Unwilling to pay the rather lofty summer rates for hotel lodging inside the park, we chose the Big Creek Inn after researching other nearby possibilities. Good choice. Despite only a one night stay, it was the most comfortable night of our 4 day trip to Yosemite. Our room, the Mariposa, was large, well-appointed and absolutely immaculate (as was the rest of the inn). Double windows keep the room quiet as do the walls which are very thick and sturdy. We found the deck outside the room a wonderful place to stargaze - the night sky was mesmerizing. In the morning, Pamela, the innkeeper, had a very nice and healthy breakfast prepared and engaged in pleasant conversation with all her guests. Additionally, she has a wealth of information about Yosemite and suggested visiting another section of the park we had never been to. If you are not very familiar with Yosemite, take her advice! We did, and our exploration of the park was far more memorable than it probably would have been. In short, the Big Creek Inn is a perfect place to relax in after a long day inside Yosemite. Highly recommended.