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“Welcome to the 1950s” 2 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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Welcome to the 1950s”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Room Tip: I suspect during school holidays this venue could be torture as walls so thin
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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do not be deceived by the reception area which is spacious and elegant. The room we had was spacious but dark with inadequate lighting. We had bad weather whilst there & had no alternative but to stay in our room for one whole day which was quite depressing to put it mildly. The restaurants were awful, shop expensive and we could hear every word spoken in the next door room.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our stay at yosemite lodge. Rooms were clean and comfortable but a couple of tips. If you stay in the cedar cottage ask for a room in the middle of the row. On the far right of cedar the rooms back on to the pool pump room and the pump runs all night. We could hear it through the room wall so we asked to be moved. The staff were very happy to oblige. Our second room was upstairs in cedar and much better. Also I'd suggest you get the bed and breakfast deal as it is good value. Its $13 per person at the food court and if you aren't a big eater its easy to stay on budget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great location in the park! Close to the shuttle buses, which made it easy to see the rest of the park at our leisure. There are enough amenities on the premises to rest and recover from a day of hiking.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised at how nice our room was. Wifi, fan, flat screen tv, nice furnishings and because we were in the single level cabins in the accessible rooms the shower and bathroom were huge. Couple of choices for dining, all the activities are right there. Remember your mosquito spray! Loved it. If you don't want to spend the money on the Ahwahnee stay here and hop on the bus and have lunch over there. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yosemite Lodge is in an incredible setting. The rooms are clean and
have all the necessities. It is a little pricey for what you get, but then
they do have a captive audience. The hiking and biking are awesome...
and the views are really spectacular.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Ahwahnee is definately the finer choice, but if you can't get a room there, The Yosemite Lodge is a reasonable alternative. Less expensive, way less nice, it is adequate plus. Great location, walk to the falls. More crowded, sometimes hectic, the restaurant is very informal and frequently packed with people. Over-all it is clean, safe, sort of quiet, and an acceptable place to stay in a world class natural location.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Yosemite Lodge At The Falls

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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Also Known As:
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