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Tenaya Lodge Review: A Yosemite Luxury Hotel

In this review we share our experience at Tenaya  Lodge at Yosemite.  This Yosemite Luxury Hotel is located in Fish Camp, CA on the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. If you are looking for a bit of luxury and relaxation after a day of exploring Yosemite Valley or Glacier Point, then Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is the perfect luxury resort for you. In our Tenaya Lodge Review you will learn about:

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Introduction

During our 18 day Epic road trip throughout the state of California, we stayed in a range of hotels and lodges.  We were able to save a lot of money on many of them by using our SPG American Express Points and Marriott Rewards points. By utilizing our American Express card along with our travels, we are able to maintain elite status which provides many perks and free hotel stays.   One of the perks to using those points when possible is that it frees us up to splurge on a few hotels throughout the road trip. 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite was just one of those splurges. This luxury resort located in Fish Camp, California at the the southern entrance of Yosemite national park was just the kind’ve relaxing resort we enjoy.  

Fish Camp, California is located a short ten minutes from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park.  The drive to Glacier Point from this location is approximately one hour, but you will enter the park within ten minutes of leaving the resort and will immediately enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yosemite National Park.  We recommend, however, that you leave the resort early to beat the construction traffic and avoid sitting still for an hour.  You can read more about a day with the family in Glacier Point here. 

After our long drive up from Sequoia National Park, Tenaya Lodge was just what we needed.  Many of stops at this point were only one night, but we were thrilled to be checking in for two nights at Tenaya Lodge.  We had plans to use it as a base for exploring Yosemite and it was a perfect place to come back and relax after long days of hiking and exploring the park.  

We were immediately in awe of the beauty and grandeur of Tenaya Lodge the moment we pulled up and stepped into the lobby.  The decor is exactly what you would expect for a lodge tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains and it met my every expectation for a mountain getaway. 

Tenaya Lodge Rooms and Rates

When making Tenaya Lodge reservations, you will find there are a few room types to choose from.  Our family chose a standard double bed room which was more than enough for our two night stay.  

Tenaya Lodge Cottages

However, if you want a more rustic outdoorsy feel to your room, you might consider the Tenaya Lodge Cottages located on the lower end of the resort.  

These adorable cottages are on the lower level of the resort property and are a bit far from the outdoor pools and main restaurants.  However, there is a great pizza restaurant nearby and Tenaya Lodge shuttles will carry you from the main hotel to the cottages so it’s not really a deal breaker if you want a more spacious unit.

Room Size: ~335 sq. ft
2 Queen Beds with Mountain Views

Room Rates: 

$135-305 based on room type and time of year.

Average Travelocity rates:

  • Spring: $165-$280
  • Summer: $307-$419
  • Fall: $220-$370
  • Winter: $170-$300*

*Christmas week rates are in line with summer rates

Main Lodge Rooms

The standard rooms located in the main lodge are available very well appointed and convenient to the main restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, and spa services.

Room types:

  • Deluxe 2 Qn 350 sq. ft
  • Premium 1 King 350 sq. ft
  • Deluxe Extended room: 2 Qn beds with sitting area, balcony, and mountain views offering 450 sq. ft

*Pet friendly rooms also available for an additional $100 per pet, per stay. Only dogs are allowed at a maximum of 2 per room.

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Tenaya Lodge Amenities

Tenaya Lodge is much more than a hotel.  The amenities list ranges from in room brand name coffees to concierge and shuttle services to fabulous spa treatments.  Here is a small sampling of the amenities available onsite the Tenaya Lodge property. Picnic area

  • 2 Indoor Pools
  • 5 Spa Tubs
  • Shuttle To the Parks (nominal fee)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Children’s club
  • Poolside bar
  • Business center
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
 

Pools and Activities

The pools at Tenaya Lodge were a hit with our whole family.  Our room was just down the hall from the main building indoor pool.  We passed by it on our way in and out of the resort so as you can imagine the kids were eager to get a chance to try it out.  It was heated so even mom enjoyed it!

Tenaya Lodge Indoor Pool

The outdoor pool and hot tub were equally enjoyed on our second evening after a day exploring Yosemite. 

