Hotel Charlotte

2-Night Stay with a Bottle of Wine and Dessert at Hotel Charlotte in Greater Yosemite, CA

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Historical Boutique Hotel in Sierra Nevada Foothills

Charlotte DeFerrari was born in Italy in 1881 and migrated with her family to Groveland in the late 19th century in pursuit of gold. After losing her father to a mining accident, Charlotte supported her family by cooking meals for ranch hands and local settlers. Between 1918 and 1921, she opened a restaurant and later a boutique hotel, which stands to this day as Hotel Charlotte.

Husband-and-wife innkeepers Jenn and Doug Edwards have worked to protect the property's historical integrity with period appointments and distinctive accents, such as a mural depicting Groveland's frontier days.

Upstairs, the individually decorated guest rooms call to mind frontier days with details such as patchwork quilts, clawfoot tubs, and brass bed frames. Alternatively, the hotel’s vacation rentals, which house between four and six guests and are located in the gated community of Pine Mountain Lake, all have full kitchens, washers and dryers, barbecue grills, and fireplaces. You can access a swimming pool, tennis courts, and balconies that overlook the community’s golf course.

Every morning, the innkeepers prepare a breakfast buffet with a spread of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausages in the bistro.

Groveland, California: Historic Area Near Yosemite National Park

After the gold rush subsided, Groveland became a boomtown once more—between 1915 and 1935—as the base of operations of the Hetch Hetchy water project, a massive plan to bring fresh water to San Francisco. These days, natural resources remain the area’s biggest draw. Groveland borders nearly a million acres of woodlands comprising the Stanislaus National Forest.

The small town has remained a popular destination on the route to Yosemite National Park, about a 30-minute drive to the east. Winter in Yosemite is a tranquil period as traffic decreases, allowing visitors to take in the snowy mountainscapes at their own pace. Some hiking trails remain open through the valley, and plows clear the roads leading up to downhill and cross-country ski areas.

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What You Get

2-night stay for two in a traditional room

  • Option 1: $149, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $296 value)
  • Option 2: $199, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday (up to a $296 value)

2-night stay for up to six in a Sage, Saffron, Cayenne, Cardamom, or Coriander vacation rental

  • Option 3: $215, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $616 value)
  • Option 4: $289, valid for check-in Thursday–Saturday (up to a $616 value)

Included in all options:

  • Bottle of wine
  • Dessert from restaurant

Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/10/14
Travel by: 4/15/14

  • Cancellation policy and fees: For options 1&2: $30 charge for all cancels/changes; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies For options 3&4: $45 charge for all cancels/changes; 14 day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Breakfast buffet included
  • Working Victor Victrola in the lobby
  • Satellite televisions in rooms 
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/10/14 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/15/14
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • For options 1&2: $30 charge for all cancels/changes; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • For options 3&4: $45 charge for all cancels/changes; 14 day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in and consume alcohol
  • Not valid for Thyme vacation rental
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Traditional Rooms

  • One queen bed or two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Thick, soundproof windows
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning

Sage, Saffron, Cayenne, Cardamom, or Coriander Vacation Rental

  • Bedding varies by rental; click here for more information.
  • Standard occupancy: 4–6
  • Maximum occupancy: 8
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property 
  • Pet policy: pets are allowed inside the property only with a room upgrade.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available. 
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • By car: about 58 miles east of Modesto, California

Traveler's Tips

  • Tire chains might be required for traveling to Yosemite in the winter.

Customer Reviews

Beautifully restored hotel. Chef owner and his wife create a very friendly atmosphere. Their restaurant and bar are friendly, and the food is great. Lots of locals there, so you know it's good.
Arlene K. · May 1, 2014
The staff is amazing! The atmosphere is beautiful!
Melissa S. · February 11, 2014
Awesome place, super nice people!
Susana M. · February 11, 2014
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