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 !
Is served in the common room and you share tables with other guests, like a small family.
Plenty of choice.
There is an OK restaurant next door, at the motel.
Prices are steep but expectedly so.
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.
There is parking in front of the B&B.
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.
- 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