Family Activities

Unfortunately, our stay was a bit too short to enjoy all that Tenaya Lodge has to offer.  If you are planning a few more days, be sure to take advantage of all the onsite activities like roasting S’mores, archery, and bike tours.  There is also hiking nearby for those not entering Yosemite national park. 

Restaurants on site

There are four main restaurants located on Tenaya Lodge property. 

  • Sierra Restaurant- The main dining area offering a fabulous Breakfast buffet and casual dinner atmosphere
  • Jackalope’s Bar & Grill adjacent to Sierra restaurant offering pub atmosphere with sandwiches, salads, and burgers as well as a full service bar
  • Embers- For a more elegant dining experience 
  • Timberloft Pizzaria- Located near the Tenaya Lodge cottages offering brick oven pizza in a relaxed atomosphere

We dined at all of these restaurants except Embers.  Sierra restaurant breakfast is fabulous, however, our dining experience was not as pleasant.  We preferred Timerloft or Jackalope’s for dinner. 

Both dining options are centrally located near check-in and the sundries shop

Getting from Tenaya Lodge to Yosemite Valley

Tenaya Lodge is located in the small town known as Fish Camp, California. Located on Hwy 41, Fish Camp, is about 1 mile from the southern gate entrance into Yosemite National Park.

Due to it’s rural mountainous terrain, check Fish Camp weather and road conditions if visiting Tenaya Lodge in the winter. Chains may be required to access the area.  CalTrans will have local road conditions.

Upon exiting the resort, you will head south on Hwy-41 toward Wawona road into Yosemite National Park.   Follow the directions below for Yosemite Valley.  

 

Head south
 
456 ft
Continue straight
 
0.3 mi

Turn right onto CA-41 N

 
Partial toll road
 
2.6 mi
Turn left onto Wawona Rd
 
26.2 mi
Slight right onto Southside Dr
 
4.1 mi
Turn left onto Sentinel Drive
 
0.3 mi
Turn left onto Northside Dr
 
0.5 mi

Yosemite Valley

California 95389
 

Getting from Tenaya Lodge to Yosemite Valley is relatively easy by car.  You can expect about an hour from Tenaya to Glacier Point and an hour and 15 minutes on into Yosemite Valley.  However, you will enter the park within 10 minutes of leaving Tenaya Lodge.  I was pleasanty surprised by this.  Despite taking an hour to reach our final destinations within the park, that hour is met by beautiful scenery and other activities.  Read our post on visiting Glacier point for more ideas. 

You can also check the FAQ at Tenaya Lodge’s site for more information on public transportation into Yosemite from Tenaya Lodge. 

Where To Book Your Tenaya Lodge Reservations

If you are looking for Tenaya Lodge deals, there are a few options. You can, of course, book Tenaya Lodge directly on their website.  They offer several packages and seasonal discounts here. 

However, we were able to secure better rates in this case through a third party site. If we are staying outside of our usual favorite hotel chain of Marriott or SPG, we often check sites such as Travelocity, Trip-Advisor, Trivago, or Orbitz and compare those against direct rates.  We also check AAA for discounts and compare those with the other sites. Our final tip is to go the old fashioned route and CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY. Gasp!  I know, that sounds archaic.  However, at times you can get a better discount over the phone if you ask nicely. Wink wink. 

Tenaya Lodge WOW Factor

Tenaya Lodge was definitely a treat for our family on our road trip through California.  The attention to detail and customer service on the whole were up there with our best Disney experiences.  However, on that note, I will add that the prices at Tenaya Lodge were also in line with our Disney experience.  They weren’t cheap!  

Should you choose to splurge on this hotel for your family and need to save a bit on dining, Oakhurst is a 20 minute drive and offers your standard fast food.  However, we recommend you just bring along some extra food for your hiking and lunches and enjoy the fine breakfast at Tenaya Lodge.  You can always split a hamburger or share a big plate of chicken wings for dinner from Jackalope’s to save a bit later in the day. 

If you are looking for an extra touch of luxury during your visit to Yosemite National Park, we highly recommend Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, CA.  We are confident you won’t be disappointed. 

 

Check out this article for more ideas on where to stay near Yosemite. 

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