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“Not sure if it is value for money but "in park" options are limited” 3 of 5 stars
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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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Apex, North Carolina
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6 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not sure if it is value for money but "in park" options are limited”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The furnishings were adequate and clean overall.

The rating is average because the room rate is expensive. Stayed during the MLK weekend and the average night was 200+$/night. Having stayed @ Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and similar parks, I felt that Yosemite Lodge is way over priced.

The food court was ok but again priced 30% more than what I feel its worth to be. A cup of chili was 8$ + taxes.

Furnishings were sparse.

The reservation folks over phone (it felt that way) seem to offer the higher priced options. The room we stayed had a full sized bed and 4 bunk beds. The room was spacious and the shower was hot and powerful. Ask for this room (Room with 4 bunk beds) if you are in a large group to keep the costs under control. Not sure if this option is available if you book over the Internet.

Surprisingly, the room key is a old fashioned brass key. It is single and if you are not careful, you may loose it.

Room Tip: If you want to be frugal, take Cup O Noodles, get the hot water from the food court (it is outside o...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 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
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  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Our family of 4 enjoyed our Yosemite winter stay. The lodge is a great location being right in the middle of the park. This is great in winter as you can leave your car and rely on the excellent shuttle bus service around the park and also up to the Badger Pass ski fields. Our room was pretty basic with two double beds. I agree with other reviewers re the very poor lighthing. The '70s style dark wood doesn't respond well to 'mood lightiing'. That said we loved our room's outlook into the forest and the snow. The beds were reasonably comfortable. Our rooms was well heated except that one bed is close to louvered window which you can't shut tightly. Given it was well below freezing each night this meant the occupant had to rug up to keep warm. It would have been nice to have some basic amenities in our room such as cups and a kettle. There is a small fridge but that's it. I also reckon they could do a bit more to make walking safely on the icey paths easier. They spread some dirt in a few places to improve grip but the car park was really dangerous - like an ice skating rink. Not funny when you're trying to load and unload your car! The food options are pretty limited and you can't self cater. We enjoyed our meal at the Mountain Room restaurant. Also next door's bar served pretty basic food but at reasonable prices and they had a lovely wood fire. The food court was also OK - we only used it for breakfast. We lunched at the Ahwahnee hotel. Amazing dining room with great views. The food's very average though and the service almost glacial in it's pace.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 4123 in the Tamarack Lodge. Whilst a bit of a walk from the main buildings and fo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

It's all about the location and nothing beats leaving your door and being in such dramatic surroundings, with deer walking past your window. The rooms themselves - the size is good, they were very clean, staff were friendly but the decor was just dated. It didn't spoil our enjoyment - as most, we weren't there to enjoy the room. The food facilities were adequate - good standard average fare. The breakfast area was like a canteen. We also had some issues with parking as we couldn't park outside our room as it was the area that buses had to use to turn around in; although this is something that you can't really plan to avoid if, like us, you arrived late in the day and this was the only block that had space left.

I would always recommend here as the location takes your breath away - so nice to be in the park after the day trippers have all gone home. Magical.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bonita, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I travel to Yosemite twice a year and typically stay in tent cabins at Curry Camp, White Wolf Lodge or Tuolumne Lodge (I have reviews for two of those lodgings that you can read.) However, since it was the middle of winter and temperatures were going to be down around 7 degree F, we decided to stay at Yosemite Lodge. The price was reasonable for Yosemite (remember it's winter) at $134 for a room with two beds. It would normally be a hundred dollars more in the summer. Nonetheless, the room was a real disappointment. The rooms in my building (granted there are more costly rooms in other buildings at the lodge that I'm sure are updated) reminded me of the Bates Motel--dark, dingy and uninviting. The heater didn't put out enough heat so we had to use the noisy portable heater they provide in your room to achieve some warmth. The bathroom was very small but did have shampoo and soap dispensers in the shower. There was an old fashioned television and wifi accessibility for those who need a link with Wolf Blitzer. The mattresses were not that comfortable but after a hike or two, who notices?

The lodge has a cafeteria that we frequent when we're in the park because of its convenience and the prices aren't as bad as other places in the park. However, the place gets very busy and the ambiance is lacking. But if you need a quick and reasonable place to grab a meal or if you have a tired and cranky family nipping at your ankles and clammoring for food, this is a good place to eat in the park. There is a more upscale restaurant at the lodge, but I have not eaten there. We like to go for lunch at the Ahwahnee because it's cheaper than dinner there and you don't have to follow a dress code at lunch. There is also a sports bar with numerous flat screen televisions for the sports obsessed. Your rabid fan can find out if his/her team is bound for the Super Bowl. Drinks are not cheap, but sometimes, after a twelve mile hike and blackening toenails, you just need to plunk down the bucks and get some alcohol in your system. It's a nice place to relax at the end of the day with its round fireplace in the middle of the bar. A few doors down is a small grocery/souvenir store where you can indulge your chocolate or carb fix. The best thing about the lodge was the Hispanic man who welcomed us and checked us in. He was delightful.

The lodge is located very close to Yosemite falls, making it a nice walk in the early morning when the light first hits it. In summary, I would expect more from a place that's charging (in the summer) over $200 a night to stay. If it weren't for the fact that it was winter, I would choose a tent cabin in Curry Camp or my favorite, a tent cabin up in White Wolf or Tuolumne Lodge. The tent cabins at least give you the feeling of being out in the wilderness and not waiting for Norman Bates to show up with a knife.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great Location in Yosemite Valley. Request room far away from parking lot. Invest in hauling your luggage great distances to avoid having to listen to those damn car alarm honks that you will hear 24 hours a day. The $150/night rate included basic rate, tax, mandatory $1.00 donation, and mandatory use tax by county (They will get you coming and they will get you going). As long as you understand you are paying for being in Yosemite Valley, you will not fret over the cost. Must see Yosemite in Winter-So Beautiful.
1. In winter, the Ranger who extorts your $20 entrance fee will ask if "you have chains in the car?". ("Chains required" signs are in place)
2. For budgeting, double the prices you are use to and you will be pretty accurate for food, drink, and groceries/souvenirs.
3. You will LOVE staying here, eating here, and hiking here.

Room Tip: Anything far away from those damn car alarms!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norfolk, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The lodge rooms are very dated. Felt like we were roughing it a bit. We were here for hiking, so didn't mind it too much. Also, you are at Yosemite so you should be outside your room more than inside it. For a place to sleep, this was perfect. If looking to spend more than sleeping in room, you may be disappointed.

The food was pretty decent in the cafeteria. The bar that's at the lodge was a nice place to chill at night. They had a fire pit inside and drinks were good.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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coastal Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The check-in process is very slow even though we were checking in around noon mid-week in mid January! we waited in line for about 30 minutes until the single desk clerk on duty could register us. We then discovered that our reservation was incorrectly entered in their computer. this took another half hour of sitting in the lobby. when we arrived at last at our room, we found an ant colony residing in the bathroom along with a t- shirt leftover from a former resident.The path to the room was icy and poorly lit at night when we returned from dinner.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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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