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“Felt at Home” 5 of 5 stars
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11132 Highway 140, El Portal, CA 95318   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 El Portal B&B and Inns
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“Felt at Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2008

We stayed in the Poppy room. This is against the kitchen wall, so if you are not an early riser, you might not want this particular room (There are many beautiful rooms from which to select). I, however, loved it. It was spacious and clean. I liked how Liz gives you two different style towels so each guest in the room knows which towel is their towel. I did advise Liz that more light in the room would be nice. She said they are searching for just the right light. They really enjoy antiques and are particular about their choices. That level of dedication is what makes this place so wonderful. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows and nice sheets. We stayed there for two days. An example of breakfast: ham, quiche, juice, water, bread, and watermelon. Delicious. I spent much time enjoying the view of the river from the back deck while I had coffee and listened to the sound of the hummingbirds buzzing by. It was so relaxing. I am an early riser, so I found and made the coffee-Ron and Liz did not mind at all that I was fiddling in their kitchen. I also used their refrigerator for my hiking lunch snacks, their dryer for the clothes I hand washed (it was too late at night to run the wash machine), and their kitchen sink to wash out my water bottle and coffee mug (Yes, I carry my own mug-and creamer as well. I am a coffee junkie.) The layout of the house is very open so you feel invited to use watever you need. Ron and Liz are knowledgeable about the park (3 minutes to the park entrance-I timed it). They advised us of some good trails to take and which falls would be best to see at this time of year and they were right on target. To find their driveway, just turn left after the atm. We asked them about the driveway situation and that was an interesting story-they are very friendly and love to share a good story. Ron is a rock climber and Liz was an art teacher-so they have some good stories! I would love to return here and just hang out at the inn instead of spending all day at the park- It was that nice. Thanks Ron and Liz!

  • Liked — The view/river.
  • Disliked — Not enough light in the room.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

My wife and I stayed here 2 nights in late August. We found the B&B after researching on Tripadvisor. We were very pleased with the accommodations. The place is less than a few years, everything is new. Because we booked late, we had to stay in 2 different rooms (my fault). Overall, the place if awesome and Ron & Liz are excellent hosts.

The B&B is located in El Portal which lies less than 2 miles (~3km) from the western entrance to Yosemite National Park on hwy 140. We drove through the central valley on Hwy 140 to get to El Portal. The scenery was beautiful a few miles before El Portal the road is diverted due to a rock slide. Finding the place is actually easier than any map could tell you. The B&B is located on the same property as the Yosemite View Lodge. It is actually quite easy to find realizing it is the last property before the west entrance to the Park.

We first stayed in the Lotus room on the 2nd floor. Very spacious, has A/C and includes a King sized bed. The room has a balcony that overlooks the Merced River. The sound from the river is heaven. I love the sound of a flowing river. At night, I stayed on the balcony and did some star gazing. I live in Miami so you don't get to see too many stars, let alone the Milky Way. It has been years since I had seen the Milky Way. The second night we stayed in the California Poppy room. This room is smaller, no A/C or balcony and is on the first floor.

Breakfast is on the balcony overlooking the river every morning. Breakfast was great and you have the hummingbirds joining. There are several birds in the tree to the west of the building flocking around the water dispenser. It was a joy to sit back having a home-cooked breakfast, overlooking the river watching hummingbirds. It was awesome!!

Ron and Liz are gracious hosts and great people. They were so helpful with recommendations on what to do in the park. They also gave us great suggestion on visiting Mono Lake, Bodie and Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway on our way to Napa.

Overall, the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn is a great place to stay when visiting Yosemite Nat’l Park. The rooms are spacious and new, the breakfast is great, and the hosts are superb.

PS The food in the restaurant next door is overpriced, but ok.

