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Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The hotel was in need of a major make over, the rooms are very dark, the decor is extremely dated and the beds too soft. I visited Yosemite 20 years ago and the hotel appears as if it has not had any investment in that time. On the positive side it was clean and warm (the nights were a little chilli). Catering facilities were mixed, the main canteen at the hotel was average to poor; the bar food was very good as was the service. The other hotel staff attitudes are mixed from polite and helpful to surly and rude; the later being demonstrated by staff at the visitors information desk. Considering the price was representative of a four or five star hotel, but in reality it is only a two or three star, the value was very poor.

The national park itself is beautiful, with various trails some suitable to to the novice ranging to some that will challenge the more experienced hiker. If your in to rock climbing you will be spoilt for choice. Due to the time of year we were able to visit there was not a lot of water about, with the some of the streams and the falls being dry,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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San Francisco CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Back to Yosemite Lodge for our annual visit, we were delighted with the renovations done to our room. New furniture was in good taste and moving the refridgerator to the closet and substituting a flat screen TV (unused by us) made for much more space in the room. We liked the curtains, carpets, bathroom sink and bathroom floor. All was clean and service was much better than usual (though telephone was broken). The park was beautiful and almost empty. We had more autumn color than in years though still are concerned about global warming. We had an excellent dinner (with not great service) in the Mountain Room, a wonderful breakfast in the Ahwahnee and adequate pizza twice in our room from the cafeteria. We think the change makes the Lodge above average and combined with the spectacular beauty and peace of Yosemite, a wonderful place to stay (the Ahwahnee is now about $500 a night). We try to catch the low season rates which begin in November.

Room Tip: We prefer quiet rooms far from the central area of the Lodge.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here this past week. Great location for valley hiking and sight seeing. Our room was looking quite worn out. Carpets need replacing, beds were uncomfortable, blankets had tears, chair wasn't worth sitting in, bathroom grout wasn't clean and found a cockroach in the bathroom. When there is little competition I guess you can let the place go and stil get $200 a night.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

While Yosemite itself is quite beautiful and Yosemite Lodge is a great location to explore the valley, the room itself was depressing and dirty, offered absolutely no privacy and I felt offended to have paid the prices they demand just to be in the park. The older rooms, which we stayed in, had a broken shower and there were dead bugs on the walls. The staff was pleasant in their apologies and diligently looked for a better room but given that Yosemite draws constant crowds, the hotel was packed. I think it's a shame that the management continues to charge big money for substandard rooms and does not feel the need to upgrade their ammenitites because the public keeps coming. We will not be back.

Room Tip: Book ahead and ask for a newer cabin room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This was amazing! We got a room that showed a view of the falls and you could hear the falls at night! And since we we there in the Spring when the snows were melting it was a fast and full flow! The room was very nice....I was put off by the price of the dining room entrees! OMG! But if you are willing to pay about $500.00 a night for the room they think you have money to eat like a Queen too? Not! But thankfully there are several sandwich shops nearby to grab something quick and reasonably priced! Great trip and great photo ops! Can't wait to go again!

Room Tip: Take your time when checking in and talking to the service person helping you! They know the good r...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC area
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30 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

If you can get a renovated room at the Lodge, you will most likely be fine. Getting that room, however, is not guaranteed, and the unrenovated rooms are very bad. The name is somewhat of a misnomer, as there is no lodge building, just a series of two story motel units scattered around the area. Seeing the previous reviews here, we made reservations months in advance and asked specifically for a renovated room. When we arrived, we were told all the renovated rooms were given to tour groups and were instead assigned to a drab, unrenovated room with a broken security lock, no heat and dirt in the bathroom. We checked out the next day, were given a refund and tried a nice and comfortable hotel outside the park for half the price. The Park is beautiful, but can be easily seen by staying outside the Park and driving in for the day. Never again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

OK, this is a pretty standard place. No frills in the rooms, but who stays in? TV pretty limited to family type channels & room Wifi iffy. But the location is the best for in-valley lodging. We had accessible room that was well set up and easy to maneuver the mobility scooter. Don't give up if told no accessible rooms available by reservations. Check website often as room availability changes and call to change rooms.

Room Tip: Try to get a diagram of the buildings and request views of falls or room near river. Be prepared for...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Yosemite Lodge At The Falls

Address: 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Yosemite Lodge At The Falls 2*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tuesday August 27, 2013 With the exception of White Wolf Lodge, all lodging and services are available in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley and Wawona are largely unaffected by the Rim Fire and air quality is good. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Yosemite Hotel National Park
Yosemite Lodge Falls
Yosemite Ca
Yosemite View Lodge
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