If Yosemite is your destination, and it should be on your list if you’re exploring America’s wild west, then why not stay in a historic hotel just a few miles from the park’s entrance in Groveland? We really wanted that wild west charm, so that’s exactly what we did. This is our Groveland Hotel review. We gave the Groveland Hotel 100 fairytale sleep points for staff, historic ambiance, convenience, and value. This was a straight-shooting perfect score for us, and here’s why.
A Quick History on Groveland Hotel
Now owned by Innkeeper, Peggy Mosley, the Groveland Hotel was once an adobe trading post. The original building was constructed in 1849, a year after the first discovery of gold in California. From there it was a saloon, gambling house, ranger station, business office, and even a bust station. There’s no doubt the Groveland Hotel had many tales to tell, but not before its rescue from demolition in 1990 by Peggy and Grover Mosley. These two ambitious dreamers with southern hospitality in their blood stemming from the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of Tennessee brought new hope to the historic building, and before Groveland knew it, new people.
Haunted Groveland Hotel and the Permanent Guest of Room 15, Lyle
If you’re looking for a bit more adventure than the average bear, you’ll want to reserve room 15 but beware, you’ll be spending the night with a friendly ghost. Lyle was a hotel resident and stayed in room 15 hence, Lyle’s Room. He has been known to move things, especially the chair and women’s cosmetics of the dresser. The Groveland Hotel is proud of its permanent guest and guests are excited to try to meet him. How about you?
Our Paranormal Experience at Groveland Hotel
Being the Fairytale Traveler often means sleeping in some pretty old places. Naturally, with old places, there comes the possibility of old guests or residents. This means I end up spending the night in a lot of haunted hotels. Since I am always up for a haunted adventure, I love staying in places like these, and the Groveland Hotel’s ghosts must have known it because me oh my, was I up all night!
Click here to read all about our haunted hotel experience at Groveland Hotel
Our Groveland Hotel Review
As soon as we pulled up to the historic hotel, I could see from the well-maintained wrap-around porches that this was a beautiful property. It’s bright yellow exterior and beautiful hanging plants were charming and inviting.
The first thing we looked for during our Groveland Hotel reviews was the friendly staff. Inviting, helpful, and very knowledgeable about the area are the first things that come to mind as I recall the staff at the front desk. I was greeted with a smile, given a walk around of the property, and a complete rundown of the local history which you can find here if you’re into it.
Miss Peggy nailed it when she designed the rooms and common areas of the Groveland Hotel. Everything is late 19th and early 20th-century fitting, making you feel like you are back in time with all the modern conveniences newer hotels offer. We loved the courtyard and the second-floor reading area. It was like a little adventure wandering around the property. Our room had a beautiful view of the restaurant’s courtyard which was perfect for the Little hanging back and playing on his tablet while we enjoyed one of their fine wines from their enormous wine collection. Click here to check their wine info out!
For this part of our Groveland Hotel reviews, we found it to be very conveniently located just outside Yosemite National Park, right next door to a cool saloon, the oldest in all of California actually, an ice cream shop and several small local stores. At the hotel, we were delighted to have a full-service restaurant for dinner and breakfast, a saloon, and great reading spots. We didn’t have to wander far in this small town, but it was just enough to be an adventure.
Value for the Price
I have to say with the location, the historic charm, the dining options, and an included breakfast, this is a perfect price point for all that you get. Rates average $145-$329 and can sleep, 2-5 people. Some rooms have fireplaces and spas, they all have robes and wi-fi. For rates click here.
For more information about the Groveland Hotel please visit their site here.
Special thanks for the Groveland Hotel reviews as it was made possible by the Groveland Hotel. While we were given complimentary accommodations for this visit, it in no way changes our opinion of this property. We strive to deliver the most accurate information possible and are committed to giving you the real deal on fairytale sleeps.