This lodge is about five minutes from the entrance to Yosemite: the resulting value for money alone rates it a five. Having read previous reviews, we requested an updated room (still available the day we arrived in late April) and brought our own pillows. Yes, the towels are thin, but they do the job. Yes, the TV is old-style, but it worked perfectly well, and we didn't go to Yosemite to watch TV. The two queen bed room was very large, and the view of the Merced River from our balcony, where we ate breakfast and sat out after a day of hiking, was spectacular. The sound of the river at night was wonderful. We avoided the restaurant lines by eating breakfast and two dinners in our room, using the perfectly adequate kitchenette; there is a small, but well stocked general store a few minutes down the road. The first night we had pizza, which was quite good. Charges for wifi are annoying, though we would have paid $10 more per night for the room without a complaint. Instead, we found good AT&T coverage at several locations within the park, even high on the mountains, so we read our email and downloaded the newspaper during the day in glorious surroundings. We would happily go back to this lodge.
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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite View Hotel El Portal
- Yosemite View Motel