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
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. The staff went above and beyond for us. We made a mistake and forgot we were due to leave after the 2nd night. The staff kindly packed out bags for us and when there was no room in their hotel they rang around town looking for a place for us. Incredibly kind and considerate.
On our honeymoon we were driving to Yosemite and stopped here for a night when it got dark. We had a lovely cosy room and there was free parking behind the hotel. The host was very nice and gave us a bottle of wine for our honeymoon!
The classic western style hotel, with little changed in past 150 years....including no electricity ( poweroutage due to fire risks) all added to the experience.
Very friendly service and visiting advice - just shame that their great restaurant was closed.
Rooms clean and authentic - everything was authentic.