I am reluctant to write this review but I rely heavily on tripadvisor reviews to make my travel plans and appreciate people giving honest opinions. I understand both the positive and the negative comments for this B&B. It is very close to Yosemite. It is a beautiful home and immacuately clean. It is essentially in the parking lot of a hotel complex with no grounds, but the hotel's location was actually a plus since you have the advantage of the restaurant and convenience store at the hotel. The house has nice decks on the river which is great. The owners are very nice people in person. But, the written house rules seem excessive as others have commented on - cannot bring coffee in the rooms (allegedly due to fear for the antique furniture- but most B&Bs have antique furniture and many actually bring coffee to your room prior to breakfast), have to be in by 10 PM, cannot put unopened drinks in their refrigerator, cannot use their microwave, etc. It was stated that it was a health department rule about the refrigerator, but I am sure it is because it is their personal refrigerator - all they need to do is get a separate one for the use of guests. It is overpriced to begin with - most B&B's at that price have wine/soft drinks/water, snacks etc. available 24 hrs/day for guests. It was written there would be cookies in the evening "if Ruth has time to bake them". It was also written that it was okay to bring take-out food to your room, but don't ask them for utensils or plates. There is no separate space for the innkeepers, so they eat their dinner at the only common space in the house which makes guests feel they are intruding on their private time. It is like you are visiting in their home rather than staying at a business. . Breakfast was nice, but when you spend that much money, I would have expected fresh fruit instead of canned. I would image they would state it is due to their remoteness, but I have stayed at other inns near Glacier Nat'l Park where that was not an issue and there is fresh fruit in Yosemite restaurants. I think the attitude can be summed up in the responses that the owner has written to any negative comment - you will note there is no customer service type response like -" Thank you for your suggestions.We hope you will visit us again, etc." All in all, there are few choices near the park and, although overpriced for what is offered, this B&B provides nice, clean accommodations.
- 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