Wawona Hotel

Wawona Hotel

A Quintessential Old Time Feel with lovely grounds
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#1 of 3 hotels in Yosemite National Park
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Hiking
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Parking
Internet
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
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Historic Hotel
Romantic
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Edward wrote a review May 2023
Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions311 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent Thanksgiving week in November 2022 in Yosemite and, since we had not been to the park at all in 10 years and wanted to experience different parts, we decided to split the time. We stayed for a couple days first at the Wawona Hotel in the southern end of the park before heading up to Yosemite Valley and staying at the Ahwahnee.

The Wawona is the oldest hotel in the park, the main part built in the 1870s, and it was built before Yosemite was a national park. Later buildings on the grounds were added in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, all in a similar style.

It retains much of its original character and Victorian elements, including the old doorknobs, old fixtures, antique furniture, and the lovely painted dining-room fixtures. It has wrap-around covered porches with seating and it has a nice setting with an open meadow and grounds set among forest.

The retained character also means that it lacks some modern conveniences which some may expect. There are no televisions and most of the rooms are not en suite, instead having shared toilet and shower facilities outside and down a hall. In the main building, the toilets and sinks are separate from the showers and in the rooms labelled Water Closet. In other buildings, the shared toilet and shower facilities are together.

This, combined with the lovely porches for sitting, make the hotel probably better in warm weather, but the rustic old charm, especially the dining room and the big fire in the lobby fireplace, made a cozy experience even though it was freezing cold when we were there in late November.

The dining room is lovely and charming, with nice fixtures and big windows. Food is good. We ate both breakfast and dinner here. The bar is fairly limited but the bartender made excellent cocktails, the best we've so far had at any US National Park hotel.

It is conveniently located next to the less busy southern entrance to the park (with roads from Madera and Fresno area), as well as the Mariposa Grove of Redwoods. The Pioneer History Park, Swinging Bridge trail, and general store are also there.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Julia H wrote a review Jan 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand32 contributions27 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This wonderful, old fashioned hotel is an ideal location for the festive season! Lots of beautiful decorations and a fabulous holiday atmosphere. We had a great time here, staying from Christmas Eve until boxing day. I really wanted to give the experience 5 stars, but just a couple of things let it down. We opted for the Christmas dinner, which was 5 courses, and just OK. It felt rushed and not very celebratory, and the food was not so great. We had a better a la carte dinner for cheaper on Christmas Eve. The room - we had a nice room with a shared bathroom, but it was just too much of a squash for 2 adults and 2 teens. One teen had to sleep on an air mattress on the floor and we had to rearrange the furniture to fit him in. He got a bit cold as well. Finally, although we had a great time, the whole experience was extremely expensive. You can spend a lot of money at the cocktail hour and at dinner (especially with hungry teens) without even noticing where it went. I have no regrets, but next time we go to fabulous Yosemite, we would definitely go cheaper.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: I heard the shared bathrooms were cold, best to try get a room with your own,
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lake_guardian7 wrote a review Aug 2023
Brighton, United Kingdom31 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We knew when we booked our stay that Wawona was an old hotel that didn't have the usual modern amenities - no in-room wifi, no private bathrooms, no AC, and we fully accepted that this is what we had booked.

However, what we had not booked, was to stay in somewhere that was so grubby. The ladies shared shower room was not cleaned nearly often enough - there was hair all over the place, with rubbish left on the floors of the showers, and the whole hotel had a layer of dirt/dust that we just kept noticing as time went on. Interestingly we stayed in a number of hotels during our trip, and Wawona is the only one where we didn't see a member of the cleaning team at any point during our stay.

We spent one afternoon by the pool, again it was fine and we were not expecting much, but there were far too few loungers for the number of people that wanted to use them.

On our second night at the hotel we ate in the restaurant and this was a mistake. The food was not good, overpriced and left us feeling a little queasy. Plan to eat elsewhere.

If the hotel had a bit of investment into the upkeep (a deep clean and a repaint) it would be a much more pleasant place to stay, as it is, bring shower flip flops and be prepared to ignore the dirt. Next time we would book somewhere else.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DaniRoby wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom38 contributions29 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a family with 2 kids, booked a room with 1 queen bed and 2 twin beds, one of which was…. An inflatable bed. to sleep on the floor….You pay the hotel rate to receive camping service!
I wish I read better the previous reviews….in particular the last one on the very dated hotel!
I gave 2 stars only because the location is very convenient, otherwise there isn’t any good reason to stay at the Wawona Hotel, much better to sleep outside the park in Oakhurst and drive 30min in the morning than wasting your money in a facility which is indeed still the same as 1800, with a low-level service on top: we had to make our own inflatable bed and not even any bread available for breakfast…
Needless to say that in the room there is no Wifi, no air condition, no heated bathroom (and in March or April outside is freezing…) and that comes at least for $250 a night.
Save your money and go elsewhere.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Pick a hotel outside the park where the quality is much higher.
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Yosemite Traveler wrote a review Jun 2021
2 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We made our reservations nine months prior to our stay as it was a family member's milestone birthday and time at the Wawona was what they wanted as a gift. We initially booked two rooms (one with a bath, one without) and then added a third. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the same type of room for all nights for the third room and had to switch rooms after the first night, which would have been reasonable had our room been at all acceptable, which is was not. The room my husband and I had to stay in the first night, #216, is truly an unacceptable space and it should NOT be used as a room for anyone ever. The queen bed takes up the entire floor, give or take a foot or two, and there is no room for anyone to sit or stand without being horribly uncomfortable and claustrophobic under the low ceilings. The small windows of room #216 overlook staff and kitchen parking and the maintenance yard, and there were constant loud noises throughout the night. At 4:00 AM a delivery truck arrived and beeped as it backed-up into the parking, and then there were jarring noises directly beneath our room as the truck unloaded into the restaurant. We were thoroughly disappointed and even asked to be moved from the room but we were told it was not possible. The desk clerk had never seen the room before and didn't know how bad it is. Staff should go into every room and understand what each space is like so their customer service can be more informed. The money we spent to stay in room #216 was a ripoff and I can't recommend the hotel to anyone as there is a risk someone might have to stay in that room (or a similar room, if there are more than one like that.) All said and done, the room we stayed in the second night was spacious and comfortable, something I had wrongly assumed we would experience for all nights of our stay. If we had not stayed in #216 I would say we might return in the future, but we certainly will not because of the potential for staying in a horrible room.
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Date of stay: June 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Request a room in one of the Cottages (might be quieter?) or one overlooking the south lawn (not...
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Rawa13 wrote a review Jul 2021
San Jose, California387 contributions118 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were given a low-priced room that could accommodate 4 people. A day prior, when we called them to get some information, they told us that that room couldn't hold 4 people.

