About Hotel Charlotte
Opened in 1921, the Hotel Charlotte is a California Gold Rush era property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Charlotte DeFerrari, the hotel’s namesake and builder, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1881. Her family migrated to the California gold fields when Charlotte was sixteen. During this era, the Groveland area went from boom to bust and back again. The Gold Rush and then the San Francisco Hetch Hetchy water project brought prosperity and notoriety to the Groveland and Big Oak Flat settlements.
Shortly after arriving in Groveland, Charlotte’s father was killed in a mining accident at Hardin Flat, and young Charlotte was left as the sole provider to her younger siblings and mother. Young, single, and ambitious, she built the hotel on the site of an old livery stable, and in 1921, she purchased the Gem Saloon, next door, annexing it to the Hotel Charlotte as a restaurant. Charlotte DeFerrari became a legend in her own time, and it is rumored that she still roams the halls of her hotel.
Meet the Owners
Brennen Jensen & Finn Horsley purchased the Hotel Charlotte in March 2019.
Brennen & Finn are California natives who met and fell in love 20 years ago while attending college at Humboldt State University, among the redwood trees. They’ve been married for 17 years. After working in hospitality and in the restaurant industry for a decade, Brennen & Finn have spent the last 15 years pursuing their professional careers and each establishing two successful small businesses in the Monterey Bay area. With long-standing ties to the Yosemite region however, they are honored to be joining the Groveland community as the new owners and caretakers of the local historic treasure, Hotel Charlotte.
Coming of age in Groveland, California – From a young age, Brennen spent time each summer here in Groveland visiting Yosemite with her family. Just as her father had done with his father years before, and as she and Finn now do with their own nieces and nephews, Brennen visited to camp and hike in Yosemite among the Ponderosa and Sequoia trees, fish and swim in the rivers, and explore the breathtaking natural beauty. Brennen took her first job at nearby Family Camp at Yosemite (San Jose Family Camp), where she first found her way around a kitchen and dining hall to begin her journey in food service and hospitality. This is also the place that Brennen fell in love with nature, cultivating her deep connection to the environment. Brennen founded Emerging Ecologies in 2013, an environmental consultancy dedicated to giving rise to sustainable, engaged and resilient communities inspired by nature. She is delighted to bring this experience to Hotel Charlotte to benefit both our guests and the environment. Stay tuned for new and enhanced green practices in our hotel and restaurant over the coming year! Brennen is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants and is delighted to be returning to this special and unique place to carry on the legacy of Charlotte DeFerrari.
Finn, a dental ceramist, took over the family business from his father in 2009. For 10 years he’s been successfully running the family dental laboratory in Monterey, continuing to fulfill his father’s hard-earned legacy. But, having started off in the restaurant industry first as a dishwasher, busser and then eventually as a cook running the kitchen of a local’s favorite cafe in Trinidad in Humboldt County, he always dreamed of someday running his very own cafe. Arriving in Groveland, he immediately fell in love with the community, its people, culture, its way of life and the beauty of the natural landscape. Upon first seeing and staying at Hotel Charlotte, he knew he had a new home. But in a very real way he is returning home. Finn was born in the San Joaquin Valley in Visalia. He spent his formative first years of life living and playing in the town of Three Rivers, the gateway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. He is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as caretaker of the historic Hotel Charlotte and to serve the community of Groveland.
Come in for a visit, we look forward to meeting you!
Safety First. Hospitality Also First.
At Hotel Charlotte, we take health and safety very seriously. That’s why we have stepped up our already rigorous health and safety protocols in response to the current Covid19 pandemic. In addition to increased guest protections, providing our guests with an extraordinary guest experience is also at the heart of everything we do. We look forward to welcoming you back with gracious hospitality! As our guests begin to return, please be assured that our hotel is taking additional steps to keep guests safe and healthy, while continuing to deliver the comfort and service excellence you’ve come to expect. Here is just a sample of the many precautions we are taking every day at Hotel Charlotte:
- Our exceptional staff will continue to be available to greet and support guests at check-in, after hours and throughout your stay
- All staff have been thoroughly trained on proper hygiene, sanitation and social distancing protocols
- All staff are given daily health screenings prior to work
- All property areas are regularly sanitized with approved disinfectants, especially all high-use and high-touch surfaces
- All staff adhere to physical distancing guidelines and proper PPE
- All guests are advised on proper social distancing protocols and provided with courtesy hand sanitizer and PPE throughout hotel and by request
- We offer a contact-free check-in process by request for guests who would like to head directly to their rooms
- All guest rooms are equipped with individualized heating and cooling AC split units, so air is not circulated between guest rooms
- We have developed and are adhering to thorough protocols based on state and local health department guidelines, CalOSHA and California Hospitality & Lodging Association Safe & Clean certification checklist
We look forward to having you stay with us again. Until then, we extend our hearts out to all of our guests who have stayed with us over the years, during this difficult time. Best wishes that you all stay safe and healthy!
