Stayed in the cottages which is a away from the main Lodge(3 minute walk?) cottage has Three Guest Suites. We paid $299/NIGHT. Our cOTTAGE Suite had Two Rooms, Bath, Balcony. Main room with king bed, fireplace, fridge,micro, flat screen tv w gaming control, second room very small with queen bed large flat screen tv no gaming control. Check in was fast and easy, we arrived very early 1pm and since our room was ready. The lodge had a scheduled Flashlight night hike we signed up.. Drove 5 min.to Maripose Grove and hiked to the top, took pictures and got back about 530 exhausted.Timberloft Pizza Place few paces from our Cottage and enjoyed the fresh pizza, salad bar was good value with a huge plastic container(notice i didn't say bowl) .Flashlight Hike , Expense$20/person. Used snow shoes and flashlight, kids really enjoyed it even though they didn't want to go because they were tired(13 and 15 y/o) Funny they were in the front of the group while mom and dad where in the back of the group. Whose tired? Breakfast Buffet was average, but good enough. Beautiful 1 hour drive to the Yosemite Village, but you stop so much to take pictures it takes longer, but who cares! I agree that the lodge is Dated Looking, I felt the staff was very friendly. It is terribly overpriced, but I love the convinence. We had Room Service Breakfast and where concerned it would get cold because they have to drive it to the cottage, but it was fine, they forgot our coffee , but quick5-10min. got some for us. At the cottages there is plenty of parking, a heated indoor pool and a separte room for the hot tub. The also have one Washer and Dryer. They maydifferent amenities in the main hotel lodge, but not sure. We were very comfortable, but if you were snowed in or wanted to stay in the cottage it could be a bit cramped with all the luggage, snow gear etc. They also have a hotel store with everything.