The location is undeniable: right in the heart of Yosemite Valley and a short walk to the lower falls. My room was spacious and comfortable --- not glamorous, certainly, but after all, it's appropriately more "cabinesque" than Ritz. Getting to it across an icy parking lot and sidewalks can be tricky, so bring your "yax trax" or similar footwear device if you visit in winter.
The bed was comfy (a bit on the firm side), with good pillows and extra bedding in the room. The room was also equipped with a ceiling fan, space heater, ipod dock, and refrigerator -- and the wifi was reliable. My window looked out over woods, not the parking lot, and that was certainly a bonus. There is no security safe in the room, and the room door key is the basic issue with dead bolt -- no electronic locks. On the whole, I was quite content with my accommodation, and had no complaints.
It's other aspects of the Lodge that are sub-par: the food court is almost tragic, although the staff was pleasant enough. I was able to use up my included breakfast credit with safe choices, including yogurt, bananas, and decent coffee. But the coffee, I discovered, was only good in the morning. By afternoon, it had boiled into an undrinkable sludge, such that even a free cup was unworthy of consumption.
I had dinner at The Mountain Room restaurant, and it was lovely. The service was gracious, and the food was just short of excellent. Keep in mind, you're going to pay more for a meal here simply due to the location. Get over it and enjoy yourself, and you'll do fine.
Check-in upon arrival was hectic, and I thought the wait was longer than it should have been. To be fair, I'd arrived on the YARTS bus, and there were quite a few of us who arrived at the same time. But when employees sit behind the desk and avoid eye contact with guests who are waiting to check in, you lose points in my book. Most rooms are some distance from the front desk (a good thing), but be sure to ask for luggage assistance if you don't want to drag your bag through the slush.
My biggest disappointment with the Lodge experience was the staff at the Tours desk. They could hardly have been less helpful or more sullen. The unspoken but clearly communicated message was "I hate being here and you're an annoying tourist." I certainly got the message, and the inability to get questions answered from a pleasant human being kept me from booking anything other than the 2-hour Valley tour; just buying the ticket for that event was excruciating enough. Fortunately, the Valley tour was excellent; the driver/tour guide was refreshingly quirky and extremely knowledgeable.
Let's face it -- if you visit Yosemite any time of year, there are limited accommodation options inside the park. In winter, they are even more limited. And of course, the concession operator has an exclusive here. I did not want to pay the price for the Ahwahnee (although I recommend you visit it, and maybe grab lunch there), and I wanted to stay in the park. That pretty much left the Lodge. I enjoyed my stay despite the drawbacks, and the room itself was more than fine. To experience Yosemite Valley in winter.......... well, yes, I would do it again.
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