The Hotel Charlotte Team
Cell Phones: There is very limited service for cell phones on all carriers in Groveland and Yosemite. We offer free long distance calls to anywhere in the USA from the Hotel Charlotte and recommend you pick up a calling card for international calls.
Reservations: In general, an advance deposit equal to your first-night stay + tax will be charged at the time of booking. Additional nights will be billed when you arrive.
Cancellations/Changes: We understand that sometimes your travel plans will change. Please let us know 7 or more days ahead of your arrival date if you need to make changes. There is a $30.00 processing fee per hotel room for all cancellations booked directly through Hotel Charlotte. If you cancel shorter than 7 days before your arrival, you will forfeit your deposit. Due to the impact of Covid19 policies are subject to change without notice.
If you made your reservation through a third party (Expedia, Booking.com, AirBnb), you are responsible for adhering to the cancellation policies that you agreed to when making your reservation through the third party.
Check-in/Check-out Times: We ask that guests check in between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm; if you will be later, please let us know so that we can make arrangements to provide you after-hours access. Check-out time is 11:00 am.
Parking: There is free guest parking behind the hotel.
Lost & Found: We prefer that you don’t leave items behind, but know from our own travels that it does happen. If you have lost something somewhere along your trip, give us a call and if it is in our lost and found box, we will gladly mail it back to you for the cost of postage and a $10 handling fee.
Occupancy: Room rates are based on listed occupancy. Additional guests over the age of 2 are $20.00/person, per night.
Pets: We expect you may want to bring your pet on vacation with you. We appreciate your discussing this with us ahead of time as we only have three rooms (7, 8 and 15) available to guests traveling with their four-legged friends. There is a $20.00 fee, per pet, per night, for pets in our pet-friendly hotel rooms.
Room Selection: We make every effort to keep you in the room you have chosen, however, there are times when we do have to move folks around. If this happens, you will get an equal room in size, price and amenities and may even be upgraded at no additional charge.
Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the hotel, restaurant or guest rooms. An additional cleaning fee of $250 will be incurred if this policy is not respected.
Damages: You will be charged if any items are found damaged and/or missing during your stay.
When it comes to vacations, we know how difficult it can be to leave your four-legged companion behind. But at Hotel Charlotte, you don’t have to! Our pet-friendly hotel in Groveland, CA, ensures that your pet is just as relaxed and comfortable as you are. What’s better than that?
We offer pet-friendly lodging for guests here at Hotel Charlotte in rooms 7, 8, and 15. Our pet-friendly accommodations have just the right amount of space for you, your family, and of course your pet!
PET-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN & NEAR GROVELAND
Groveland has many pet-friendly activities, including select paved trails in Yosemite National Park. Be sure to check the National Park Service website for Yosemite before visiting the park with your pet. Here you will find detailed information on where you can take your pet in the park, as well as which parts are restricted.
There is a dog park in Groveland at Pine Mountain Lake that is the perfect place for your dog to run around and exercise while on vacation! The dog park is for members only, but you can drop by the Groveland Community Services District (GCSD) and fill out a membership form and pay the fee. The fee is only $25 per calendar year and is good for up to 2 dogs, additional dogs are $10 each.
We expect you may want to bring your pet on vacation with you. We appreciate your discussing this with us ahead of time as we only have limited lodging available to guests traveling with their four-legged friends. There is a $20.00 per night, per pet, fee for pets in our pet-friendly hotel rooms.
If you are looking for a local dog sitter/boarder where you can keep your dogs for the day while you explore Yosemite, there is a great nearby boarding facility called Big Creek Boarding.
At Hotel Charlotte we are dedicated to protecting your privacy and safeguarding your personally identifiable information unless we are specifically requested to do so by you.
