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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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Birmingham, AL
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“A pity”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

It is a pity that the closest accommodations to the spectacular Yosemite falls -- and the only real alternative for most folks -- is an outdated, overpriced property like this. My husband and I know that national park accommodations are always overpriced. After all, you're paying for convenience. We've stayed in four other national park lodges in the past three years, but this over-the-top terrible.

The smell was the part that got to me most. My husband was irritated by the lack of air conditioning. Everything was cheap, from the scratchy towels and tissues to the linoleum, circa 1965. I refrained from taking a snapshot of the shower/bath, but suffice it to say that I just couldn't believe that they hadn't replaced it 20 years ago.

I understand that some rooms are being remodeled. They really shouldn't offer the unimproved rooms at this price -- I think we paid $140-plus -- or maybe they shouldn't rent them at all until they finish the rehab. If you must stay here, try to limit it to one night. You really can see everything in the valley in one day. Then move on to another accommodation. So sad that such a magnificent park is represented this way. Those who work here should get extra pay for having to deal with these failing facilities. There's no way to make it seem clean -- even if it is -- when it's so old and in such poor repair.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Great location, rooms quite bland but nice and clean. A lot of wear and tear. Lots of noise due to road works in carpark which put a dampener on the quietness of the environment. Restaurant was big and busy with no real individual attention to customers. Staff very unfriendly when arrived.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Suisun City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

If this is your first time visiting Yosemite, I definitely recommend this place. Although a bit pricey for what your get, you get the convenience of LOCATION. Everything is about a few miles hike away. Transportation is efficient and free and is on time most days. Lodging food is not the greatest however and quite expensive. Room is clean and bed is comfortable. Also the valley guided tour was nice and is recommended for the first time visitor. Once you figure out the places that you want to see on your next visit, find lodging somewhere else for a better "bang for the buck" quality accommodation.

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  • Stayed April 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Perfect for visits and walks around Yosemite Valley. This isn't glamorous accommodation, but does the job. Rooms are fairly basic, but with car parking right outside which makes for easy access. The check-in was a veeeeeeery slow process, there was a long line of people and staff were in no hurry. Free wi-fi in the lobby is a bonus.

The canteen which is the closest place for dinner is pretty good and offers quite a lot of choice for what you would expect.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor about Yosemite Lodge at The Falls, I went with low expectations. I am very pleased to say, that I was pleasantly surprised! It's not a luxurious hotel, but it was very clean and comfortable. Yes, it's slightly expensive for what you get - but the scenery is priceless! We were lucky enough to stay in a room with a direct view to Yosemite Falls which was spectacular. We ate in the Food Court, and again were happily surprised at the choice and prices. The next morning, we went on the Valley Tour - and it is not to be missed! The scenery is stunning and the commentary was informative. Our family of six have voted Yosemite to be THE favourite part of our road trip around California.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nowra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenage girls from Australia who stayed at Yosemite Lodge at the falls for 2 nights in APril 2013 in a family room. We booked online exactly a year before our trip to ensure we got a family room and it was fantastic! We drove from Fresno and arrived about 3pm. They checked us in and said our room would be ready in about an hour. We went to the food court for a snack and came back and got our keys about 4.30pm. This family room is HUGE! It was on the second floor of the building right next to reception so we were right in the middle of things but were never disturbed by noise. The room had a huge kingsize bed as well as 2 single beds plus a diningroom area and loungeroom area with a 3 seater lounge and TV. Everything in the room was good quality and working well and we were very happy with our stay. TO be in the middle of the awe inspiring valley was well worth the cost of the room. A couple of steps out the door and you could see the waterfall tumbling down and it was a short walk to other areas of beauty. The free shuttle was very good and stopped right outside our door basically so we got to see lots of things during our short trip. I would highly recommend staying here and if you are quick grab a family room!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Because we plan our trip in early May, we will able to book a room for two nights directly from the website (www.yosemitepark.com) operated by DNC (the authorized concessioner to National Park Service) when Expedia and other big travel sites run out of their block of reservation.

The location of the lodge is perfect. We will be able to enjoy the scenery of Falls at various of time during the day. For us, it is the best choice! The Ahwahnee is just too pricy and is geared for the style of the old-money people. Other type of accommodations, such as tent or camping are no longer fit for our age.

Our room is simple like a motel, but super clean. The bed mattress is firm and carpet is relatively new. We will able to have a sound sleep after daily hiking. BTW, Wi Fi is available and accessible from the room. The room only has liquid soap and shampoo dispenser. If you prefer to use a soap bar, bring your own!

If I will guess what are the factors contributing to our pleasant stay, I will say:

1. Visit the park in the late Spring before the big summer crowd (family with kids) have tortured the room.
2. Stay at a lodge building (two-story) which is in better condition. I did notice some of single-story lodges looks much older and situated in the back. Since the checking is around 5pm, you may want to get a map of campus with all lodge locations (each lodge has a name, but the front desk will only tell you the room number) before you go to the front desk. The lodge claims that they have new type of "green" room available which is too big for two of us. It looks good on the online brochure though.
3. We will be able to make multiple causal walks to the lower fall area and enjoy the scenery when the most visitors are not present.
4. We don't need to drive while we are in the valley. Hop on and off the free shuttle saves us a lot of time.

If you prefer newer motel, you may want to try Yosemite View Lodge (El Portal) which is just outside (about 5 minute drive) the west entrance of the park on highway 140. It is built along the Merced river with a few young trees. You will miss the pleasant smell of pine forest in the park! We stayed there one night when we completed the park tours.

The lodge has a food court for us to take care the needs of breakfasts because we have bed & breakfast reservation (I don't think that I have room only choice at booking). Basically, we are given about $13.50 credits plus free coffee or tea for the coupon. The main course is usually around $10. We use the remaining credit to buy fruits ($1.25 each, banana or orange) and bottle water. We did try the Mountain Room restaurant which has a high-rise glass window to view the lower fall if your table nearby the window (not at the window or inside the dining hall). According to the restaurant, it only uses local ingredients. Both my wife and I tried the trout dish which is prepared deliciously with comparable price. If you can, try the Mountain Room restaurant.

In summary, we really enjoyed a late Spring visit to Yosemite with all water falls at their best and stayed at this Lodge. Now, we can cross Yosemite out of our bucket list.

Robert

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  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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 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*
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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