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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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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Grim”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

Just awful. This hotel is dirty and shabby and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. Ok so the location is absolutely fantastic but that's no excuse for management to allow rooms to be in this state. It's also expensive - it's 2 star quality at 4 star prices.

You'll need a car for Yosemite anyway so why not stay outside the park in much better accommodations - trust me, this place is truly grim!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Everything else!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2008

The location is fantastic with the views of Yosemite National Park being amongst the best in the world. The lodge itself reminded me of my boy scouting days with it being geared for walkers and people generally wanting to get their boots dirty and experience what nature has to offer.

Our room was okay and had TV, Internet and bathroom. It had great views of the valley and waterfall. Unfortunately the walls were paper thin and a man in the room next to us kept us awake with his snoring.

The food in the restaurant was good and was good value for money again with fantastic views while we were eating our dinner. Breakfast was in the "canteen" and once we got over having to wait in queues the food was good.

This is not a luxurious place to stay but works well for those who want to get out and see the park with free Tea/Coffee available all day for when you wearily return.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2008

Ok, Yosemite is known for appreciating the outdoors, not staying at the Hilton. With that in mind, the lodge is a great family vacation site. I have been staying here for 43 years with my family with no complaints. It is a basic room, with improvements made and more comfortable than a tent at Camp Curry, which I stay in during the summer. We again stayed in Dogwood building next to the falls, our room faced the forest and we enjoyed lunch each day on our balcony.

Inside the room, there is almost everything you need. There is a TV with about 20 different channels. The best new thing at the lodge is that all the rooms have wi-fi in the room for free. The fact that the lodge has wi-fi is great but once on the internet it is a little slow to download pages.

Eating in the lodge dining room is fun and food assortments for all the family. Breakfast is basic, cereal, fruit, pancakes, lodge breakfast, potatoes, eggs, bacon. I would highly reccommend eating lunch outside at Deagans in the Village, great sandwiches eating under the trees after a morning hike.

Speaking of hiking, it's the best hiking around, Vernal Falls is so beautiful, especially with the snow peaks. Our family enjoys just hiking around the valley. We saw a bobcat, and a weasel in the meadow. It is best to look and listen to the sounds of Yosemite without any added noise. You can hear frogs croking in the meadow at night, sounds like a fine orchestra. Deer can be seen in early am in meadow by Village or meadow behide Lodge, stay back and admire from afar.

Visit the Awawahnee hotel for lunch such a beautiful dinning room. The great room is so relaxing with a fire going and the heat on, as it was 21 degrees in the morning and evening time. If you enjoy history of the hotel there is a great tour.

Take advantage of the Ranger night talks and Ranger walks in the Valley, great learning expereince even for someone who has been going to Yosemite since birth.

Check out the Badger Pass ski area, it's great, closes March 30th for season.

Warning do not leave anything that has a scent in your car, or you may have a bear break into your car. Please use bear containers provided. As we are in their home.

Stay at the lodge and enjoy the scenery as it is.

  • Liked — Location,location,location
  • Disliked — The price of room
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2008

Everyone with the poor reviews left out one thing....out the back window is a beautiful view of Halfdome and out the front the highest waterfall in North America. If you are looking for luxury accomodations....stay in a city somewhere. If you are looking for somewhere to stay while enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the country then stay here. The location itself is worth every penny that you pay. Staying anywhere outside the park would mean an hour drive to get into the valley and you would no doubt miss out on thebest part of the park....the different times of day. It is like being in a different place at sunrise, sunset, and at noontime-each has its own beauty. Food is not gourmet but certainly adequate at the food court. What we did was go to the general store in the village and bought our own groceries for a picnic in the amphitheater...kids said that was the best part of the trip and it saved some money. Don't miss the smores at the lounge fireplace......great way to end the day. To sum up the experience-if you are looking for luxury stay out of the park and look at pictures on the internet. If you want to really experience the beauty of Yosemite. Stay in the lodge....it is well worth the experience!

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2008

Although there were only three of us, we booked one of the family rooms at the lodge as that was all that was left but we were so pleased that we did! The room was huge with a very comfortable king bed plus two singles and a sofa bed. There was a dining area, seating area, fridge and tv. Wi-fi access worked fine - the room was in a block right next to the restaurant area and front desk which was really handy. The bathroom was pretty utilitarian and there was only a shower but these are minor negatives when balanced against everything else and the stunning (and very convenient) location.
Next time we would consider taking more food supplies with us as although the food available is very good, the self service restaurant can be a bit of a stressful experience due to the number of people using it.

