Located in the gold rush era town of Groveland, the Hotel Charlotte is a 10 room boutique hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also the home to Charlotte Bistro & Bar, a full service Groveland restaurant, bar and events destination. Guests enjoy the Hotel Charlotte's central location to activities, shops, library, museum, historic jail house and more. The Hotel Charlotte is very popular amongst guests for their warmth of welcome and dedication to customer comfort.
Lodging Style and Amenities
10 guest rooms, each with private bath, several accommodating up to 5 people for families and groups. All rooms have televisions and free domestic phone calls. A hot breakfast buffet featuring scrambled eggs and pancakes is included for all guests, as is free Internet and wifi.
The Hotel Charlotte also offers group lodging in vacation rentals with the ability to sleep 44 people within one block with a condo, duplex and triplex. Even the vacation rentals include breakfast.
Breakfast Style ServedFull and Hearty Breakfast
Season OpenOpen year round
Additional Services and Amentities Available
Full service restaurant popular with locals and visitors alike serving dinner to the public Bar Daily wine tasting events throughout the year, wine dinners, cabarets, galas, etc Yosemite National Park Visitor Information services.
Rate Range$99-$189 (2 people low season to 4 people high season)
Smack dab in the middle of downtown Groveland, on Main Street, which is also Highway 120 .
From the North or West (San Francisco Bay Area): follow Interstate 580 east to 205, a short span of 5 and 99 to Manteca. Then follow Highway 120 to Groveland and Yosemite Park. There is signage the length of this route to Yosemite.
If you are due north, in the Sierra Foothills, you can take Hwy 49 South. This route meanders through some lovely historic towns such as Sutter Creek, Jackson at the intersection of 49 and 88 (our preferred route to Lake Tahoe), Angels Camp at Highways 49 & 4, the turnoff to a fun-filled day in Murphy's and Calaveras Big Trees State Park and finally Sonora and Jamestown, a bit before the turnoff to Groveland on Highway 120.
Mapquest has recently updated their Groveland area database and is now a fairly good resource for zoomable, printable maps. Coming from points west, their directions are followable. Beware that Google and Yahoo maps have not yet updated their information and they will route you onto old priest grade. See note below.
If you are flying: into the Groveland airport, give us a ring ahead of time so we can schedule our day to pick you up from the airport (shuttle). 209-962-6455
Arriving from the South: From the south the online mapping companies continue to recommend exiting Highway 99 at Fresno to Hwy 41 to Hwy 49 — We do not think this is a good plan unless you are test driving a Porsche and want to experience the curves and cliff edges of the foothills for a thrilling ~60 miles. Instead, stay on 99 north to 120 east for a far less heart-wrenching route, or at Merced you can cut north on J59, but have a good map to follow, this shortcut is not well marked once you get off the highway. If it isn't high summer season, consider a drive through Yosemite on 41 via Fresno/Oakhurst. This route isn't much of an extension of time and you can spend part of the day touring the park.
A note about old and new Priest Grade Roads
The final approach to Groveland involves a ride up Priest Grade. One has two route choices, left (Highway 120—New Priest) or right (Old Priest) up the canyon.
New Priest Grade: This is Highway 120 and is 6 miles and very curvy. In the Eastbound direction (uphill) the passenger will be sitting on the outside of the hill, overlooking the edge. Buses and trucks use this route. It tends to flow at somewhere between 20 and 30 miles per hour.
Old Priest Grade: This is a narrow country road, not a State Highway and is half the curves of New Priest Grade, a third the distance, very steep (at three times the pitch) and flows at 20-25 miles per hour or less. Weight restrictions.
Many folks recommend up the old, down the new, keeping the passenger always on the inside of the hill. Very polite!
We give you this information so that you are making an educated choice. Except for Mapquest, the online mapping services all send you up Old Priest Grade without a discussion on weight restrictions and pitch which can overheat an older vehicle. We are working with the mapping companies to give more information with their recommendations.
We are headed in that direction, though we wouldn't certify ourselves yet!
Here are some of the things we have identified as implemented: Green Done!
Floors laid with bamboo, a sustainable resource.
All produce and wine are locally sourced.
Purchased fuel economy car for housekeeping use trading in 8 miles to the gallon on an old van for 39 miles to the gallon on a new car.
Room notices posted to guests suggesting an option to reuse of towels on multi-night stays, reuse of linens for multi-night stays.
Live plants to improve indoor air quality & promote restful environment.
Neutered dog, no new puppies.
Waste oil and grease from the kitchen is donated to a company that recycles it into Biodiesel fuel.
Installed all new windows, double pained with insulation and noise reduction between the panes.
Insulated the hotel from the attic to the basement and above and below the restaurant and kitchen.
Recycling bins easily accessed by guests and a fundraiser for the high school basketball team.
We have a long way to go, but you don't get there if you don't start!
Locally or Family Owned Business Notes
Doug & Jenn Edwards puchased the Hotel Charlotte in March 2012.
On the one year anniversary of their meeting, they went to a small B&B in Arlington, WA and learned that they both had always dreamed of owning a B&B. They spent the weekend picking the brains of the Innkeepers and left determined to find a place of their own. Two and a half years of searching later, they stayed at the Hotel Charlotte and knew immediately that this was the one for them. They couldn't be happier to live in the Sierra Foothills and set down some roots.
Together, Doug and Jenn make the perfect team for the Hotel Charlotte. Doug brings the artistic and culinary background, having run kitchens since he was 16, from boutique hotels to large, high-end athletic clubs to cheffing on private yachts. Jenn, on the other hand, has a background in business management that will help elevate the Charlotte as a destination in its own right.