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“Falcon's Nest” 4 of 5 stars
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7507 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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Salinas, California, United States
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“Falcon's Nest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

For the third time, we stayed in the Falcon's Nest for the Christmas holidays. We love the big, beautiful room with Kay's interesting selection of art and textiles. The apartment was clean and comfortable. There were a few minor maintenance issues (just like at home!) but nothing to hinder our great experience, Sitting by the fire and looking out at 3 feet of new snow was magical. The kitchen was quite adequate for our needs. We didn't cook any major meals but could have. The bedrooms seem to get too warm even when the thermostat isn't turned up but that is easily remedied by opening a window. The driveway was cleared of snow in a timely manner and Danna, the resident manager was helpful and courteous and friendly. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed in the loft lodge, in Yosemite West Condo in July 2012, as part of our 2 week trip to the US with our sons aged 22 and 18. It was the only disappointing experience of the holiday. Having booked two nights, we left after the first and stayed in a comfortable motel just outside the park. Air con was not working, kitchen facilities basic, sofa bed very uncomfortable, no one around to greet or to complain to, so we left a note for the owner and heard nothing in reply. We thought before we went that it was important to stay in the park, but there are some good alternatives just outside the gates, and if we went again, we would stay anywhere but here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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kay p, Owner at Yosemite Peregrine Lodging, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
The review immediately below this one ("Just What We Wanted") is a pretty fair assessment of our two (of 48) condo units. B- 209 where these guests stayed has a much better view as it is of the woods and not a parking lot but there is just one queen bed and the sofa bed, which we will be checking out and most likely be replacing. It's true, there is no air conditioning in our units nor anywhere else in Yosemite West. At 6,000+ elevation people just open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Summer daytime temperatures in Yosemite West are usually in the upper 70s, and occasionally lower 80's. Generally 10 degrees below Yosemite Valley which is 4,000 ft. elevation. And, it cools down a lot at night. The kitchen is small but hardly basic with a 4 burner stove, a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, toaster, electric kettle, basics such as oil, sugar, flour, herbs.

I'm sorry the guests did not receive a response. The person who cleaned was a new, part time employee who did not report seeing a note to our manager, Danna. As noted in the previous letter, when those guests reported a problem it was handled immediately. Unfortunately, these guests evidently chose not to leave a message when they phoned so Danna was unaware of any problems. We do our best to respond to complaints but we have to know there is a problem.
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Frederick, Maryland
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed in the Yosemite West Condo B-202 for 8 nights in late July. 2 adults, 2 teenagers.

Location: the great advantage of Yosemite West (YW) is that you can enter Yosemite Park without going through an entrance station. YW is not in the park but the only access to YW is from inside the park. That means no waiting in a line at a park entrance every day (and we saw quite a line one day when we left via the south entrance near Wawona.)

YW is quiet. If you want to be around hundreds or thousands of people all the time, then YW is not for you. Consider Yosemite Valley instead. But if you like it quiet, you will find that in YW. (The only bears we saw during the whole week were in YW.)

The Condo building: Yes, it is a bit old. The walls are not as sound-proofed as you will find in any modern hotel. It is a two-story building. We were on the second floor so no footsteps overhead. Ice machine, Laundry rooms.

Condo B-202: Pantry/refrigerator in a room to the left as you enter. Full bath to the right as you enter. Go two steps farther and you are in the main room. Small galley kitchen to the left. 4 burner electric stove. Smallish dishwasher. Built-in bar style table. Microwave. The main room has a sofa with a fold-out bed (queen, I think) , a comfy chair, a fireplace (we didn't use), a TV, a large supply of movies; a balcony with two plastic chairs, a propane grill, and an uninspiring view of the parking lot. In the loft: 2 queen beds, side by side. A closet/luggage area; and a full bath.

My main objectives in a place like B-202 are 1) a good night's sleep; and 2) ability to prepare simple but good meals for the family.

For sleeping, I give this condo a 3 out of 5.

B-202 does not have air conditioning. The loft has a ceiling fan. During our stay, Yosemite Valley was about 95 degrees during the day. Higher areas such as Glacier Point were 10 to 15 degrees cooler. The loft was warmer than we liked when we went to bed but cooled off so much during the night that we would wake up chilled and grab a blanket. I imagine that the temperature would have been less of a problem during a cooler part of the summer.

The mattresses were comfortable.

For ease of meal prepation, I give this condo a 5 out of 5.

There was a nice assortment of pots when we arrived. There was only one sad skillet but when I pointed this out, they provided a complete new set that very day. Good knives, good cutting board, silverware. The kitchen had basics: oil, flour, some spices. The grill worked fine.

I've stayed in housekeeping condos/cottages all over the place. B-202 is better than most.

If you want luxury, B-202 isn't for you. If you want the sorts of things that my family wanted, B-202 is probably as good as you are likely to get for the price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

The best thing about the loft lodge is the location within the park. However-everything else was so disappointing. There is no air conditioning and it got just way too hot for it to be any way comfortable. You never meet a member of staff- everything is done by a code- which works fine but is telling of how little they care about their clientele. No wifi but it was advertised that it would be available. We won't be back and wouldn't recommend it

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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kay p, Owner at Yosemite Peregrine Lodging, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
It's true, there is no air conditioning in our units nor anywhere else in Yosemite West. At 6,000+ elevation people just open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Summer daytime temperatures in Yosemite West are usually in the upper 70s, and occasionally lower 80's. Generally 10 degrees below Yosemite Valley which is 4,000 ft. elevation. And, it cools down a lot at night.

