nice rooms

Aug 1st, 2020

The Tenaya Lodge is located just a couple of miles from one of the Yosemite entrances. Once in the park, you will have a 45 minute to an hour drive to get to Yosemite Valley. It is a beautiful drive, but good to know what you are in for. The hotel is nice, definitely one of the more upscale properties near Yosemite..The restaurant and amenity situation during covid is less than ideal, as most of them are closed. The Jackalope restaurant at the hotel was average, and we were actually sat in a grassy area outside of what is the normal restaurant space at a picnic table. This was in the name of social distancing but it felt like we were relegated to the kids table..I think because of the distance the servers had to go, we had bad service. And the prices are pretty high for not such great food. There is also a pizza place on the property that was average, but not terrible and truly more satisfying. You can travel south about 25 minutes to Oakhurst for more restaurants and services. Overall if it is available I would recommend one of the properties in the park like the Ahwahnee for convenience. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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