What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast, WiFi and parking are included in the rate
- Location in the Sierra foothills, just 30 minutes to the heart of Yosemite National Park
- Rustic farm-to-table fare, local wine and outdoor dining at Fork & Love restaurant (open Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 8:30 p.m.)
What To Know
- Accommodation is a mix of Traditional Rooms, Suites and vacation rentals; many rooms sleep five or more, making the inn a favorite with groups and families
- Not the pick for design lovers — guestrooms have a twee look with floral wallpaper, quilts and patterned curtains
- Pet-friendly in certain rooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At the gateway to Yosemite National Park in Groveland, CA, historic Hotel Charlotte has been a functioning inn since 1921. Today, there are 13 guestrooms and six standalone vacation rentals, all done up in a classic Old West style with florals, quilts and patterned curtains galore. Traditional Rooms are on the small side, but many connect to create Queen and Twin bed suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and in-room sinks. Larger Deluxe Suites are individually designed; Room 12 has a spa bathtub in the bedroom, while Room 15 is fido-friendly. Amenities are uniformly generous, with WiFi, parking, satellite TV and continental breakfast all included in the room rate. On the dining front, Fork & Love restaurant is a farm-to-table favorite with a focus on small plate, seasonal fare and mostly local wine and beers. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. only, there’s a tapas trivia night every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. The mostly local staff is extremely knowledgeable about seasonal events in town and across Yosemite, so ask in advance about shuttle tours into the national park and the best restaurants along Main Street.
In the Area
A destination for outdoors lovers, Groveland, CA, is a jumping off point for adventures in Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Pine Mountain Lake and rafting excursions on the Tuolumne River. Ask the staff about hiking and biking trips in Yosemite, or popular day trips by shuttle to see the giant sequoia trees at Merced Grove or Calaveras Big Trees. Closer to the hotel, have tea at charming Dori’s Tea Cottage, and dine on classic Cali fare at Cellar Door Restaurant. For family travelers, try horse riding at Pine Mountain Lake equestrian center or, in the summer months, go outdoor swimming in the natural swimming holes at Rainbow Pools.
How to Get There
We stayed here 2 nights late August on a family (2 adults, 2 kids) weekend trip into Yosemite. Absolutely perfect for our needs. We drove there from San Francisco and the location is great for getting into Yosemite without mega-queues. Groveland is also a sweet litle town in its own right.
We had an adjoining suite of a double and twin room with roll-top bath in the connecting bathroom. Lovely vintage styling but very comfortable beds. Bar and restaurant onsite were great. They don't serve breakfast on site but you can pick this up from one of hte many eateries that open early within a minute or so's walk, and they have free pod coffee etc available onsite. Staff are super-friendly, thoughtful and helpful - at one point the receptionist made and brought me a cup of coffee in my room because the machine hadn't been set up - can't think of another hotel where that would have happened!
The fantastic customer service continued after we left: I unwittingly left behind a precious necklace and the hotel contacted to ask me how they could return it to me. As I was already on my way back to the UK by then, they went to a huge effort to get it safely home to me - and didn't charge me for it. This reflected the genuine care that the staff here show towards guests. Thoroughly recommended.
We stayed here for a few nights will touring round California. It is a good location to visit Yosemite, and took us about an hour each day door to door to arrive in the park. The booking process was easy and the hospitality I received before arrival only got better on arrival. We were greeted and showed to our room, and were delighted with the space. It was just as the pictures showed and very comfortable. We managed to have a drink in the bar the first night - very friendly and knowledgable bartenders. It was closed for the other two nights we were there, which was a shame but there's plenty of other restaurants and bars nearby. The only thing that might be troublesome for other visitors was the location of our room was on the first floor near the back exit so there was noise throughout the night of guests coming in/out which could be disturbing for some. Overall great hotel and would recommend to friends and family to stay; we hope to come back one day.
We were very pleased to stay at Hotel Charlotte in the heart of Groveland. The hosts were friendly and welcoming when we arrived. The room was exceptionally clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed a delicious dinner in their tavern, attached to the lobby. The menu offered appetizers and entrees, as well as drinks from the bar. This was a good place to grab a night's rest before heading east on Hwy. 120.