The supervisor listened to the recording of the original booking and admitted the mistake and gave us two options - (1) get a full refund (2) upgrade it to a more expensive room (at twice the rate).

At that stage, we had no other option but to accept the upgrade.

The supervisor promised to talk to the onsite manager to explore offering some discount. He never called back. Upon reaching the hotel, we explained the situation to the manager, who, at first, kept repeating the two options offered to us as if we were slow. Finally, he promised to talk to the day manager. Nothing happened.

And all this while they had vacancies, meaning they could have lost the business altogether!

The price differential was not the point; the poor service was.

The facility was ok .. "old" under the disguise of being "historic".
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Date of stay: July 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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KauaiStories wrote a review Oct 2021
Kapaa3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The historic Wawona Hotel is a wonderful first place to stay in Yosemite, especially after long travel, before foraying into Yosemite Valley. The nearby tributary of the Merced River is beautiful.
I booked a room with a private bathroom, which came with a clawfoot bathtub/shower.
Due to Covid, the restaurant is serving meals buffet-style. The food is delicious and excellent quality: salmon cooked perfectly, tri-tip, chicken, veggies, two types of salads, onion soup, vegan chili, tira misu for dessert — and that was just one dinner! Everyone in the dining room was raving at how yummy the food was.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Emily S wrote a review Oct 2022
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a relatively good stay at the Wawona – being historic it has a lovely charm about it and very friendly, helpful staff. The rooms and beds were quite small, which you can understand as it is quite an old hotel. The shared bathroom was good and relatively clean – they weren't too busy in the morning/night either. The price, particularly for food is very expensive – the hotel certainly takes advantage of its relatively isolated location, so I would plan to go eat somewhere else if you aren't willing to pay a lot for food. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel and lounge were lively with friendly people (and a charming piano player!)

The most appealing thing about the hotel is its historic, charming qualities. I wouldn't recommend a long stay here, particularly for younger travellers who would perhaps get a better experience of the park elsewhere for a cheaper price.
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Date of stay: September 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ryan H wrote a review Aug 2022
Walnut Creek, California245 contributions128 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in 2018 and gave a “very poor” review. This time, I am giving a “Very Good” review. The property is all in all still the same, but the staff I interacted with this time were much more pleasant. Our room this time was also much better located. (Last time we had room 94, horrible). This time we had room in the main building, which so much better. The room we booked has a shared bathroom and they do a pretty good job keeping the shared bathrooms clean despite heavy use.

Our room, while warm cooled down later in the evening. We had a ceiling fan, which was also helpful. The first room they gave us (215) had a really loud hum in the room. We asked the front desk if they could move us and they did! We are so very very appreciative!

The hotel is still a classic and still an old style stay. I enjoyed our stay and I left this stay much happier than a few years ago!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room with a private bath is ideal. Main Building or Annex are good buildings. Any place, but the...
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Amanda B wrote a review Apr 2022
Phoenix, Arizona185 contributions108 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Not sure there is one
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Answer from Edward
Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions311 helpful votes
I believe that there is a bus between the city of Fresno and Yosemite Valley which stops at Wawona on the way, but I have no personal experience with it. We've only ever driven our own car. Check out the website for YARTS - Yosemite Area Regional System Transport.
Ginner B asked a question Jul 2023
Madison, Mississippi
What are the restaurant hours?
RDelle A wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"I know maintenance is necessary, but it was not fun to be awakened at 7 AM to pounding hammers and paint sprayers. Coffee was unavailable ."
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jokiwitraveller wrote a tip Nov 2023
Tauranga, New Zealand320 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring own cool bag to fill with ice - no fridge in room. Get ground floor room. Washburn Cottage is great. Book dinner soon as you arrive."
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Jennifer D wrote a tip Oct 2023
Columbia5 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Double check your reservation when you book. Many rooms do NOT have a private bath."
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Doug M wrote a tip Sept 2023
Henderson, Nevada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dinner reservations are recommended but you have to talk to people right at the hotel to do so."
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641zoranm wrote a tip Sept 2023
45 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early!"
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PRICE RANGE
S$366 - S$445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
wawona hotel yosemite national park, wawona yosemite national park
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Big Trees Lodge
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaYosemite National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
104
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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.
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