Our main purpose in collecting your personal information is to provide you with a streamlined experience in making reservations at Hotel Charlotte. We only collect information about you that we consider necessary for achieving this. Personally identifiable information is only obtained when making a reservation. All identifiable information provided will not be disclosed to anyone unless we are specifically requested to do so. Hotel Charlotte does not give or sell to anyone any information we collect on our site.
We may use your Personal Information to provide you with travel-related information, including providing you with responses to vacation requests, travel notifications, travel confirmations and updates, as well as managing your account, processing bills, and/or personalizing mailings (electronic or otherwise) or other communications that you consent to receive.
Disclosure of Your Personal Information
We will not share your information unless you authorize us to. We will only share with
- The appropriate parties if it is requested by a government agency or law enforcement personnel or if we are otherwise required by law to disclose it in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, to establish or exercise our legal rights, to defend against legal claims, or as otherwise required by law (in which case, we reserve the right to raise or waive any legal objection available to us).
- The appropriate parties in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities, to protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of IOG, our clients or others, and in accordance with our terms and conditions and other agreements.
- Other appropriate entities, such as our successors or assigns, should we undergo a corporate transaction such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale.
Like most websites, we use log files to track system activity. These files include IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), and other technical information relating to your use of our Website. We use this information to analyze usage patterns, observe trends, administer the site, track user movements in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.
In addition to any Personal Information you may voluntarily provide to us, this Website also collects general information regarding visitors and users of this Website as it relates to their use of the Website (referred to herein as “Aggregated Data”). This information is collected automatically each time a user navigates our Website. The term Aggregated Data includes, but is not limited to, information such as traffic patterns, number, frequency and duration of visits to certain pages, visits from other websites or to third-party websites linked to this Website, use of particular services and interest in services, information or features of the Website or other parties made available through or found at the Website. This information is anonymous and is useful for improving the content and navigational tools of our Website. Aggregated Data may also include information or data obtained from you or other sources, which has been combined with or compiled from other information or data in such a manner to no longer be personally identifiable or linked to an individual. Aggregated Data is not considered Personal Information for the purposes of this Policy.
At Hotel Charlotte, we take security seriously. When users make a reservation we use every precaution to safe guard it online and offline.
Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
Hotel Charlotte may amend this Privacy Statement from time to time in order to meet changes in the regulatory environment, business needs, or to satisfy the needs of our guests, properties, strategic marketing partners, and service providers.
By providing Personal Information to us, you are giving your consent and permission for any use of the Personal Information that is consistent with the uses stated in this Policy or elsewhere at the Website at the point you submit such Personal Information, and such consent will be presumed by IOG, unless you expressly state otherwise at the time you submit the Personal Information. If you do not agree to the uses stated in this Policy or disclosed elsewhere at the Website, please do not use the Website or provide us with any Personal Information.
Special Note to International Users
California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits users of the Website who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please detail your request and write us at:
Inns of Groveland
PO Box 787
Groveland, CA 95321
Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions or concerns about this Policy or the way we use your Personal Information, please feel contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; via regular mail at PO Box 787, Groveland, CA 95321; or by telephone at (209) 962-4000. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to Hotel Charlotte and we welcome your feedback.
Hotel Charlotte is committed to making our website accessible to people who are differently abled.
We have designed our website to be accessible for impaired users to see, navigate, interact and understand the content provided as per the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA).
We have tested the functionality of this website with the achecker.ca tool and the Google Chrome Accessibility Audit tool. We have also tested keyboard only functionality so that people who use screen readers or can’t use a mouse are able to navigate through the website pages efficiently.
We will continue to make every effort to meet evolving accessibility standards.
If you find you are having difficulty determining availability or booking an accommodation via our online system, please contact us at the links below and we will be happy to assist you directly. Also,we are specifically in the process of working to bring our blog up to these standards.
As we continue to improve our website functionality, we appreciate your concerns and suggestions. We welcome impaired users to share accessibility issues you may find.
Contact us at the links below.
Physical Accessibility Statement
If you are a persons in need of an accessible room, please call us 24 hours/7 days a week at 209-962-6455 or email us at email@example.com and we would be happy to find the room that most meets your needs. Please note we are a historical hotel and have made every effort possible to have fully accessible rooms, but do have some constraints due to the historic nature of our property