Tenaya Lodge and Ascent Spa Rewards

As a premier Northern California Four-Diamond hotel and top meeting center, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has received countless awards.

Tenaya Lodge has been a consistent winner of the Sunset Magazine Travel Awards and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We have also received numerous awards for family travel, conferences services and environmental sustainability. Read on for details.

Resort Awards

Three-Time Winner of Sunset Magazine Travel Awards

2016 Best Family-Friendly Resort in the West award for Tenaya LodgeSunset Magazine 2018 Travel Award Winner

Tenaya Lodge is a three-time winner of the coveted Sunset Travel Awards. The premier travel magazine for the Western United States has recognized the best of the best annually since 2015. After looking at Tenaya Lodge's overall quality and impressive offerings for Fido, in 2015, Sunset named Tenaya Lodge as the Best Pet-Friendly Resort. As noted in the award announcement, the judges "applauded Tenaya Lodge for being 'all in' on canine visitors." In 2016, Sunset Magazine named Tenaya Lodge the Best Resort for Families in all of the Western United States. In 2018, we were once again recognized by Sunset Magazine, this time for the Best Park Classic Award.


Five-Time Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Tenaya Lodge is a consistent winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.


AAA Four-Diamond Award

Tenaya Lodge is a proud winner of the AAA Four Diamond AwardTenaya Lodge at Yosemite has earned AAA's Four-Diamond Award for hotels each year since opening. The Four-Diamond Award represents not only the level of excellence of the property, but also of the staff's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of service for our guests.


Family Vacation Critics Award

Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotel Award for 2016 Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotel Award for 2017

In additon to the prestigious Sunset Magazine Award for Best Resort for Families, we are also a two-time winner of the Family Vacation Critic travel award. Family Vacation Critic sums up their award this way: "All hotels on Family Vacation Critic – TripAdvisor’s family travel site – are great for families, but our Favorites represent those that really go above and beyond." The award is only given to the top six percent of hotels on their website and must receive both a 4+ rating from the editors and a postive rating from at least 75% of guests. Editors noted among the things they "love" at Tenaya Lodge are:

  • Indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Adventure Club for kids.
  • Many activities — from rock climbing to ice skating.

Connoisseur's Choice Award from Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine

This award from Resorts & Great Hotels magazine is in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the highest degree of hospitality, services, amenities and the overall guest experience.

Spa and Wellness Awards

2016 Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards

The 2016 Wellness Travel Awards competition included spa resorts from 41 countries on six continents and Tenaya Lodge and the Ascent Spa were selected for a category award in the categories Best for Families and Best for Outdoor & Adventure Activities. We are proud of these awards that demonstrate that we offer so much more beyond spa services. You can combine your spa time with restoring outdoor adventures in Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest and you can send the kids off the Kids Camp or the Kids Adventure Course while you relax in the spa. You don't have to choose between fun for the kids and pampering for the parents or between stunning natural beauty and relaxation in the spa. Your only limitation will be having enough time to do it all!


USA Today  Names Tenaya Lodge and Ascent Spa to List of 12 Best Wellness Resorts in the World

Recognizing our incredible combination of recreation, relaxation and spa services, USA Today writes in their World's Best Wellness Resorts article: "Whether you're traveling with a large group or retreating away for some alone time, there's no doubt you'll leave this resort feeling energized and invigorated." Read the full article (Nov 4, 2013).


Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge wins the Spa Finder Readers' Choice Award

Fish Camp (Oct 2, 2012) - SpaFinder® Wellness, the global spa and wellness resource, has named Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge as winner of a prestigious 2012 Category Award for Best for Outdoor Adventure. This recognition is given annually to the top-ten most-voted spas for this category by spa-goers across the world in SpaFinder Wellness' Readers' Choice Awards. Read the full article.

Conference Services Awards

Pinnacle Award for Best On-Site Support Staff

Successful Meetings Pinnacle Awards logoTenaya Lodge is a four-time winner of the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award. Along with other top hotels such as the Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Hawaii and the Broadmoor in Colorado, Tenaya Lodge has been recognized as one of the nine best hotels in the Western United States in 2016 for Best On-Site Support Staff. We have always believed that our beautiful natural setting and luxury amenities would mean nothing without a top-notch staff and are honored to accept the award for the fourth time. See the Pinnacle Award page.


Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award

Smart Meetings recognized Tenaya Lodge as one of the "Top 100 Platinum Choice Award Winners" in 2010. The Platinum Choice Awards are unique in the meeting planner industry. Smart Meetings selects only 100 venues from among the thousands of those qualified. The magazine assembled a panel of industry experts to choose the awards and then couples the results with that of its reader survey in order to determine a variety of top Western hotels and venues that the professionals feel meet the highest expectations in services and facilities.


Best of the West Award from Meetings West Magazine

Chosen by the readers of Meetings West Magazine, a MeetingsMedia publication.

Sustainability Awards

Double Silver LEED Certification

Calif. (April 20, 2012) – Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts has earned double Silver LEED certification at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, an all-season resort located just outside of Yosemite National Park in Fish Camp, Calif. Both certifications follow a year long project that expanded Tenaya’s banquet, event and meeting spaces and office area, plus added a destination spa. Delaware North, which owns and operates Tenaya, followed a process laid out by its environmental program, GreenPath, to ensure environmental stewardship and measurable green practices. The company worked with Layton Construction Company and architect Peter Grove of Collaborative Design Studio.


Winner of the 5-Key Green Key Award

Tenaya Lodge is a winner of the Green Key Five Key RatingThe Green Key Eco-Rating Program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The graduated rating system is designed to recognize hotels, motels, and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Tenaya Lodge's 5-Key Rating is the highest level offered by Green Key Global and shows that sustainability is a "key" factor in all our decisions!


Tenaya Lodge proudly accepted into TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders Program, Gold Level

Pinnacle Award for Best On-site Support StaffTripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site. Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location. “TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.” The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.


Tenaya Lodge awarded the Environmentalist Level in the California Green Lodging Program

Tenaya Lodge awarded the Environmentalist level in the California Green Lodging Program. The California Green Lodging Program is an initiative of the California Department of General Services to promote pollution prevention practices in the tourism and hospitality industry. The program encourages operations to be aware of their impact on the environment and to takes steps to reduce this impacts. Visit the Green Lodging Program website for more information.

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