First, the location cannot be beat! Only 2 miles from the park entrance and 10 minutes from the Yosemite Valley floor. The lodge is a little dated and has seen a lot of use. During our 3 days there, we saw workers repairing, cleaning, or trimming everything in site, so it is always improving.
We loved the place. The walls are a bit thin and if you have noisy neighbors, you are screwed for sure, but the place was pretty empty mid-week Nov. for us.
Lots of extras we did not expect: twin shower heads, small kitchenette in the room, a writing desk, spa tub in the room, a fireplace (that we could never figure out, even after calling to have someone come over to explain how it worked. But the explanation was in Spanish, so it was lost on us, but we found it kind of funny and never did get it working right).
More extras: outdoor and indoor pools! We swam every day after returning from the park. We found the food in the restaurant on grounds to be very good. The views from the room were great and there is a store attached to the check-in if you need supplies - and they have a lot! Lots to like at the lodge!
The staff is fine, but we found Erica to be especially helpful to us. She answered our many questions honestly, and seemed to be concerned about we visitors. We have already made arrangements to return in March. Great Place!
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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite View Hotel El Portal
- Yosemite View Motel