We were visiting Yosemite in June and it's difficult to find a good place to stay. A lot of the time if we are going to a national park, I'll try to stay at a lodge if they have one. Unfortunately everything gets booked up way ahead of time in Yosemite and I couldn't find anything other than in Wawona. Wawona is a good hour drive to get into the Yosemite Valley and I do a lot of photography and like to be on site for sunrise and sunset. The extra hour would have made things a lot more difficult. Luckily we found the Blue Butterfly B&B, and they are VERY close to the Yosemite gate, so it's very convenient. We were going to be staying 4 nights, but none of the rooms were available 4 consecutive nights. Ron & Liz suggested we stay in one room 2 nights and then switch to another for the next 2. We were a little worried about having to move our luggage (lots of bags since we were on a 2 week trip, and also my photography equipment case). They were kind enough to move the bags to the other room for us so we did not have to stick around until the other guests checked out at 11am and I could get into the valley for my sunrise shots. Liz and Ron are great hosts, and we had some great discussions with them while we were there. Their place is in the middle of a large complex of a commercial hotel, but it's really not hard to find. Plan your time effectively, because there is only 1 restaurant (attached to the hotel), and a pizza/wing/salad place next door. If you spend a lot of time in the valley you might be getting back late. I was a bit nervous about my staying out too late and getting to dinner late because of some of the other reviews on here. I can say that Liz & Ron were very gracious about this and we had absolutely no problems. I inquired about getting a front door key if I wanted to do some star photography at night in the valley, and they said it would be no problem. I did not end up taking them up on the offer, but it was there. People who have a problem with being in by a certain hour, or who want to party late should probably stay elsewhere. The people staying there, were serious adults who enjoyed their time together, and understood the need for their B&B guidelines. If we visite Yosemite again, we will definitely be staying at the Blue Butterfly Inn B&B!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn is a new, family owned and operated Bed and Breakfast - the closest to Yosemite Valley. The inn is on the banks of the Merced River, in sight of the cliffs at the entry to Yosemite National Park, on the Highway 140 entrance. All rooms have en-suite facilities with hair dryers, and Wireless Internet access on guests' computers. A full,cooked breakfast is included. Owners have lived in the yosemite area for 40 years and are happy to help guests plan their days in the park and their itinerary. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Blue Butterfly Hotel El Portal