A great alternative to the Ahwahnee Hotel, Tenaya Lodge is just outside Yosemite National Park's south gate surrounded by almost 50 acres of beautiful forest. This lovely stone and timber lodge has the feel of an alpine lodge with a Native American twist.
There are two types of accommodation at Tenaya Lodge - a large main lodge with 244 rooms, and 50 private cottages five minute's walk away from the hub. The main Lodge is perfect for those wanting a hotel experience, whereas the seclusion of the cottages is perfect for groups and couples after a touch more privacy. The cottages are very homey, using lots of wood and earthy tones, native artwork and rustic decor. There is plenty of space with a great fireplace for that extra warmth on cold nights.
There are a number of choices when it comes to eating within the resort. The pizzeria is a great spot for low key, relaxed dining, offering a fresh salad bar, TV screens showing sport, inexpensive wine and huge pizzas. Also with a similar chilled vibe is Jackalope's Bar and Grill, a western style bar serving all things American. Those wanting a more upscale dining experience can try Embers or Sierra. Finally, for snacks there is the Park Side Deli and in the summer, the resort also does a mean barbeque.
Yosemite National Park is only 2 miles away for activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and bird watching, but the resort also features plenty of on-site activities. These range from archery and rock climbing walls to swimming, kids' camp and an ice rink. Nearby there is also golf, horseback riding, fishing, rafting, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe. Spa facilities include indoor and outdoor pools with four hot tubs, as well as a spa with steam room, sauna, fitness centre and treatment rooms.
Why We Love It
The lodge slogan is 'It's like roughing it, minus the rough part.' Can't say fairer than that.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee)
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel sits in splendid isolation in the middle of the Yosemite Valley and for setting alone would rank as the best hotel in the National Park.
There are 123 rooms, suites and cottages in total, with the rooms located in the main building, and the cottages with small stone terraces located among the dogwood and pine trees in the grounds.
The Dining Room with its vaulted ceiling is breathtaking and has fab views of the surrounding mountains, and there is also an outside garden area where they have bar service.
Why We Love It
If you aren't staying, it's still well worth visiting for a beer on the terrace while appreciating the views.