Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station

Yosemite National Park, USA

Virgin rating

The hotel

Gold Country? Yosemite? Cutesy Mariposa itself? Whatever your excuse for visiting the region, Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station acts as an ‘access all areas’ base. Right on Highway 140, it’s near Mariposa’s dining and shopping, and within two miles of California Mining and Mineral Museum and the History Center’s gold panning, a throwback to the gold rush days. Keep driving and you’ll arrive in Yosemite National Park, just over 30 miles from the hotel, or Sierra National Forest, a little further away. Before you head out each day, fill up with hot breakfast treats, waffles, muffins, and naughty pastries. And, when you get back, you can make the most of the tennis courts, complimentary WiFi and seasonal swimming pool and hot tub.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Tennis

Where is it

On Highway 140, near Mariposa’s restaurants and shops. Ideally located for Gold Country experiences like gold panning at the History Center, half-a-mile away, and visiting the California Mining and Mineral Museum, 2 miles away. Yosemite National Park is 32 miles away, Sierra National Forest 37 miles away, and giant Sequoia trees 45 miles away.

Hotel information

77 rooms on 3 floors. All with air-conditioning and heating, TV with satellite/cable channels, WiFi*, telephone (complimentary local calls under 10 minutes), microwave, fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, and iron and board. Two Queen Guest Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Breakfast bar (complimentary hot breakfast and pastries). Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). Hot tub (seasonal). Tennis courts. WiFi. Children's playground close by. Complimentary self-parking available.

*Denotes local charge

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to stay overall!

Jun 27, 2022 Miss408

Located along the fork of highway 140 & 49. Close to shops and restaurants in the heart of Mariposa. About an hour drive away from Yosemite Nat’l Park. Staff were friendly, accommodating, provided great service. Impressively clean from lobby to rooms and bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and have microwave, refrigerator, reliable AC unit, and a smart… Read more
Located along the fork of highway 140 & 49. Close to shops and restaurants in the heart of Mariposa. About an hour drive away from Yosemite Nat’l Park. Staff were friendly, accommodating, provided great service. Impressively clean from lobby to rooms and bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and have microwave, refrigerator, reliable AC unit, and a smart TV. Breakfast included variety choices of juices, coffee, tea, yogurt, milk, bread, muffins, fruits, cereal, eggs, potatoes, sausages, biscuits, gravy, waffles, etc. Ample amount of parking spaces in front and at the back or the building. Didn’t get to use the pool/jacuzzi but other guests seemed to enjoy it. Only used the stairs and didn’t see an elevator so that could be an issue for others if needed. Would recommend! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Location is perfect for Yosemite vacation, good breakfast

Jun 25, 2022 Claudia10229 Dallas, Texas

There aren't many brand names to select from in Mariposa, so we were glad to find Best Western. The room with 1 king size bed with a sofa was large enough for 2 adults. There was a refrigerator/freezer combo which we found very valuable. We stayed here for 3 nights, so being able to refrigerate our sodas and lunches before leaving each morning was… Read more
There aren't many brand names to select from in Mariposa, so we were glad to find Best Western. The room with 1 king size bed with a sofa was large enough for 2 adults. There was a refrigerator/freezer combo which we found very valuable. We stayed here for 3 nights, so being able to refrigerate our sodas and lunches before leaving each morning was valuable. We stopped at the only Subway in town, bought sandwiches for the next hiking day and stored in the refrigerator. There was a small microwave as well. Also there was a Pioneer Market to buy soda, chips and deli department as well. The bathroom was recently updated, shower had marbleized tile and there was a bathtub vs a walk in shower. I liked the fact that the toilet/shower area had a door and then a separate sink area. The bed was comfortable and 4 pillows was plenty. A large TV which we didn't use and the remote was wrapped in a plastic sleeve which seemed helpful if you wanted to open and use. There was a desk area with chair. WiFi worked well enough. A/C worked well. 2 luggage racks were available. The hotel is built on a hill. Parking was free and plenty by each room. The breakfast was near the pool area. Breakfast was wonderful. We have stayed at other hotel brands which offer a "free" breakfast and this BW was one the best due to selection of food. Hot waffles (blueberry and original), scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, fresh hot biscuits. Cold cereal choices, boiled eggs, muffins, bagels, choices for drinks: tea, coffee, OJ, cranberry, hot chocolate. Plus the breakfast staff was outstanding on replacing empty trays and cleaning the eating area. There was a hot tub by the pool area which did feel good after long day of hiking. There was a small exercise room but we didn't use. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Normal, small town Best Western

Jun 21, 2022 CarlS292 Garland, Texas

Nice, little small town Best Western with pleasant and clean rooms. They have a pretty good breakfast but it's kinda of difficult to get because it's up on top of a steep incline. Staff is pretty friendly, but seem to have a problem when you have a specific request such as extra trash bag.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The price lets this place down

Jun 14, 2022 mattacl Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I'll start off by saying that the location is great for people just leaving or about to visit Yosemite, the drive is not too long. The town is really nice with lots of little shops, some nice restaurants, bars and coffee shops, everyone was very friendly. If its your thing, we also had a massive TV in the room, which felt a bit out of place to be… Read more
I'll start off by saying that the location is great for people just leaving or about to visit Yosemite, the drive is not too long. The town is really nice with lots of little shops, some nice restaurants, bars and coffee shops, everyone was very friendly. If its your thing, we also had a massive TV in the room, which felt a bit out of place to be honest, but I suppose that's a benefit. The rooms feel like they've not be updated for a couple of decades, the bed was reasomably comfortable but not great, the furniture in the room was large and arranged in a way to make the room cramped. The bathroom felt dated and sparse and pool area seemed a bit pointless, breakfast was decent for a quick bite but the only thing you could fill up on was waffles, waffles are nice every now and again or maybe on the side, but not as the main component of your morning meal. Realistically, the room was fine for us for a one night stay, bit cramped and outdated but livable, my issue here mainly lies with the price you pay for this room, there clearly just isnt enough supply of rooms in the area around Yosemite, but $240 for 1 room for 1 night here is just extortianate really, either Best Western have incredibly high bills here, pay their staff handsomely, or they are just using Yosemite as a cash cow and sucking as much profit as possible out. Fair enough, make some money from a popular destination with perhaps limited supply of accomodation, but atleast invest some back in to make it feel better value for the traveler. Really, I struggle to see how in its current state this place should charge more than maybe $120 per night and I wouldnt stay here again unless that was the case, it was a shame on this occasion, our hands were tied. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good hotel an hour from Yosemite

Jun 6, 2022 sctraveler15 Santee, South Carolina

Overall were very pleased with this hotel. It is an older hotel, but very clean, quiet, and comfortable. The service was friendly, and the breakfast was better than we expected. It is approximately 1 hour from Yosemite. We recommend this hotel.