  • Liked — location, service, hospitality
  • Disliked — all windows had curtains except 1 facing the restaurant in the Lotus room. would be nice to cover the only window without curtains.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

We had searched a lot through Trip Advisor before finding Yosemite Butterfly Inn. We stayed 3 nights in the Lotus room and we were looking for a comfortable place not to far from the entrance of Yosemite. Well, not only was the place comfortable, but it was absolutely perfect! The owners, Liz and Ron, were great. They provided us with very good advice on trails we could take in Yosemite and we felt really at home in their place. Here is a sum up of our impressions.
Location: El Portal, right at the entrance of Yosemite NP so ideal if you're planning day hikes in the parc.
Room: the Lotus room was gorgeous, lovely patio overlooking the river, very cosy, lots of place, very clean, no noise, perfect.
Breakfast: Liz and Ron prepare every morning a home made breakfast which was great! Thanks again!
Owners: very friendly, you feel at home, they help you prepare your journey and make sure you don't get lost and they do take the time to give you good advice before going to the parc.
So all in all this was a great stay and we highly recommend this cosy Bed and Breakfast right at the entrance of Yosemite NP!
Laura and Laurent, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed at the Blue Butterfly Inn during our honeymoon in August and were delighted with the quality of the accommodation.

Their delightful building is nestled in a modern development which is not the most attractive from the road but first looks can be deceiving. The view of the merced river from the rear of the B&B is beautiful and it is very pleasant to sit on the balcony in the evening and relax with a bottle of wine.

The hospitality of the owners, Liz and Ron is second to none and their breakfasts were delicious and different every day of our stay.

The rooms were attractive and spacious with large en suite bathrooms.

Top tip - don't eat in the restaurant next to the B&B as it's awful.

  • Liked — Quality of service
  • Disliked — Surrounding development and lack of good dining
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Trenton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2008

The Blue Butterfly Inn is among the top B&Bs we have visited. With over sized rooms and spectacular views of the the Merced River it is easy to lose yourself in this wonderful inn. We stayed in the Loyus room and had our own balcony to gaze at the the tumbling Merced by day and to star gaze at night. Utterly peaceful. A short drive and you are in the Yosemite valley and the outside world just fades away. Our hosts Ron and Liz could not have been more accomodating and down right friendly. This was our first time at the Blue Butterfly and yet they seemed as if we had known them for years. Delious breakfasts overlooking the Merced with hummingbirds flitting around made for an
idyllic start to each day. Without a doubt this retreat is worth many returns.

  • Liked — Oversized room with a view
  • Disliked — Other hotel nearby.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2008

We had a very good experience at the Blue Butterfly Inn when we visited for 2 nights. The Inn is conveniently located outside of the Arch Rock entrance to the park and it took us approximately 20 minutes from the Inn to the central parking lot in Yosemite Valley. We stayed in the MeadowLily room on the second floor. Although the room was a bit sparse - no TV or bedframe, it was large and the the outdoor patio was awesome. The bathroom was beautiful as well. The owners really bend over backwards to attend to their guests and were extremely friendly. We had good breakfast on the lower balcony and it was fun being dive bombed by the many hummingbirds visiting the feeders. The most fantastic element of this Inn was the proximity to the Merced River, which is literally rushing below your feet when out on the balcony. Just beware of the way overpriced pizza joint next door, the pizza isn't that good and they rip you off big time.

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

We recently spent 3 nights here, and had a great experience. Ron and Liz were wonderful hosts who were more than willing to answer any questions about the area attractions, the history of El Portal, or anything else you could think up. The conversations at breakfast were always very lively and enjoyable, and the food was outstanding each and every morning. Our room was located on the second floor (the Meadow Lily), and was very large, comfortably furnished, with a balcony overlooking the Merced River. Ours was a very international group, as there were couples from France, England, Brisbane, Australia, and Chicago (originally from Mumbai, India) there during our stay (we are from Michigan). Liz mentioned she'd considered putting up a world map with pushpins to show the locations their guests had come from - I think she needs to! Each day when we came back from our excursions into Yosemite, Liz had iced tea and great conversation awaiting us. She also gave us excellent suggestions on things to see on our way there from Lake Tahoe.
All in all, I would give the Blue Butterfly my highest recommendation, and if ever visiting Yosemite, would not think twice about staying with Ron and Liz again.

  • Liked — the views from the balcony, and the breakfasts
  • Disliked — nothing in particular
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 11132 Highway 140, El Portal, CA 95318
Location: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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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