It's really hard to beat this location and the amazing view we woke up to everyday. We stayed in the Hemlock building (deluxe bunk room) #3424. The room was recently updated and clean, with plenty of space and an outstanding view (which made up for a lot!). The wifi was pretty nonexistent (which didn't affect us) and the phone and fan were broken (the fan was immediately replaced).
The biggest complaint was the noise! Big groups stay in the park and many overfill rooms or combine rooms, thereby going back and forth between multiple rooms (read slamming doors) at all hours of the day and night. We had to call security on our first night as the noise became unbearable between screaming kids and the slamming of doors. Maybe a different building would solve this problem.
The location cannot be beat. Period. We had almost stayed outside the park and after going to Yosemite, we were happy we didn't. The roads outside the park are not easy to travel, especially at night, and between Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village and Yosemite Village you can find whatever you need. It was easy to access all the popular trails in the Valley from here and we drove to Glacier Point which was about an hour RT. They also had a bike rental station here which was a great way to see some of the park too. Very convenient and despite the masses of people, you can still find spots where you can lose the crowd.
Probably the most expensive and worst run food court we have ever experienced in a National Park. Inefficient can't even begin to describe the way it is run. There was 1 person working the grill and 1 person working the pasta station. It took well over 20-25 minutes to get served and we were second in line. Most of the time they only had one cashier on to service the entire restaurant too. So after waiting over 25 minutes for food we had to wait another 10 minutes to check out. And this was when it was not busy!!!
We stayed three nights and ate breakfast and dinner there every day. The service never improved and actually only got worse if you went at a "busy time" (more than 20 people). We looked at the Mountain Lodge and immediately left as I picked up a menu that was stuck to a dirty table! We did not try Curry Village which had alot of options but was extremely crowded and many of the restaurants in Yosemite Village closed early.
Expensive - especially for a food court!
First, the parking is open to EVERYONE, until 6PM. There are no designated spots for people staying there so chances are in busy season you will not be parking near your room. It would be really easy to fix by having a designated "day parking lot" but unfortunately no one in management seems to care about inconveniencing the paid overnight guests. It was a bit frustrating.
The bigger issue however is the bus parking. Beware of parking in the parking lot directly across from registration. There is ALWAYS a bus parked in that lot which completely blocks in two rows of cars. The driver is not in the bus so if you had to move your car to get out - Good luck finding the driver. We almost got blocked in when we were checking in and then steered clear of that area for the rest of the time there.
If I had to go back, I would probably look into the Awahnee which is twice as expensive. However, I think if you are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy the quiet of Yosemite Valley, it would be well worth it. If you have to stay here, definitely ask for a view - it makes up for everything else!
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Hotel National Park
- Yosemite Lodge Falls
- Yosemite Ca
- Yosemite View Lodge
- Yosemite Hotel At The Falls
- Lodge Reservation Yosemite
- Lodge Yosemite
- Yosemite Lodge Hotel
- Yosemite Falls Lodge