Reading other reviews on this site suggests that many people are prepared to overlook the shortcomings of some venues, in favour of their locations, but that misses the point. We’re all contributing to the hotel review site to review hotels - not make hollow excuses for poor management just because their venue is next to a pretty waterfall.
The first disappointment to hit us is that despite the huge cost of staying at the lodge (£200 per night) there is no guest car park, so we had to drive aimlessly around the area until we managed to grab a space.
Shame on the management. Taking full advantage of their monopoly, it is clear that no real investment has been made in the accommodation since it was constructed (about 1830 if our room is anything to go by). Very basic, ugly furniture inside and rusting table and chairs outside, no proper security. Even the throws on the two beds hark back to the 1950s. There’s no proper air conditioning, just a ceiling fan and a portable device in one of the cupboards. The walls between adjoining rooms are paper-thin and complimentary refreshments included ONE teabag.
Our original plan was to get up super-early and drive out to the park’s many trailheads, but parking issues are so dreadful we decided to leave the car where it was, and rely on the free public shuttle to get us around the park.
On a positive note, we only have to take a couple of steps from our rear door to see the magnificent Upper Yosemite Falls, which is undeniably awesome.
Most of the staff were very friendly. Indeed, when we raised the issue of the lonely teabag, despite one bag being ‘standard issue’ we were offered as many as we liked.
However, we had a problem in the lodge food court that could only be fixed by summoning the manager. We went over for a light supper just after 8.30pm (not realising that they close at 8.30pm, because in the lodge guide it just said that they were open from 5.00pm). Self-service soups were still available, and above the steaming vats was a notice saying that Gluten-free rolls were available at a nearby counter. The guy behind the counter refused to provide a roll saying he was 'following company protocol' because 'we are closed'. So despite the fact that we were just a couple of minutes after closing he couldn’t open a nearby bag and hand me a roll. This crazy issue was resolved once a manager was called over.
Would we stay again? Probably, but only because you absolutely need to stay in the park if you want to start hiking early.
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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