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“Decent rooms, dodgy service” 3 of 5 stars
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Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Decent rooms, dodgy service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This hotel is very expensive for what it is, but you pay that premium for location, so it is worth it. The biggest thing I didn't like about this place was the customer service, definitely not the usual friendly North American welcome that you come to expect. When we came to pick our bags up it was about 9.00pm, and as the lodges are not in the same building as reception, it's a bit of a walk, and they didn't offer to help with bags or walk us to our room, something I'd expect given that it was pitch black outside. The girl at reception also seemed to have little knowledge on the eating options available in the complex.

The rooms are very big, and good quality beds, we only stayed one night and were only in the room awake for a 2 hours max, but I'd imagine it would be a relaxing place if you were there for a few days.

Terrible shower in the place, very small, think it went as high as my chest.

Also, one of the strangest hotel bars I've ever been to, they had this amazing fireplace in the centre of the room, which looked really cool, yet when you're at the bar it has no character, atmosphere which is strange given that fireplace. It may be the wood that they have used to decorate the place, maybe it needs a re-vamp as it should've been one of the 'best' hotel bars I'd ever been to, not one of the 'strangest'.

Ultimately if you don't have a car, and don't want to camp you should stay here for convenience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Went here for a weekend for my cousin's wedding. The park itself was breath-taking and beautiful. We got the park after 5pm so we were able to check in right away. The lodge itself is huge. Had to walk from the lobby to our room with 3 big suitcases by myself as my parents had to go to the wedding rehearsal and it took me about 20 minutes. No mention of any luggage carts so don't know of they had any. Parking is also a challenge as at that time most of the people have already parked so had to find parking far and then walking back to the lodge was long but it was alright as I got caught up with the beauty of my surroundings. The room was minimal and outdated. I loved the fact that they were eco-friendly with their bath amenities. The lodge bar was fun, wish I remember the name of the bartender as he was great. They also had a film about the history of the park playing in the middle of the courtyard. The bus system was very helpful as I didn't want to have to move the car again and then go thru finding another parking space. The cafeteria had a lot of different offerings for food so always something for everyone.

The wedding at the park's chapel was quaint but beautiful. It fronted this gushing falls that was just majestic. The reception at the lodge's hall was adequate, food was okay but service was good but the ambiance was romantic for the wedding reception and there were a couple of deers that came very near the windows for us to get a lot of pictures of them.

All in all for the price I paid, the room was in need of a good refurbishing or a complete renovation but we enjoyed the park and being with nature that weekend. I would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Old Junee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

What a place to wake up or see the sun set. To see the falls and hear them is so specail (especailly as we live in a drought prone area of the world.) We chose to stay there because it was memorial day weekend so thought it better to be in the park than outside since we had no transport of our own.
The room was OK but there is no coffee/tea making facilities in the room, but does have a fridge.
One thing we found frustrating was chech in was at 5 pm and check out had to be compeleted by 10am, so there was a bit of hanging around waiting for check in.
Would thouroughly recommed the Glacier Point Tour. The guide/driver was so knowledgeable and able to give a personal insight into the National Park.
The free transport around the park is terrific and well used. enables you to see and then walk around places you want to linger at.
Food court is satisfactory. Very busy at breakfast if you want to get away early.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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los angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I have stayed in the lodge many times since it's the best location in the park, close to all the trailheads, dining etc. We paid $225 a night (in March) for what is essenyially a mid-level motel room (the only update was a docking station for an iPhone or iPod) but the at night we could hear the roar of Yosemite Falls (we stayed in the Tamarack building) and who can beat that? The room has a little fridge and free wi-fi, both greatly appreciated.

Room Tip: Tamarack and Cottonwood are close to the Falls but further from the dining (a 3 minute walk). Cedar...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We have been to Yosemite many time before but this was our first time staying inside the park. Staying at the lodge made our visit special even after having visited Yosemite many times. We stayed in the Cottonwood building with a view of the falls thanks to the helpful girl at the front desk who cheerfully accomodated our request of a room with a view. The room was rustic cabin decor and the first impression was of it being a little dark and dingy. These rooms have been through lots of use but overall everything was clean and comfortable. The room had a mini refrigerator , hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a small table fan. It didn't have a coffee maker but they gave us 6 coupons for coffee/tea that could be used at the food court. Its important to remember that these are not luxury accomodations and we are paying the premium for the location which is very well worth it. Having stayed at better hotels at the west and south entrances, I might still prefer the Lodge for the experience of waking up in Yosemite without having to camp or spending for Ahwahnee. The staff was friendly and helpful. Plenty of dining options and a gift/grocery store for all one can need. Overall great place to stay.

Room Tip: We liked staying in the Cottonwood building. Our room had a view of the falls.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Step out of your room and lift your eyes to Yosemite Falls. Stunning! Right in the middle of the Park with Shuttle Bus stop at Lobby. Everything you need on property. Staff at desk very helpful. Shop loaded with every essential you might be lacking. Excellent food at restaurant and the more casual grill. Concierge to help you plan your activities.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rohnert Park
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I've stayed in all the lodges in park and Yosemite lodge is my favorite. This is not a 4- 5 star hotel but is very well kept up and the rooms are nice sized and well appointed . The up side is location location location. Located directly across from Yosemite falls. Has the best dining options. Bring or rent bike for getting around valley and you can park your car and easily get anywhere in valley. They do have free buses that access all areas in valley that picks up right in front of lodge. You are here to see park not stay in a luxury resort and this is the best option, unless you want to drive in and out of the park everyday. Pay the extra $ and stay where you can enjoy the valley all day and night.

Room Tip: There are many buildings most with 2 floors a couple a singe story. All have balcony or porch. So...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Hotel National Park
Yosemite Lodge Falls
Yosemite Ca
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite Hotel At The Falls
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Yosemite Lodge Hotel
Address: 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 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*
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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