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Ranked #1 of 1 El Portal B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Second time staying with Liz & Ron and it's just as wonderful. Fantastic location, fantastic hosts...a wonderful time. The rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Ours had a balcony perfect for enjoying the river or the stars at night. Ron and Liz know every detail of the park and are extremely helpful. Time to plan our next trip!

Room Tip: If you've never been to Yosemite, you have no idea what you are missing.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We spent two nights here and would definitely recommend it. The B&B is tucked away in the middle of a motel complex but is actually in a beautiful location right on the river with amazing views from the back of the house. The hosts/owners, are a very friendly, knowledgable couple who are very welcoming and full of interesting conversation. Our room was very clean and comfortable as was the en suite bathroom. The home-made breakfasts each morning were absolutely fantastic. It is a very short drive (maybe 10 minutes) from here to the gate where you pay admission to Yosemite.
The previous negative review is hilarious - this is a b&b, of course the owners live there, that is the whole idea!

Room Tip: We had a downstaris room, right next to the kitchen. This meant it got a bit noisy in the morning t...
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had the pleasure of spending 3 nights at the Blue Butterfly Inn near the entrance of Yosemite National Park just a few weeks ago. The owners, Liz and Ron are delightful people who have decorated their lovely home with fine antiques and beautiful accessories. You will be greeted by a stunning stained glass door, which the owner Liz designed herself. Our room was hugh and very sunny with an absolutely gorgeous view of the river. Wonderful breakfasts , great conversations and hospitality will be the start of your day at the Inn. The location is perfect as the entrance to the park is just minutes away. If we go back to Yosemite, we will stay at the Blue Butterfly again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The previous reviewer should read the small print, Liz & Ron hid nothing and it was a very nice B&B. Great hosts, delightful fellow guests and nice clean, spacious rooms. I think they are amazing battling the developers and still hanging on in there despite everything. Lovely breakfasts and knowledgeable folk about the area, which was very helpful. Even got us advice about the pass and got us over before the first snowfall of the season shut it. Certainly did not feel awkward at all and so good to be so near the entrance of Yosemite. A lucky find....... ps the motel is more expensive!!!!

Room Tip: Back of house I'm guessing would be quieter. We slept like logs.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We spend two nights for our Honeymoon in Yosemite Blue Butterfly in September 2.012. We really enjoy there. Our room (The Lotus) was amazing, very big, clean and with a balcony. This balcony has a good views. It was beautiful see the sunrise and sunset in our balcony, we also heared bears so we could enjoy the nature in a secure way. For us, was beautiful. We also enjoy the breakfast that Liz did. In the afternoon, we spoke with them when we finished our day and with other guests. Ron had a lot of interesting histories, so spend a little time listening to him.
Thank you for all Ron & Liz. Hope to see you next time in Spain! ;O)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We recently took a 6 weeks trip to the southwest, and stayed in the Blue Butterfly Inn for 3 days. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Having stayed at a good number of b & b's during our trip, we found that Liz and Ron qualify as the best hosts we have met. Indeed, they do live on the premises, but we did not feel intruders at all. We admired the way in which they combine private life with business.

We booked the room with the king bed, and did not have a balcony, but we could sit on the deck of the house at any time during the day, so that was not an issue. The rooms are very well appointed, with antique furniture and wooden floors. Being Dutch, I do not usually take a cooked breakfast and had bread and/or cereals instead, but my husband enjoyed his cooked breakfast.

As to the location: yes, it is next to a typical American park motel. Once inside the Inn and on its deck, one does not notice this any longer. Having been in many national parks over the last five years, we would think it is difficult to find a nicer place to stay at than the Inn.

Last but not least, we liked the atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyed the lively conversations with Ron, Liz and our fellow guests on the deck in the early evening. This really distinghuises the Inn from the other nice places we have visited on this trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I don't often write reviews, but I do read them and, like another reviewer mentioned, I will be very skeptical of reviews left on TripAdvisor in the future. My main observation / concern is that, having stayed in many, varied hotels, B&B's and hostels, I simply do not believe that this place has 263 genuine "excellent reviews". Allow me to elaborate:

1) Location - is essentially in a car park for a large and ugly motel complex - this is not mentioned anywhere on the website, nor indicated in the driving instructions / maps provided online. If I'd known I was staying in the motel complex I'd have settled for a substantially cheaper room at the motel; the view of the river and mountains is the same.
2) Curfew: really? For $280 per night you'd think I could come and go as I pleased.
3) Value for money - the rooms are large, but not well appointed - not many conveniences you'd expect for the price, and the little signs of rules everywhere not to do this or that did not create a relaxing atmosphere. Also our room had no curtains.
4) Owners: sort of half lived in the house and ate dinner there - one evening we came back to the B&B to the smell of frying fish; as you enter the B&B you could see the proprietors eating their evening meal - I felt like I was intruding on their private time which was awkward. But the smell of fish was worse, especially for my pregnant wife.
5) Atmosphere - as mentioned above was awkward at best; I didn't feel at all relaxed - just sort of uncomfortable, we couldn't wait to leave. Which at the price was an awful feeling, hence we felt duped by the whole 263 "excellent reviews".
6) Finally some of the comments from the proprietor about visitors to the park and people from different countries/cultures were extremely ignorant (at best) and my wife and I were really shocked.

For my money - I'd have either spent more to stay in the park, or stayed in motel and had an easy, enjoyable time of it. Take the "excellent" reviews with a very large pinch of salt - the statistics do not add up in my mind. And just to prove that we did stay there I have added some lovely pictures.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yosemiteblue, Owner at Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
? Duped? By TripAdvisor? How is that possible? Not posssible considering "the statistics"...which the writer apparently "didn't add up" very well in his mind. We've had over 3,000 guests in our B&B over the past 6 years. Any/all guests are free/able to write a review on TripAdvisor. To date, 289 have chosen to do so. 263 of these rated Yosemite Blue Butterfly "excellent".Reviews cannot be 'faked' or changed by business owners. Most of the 'complaints' in this review are petty,personal preferences or feelings, or are due to not reading the information given on the website (click on "directions & map" on the 1st page of our website for instance) or having not read our 'policy' statements that must be noted as having been read and agreed to on the reservation form before the reservation request will process. It is unfortunate that a person feels "duped" when he should have read the information clearly stated on the web pages and should do some comparative shopping for price before a complaint is made about rates.
P.S. We do definitely live on the premises and eat here, too! By our county B&B ordinance, owners/managers must be on the premises when guests are present.
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Additional Information about Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn

Address: 11132 Highway 140, El Portal, CA 95318
Location: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in El Portal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Yosemite Blue Butterfly Hotel El Portal

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