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“Friendly B&B next to Merced river” 4 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
Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Friendly B&B next to Merced river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed here 2 nights back in October 2013 during the government shutdown.

Regarding the shutdown: The park was still open, even if "shutdown". One was only allowed to drive through on a like errand, like "get to the motel" or cross the park as we did.
The park was almost deserted and deer came out freely. Also it was possible to sneak a stop at lookouts etc - but not walk around in the park.

Blue Butterfly is run by a very pleasant mature couple. They diligently found other places to visit and walk, just outside the park, and arranged directions etc for everybody.

In fact it was nice to go to those not-visited-by-millions before places, for instance to see sequioa trees in the "Shadow of the giants" grove. During the government shutdown it was quite busy, but now the park is open it is probably a way to see sequoias without the crowd.
By the way, we had inadvisedly shopped groceries on the way there and left them in the trunk.
When we returned to the car there were plenty of bear footprints on the car and we were lucky the bear did not open the car like a tin can !

Breakfast
Is served in the common room and you share tables with other guests, like a small family.
Plenty of choice.

Dining
There is an OK restaurant next door, at the motel.
Prices are steep but expectedly so.

Guests
While we visited all guests were clearly in the "senior citizen" range. No small kids are allowed so I guess that rules out most young couples too. Nothing wrong with that.

Parking
There is parking in front of the B&B.

Rooms
We had a downstairs room, and there was some noise as people walked by on the way to the kitchen room and the porch outside. As mentioned guest were senior, so it wasn't too bad (no screaming kids running around :-)
Our bed was on the soft side.

There is a 2 night minimum stay.

All in all, a great stay and very close to the park entrance.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in April and absolutely loved it. We found that there are no 'cheap' places to stay around Yosemite but this was definitely worth the money! The house looks out onto the river out the back which is beautiful. Liz and Ron were amazing hosts, and gave us excellent advice on where to visit in Yosemite and were extremely sociable and friendly (we got freshly-baked brownies and tea every night!). Breakfasts were also incredible. The rooms are of a high quality and very comfortable.

We would definitely recommend staying here with Liz and Ron and hope to come back again soon.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights and had a really good time.
The room was lovely with a comfortable bed and good shower. (The only negative was the curtains, which let a lot of light in - not really a problem when we stayed in October but would be in the summer).
Excellent breakfasts -with really good tea!
Plenty of interesting conversation with our hosts and other guests, both over breakfast and over a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit on an evening.
There's a decent restaurant and a good bar and pizza takeaway only 50 yards away in the adjacent motel. (The next nearest eating places are a long drive away).
Expensive, but then everywhere in the Yosemite area is. Draconian cancellation policies - but then they're all clearly stated on the website ;-)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Thank you, Liz and Ron, for all you did to make our trip very special and memorable.

From the moment we arrived to the time we finally had to make our way home, Liz and Ron went out of their way to make us comfortable. They were extremely gracious hosts, the breakfasts were "to die for", our room was large and decorated with beautiful antiques, and they took the time to provide us with all the information we needed to find just what we were looking for in Yosemite. We have been to Yosemite a few times before, but this was the best visit we have had yet! We will be back!

Room Tip: We enjoyed overlooking the Merced, but if you aren't going to be at the Blue Butterfly much duri...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Irving, Texas
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This was our second time at a bed and breakfast, so we don't have much to compare to. If this is your first visit to Yosemite, I definitely recommend you stay with Ron and Liz. They have lived at Yosemite many years and know EVERYTHING about the park and valley. If you are a rock climber (which we aren't), ask Ron about his extensive experience. He is still active and can tell you where to climb, etc.

The facility is immaculate.

Liz's breakfasts are the BEST. I work as an airline pilot and can tell you that I have never had a better breakfast in a hotel - free/included or otherwise. We stayed three nights and the menu was different each morning.

As for convenience to the park, only the adjacent hotel is as close to the park entrance. My mother and our two children stayed at the Yosemite View Lodge while we were in the Blue Butterfly Inn, so we were able to utilize their refrigerator. The gift shop/convenience store and restaurant there were handy, too.

Our visit was as expected and more. Just read the rules so that you are not surprised about a couple of things that a few reviewers didn't like. We don't mind following rules, so had a great visit!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This is our third trip to Yosemite staying with Ron & Liz at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn. It's been a wonderful trip each time. The park is amazing - for someone who has always lived on the east coast, it is other worldly. Liz and Ron are also wonderful, we feel pampered every time we stay. Not only are the breakfasts great, but Ron & Liz are enthusiastic hosts who know every detail of the park and help make each trip memorable. Thanks again!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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W. Hartford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This B&B is located just outside the park entrance in El Portal. There are five rooms for a total of ten guests. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and well appointed. The location has the Merced River in their backyard, affording beautiful views from the outdoor patios. The most expensive room uses the entire third floor, is quite large and affords wraparound views. Forget TV here, but the wifi worked well. Breakfasts were well done. The hosts were very helpful with sight seeing and restaurant tips, both in the park and in the areas outside the park.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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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 ( 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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Yosemite Blue Butterfly Hotel El Portal

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