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The Best Hotels for Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. And it’s obvious why. It’s almost impossibly stunning, with the vast granite walls of the mountains, peaked by the stark profile of Half Dome and the dramatic peak of El Capitan; the sky-scraping sequoias of Mariposa Grove and the misty magic of Yosemite Falls. It’s obvious why we all want to go to Yosemite, but the best hotels for Yosemite National Park are less obvious.

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Which is why our Guru’s have come up with some recommendations for the best hotels for Yosemite National Park. Do you want to enjoy the park in luxury and stay at the majestic Ahwahnee Hotel? Or escape the crowds and enjoy some laid back comfort in Tenaya Lodge, which is also a great place for an active break and just two miles from the park’s South Gate, near Mariposa Grove? Or do you want to pitch up in the early hours of the morning to Camp 4, a no-reservations area thought of as the birthplace of modern rock climbing?

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Our Guru’s recommendations of the best hotels for Yosemite National Park has something for almost everyone. So hopefully you’ll find something to suit you below. Then it’s just a matter of planning your visit to this 750,00 acre treasure with its hundreds of miles of walking trails and myriad of ponds, lakes, peaks and other natural treasures.

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The Best Hotels for Yosemite National Park

The Best Hotels inside Yosemite National Park

Ahwahnee Hotel

  • The Ahwahnee Hotel is a luxurious hotel in the foothills of the the park, quite close to Yosemite Falls. Built in 1925, and with 123 rooms, The Ahwahnee has a pool and spa ad a great dining room. Despite the hotel’s age the rooms are quite modern, with fireplaces and stunning views.

For an Active Break

Tenaya Lodge

  • Most people visiting Yosemite are looking for some kind of adventure, and they’ll find the Tenaya Lodge well provisioned to assist. You’re just two miles from the park’s South Gate, and as well as the pool, spa and gym, this lodge has plenty of gear you can borrow - both in winter and summer. There are five on-site restaurants to share between the 244 rooms.

For a total Escape

McCaffrey House

  • McCaffrey House isn’t within Yosemite, it’s within the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest, and offers comfortable, homely accommodation in amongst the enchanting scenery of the High Sierra. There are eight rooms, decorated with eclectic/ vintage style plus an admirably eco-friendly attitude.

For Luxury

Chateau du Sureau

  • If you’re on a once in a lifetime trip to Yosemite and you want to treat yourself then the Chateau du Sureau might provide the perfect combination of luxury and adventure. You’re just outside the park in Oakhurst, and the chateau looks, as you might expect, like something you’d see in the Loire Valley, with manicured gardens, nine, classically decorated rooms with hard wood floors and fireplaces and a fine dining restaurant.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels for Yosemite National Park might be perfect for you? Contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice, or widen the net and check out all our California recommendations.

  • The Ahwahnee Hotel 123 rooms from £352

    Yosemite National Park, California

    1925 luxury hotel resting in the foothills by Yosemite Falls has a pool and spa.Rooms are modern and comfortable with stunning views and fireplace. The Dining Room offers seasonal, fresh dishes matched with an fine wine list. Come sun or snow there are many adventures to be had for all the family!

    Fishing  -  The Park has spectacular fishing - Yosemite Fishing licenses are available at select locations within the park.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • Tenaya Lodge 244 rooms from £154

    Fish Camp, California

    This luxurious activity-enthused hotel has a pool, spa and gym. Contemporary, large rooms offer modern bathrooms. California's bountiful culinary scene can be tasted in five of the in-house restaurants. Winter months offer snow based activities, while the summer sees hiking, fishing and trekking.

    Fishing  -  Fly fishing is a great way to spend the day with the family.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • Chateau du Sureau 9 rooms from £402

    Oakhurst, California

    European chateau set in manicured gardens with an outdoor pool and Yosemite views. 19th century windows flood light into the classically decorated rooms with hard wood floors and fireplaces. Fine dining complimented by a good wine selection. Relax at the spa, in the library or great outdoors.

    Fishing  -  Bring your own rod and reel and enjoy Bass Lake in all its mountain glory.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
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  • McCaffrey House 8 rooms from £134


    A homely mountain lodge nestled in the enchanting forests of the High Sierra. An eclectic mix of antique furnishings, classic wallpaper and vintage quilts lend a warm retro chic feel. Admirably eco friendly and dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the mountains.

    Back to Nature  -  Explore the magnificent Sierra High Country and California's Mother Lode and visit Yosemite National Park.
    Fishing  -  Fish by the stream, on the lake shore, from a boat or even at the trout farm. Tuolumne County has it all!
    Full of character
    Outstanding location
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Friday, 30th September 2016
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