I was really looking forward to wine tasting by the river! My trip was booked a month in advance and there were at least a couple follow-up calls before my stay. It took me a while to find the road to the Inn as the sign was not lit at all. Once I found the entrance, I had to get out of my car and unlock a chain that was blocking the parking lot.
As soon as I parked I was accosted by two loose dogs. My hands were busy carrying luggage and the owner of the dogs seemed to find it amusing. My first interaction with the staff, Nikko, set the tone for the evening. She seemed put-off and spoke to me as if I were an inconvenience.
Once I unloaded my bags, I headed for the winery. There was a group of men outside that gave me quite a greeting...never heard such loud cat-calls. Headed inside for a reprieve, however, I was "greeted" by the same cold, uninterested Nikko, and the same dogs INSIDE the winery. I was then told to go outside as the winery was closing. Shortly after, another woman told me to go to my room as I was "disturbing the guests." Shocked at her accusation, (and that she told me and not the group of 10 cat-calling men AND that it was only 10pm on Saturday night) I told her that I was a guest, but headed to my room anyway.
Upon requesting a cot (1 of several that were reserved for my group) Nikko became surprisingly agitated and denied my requests. I went back to my room and minutes later Nikko stormed in to my room with the other woman! She told me that I needed to leave... at 12pm... after serving me wine (and drinking several glasses herself). I was appalled. The other woman went on about how small her house is and something about a grasshopper. It was the Twilight zone. As a paying customer I have never felt so mistreated. Not only was Nikko acting irrationally, this other woman (who was now standing next to me in my room) was completely non-nonsensical (and neither staff nor guest.....).
I stood there, completely bewildered. I had no desire to stay anywhere near this place ever again and definitely had no interest in being talked to in the manner with which these women spoke. I packed my bags and expressed my severe disappointment with this local establishment that has received such good reviews. I told them that my reviews would reflect my experience...just then both women started apologizing.WHAT?!
I'm still not sure what happened. I don't know how they can treat people the way they did. I have no idea why I was targeted from the moment I entered.
Do not book your stay here. Unless you are a masochist.
I hope this isn't an accurate representation of the beautiful town of Oakhurst.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 13 miles from the Southern entrance to Yosemite National Park and seven miles from Bass Lake; relax at the new Queen's Inn on five landscaped and wooded acres along the river. Each beautifully appointed room has its own deck or patio. Enjoy a light continental breakfast in the morning. Be sure to visit our Wine & Beer Garden with its selection of over seventy-five wines and many imported beers, open Wed-Saturday evenings from 4-10 pm. Guests receive complimentary wine tasting in our onsite boutique winery, Idle Hour Winery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Oakhurst