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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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Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
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“Ok!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2006

We weren't expecting luxury and we didn't get it. However, the rooms were fine, location spectacular! Beautiful views from the back of the rooms! We were a 30 second walk from a beautifully clear river! Excellent! The food court was pretty bad but on food court terms it was pretty average. Overall, an average hotel.

Stayed August 2006
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2006

We stayed on a Thursday in a family room in a building right beside the office. It was a large room with a double, 2 twins and a couch. It had a nice little sitting area, a refrigerator, and a dining table. It had a separate bathroom and shower room. There was a double vanity in the main room. The room was fine. No problems with racoons or other critters. It was a warm day and the room was rather warm when we first went to bed but cooled off as the night went on. It was a short walk to the food court, and we ate dinner there. The food was just okay. We also ate breakfast there the next morning. Again just okay. We had drinks in the Mountain Room bar and enjoyed the amosphere. We took a the tram tour of the valley that started in front of the office and really enjoyed this. We were on the last one of the day and the ranger said it was her favorite one each day.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — no airconditioning, no coffee pot
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2006

I stayed at two different rooms while at the Lodge, and now can understand the mixed reviews. When we arrived we were given a corner room in the Juniper building. It was not too nice. I'm usually not too picky, and didn't plan on spending much time in the room anyway, but for the price you pay I expected something better. I went back to the front desk to ask about changing rooms. I have to say the front desk staff is exceptional! They were so nice. Unfortunately, they didn't have anything else available for that night, but told me to come back if I wanted a different room for the 2nd night. I wasn't going to bother doing that since we would be outside most of the time. Then I peeked in one of the other building rooms when the maids were cleaning...I couldn't believe the difference! I went back to the front desk staff the next day at noon, and sure enough they allowed us to change rooms - into the Willow building. Great location! The bathroom was much bigger - with a full tub, and we had glass sliders out onto the deck. So, when you check in be sure it's not a corner room! Ask to change immediately and the helpful staff will do all they can to make your stay a pleasant one!

  • Liked — Location!
  • Disliked — First room was not too nice
  • Tips/Secrets — If you don't like the room they give, try to change it!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2006

We stayed here two nights in September 2006 after having spent a night at Tioga Pass Resort in Lee Vining outside of the park (see review) and two nights in a tent cabin at Tuolumne Meadows lodge (see review). The two nights here were our final two nights in Yosemite.

We booked through the national park service website with no problems, and paid about $180/night (not including various taxes). I thought this was quite expensive, for what was really a basic motel room. However, there is no negotiating on the price, and the other options (tenting or tent cabins) weren't what we wanted for our last nights.

The Lodge check-in area is in one building, which is surrounded by various gift shops and two restaurants. The rooms for guests are contained in buildings similar to motels - typically two-stories tall, with about 10 units on each level.

Our room was located in the "Juniper" building. I noticed that some of the other buildings had nicer accomodations than ours (e.g. the "Hemlock" building). I'm not sure what one has to do to obtain the nicer accomodations; when I asked about it, I was given no choice. We had (at our request) two double beds. The room had a television, telephone, full bath, separate vanity area, hairdryer, ironing board and iron. Plenty of closet space. We had a patio area that had a table and two chairs, aggressive squirrels, and a light for evenings on the patio. Ice was located in another motel building down the road. There was no air conditioning, as noted by other posters, but there was an adequate ceiling fan. While the decor wasn't stupendous, it was fine.

Parking near your building can be a bit of a challenge. We never did manage to get a spot in front of our building. It didn't matter much to us, but it wouldn't be easy for those with mobility issues.

We ate at the food court, and it was fine. When we checked in, we were given a chit for free coffee each morning, and that was honored at the food court. Breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes) was good, as was the pasta bar. Nothing spectacular, but good and fine value for the money.

We did stop at the Ahwahnee one night for a cocktail (taking the free shuttle, which conveniently stops right in front of both the lodge and the Ahwahnee), and that was a lot of fun. I would recommend doing that, if you have time and are so inclined.

We also took the tourist bus up to Glacier Point ($20 each), and hiked down the Panorama trail (about 8 miles) one day. The views from the trail were spectacular, and it was a great hike. We got off track toward the end and ended up on more challenging descent than we would have preferred, but it was a glorious day nonetheless.

We hired a guide on another day from Yosemite Mountaineering School (Hope) to take us on a guided rock-climbing excursion ($158 each for private instruction for 3/4 day). We are both novice climbers. It was a great experience, Hope was very patient with us (and a lot of fun). I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in rock climbing while in the park. They also have a "climb a rock" class for people who have never climbed.

On our way out of the park (the south entrance - toward Fresno), we stopped at Mariposa Park to see the giant Sequoias. I've posted a pic along with this review. If you have the time to stop, it is pretty awe-inspiring to see these huge trees.

We chose September for our trip in part to avoid the crowds of tourists. There still were a lot of tourists in the Valley (much less so in Tuolumne Meadows - see my review there). There were not many children when we arrived - likely because school had started for the year.

I would be happy to stay at the Lodge again, if I were to stay in the Valley (vs. Tuolumne Meadows) again. While it's expensive, the location is good, scenery is spectacular, and accomodations perfectly fine. The staff at the Lodge were, without exception, cheerful, friendly, and helpful. I have no significant complaints about my stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge.

Stayed September 2006
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Wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2006

Having seen some of the reviews here, I was a bit nervous, but booked it because of the location and no driving for a couple of days during our 'grand tour'. We were pleasantly surprised; room was fine, with balcony and view over the river, clean, bit tired but no major issues. No aircon, but there was a fan and not coming from a country where aircon is the norm, we found it OK, even in August. Liked the fact that everything we spent, even at the gift shop, could go on the room bill so we didn't have to worry about cash. We were impressed with the restaurant, less so with the food court, but it was fine for families; we would have liked something else as a happy medium like a coffee shop. Staff were helpful and we had a great time. Would certainly recommend it

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Rooms about due for decoration
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carol Stream, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2006

Check - In
Check-in was supposed to be at 5:00 p.m. Was able to check-in at noon. Front desk was polite and efficient.

Room
Rooms were adequate. Contained, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, hair dryer (not very strong), iron, T.V., alarm clock.
Only negatives.....room was dark and not very quiet at our location
(#4006).

Food
Their are many locations to eat in the park. Take the shuttle around and check out your choices. The food court at the lodge in not the best. Definitely have brunch at the Awhanee.

Bar
Exellent service, good drinks.......half the price of the drinks at the Awhanee.

Park
Breathtaking beauty.

Shuttles
Great way to get around. Very busy on weekends.

Shops
Each location has a shopping area.......most contain the same items.

Staff
For the most part everyone was very nice and helpful.

Wildlife Spottings
Squirrels, Stellar Jays, Lizards, Deer/Bucks, and a Bear!

  • Stayed August 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Philadelphia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2006

To be sure, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls has a fabulous location in Yosemite Valley. I expected rustic, but not disrepair. Screen doors don't lock, louvered windows with screens were not operational. Large chipped areas on the walls need to be painted, not all light bulbs worked and those that did didn't offer enough light, adding to the dingy atmosphere. I don't want to do business with a company that knowingly gives the customer an inferior product because it has something (in this case location) that the customer needs/wants. Yes, many companies operate this way, but this is one of OUR National Parks and I think the NPS should contract with a company that will treat Yosemite's services, like lodging, with care. We paid $170 + tax for the night. Nice dinner at the Mountain Room Restaurant. Decent breakfast (and only option) in the Food Court.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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
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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