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8308 Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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#1 of 3 in Yosemite National Park
Please note, the Wawona Hotel is undergoing renovations and will not open for the 2020 season. Expected reopening is in March, 2021. The Wawona Hotel (formerly Big Trees Lodge) is cherished as one of the most respected and most frequently visited Yosemite hotels. Its authentic Victorian architecture features beautiful white buildings, classic verandas and lush natural surroundings. At the Wawona Hotel, there's something for everyone-including golf, tennis, horseback riding, or fishing. Evenings are spent gathered around the piano for musical performances in the lounge. Wawona Hotel Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Free internet
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Outdoor pool
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Wade G wrote a review 17 May
Bainbridge Island, Washington5 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife thought the hotel was "quaint", but I was more critical especially at the prices they charge. Many issues - this was better than a tent ... barely. Had to wait until after 4pm for room (several others also). No TV (ok), no phone (so if you want to talk to the desk, you walk over to the main building), they have internet in the lobby only - so the lobby is filled with people trying to connect. Long walk from inadequate parking to room with luggage - saw no carts or help. The room was small and about 80 degrees - radiator only, no AC. Paper thin walls - heard everything from the next room. Beds were very high and very soft - much too soft for me. Bathtub had almost no hot water (sink was better) - took about 3 hours to fill a tub. And the drain leaked some on to the floor. (But rooms with their own bathroom are a "premium", not all have a bathroom.) At dinner, the pot roast and potatoes were served cold. Breakfast was minimal but ok. All the staff were cheerful and helpful. But they appeared to be very understaffed. There were many foreign guests and I was embarrassed that this was in one of our most famous National Parks.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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bostontraveler0101 wrote a review Jul 2021
Boston, Massachusetts20 contributions28 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Just returned from a weekend stay with a friend and we loved the hotel. The Victorian architecture was beautiful and the large wraparound porches made for some great card games and reading each evening. Room was clean and well maintained. Staff was very helpful, especially the restaurant staff. Buffet was reasonably priced and even seemed to have better offerings than the Ahwahnee's buffet (at a much lower price). It was also nice to eat outside on the front porch. I've done a decent amount of traveling in national parks and am used to no AC at park lodges, so the lack of AC didn't bother me. Tip: put the provided fan up against an open window to draw in the cool night air. Also, while the hotel's pool was closed for the season, the nearby Wawona swimming hole was a great way to cool off. Overall, my friend and I loved our stay at the Wawona. It was a perfect base for explorations across the park (plus it was great to not have to go through the long entrance gate lines each day). Definitely recommend the hotel!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Nansim13 wrote a review 12 May
7 contributions6 helpful votes
First I have to preface that we made our reservations at Wawona about 6 mo in advance. So maybe beggars should not be choosey. When we called Wawona we told them of inability to do stairs, no problem. We ended up only able to book rooms without bathrooms. We were told again, no problem, there are plenty of bathrooms and showers. We found out quickly, there was only one bathroom on the main level. Showers were downstairs. More bathrooms were downstairs. Also told we could have a frig in our room for meds, no problem. We could not get a frig. All of that was disappointing enough, until we ate there. Food was bad, 2 in our party became ill shortly after eating there. I would not recommend the Wawona unless you can get a room with a bathroom and bring your food.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Foody12345 wrote a review Apr 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark37 contributions19 helpful votes
45-50min drive away from The Valley. Yet they are seriously understaffed which led to the situation that the communal toilets and bathrooms were NOT cleaned in the 4 days we stayed there. And I repeat they were not cleaned even once. And they are aware of the issue but simply say they are understaffed. And avoid the breakfast, not worth the money. The buffet is a joke. Dinner was ok.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Amanda B wrote a review Apr 2022
Phoenix, Arizona130 contributions96 helpful votes
The check in was very welcoming and efficient, however the room was very difficult to access and although I had been told that it had been updated, it felt very tired and a little depressing for the exorbitant amount of money it cost us. Breakfast was well serviced but a lousy buffet with only hot oatmeal for $14. Hard boiled eggs, bananas, oranges and apple and some yoplait yogurt and Costco pastries were offered. Coffee was awful.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wawona Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Wawona Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (5.5 km), Yosemite Valley Loop Trail (1.4 km), and Chilnualna Falls (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wawona Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wawona Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Wawona Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wawona Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wawona Hotel Dining Room, Sierra Restaurant, and Jackalope's Bar and Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wawona Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Wawona Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wawona Tunnel Tree (5.5 km).
Does Wawona Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.