We manage 2 of 48 condos which means we are not a hotel with a 24/7 clerk on duty. Guests often arrive quite late so our self check in system, which is a code on the door, allows the guests to get into their room without having to drive around searching for an office. There are no street lights here in Yosemite West so finding things at night can be frustrating. There is a direct line phone in the condo hallway and lots of contact information in the room. Guests are given contact information on their confirmation when they book a room. I'm not sure what the guest is referring to by stating "everything is done by code". Perhaps it is the password that is necessary for WiFi. Our manager, Danna, works very hard to be accessible to guests so I'm puzzled how this guest decided that we don't care about our clientele. Really, we do care...a lot!
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Madrid, Spain
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We booked the Alpenglow for 3 nights only a week before arriving in the middle of the high season. We were not disappointed as the room, although a bit dark, is big and clean and we also had access to a living room for ourselves only as well as a fridge, microwave and laundry facilites. Simple accommodation but well looked after and it was not luxury what we looked for but a cosy place inside the Yosemite Park.
Danna and Cheryl were great hosts and breakfast is absolutely marvelous, well worth waiting till 8.30 for it!
It was note cheap but, apart from camping, nothing inside the Park really is.
Seems to us like a perfect place for a couple or a small family, I think the negative reviews are not fair.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Oh my gosh, I so wish I had heard about Trip Adviser before we stayed here. We stayed here earlier this year and it was such a bummer. It was our second trip to Yosemite and we decided to stay in a Bed n Breakfast instead of the lodge (we couldn't get in anyway - they are always full). The rooms are ok I guess (our bathroom was so teeny!) but it's not worth the money. The breakfast is ok, and the people who run it are nice, but I don't want to have to eat with total strangers and make conversation before I've had my coffee. But what my husband and I can't believe how much they charged us! Like 300 bucks a night for this?? It's not luxury AT ALL. It's kinda old and a bit gross actually. And small. Like some other people have said, it is overpriced. I'm so glad we didn't complain to the owner though, she sounds mean and scary. Yikes!!! Stay somewhere else - this isn't worth it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kay p, Owner at Yosemite Peregrine Lodging, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
"The mean and scary owner" decides to respond. Our rooms are accurately described on our website. I'm assuming the description is of our most expensive room, the Dogwood Room, which is $290 per night. (Others are less expensive). It has a really beautiful rock fireplace with a design of dogwood trees worked into the rock, a two person jacuzzi set in a rock base, HD TV, a wall mural, a deck with a view of woods, sunset and stars. The bathroom has a toilet and shower. The basin is in the room which allows one person to use the bathroom and the other to use the basin and mirror. There is coffee in the room so guests can sit on their deck and enjoy the mountain air while they wake up. But, like most B&Bs, guests gather for breakfast. Ours is served either on our unique redwood dining table or out on the deck. Mikey, our chef is a graduate of the Culinary Academy in San Francisco and our manager, Danna, is a really good cook. It's a real downer to work so hard to prepare exceptional food and find it described as merely ok. So, golly, I too wish you had checked out Trip Advisor before booking or just checked out what to expect at a B&B.
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Coronel Fabriciano
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We loved our time in Yosemite Peregrine Lodging. A fantastic breakfast, nice rooms, close to Yosemite Valley (30 min), next to Glacier Point Road (2 min to enter the road). We were greeted by Mickey, a very nice lady who made us feel at home. A quiet, peaceful, away from the busy Valley.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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: 7507 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yosemite Peregrine Lodging manages the Falcon's Nest Lodge, the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge next door and the Yosemite West Condominium B209 in Yosemite West right in the heart of Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The Falcon's Nest Lodge located at 7507 Henness Circle, offers two 3 bedroom suites with private baths, decks TV/DVD and wifi. The suites include kitchen and center bar, dish washer and full size refrigerator. Each suite offers an outdoor deck with BBQ and a delightful view of the sugar pines and cedar trees. There is also a complimentary washer and dryer. We provide the soap. Each suite sleeps 6-7 people. Next door at 7509 Henness Circle, the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge offers an upscale home perfected for family reunions and executive retreats. The lodge offers 3 bedrooms and a den with pull-out queen size couch bed. Each of the bedrooms feature custom floor to ceiling wood burning fire places. One bedroom has a two person jacuzzi tub. The Lodge sleeps up to 8 people. The grand living room features 19 foot ceilings and lots of windows with amazing views. A custom floor to ceiling wood burning rock fireplace anchors this cozy and peaceful room. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a BBQ on the deck. All rooms in the lodge have paintings, wall murals and photographs by Yosemite's best known artists as well as solid comfortable furniture. The Yosemite Peregrine Lodge also has a game room loft with pool table, games and childrens books. After a day hiking and exploring the wonders of Yosemite National Park, relax in the 6 person outdoor hot tub. Wifi is also available. This lodge is a large 3200 square foot home, beautifully furnished and well kept for those who appreciate finer settings. For those on a budget, the Yosemite West Condominium is an excellent choice. Our studio condominium features a bedroom loft, kitchenette as well as an outdoor deck with BBQ and a view of the surrounding forest. Yosemite West is located in the heart of Yosemite at 6,000+ feet elevation and is centrally located to many Yosemite attractions. The condo loft sleeps up to 4 people. Yosemite Valley is 10 miles north (20 minutes by car), Glacier Point is 16 miles east and the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods is 16 miles south. It is a very quiet area with no commercial activity. We specialize in sunsets and stars. All three properties are locally managed by David Maynard the owner/manager of the Yosemite Peregrine. David is on site during the summer season and available for assistance, questions and emergencies. He maintains a discreet presence allowing his guests all the privacy they require. Please note that all services and amenities listed above are not available at all properties. Call David for details. ... more   less 
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