Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
What We Love
- Tranquil setting away from the crowds and hubbub of Yosemite Valley
- Plenty of outdoor activities year-round, for first-time and repeat visitors
- Ascent Spa features local, organic and artisanal spa products
- Caters to couples, but is also family-friendly, with daytime and evening kids activity camps
What To Know
- A $15 resort fee per night (including parking, WiFi, newspaper, etc.) will be collected at the hotel
- Timberloft and Embers restaurants have seasonal hours
- The two outdoor pools are open seasonally when weather permits
- By car, it’s more than an hour from the lodge to Yosemite Valley, and the nearest town, Oakhurst, is a 20-minute drive
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just outside Yosemite National Park’s south gate, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a refined base camp in the woods. Encompassing almost 50 forested acres outside Yosemite’s south gate, this lovely stone and timber lodge is far from the park’s sometimes madding crowds while affording easy access to diverse outdoor activities, no matter the season. You can go mountain biking or hiking in the summer sunshine, or strike out on snowshoes or cross-country skis into winter’s freshly powdered landscape.
Bed & Bath
The lodge’s 302 guestrooms, suites and cottages are more comfortable places to lay your head than most lodgings in the park. Spacious and tidy, the rooms and suites have simple, country-style decor, with earth-toned patterned textiles, solid wood furnishings and lamps in a rustic Arts and Crafts style. Just a short walk from the main lodge, the renovated cottages offer more privacy and atmosphere, with romantic gas-burning fireplaces and (in some) private patios or balconies looking onto the deep forest.
Depending on the weather, take a dip in the indoor pool or two outdoor heated pools; there are also two outdoor hot tubs that make for a perfect star-gazing soak. And after a day of fun in the High Sierra with the kids, book some alone time at the eco-friendly spa, where organic, fair trade and natural products enhance hot stone massages and wild rose and sage red clay wraps.
How to Get There
Beautiful well run operation. Not cheap ( price can very a bit) but well worth it in my view. Great setting. Great service . Many you family’s were there enjoying various amenities. Indoor pool and game room +. Restaurants have very good food too. Classy place!
We stayed in a deluxe cabin--basically nicely appointed mobile homes. These have the Carrier heat/air conditioning units that have one part inside the room and the compressor/pump mounted outside. Unfortunately they mounted the compressor on the other side of the wall from the headboard in the main bedroom! Every time the heat was on it sounded like a helicopter was idling next to the bed. I lost two nights sleep. Other than that, this is an amazing and beautiful place. The food, while expensive, is very good and much better than anything Aramark makes in the hotels actually inside Yosemite. If you are a light sleeper, stay in the lodge, not the cabins.
A lovely location situated in an ideal spot in the outskirts of Yosemite national park. We were impressed with the cottage rooms, which were of good size, came with convenient parking, a balcony and a cosy fireplace. Access to to sauna, steam room and hot tub was perfect after spending the days walking and exploring the view points. Free smores on arrival was also a nice touch, enabling guest interaction around the open fires.
A point to add is that when driving from San Francisco, our sat nav/GPS took us on a very odd route - down a very small dirt road completely unsuitable for regular cars. Luckily we were helped by a local who happened to live part way down the road, who suggested an easier route joining the 41 via Oakhurst.
We chose not to eat at the lodge as the prices seemed a little high for what they offered.
We thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely return in future.