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Reviewed 7 August 2014

A great spot for Tioga pass hikes and the staff is pretty laid back but welcoming. The resort recently provided online reservations and they told me at check in that they are still working out the kinks in it. I stayed in a motel room and it should be noted that there is only a toilet and sink in these rooms. The shower is not 'adjacent' to the room - it is out your door and around the building and it is shared among the four rooms. Still, when compared with the other options for accommodations in Tioga Pass ( Delaware North) or camping ( for which you have to reserve months in advance!) this place is a good value in a fabulous location!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Iownit
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We actually were going to Mono Lake and had a hard time finding lodging in Lee Vining. So glad we stayed at TPR instead. Wonderful rustic cabin over 100 years old, we stayed in cabin #4 and yes the front door faces the backdoor of the cafe's kitchen. But a creek was between us and the view from the rest of the windows was back woodsy. The people in the office were really nice and we loved being away from the heat, and only 8 miles to Yosemite. Cabin #4 has nice alcove with a comfortable bed, galley kitchen and table and chairs. It was cozy and a relaxing experience. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SusanBenicia
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

I spent a night at the Tioga Pass Resort prior to hiking in the Yosemite high country, thinking it would aid in acclimatizing to the altitude. I don't think it helped despite the Resort being located at approximately 9500', and my gasping for breath the next day must have been loud enough to be heard throughout the Park.

My brother and I spent the night in motel room #1 overlooking the stream. The room was small, with double and twin beds and a very small bathroom. I guess you might call it "basic" accommodations but I loved it. The room was very neat and clean, and sitting on the balcony overlooking the stream was a great way to spend the evening. The staff were very friendly and helpful, setting an example many larger organizations should emulate. Their restaurant is another reason to spend a night here - be sure to try a slice of their pies.

The Tioga Pass Resort is not for everyone but I highly recommend it for those who appreciate a very charming and rustic 100-yer-old facility located in one of the most beautiful setting imaginable. Their outstanding service and great restaurant made a great evening even more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Alpine147
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

This quaint lodge just minutes outside of Yosemite is a wonderful alternative to lodging within the gates of Yosemite, has a delicious and reasonable priced cafe and the people are wonderful.

The property is small and only opened during the summer months, they offer lodges that can accommodate multiple size parties with fabulous views and balconies over looking water features. Rooms have kitchens and small sitting areas. I would love to rent the whole place for a family reunion. If you're interested book EARLY as they have a waiting list but sometimes you can get lucky and someone will cancel at the last minute!!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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3  Thank Dina H
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed at Tioga Pass Resort August 24-26,2013. We had made these reservations in January for a specific cabin, in this case motel room 1, by e-mail correspondence.

Tioga Pass Resort consists of 10 cabins and 4 motel rooms. Cabins 1-6 are next to a stream behind the main building and parking lot. Cabin 7 is on the edge of a hill overlooking a meadow. Cabins 8,9, and 10, and the 4 motel rooms are located on a hill, reachable by a 100 yard gravel road from the main building. The motel rooms can sleep only 2 people, whereas the cabins sleep anywhere from 3 to 6 people. The main building has a restaurant, supply and snack store, and a sitting area with sofas and lounge chairs.

All the cabins have their own bathrooms complete with showers, while the 4 motel rooms share 2 separate shower rooms, accessible by walking outdoors. All the cabins, except cabin 2, have kitchens, with stove and refrigerator, and dining table. Cabin 2 and the 4 motel rooms do not have cooking facilities, nor tables. Cabin 2 at $160 a night, is considerably cheaper than the next most expensive cabin at $190 a night.

We had stayed in motel room 1 at least twice before, and preferred it mainly because of its low price, $125 a night, and because it had an outdoor deck with a hilltop view.

Other cabins have hilltop views with outdoor decks, including cabins 7,8, and 9, but these can be as expensive as $240 a night. Cabins 1,3,7,8,9,10 have queen size beds, with kitchens, and cabin 10 has two bathrooms. Cabins 2,4,5,6 have only full size beds. Only motel room 2 has a queen size bed, while the other motel rooms have only full size beds. The 4 motel rooms share 2 showers in separate rooms, while all the cabins have their own showers.

Guests can park their vehicles next to the cabins or motel rooms, with freshly painted exteriors.

There is no TV, no cell phone reception, no WiFi access. Heating is done by a semi mobile oil heater, connected with a 5 foot fuel line attached to the wall. Floors consist of wooden planks, with no carpeting, and in desperate need of be varnished. There is no ice machine, so guests have to get ice and paper cups from the main building.

The cabins are detached, except for cabins 4 and 5. The motel rooms are attached, and have no noise insulation, with normal conversation and other noises heard between the walls.

Motel room 1 is very cramped, with just enough room for 2 people to move around the twin bed and the full size bed. We had to move the full size bed away from the wall, so that the person on that side of the bed could get out the side of the bed. However that meant that the bathroom door, which opened outwards, would hit the side of the bed.

The bathroom was about the same size as a phone booth. It was the only bathroom I've seen where you could sit on the toilet and wash your hands in the sink. Do not drink the water in the sink, as it is full of iron from the century old pipes. We filled up our water bottles with filtered water can from the main building, and used them for brushing our teeth.

I stayed here in June and August, and never was able to get a good night's sleep, due to the 9500 foot altitude, and may pass on staying here next year.

Tioga Pass Resort this year closed September 15 due to the closure of the Tioga Road in the western section of Yosemite near the Rim Fire, cutting off TPR from the west. We shortened down our stay by 1 night, and left the park August 26, as Tioga Road was closed on August 28.

To their credit, the people at TPR were great in the service department, answering all my e-mails, and allowing us to leave a day early without penalty, due to the imminent closure of Tioga Road.

I may consider staying in Lee Vining 10 miles and 3000 lower in elevation down the Tioga Pass Grade. The other alternative is Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, located 10 miles west within Yosemite Park. TML is a collection of 65 tent cabins sharing 8 toilets and 8 showers, and only wood furnaces for heat during the cold nights, costing about $125 a night.

I have written 2 previous reviews on this resort, and 2 reviews of the restaurant, which you may read, by clicking on the following reviews under my name.

Room Tip: All cabins, except cabin 2 have kitchens. Cabins 7,8, and 9 and motel room 1 have hilltop views from outside decks. Cabins 1,3,7,8,9,10 have queen size beds, with kitchens, and cabin 10 has two bathrooms. Cabins 2,4,5,6 have only full size beds. Only motel room 2 has a queen size bed, while the other motel rooms have only full size beds. The 4 motel rooms share 2 showers in separate rooms, while all the cabins have their own showers.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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19  Thank robert c
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