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“Laid Back and relaxing”
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Big Trees Lodge
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“Laid Back and relaxing”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

We travelled there in late September and had a marvelous time. Although the drive to Valley and other parts of yosemite were a bit long -35min to an hour- the price was right and it was a different atmosphere because of laid back and less crowded environment. Had a real early 20th century feel to it. Breakfast was good and we had one delicious dinner while there. Room was small but very comfortable even though we had community bathrooms.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Just the perfect spot for staying at Yosemite. Quiet, historically interesting and very authentic place away from crowded Yosemity Valley itself. Traditionally furnished rooms are a little thin-walled, but that what makes it quite authentic. You feel set back in time when sitting on the veranda in the evening, listening to the live piano music. Restaurant is delicious and offers good veggie cuisine.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The location of this place is fantastic; but that's the inherent problem with this place because if there was any reasonable competition it would fail.

The check-in was fine and the staff helpful. We had a room with a bathroom, but the water supply was hopeless; furnishings were basic and shabby. The breakfast was good, but the evening meals awful.

In general the standard of service was way below what I've experienced in the USA. This was exemplified when we moved on to Lake Tahoe, which was way better and cheaper.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

CelticRambler here.... With another California explanation that may be helpful.

The Wawona Hotel is the kind of rustic lodge that may have welcomed Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover. I loved the place when I was a kid. Very few changes. During my last visit, a wonderful entertainer brought the old-timers together and we sang Yosemite campfire songs from fifty years ago. I shouted, "Let the fire fall!" We watched home movies from the 1940s and even earlier. "Bully!" as Teddy Roosevelt said.

For some folks, this sort of thing is great. For others, it's tiresome and, yes, the hotel is a bit shabby and it's not much by Las Vegas standards. The dining room food is a bit ordinary. Although the whole crowd joined together for breakfast songs. If Teddy Roosevelt had marched into the dining room, we would not have been surprised.

Advantages? The Wawona is close to the heart of Yosemite. It's still comparatively inexpensive. The staff is friendly and very helpful. What more do you want?

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

My husband & I stayed at the Wawona for 4 nights in December to celebrate his birthday. We stayed in a queen room with a bath, which was much nicer and more spacious than I expected. We were hoping for a stay where we could really get away - no phone, no email, no tv, etc - and do a lot of hiking, which the Wawona was able to provide. There aren't any tvs in the rooms or the common areas, nor is there a "business center" (i.e. computer, printer, or email connection). In fact, I heard a couple of families complaining because the hotel didn't have a wi-fi connection. If you like hiking, there are a couple of trails near the Wawona. If you want to head further in to Yosemite, it's a short drive to the valley (about 40 minutes depending on the weather). The Wawona will even prepare a sack lunch for you before you head out.

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Additional Information about Big Trees Lodge

Property: Big Trees Lodge
Address: 8308 Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly Wawona Hotel)
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Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 18,177 - ₹ 24,816
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Trees Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 Big Trees Lodge, 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. Big Trees Lodge dining is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Wawona Hotel Yosemite National Park
Wawona Yosemite National Park

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