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“You are paying for the location” 4 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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Worcester, England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“You are paying for the location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

I booked two nights through last minute.com who actually beat the price of the Yosemite website.
The rooms we stopped in were fine- but could possibly do with a touch of paint.
The food at the main restaurant is awful with a capital A so go off park to find something decent- there are a number of good places within a short drive.

You are paying for being on site and I would pay this again in an instant. You are near to all the trails and can park near your cabin.
The drive in was my biggest worry as we were right on the cusp of when we might need snow chains- luckily we checked with the rangers department and we didn't need them. I spent many an hour checking that line and website to see if I would need them on the car.
The drive in is beautiful and it is well worth stopping to get some photos.
I would definitely stop here if I came again, but would be armed with the knowledge that you are a tourist and a sitting target being miles away from anything else and they are going to make as much money out of you as possible and offer you a poor service.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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Hannibal, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The room had been recently refurbished. The bathroom was all new, had a fridge, flat screen tv, and comfortable furnishings. No mountain charm is lost given the nature of the small groupings of rooms that make up each of the small scale rustic buildings. The dinner at the Lodge's restaurant was excellent! They served some of the freshest and most delicious food I have had in a long time. Tours leave just a very short walk from the Lodge and there is free convenient parking next to your room.

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  • Stayed August 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Paul, MN
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We loved the location of YLF. It is centrally located, has a great food court, Mountain Room Restaurant, and has a very nice gift shop. Our only complaint was the heat in the room, YLF really needs A/C. It was 93 - 98 the whole time we were there (8/15-8/22) and very hot in the room. There is no reason not to have A/C as the restaurant, gift shop, front desk, and food court seemed to be air conditioned.

We loved the spaciousness of the room, the fridge, the large bathroom, etc. The carpeting seemed fairly clean which was a nice surprise. The person that cleaned our room, did a great job. We definitely would stay here again, IF they add A/C... otherwise might need to consider staying elsewhere, if we know it is going to be that hot again. I would advise getting rid of the TV, and add A/C. It could be controlled by the door... key in door - A/C goes on, key removed from outside of door - A/C turns off. Also the balcony needs cleaning.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NC
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26 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed here two nights on our recent trip to Yosemite. The rooms are in buildings that aren't much to look at - they look somewhat like 1970's student apartments - but the interior is much better. The rooms were spacious and clean with comfortable beds and chairs. The ceiling fans were more than adequate to keep the room cool.

The location is unbeatable in Yosemite Valley. It is very quiet and peaceful. The restaurant was quite good with a burger/short order grill, pizza, salads, and some more formal dishes such as pork chops etc., all served food court style. Prices were consistent with National Park concessions prices. Checkin at the front desk was slightly disorganized - about what you would expect with student employees.

Some of the negative reviews puzzle me- this isn't a five star hotel in a big city - it's a lodge in a National Park. To me, the plusses of being centrally located in a park like Yosemite outweigh any lack of luxury in the lodging itself. The key test to me is "would we go back?" The answer is an unqualified yes.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Immediately prior to coming to this accommodation we had stayed at both Zion and the Grand Canyon. Both were run by a company called Xanterra and both were expensive but well worth the money.

This place on the other hand was very very ordinary. We arrived about 3.30pm and no rooms were available as they were all still being cleaned. We waited until 4.15 and asked again and while our room was still unavailable we were given a room in Maple lodge.

The walls were paper thin and we could hear every sound from the room next door which had a closed connecting door. The décor was shabby for a hotel of that price level. The whole facility seemed run down after being in Zion and the Grand Canyon.

The food was so ordinary it was like eating public hospital canteen food. This was a stark contrast to our experience at the other National Parks. I would urge anyone staying here to buy their own food on the trip in and eat in their rooms. Oh and the pool was closed during the hours it was supposed to be open but to be honest I didn't want to swim anyway. It was just another example of bad management.

Whoever is running this is price gouging and profiteering by just cashing in on the location and the beauty of the National Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

we have been to yosemite many times over the last 25 years and have observed a slow but steady decline in the management of the lodge. the workers are wonderful and try their best to keep the integrity of the rooms and environment. that said, they cannot perform miracles. yosemite lodge is run by Delaware North, a for-profit company but is also be under the tight control of the National Park Service. i am unsure who is really responsible for the deterioration of the infrastructure at the lodge. unsure if it is DNC or the NPS who is neglecting this treasured park lodging and why whoever is responsible, is letting it fall apart. for example, the post office has rotten beams and looks like it will collapse at any moment. this and other structures at lodge are in dire need of maintenance and repair. we visited the first week of august and while it was crowded, it wasn't as crowded as we have experienced in past years. the cost of the room was approximately $250.00/night and was made a year in advance. uncanny and but because of supply and demand they are able to fill every room every summer. additionally, they lodge advertises internet but don't be fooled. if you get it at all, it is unbelievably slow. I would rather they simply designate an area near the lobby where, if one needed to do some work, it would be possible. I observed and overheard countless guests scrambling around trying to find internet service during our 4 nights at the lodge. i give the devoted housekeepers, bus drivers, servers and food supply workers 5 stars but for the facilities 2 stars at best.

Room Tip: book a year in advance and then don't be surprised if they don't have the room you requested...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was our first trip to Yosemite and we could not have been any more pleased with the entire experience. The room is well appointed and comfortable and the facility is nicely nestled into the park. We used the front porch for evening beverages and just a cool place to sit talk, read or just commune with nature. Even though the falls were not flowing we were mesmerized by all of the geological features. We highly recommend going to Glacier Point to take in the sunset views.

Room Tip: We really enjoyed the second floor balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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