  • Liked — comfortable room and great location
  • Disliked — trying to negotiate the Food Court with a 3 year old!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chula Vista, CA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

This review will be on my first ever visit to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls as well as my first visit to Yosemite National Park. After reading the various reviews, I had no idea what to expect during my visit. Arriving around 12pm (noon) on Sunday, I wasn’t expecting to be checked in, but at least store my luggage, until check in time of 5 pm. Inquiring at the front desk, I was presently greeted and advised that, indeed I could be assigned a room and key. Leaving the registration area with my map in hand, headed across the street to the Maple lodge building. Assigned a room on the ground floor with a king size bed and patio area. The room is right next to the ice machine area. I did not hear any one using the ice machine, during my whole stay and I‘m sure it was used. Of course, I’m only in my room during the sleeping hours. Upon inspecting the ice machine room, I noticed that the room seemed to insulated for sound. After entering my room, I noticed that the door was difficult to close, checking the problem out, the lock needed some lubrication, where it hit the lock striker, just a little petroleum jelly (lip balm) and problem is fixed. I didn’t bring a tape measure, so I used a 24” mailing tube to measure the room. The room itself is approximately 21’ X 13’ 6”, with the bath measuring around 10” X 7’ 6”. The room is decorated with four (4) lamps, which I think provided enough light. There is a TV in my room, which measured about 19” and a rather small safe in the entertainment center, with the actual opening size of about 12” x 9” and about 4” deep. The Lodge provides about twelve (12) channels for your viewing pleasure. My logic, here is, I’m here to enjoy the great outdoors and the TV is only an extra. The room décor is rather dated, not sure of what era, but dated. The room was clean, cleaned and rearranged nicely by the house keeping personnel daily. When one considers the outside conditions, which in my circumstance was snow on the ground and dusty and muddy conditions, its amazing the cleanliness of the carpet. I did not notice dirty bare feet after walking on the carpets. I did notice some areas of mold in the tub area, but nothing to really write home about. I was amazed at the heating of the room, the room stayed rather comfortable at night, I did raise the temperature up during the morning, while getting ready for my daily outings. For your reference, the overnight lows, were probably in mid 30’s. In preparation for some outside noise from my neighbors, I did bring some earplugs, and by the way this is common for me to bring the plugs, while traveling. I must have been very fortunate in my situation, or my neighbors were very quite. I did notice some conversations during the early evening hours, but never later than, lets say 10pm. I was booked in this room for four nights, March 9th thru March 13th.. So, I guess in summing up my visit, I would have to say that I was very pleased with my stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. It (Lodge) is convenient, a shuttle stop really close and the cafeteria nearby. Also, if you use YARTS (Yosemite Area Transpirations System), one of the many stops is at the Lodge. I did use YARTS from Merced, CA. And, I believe most of the tours start here, as is the free bus to the Badger ski area. Of course, I can’t vouch for the conditions of the other rooms or how the maids care for their rooms. I’m hoping this will help in deciding on your lodging arrangements. I will try and post some pictures of the room, but after viewing the photos of previous posters, the arrangements and layouts seem to be different.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, England
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

Yosemite National Park is beautiful and this 'hotel' is right in the middle of it. For that reason it might just be worth returning to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.

This place is, however, extremely dirty and noisy. The bathrooms floors were filthy - dropping a towel on the floor meant that when you picked it up it was covered in dirt and almost black. In the day there were ants in the bathroom and bedroom, but I presume they went somewhere else at night to sleep, because the noise prevented anyone sleeping.

Perhaps we were unlucky, but we could hear everything our neighbours said. Typically they went to bed at 2am and got up at 6am, so there were precious few hours when we were not lying there listing to their television or their conversations. During the night we could then here every cough and sneeze from their bed. Thank heavens they were elderly and not causing even more nocturnal noise.

The food court at Yosemite Lodge is all right and will give you cheap helpings of pasta after a long day of hiking, but just don't expect to be able to return to your room and sleep.

  • Liked — The location and free internet access
  • Disliked — The noise and squalor
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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