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8308 Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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#1 of 3 hotels in Yosemite National Park
Please note, the Wawona Hotel is undergoing renovations and will not open for the 2020 season. Expected reopening is in March, 2021. The Wawona Hotel (formerly Big Trees Lodge) is cherished as one of the most respected and most frequently visited Yosemite hotels. Its authentic Victorian architecture features beautiful white buildings, classic verandas and lush natural surroundings. At the Wawona Hotel, there's something for everyone-including golf, tennis, horseback riding, or fishing. Evenings are spent gathered around the piano for musical performances in the lounge. Wawona Hotel Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
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HarvAG wrote a review Nov 2021
Arroyo Grande, California12 contributions8 helpful votes
Room furniture was what you would typically find in a donation center's thrift shop. Mislabeling the Wawona hotel as "historic" just seemed like an excuse to justify the rooms not having any modern conveniences like WIFI, TV, phone, AC, ceiling fan, etc. At least our room was clean. Very poor Covid protocol due to the small lobby quickly becoming extremely overcrowded. This was a direct result of a combination of the lobby being the only place with WIFI while also serving as the primary waiting area for the dining room (which did not accept reservations in advance). Overpriced lodging & menu with substandard food. I'd advise staying in nearby Oakhurst & getting up earlier to avoid the lines when entering the park.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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bostontraveler0101 wrote a review Jul 2021
Boston, Massachusetts16 contributions27 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Just returned from a weekend stay with a friend and we loved the hotel. The Victorian architecture was beautiful and the large wraparound porches made for some great card games and reading each evening. Room was clean and well maintained. Staff was very helpful, especially the restaurant staff. Buffet was reasonably priced and even seemed to have better offerings than the Ahwahnee's buffet (at a much lower price). It was also nice to eat outside on the front porch. I've done a decent amount of traveling in national parks and am used to no AC at park lodges, so the lack of AC didn't bother me. Tip: put the provided fan up against an open window to draw in the cool night air. Also, while the hotel's pool was closed for the season, the nearby Wawona swimming hole was a great way to cool off. Overall, my friend and I loved our stay at the Wawona. It was a perfect base for explorations across the park (plus it was great to not have to go through the long entrance gate lines each day). Definitely recommend the hotel!
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Date of stay: July 2021
KauaiStories wrote a review Oct 2021
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The historic Wawona Hotel is a wonderful first place to stay in Yosemite, especially after long travel, before foraying into Yosemite Valley. The nearby tributary of the Merced River is beautiful. I booked a room with a private bathroom, which came with a clawfoot bathtub/shower. Due to Covid, the restaurant is serving meals buffet-style. The food is delicious and excellent quality: salmon cooked perfectly, tri-tip, chicken, veggies, two types of salads, onion soup, vegan chili, tira misu for dessert — and that was just one dinner! Everyone in the dining room was raving at how yummy the food was.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Kevin R wrote a review Oct 2021
Seattle, Washington559 contributions78 helpful votes
My wife and I really like staying in National Parks lodges. They are overpriced, the roomes are hit or miss, but they full of history and usually have spectacular public spaces. Not to mention great locations in the park. Wowana fell short. We stayed here because it was the only park lodging t where we were able to get a reservation. The lodge is close to Maripose grove, but the shuttle is not running and so it requires an additional 4 mile hike to reach the grove. The lodge is 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley and so each day had an additional 1 1/2 hour drive. The rooms were quite nice, high ceilings, decent bed, however they were not very big. The rooms open to an outside porch, not a hallway. That meant that you trecked outside in the cold and halfway around a very large building to get to the shared bath. The porch was lovely to sit on. The bathrooms were fine, and kept heated, the water was hot. The hotel lobby was nothing special. The food was decently priced for a national park ($16 for breakfast, $38 for dinner). However it was only OK and served buffet style. Better to go to the store nearby for salads and sandwiches. If you can stay further inside the park do so, if not, it is an ok place.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Nikki F wrote a review Sep 2021
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Our room was decent what you’d expect from a historic hotel, absolutely no service which was as expected but is not good when you have younger children. What I did not expect was such horrible service from the staff in the dining room, food was good but service was horrible. The lady with pigtails that was serving my family and I seemed to be in a horrible mood and looked like she did not want to be there and taking over more than she can handle. My family and I were very put off by the servers discontentment in serving us our food that we paid for, I’m not used to writing such negative reviews and I don’t like to but as a server you should know that your service is part of the experience for guests. Someone definitely needs to look into management regarding servers and the staff in charge of booking, no one that I spoke to seemed to care about the work they did or service they provided which was really not much. For other guests I recommend you don’t expect anything from the staff until they hire other people as my family and I left feeling very disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
US$247 - US$356 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wawona Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Wawona Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (5.5 km), Yosemite Valley Loop Trail (1.4 km), and Chilnualna Falls (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wawona Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wawona Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Wawona Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wawona Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wawona Hotel Dining Room, Sierra Restaurant, and Jackalope's Bar and Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wawona Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Wawona Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wawona Tunnel Tree (5.5 km).
Does Wawona Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.