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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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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in El Portal
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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“Magnificent river view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is listed as the closest accommodation to Yosemite outside of the park and it really is! Booked a standard room but, on check in, was delighted to be told that they had upgraded us to a river view room. 'River view' didn't really do it justice - the river rapids were directly outside the the back door of the room and we sat on the balcony for ages just watching them flow past. Room was large and comfortable with 2 queen beds, TV, kitchenette with hob, microwave, sink, coffee maker etc. Bathroom was brilliant with huge jacuzzi bath, 2 showers and 2 wash basins. There are 2 choices for eating - pizzeria and main restaurant - we opted for the latter. Although Reception said we didn't need to book, we had to wait for 30 mins for a table but this wasn't too much of a problem as we had drinks in the small bar. Food was a little disappointing - starters were good but both mains lacked flavour, even the shrimp curry. However, staff were very friendly and attentive - special mention to Gavin who demonstrated excellent customer service. We really enjoyed our stay here and wished that we could have stayed longer.

Room Tip: River room view is well worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

If your expecting 5 star luxury this isn't for you, but if you want incredible location comfortable rooms with great views and facility's then it's perfect, the rooms are large and clean and there's a restaurant and shop with food and gifts. My only major criticism is how rude and unhelpful staff are!! We arrived an hour early and thought it was worth asking if we could check in, the look I got was like I'd grew three heads, and when I asked if there was somewhere just to leave cases a quite abrupt response of no was the reply. The location alone is worth booking for though and just keep out the rude staffs way

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Morden, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

From reading some of the reviews once booked I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, the rooms were much bigger and nicer thatn I was expecting and ours was certainly clean enough, we had restricted mountain view but you only had to go outside to get great views all around. We had a meal in the restaurant one night then a pizza the next and both were excellant. The closet accomodation outside of the park so didn't take long by bus, would definately recommend to a friend if they were going.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We arrived at the lodge late at night & left early in the morning so I can only give a limited review. Our room was a river view king in the new building. We were on the first floor but still had a flight of stairs to get there. Our room was large, clean & nicely appointed. The room had a kitchenette with a small frig, stove, microwave, coffee maker & dishes. The kitchen & bathroom counters were granite. The bathroom was spacious with a large spa tub & a window above the toilet. The bed was comfortable & had an electric fireplace facing it. We had a small balcony with a table & two chairs with wonderful views of the river. We slept with the door open all night to hear its magnificent sound. I really loved the room but we were on our way to the Ahwahnee hotel for 2 nights. The downfall of this hotel is not being inside the park so it cuts into your hiking time. Also, I really didn't care for the small encounter I had with some of the staff when checking in. I feel its very rude not to acknowledge a person.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

When a river runs alongside your room, you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of rushing water. The rooms were large and comfortable, but. Need serious updating. I felt like I was living in an 80's time warp. The jacuzzi tub that was in our broom made it difficult o get in and out of the shower. The restaurant was very good, but the service was horribly slow, especially when you have 3 tour buses in at once. The front desk staff is a little bit surly. But the store on site comes well stocked-bring your own produce. For the amount of business that they Have,the least they could do is freshen the rooms.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Athens, Alabama, United States
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Our room was comfortable -- good bed, hot shower, etc., and the on-site restaurant served a delicious dinner and breakfast. But, what made this hotel extra nice was the roaring Merced River right beside the balcony of our room. We even left our window open all night, so we could enjoy the incredible sound. It was like we were doing some deluxe camping or something. We loved it. If you go, be SURE to request a room beside the river.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sparta,NJ
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9 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This motel is only a few minutes from the Park entrance and worth the extra money to stay there.
Over 300 rooms in many separate buildings. Rooms are very nice ,if somewhat dated.
Pleasant scenery and well landscaped property, Many amenities including pools and an arcade for kids.
Very good restaurant and Pizza parlor on site. Enjoyed both dinner and breakfast there.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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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
Hotel Style:
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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Yosemite View Hotel El Portal
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