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“Many Extras Included at The Yosemite View Lodge!” 4 of 5 stars
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Yosemite View Lodge
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   11136 Highway 140, PO Box D, El Portal, CA 95318   |  
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“Many Extras Included at The Yosemite View Lodge!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

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!

Room Tip: River view is the way to go. Stay away from the ice machine and especially the jacuzzi machines by...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We stayed at the Yosemite View Lodge in October. The rooms were a little outdated, but overall this place is about location, location, location! It is so close to the entrance of Yosemite. We didn't spend a whole lot of time in our room. We stayed 2 nights and both mornings we ate at the breakfast buffet at the Lodge - they have a lot of choices of food on the buffet. We also had pizza one night - which was pretty good. The prices in the Lodge's store were reasonable. We bought water there before going into Yosemite Park - it was more in the park. We liked the patio in the back of our ground floor room that overlooked the Merced River. We did see a bear - We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Great location as close to the entrance for Yosemite National Park and easy to locate on the main highway. Warm and informative welcome with lots of facilities on site. Parking outside our 2nd floor room overlooking the Merced River. Room was bit shabby and dated but it had a hob, microwave, fridge and coffee making facilities. If you are here on a hiking and outdoor pursuits agenda I would imagine this would be ideal - there is an on-site laundry as well. Dene was an entertaining host in the well-stocked bar - they have visitors from all over the globe, so every liquor was there! We had a pizza on our second night which was very good. The hotel shop is really bizarre and stocked with "Twin Peaks" products - and some scary dolls........evidence of raccoons raiding the outside bins - we only saw fatty footprints which was a shame. First and foremost this is a great location for the Yosemite - a lot closer than Mariposa.

Room Tip: Rooms with a river view are great as they have a balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights for our first trip to Yosemite! We don,t spend a lot of time in our room. While the check in staff could be a little more professional, we found our room to be clean and comfortable. My wife and I only had one dinner at the on site restraunt which was very good, everything else was on the run or inside the park. I would recommend the rooms closest to the river, it,s very relaxing with it out your bacony!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Forfar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Stayed here for three nights in Oct. great base for the park and Mariposa Grove. First impressions ....not too sure ..but after looking around it was better than I expected. Good points , great location with mountains all around , river running to one side good for spotting wildlife ( even saw a bear , made my day). Rooms nice size and comfortable . Food and drink very reasonable in shop ( paid 4 times the amount for a beer in Salsalito , San Fran ). Only used the Pizza place ( best value , pizza plus all you can eat at the salad bar) . Staff friendly. Pool and jacuzzi ideal ( helps to cool you down ). Cannot really think of any bad points.
Oh and by the way you may find it easier to catch the bus to take you into the park and back again , gives you a break from all the driving. All in all enjoyed our stay and thoroughly recommend a stay there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The Yosemite View Lodge is a bit dated and at first look isnt too great, but the location does make up for that. Its very close to the entrance to the National Park. The room we had - ground floor, had a very large patio backing onto the river, the room was large with kitchenette area and very large bath with showers either end. Oooh and a rather noisy jacuzzi.

Room Tip: I think the rooms with river view were probably the best ones.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Yosemite. Good location just outside the park to the west - to us, this was the best location without actually staying inside the park. It didn't take long at all to get to the valley floor.

The hotel is pretty big with lots of different buildings. I forget the name of our building but we were in a riverview king on the top floor. Very large with a kitchenette, fireplace and the largest jetted tub I have ever seen! (Our tub did work vs all the other reviews saying theirs didn't....). The room was clean enough and kitchen had everything you need to prepare basic meals. The balcony was large and sitting out there listening to the river was awesome. (Beware the racoons that seemed to be everywhere, including the roof and balconies).

We ate at the pizza parlor both nights and either sat outside to eat or brought it back to the room. It was EXCELLENT! Lots of toppings and very yummy! The pizza place also had a nice selection of beer by the pitcher.

Both the restaurant and the hotel were expensive by comparison, but understandable given the proximity to a national park. I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Yosemite View Lodge

Address: 11136 Highway 140, PO Box D, El Portal, CA 95318
Location: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in El Portal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Yosemite View Lodge 3*
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