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“Great stay at Howard's Retreat”
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Wawona, Yosemite National Park, California

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Peter B
Canberra, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great stay at Howard's Retreat”
Reviewed 31 January 2017 for a stay in May 2016

We wanted to spend some special quality time with my son and daughter in-law on our visit from Australia. So I planned a Yosemite visit (which none of us had visited before) well in advance.

I researched accommodation inside the national park and came across "The Redwoods in Yosemite" website who had a whole range of cabins they managed located at Wawona. By booking in October/November, for a May visit, they had a special offer , pay for three nights and get a four nights stay. This offer was important considering the Aussie to US dollar exchange rate wasn't great at the time.

Howard's Retreat was an excellent choice. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large living area comprising the kitchen , dining, lounge and a fireplace (with wood supplied) which we used every night. Outside their was a large deck and barbeque.

Inside was very very comfortable with a beautiful timber finish, clean, good beds, well appointed, the kitchen had everything we needed and finally a foosball table.

The outside deck was fine but could do with a little maintenance. I'm a handyman so I notice these things. Its located amongst some beautiful redwood trees.

The managers "Redwoods in Yosemite" were great through our entire stay.

Wawona is located inside the park, however its about a 50 minute drive to Yosemite valley (but its a scenic drive and many lookouts along the way).

Yosemite is an amazing place (we have visited both Sequoia National Park and the Grand Canyon on a previous visit but I think the Yosemite is our favourite). If the road is open don't miss going to Glacier Point it will blow your mind.

Thoroughly recommend "Howard's Retreat" and "Redwoods in Yosemite" as managers and a visit to Yosemite. Unforgettable.

We hired a car from San Francisco airport. I can recommend approaching through Modesto and coming back through Gilroy and San Jose. A great round trip.

Pete & Claire from Australia

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Feb 2017
Dear Pete and Claire,

Thank you for your visit and review of one of our properties at The Redwoods In Yosemite! We would be glad to share your experience and thoughts with our homeowners and staff! Thank you for sharing your words with everyone here! We hope you traveled back home safely and will recommend our spot!

We hope to see you back soon!

Warmest Regards from The Redwoods Team :)
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Jackie T
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An exquisite country retreat in the heart of the forest”
Reviewed 21 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

From the moment we pulled up to the lodge we were in awe of this beautiful, natural setting. It's a real homely, comfortable holiday home that has every home-from-home comfort you could want. From the huge living area, comprising of well-equipped kitchen, dining area and cosy lounge with log fire, to spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a front and rear deck area with barbeque and seating. We found the lodge clean with fresh linen and towels This accommodation has so much character and we felt miles away from anywhere. It's situated in the park with other lodges but so spread out you hardly know anyone else is there it's so peaceful. Although to the far south of Yosemite NP we felt it was ideal for visiting the Valley (40mins drive) and Glacier Point etc. Although there were no organised hikes, the reception staff were very good with advising us and giving maps for trails we did alone including the Swinging Bridge.
I would highly recommend staying here and if I ever had the chance to go to Yosemite again I wouldn't think twice about staying here!

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Liked best: Character and location
Liked least: Didn't see any bears!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
22 Oct 2015
Thank you for the kind words and time spent writing this review! We are also thankful of you sharing such precious moments with us!

We will share your thoughts with our team! We hope we will see you back!

Safe travels and thank you for staying at The Redwoods!
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TravelinO...
Huntington Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“This was a perfect setting for a wonderful family mountain getaway!”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Cabin was in perfect condition; firewood ready; beds and bathrooms clean; kitchen supplied quite well. The front office gave us fire starters which were awesome. We had two lanterns which we needed when there was a power outage the last evening and the office gave us more fuel for those. Funny incident with us city-folks...the burner was set too high for the wick and it set the smoke alarm off. The maintenance guy answered the phone in the evening and told us how to set the lantern! Another humorous incident to add to the memories. Cabin is really well located on the little road going into Wawona. Be sure to get groceries and gas on the way in (i.e. Von's in Oakhurst.) There's a very small store across from the Office for things you may have forgotten. Folks there are so friendly! Would love to come in the summer and use the BBQ!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: 15 hour power outage but that's not your fault!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
6 Feb 2015
Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a wonderful time in our home.
Please come back and see us soon!
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Madera Ranchos CA
Reviewed 20 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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A romantic getaway
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Management Response
14 Oct 2014
Thank you for your time spent reviewing our property! We are excited to have you as our guest again!

Truly yours,

~The Redwoods In Yosemite~
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