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
Wonderful cosy old hotel within a short distance of the Yosemite NP proper, on HWY120, with a nice community of bars, cafes, restaurants around it as well as shops, banks, nearby lake etc. Beautiful, authentic and traditional hotel with huge character and cosy rooms, as well as first floor balcony to sit out on, free coffee and tea at any time, a small library to borrow books from and nice art adorning the walls. Comfortable bed, nice elegant Victorian bathroom, friendly and helpful staff.
Our timing wasn't great as parts of the park were out of bounds due to the recent and ongoing fires that are plaguing California but we were still able to see some wonderful landscapes and dramatic views.
I've stayed here multiple times over the years - this is always our home base when we go to Yosemite and I'm never disappointed. The hotel has such a warm and welcoming feel, feels like coming back home every time we stay. It's not over the top in frills or extras, but the staff is so helpful and the room was immaculate. Thank you again for another fantastic stay!
This is a hundred year old property, nicely renovated and maintained, but keeping its "Old West" atmosphere. If you're not into old, historic buildings this might not be for you but we loved it. The room was clean and comfortable, though the bed was a tad firm. The bathroom had a claw-foot tub that my wife loved. Right across the street is an old saloon with live music and a fun vibe. Next door is a decent Mexican restaurant. Groveland is a picturesque friendly town. We would stay here again!
Our visit was pleasant and quiet and if staying here room 14 would be a good choice being larger than others and at end of hall. Bedroom are very small.
Bathroom had unpleasant oder, situation that made us cancel one night. Nevertheless, we are charged for the night $ 118,00.
Also, if you consider to visit Yosemite Park, Groveland could be not a good choice , because the long commute until Yosemite Village.
We booked this hotel for one night over the Labor Day weekend whilst visiting Yosemite National Park. As we had booked well ahead, we were able to get two interconnecting rooms which was perfect for us as a family of four. Location wise this hotel is conveniently placed - there are plenty of local shops and a nice Mexican restaurant next door. However, there are no facilities for food and drinks at the hotel so guests are directed to the sister hotel across the road for coffee or breakfast.
The rooms in Hotel Charlotte were small but well presented and although dusty behind furniture, the bedding and carpets were clean enough. However, the bathroom had an odour and it quickly became apparent this was due to the unclean and stained shower curtain.
There was no one manning the reception desk for the remaining duration of our stay so we did not get the curtain replaced.
Given that we paid $250 for one night, this hotel fell below our expectations.