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“nice staff, spacey rooms, needs blankets”

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Yosemite Sierra Inn
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

The gentleman at the front desk was very nice, as well as the gentleman I briefly spoke with in the morning. They were kind people who were very helpful when asked about grub and Yosemite.

The price was pretty decent per night. We had a mountain view room, which essentially means you have this window that just faces the highway 41 and the mountains across it. I thought it might face Yosemite, but I realize Yosemite is a bit further away than that and not really within eyeshot!

Parking wasn't a problem. Our room was on the 4th floor. We were instructed to park behind the hotel and up a hill, so you can basically walk out of your 4th floor room and right to your car. Very convenient!

It's about an hour and a half drive to Yosemite. The drive can be windy and has a few steep dropoffs on the side, but as long as you don't think about it you'll be fine!

Breakfast in the morning is mainly cereal and toast. Toasted raisin bread with butter was enough to keep me happy! Though some protein would be good, especially if we plan to hike that day.

My only complaint is that the room was a bit chilly. I wonder if you could request another blanket from the front desk. Or maybe we needed to play around with the heater or something. In any case, brrrr.

Room Tip: 4th floor room allows you to park up a hill so the car is right outside your room.
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Located very close to the park's south entrance, this older motel has much to recommend it. The staff is friendly, the rooms are large, well maintained, and well equipped with a small refrigerator and a mice. Although the place was almost full, our room was quiet. Good restaurants are nearby. The only negative is the rather skimpy breakfast offerings.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here after spending the day in Yosemite. Wish we had shopped around a little more. Except for the mold in the shower, the room was clean. The place is in dire need of an overhaul, and the bedding and linens were sub par. To add insult to injury, our room was more expensive than our room at the Marriott Courtyard in San Jose. While the Wi-Fi was free, it was weak and continually dropped.

You can probably do better.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

The most important concern for us when staying in a hotel is cleanliness. This hotel was moderate in price, the staff was very friendly and the place was super clean. Although it's a short drive up to Yosemite, we were very glad we stayed in Oakhurst and this hotel fit the bill for us. It's close to nice restaurants too. I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room as this hotel does not have an elevator.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Upon checking into this hotel, our experience was poor from the very beginning: when hearing that we had a child with us, the manager demanded that we pay an extra $10 per night so he could stay in the same room with us. This was in addition to the $150+ per night room rate that we had already agreed to online. I think this should tell you something about the hotel management and their idea of customer service. In any case, for this price, I would really expect something nice.

However, things didn't get better from there:
- The rooms are your usual 2-star motel standard -- nothing special, just the basics.
- No hot water was available one of the evenings, so apparently they have trouble with their water heaters.
- The room cleaning was below average for hotels of this type.
- Internet access was a disaster. We found the wifi was mostly unusable during our 3-night stay, so that was also a big negative for us.

As other reviewers have stated, this hotel is located more than one hour from the center of Yosemite, and the roads are extremely curvy, so it's not a relaxing drive. If you're like us, you'll be exhausted by the drive to and from the park, especially if you try to do this for several days in a row. While this is no fault of the hotel, it is worth thinking about before you book.

While the very high price of the hotel was mostly due to peak tourist season, we were shocked at what a terrible value this was. Perhaps it's a problem all around Yosemite. It's unfortunate that a family can't visit the park comfortably without booking many months in advance and paying hundreds of dollars per night to stay in a hotel closer to (or inside) the park.

Although we can't offer any better recommendations on Yosemite hotels, we can say that the Yosemite Sierra Inn should be avoided.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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YosemiteSierraInn, Front Office Manager at Yosemite Sierra Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

Thanks for staying with us. As per our room occupancy policies we do charge extra child or person. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback! .

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Additional Information about Yosemite Sierra Inn

Address: 40662 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9660
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Region: United States > California > Oakhurst
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Oakhurst
Price Range: €65 - €180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Yosemite Sierra Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself to spacious, quiet accommodations in Oakhurst. At Yosemite Sierra Inn, we invite you to stay in our large rooms and make yourself at home in the last town before the south entrance of Yosemite. Minutes away from Yosemite Park you can experience a multitude of restaurants, theaters, grocery stores and have a peaceful and a quiet place to rest before your Yosemite trip. Quiet and sunny, with great views of the mountains, a swimming pool for you to relax in after a long day at Yosemite National Park. We also offer a continental breakfast and coffee bar to start your day before visiting Yosemite National Park. WIFI is available throughout our property. Additionally, we provide a small business center with a two computers so you can print your travel documents or do research for your travels. All of our rooms are newly remodeled featuring contemporary style granite tiled bathrooms, 43 inch flat full high definition screen TV with HBO & ESPN, ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge and microwave oven. Yosemite Sierra Inn is a 100% non-smoking property and unfortunately, pets are not allowed. We are located 2300 feet above sea level, 14 miles from Yosemite's south entrance, and 8 miles from Bass Lake. Thank you for reading and may your endeavors take you to wonderful places. ... more   less 
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