The good: SO CLOSE to the entrance to Yosemite. Enjoyed getting out of the park at the end of the day. Room was good size, nice bath, kitchenette with cook top, microwave, fridge, sink, dishes and utensils. Had a corner balcony. Pizza was okay and restaurant was good but expensive. Had many pools and hot tubs (spas) on the premises. Had a very small store to buy food and drinks. River was spectacular (In June).
The not so good: Had tiny grease eating ants crawling all over the kitchenette, so DON'T leave any dirty dishes in the sink overnight or you will be infested like we were. Asked them to spray but they didn't. Saw them killing them in the lobby too. Guess I was lucky to have utensils but my cookware consisted of two old scratched pots with lids that didn't fit. They don't clean under the beds because I found 2 empty wine bottles under there. This place has a total of 3 outdoor pools and one indoor which were fine. My problem was with the hot tubs (spas). They have 5 outdoor and only 1 had jets that worked and one was not heated. The indoor spa did not have working jets either. After hiking for 12 hours I wanted some jets, but the one that worked only held 3 people and 2 were already in there drunk and chain smoking. Good luck with wifi in the lobby - too many people in there. Had to pay $5 to use the computer to print out my boarding pass. They won't print one out for you.
So, shop at Target like we did and bring fruit, items for toasting, cereal, pop, beer, makings for sandwiches, chips and snacks. (ant spray would be a plus) Eat your main meal in the park for a better selection and you will be just fine. Maybe they will fix the jets and that will be a plus. Enjoy the amenities and remember that while this is expensive, if you come prepared you will have a great time. It's really just a place to soak your tired muscles after lots of hiking and a place to sleep. Your choices are very limited in this area and after all that, I would still stay here again because of the location.
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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite View Hotel El Portal
- Yosemite View Motel