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“Average and over-priced room, exceptional location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Yosemite West Condominiums

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Yosemite West Condominiums
Henness Circle, Highway 41, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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39 hotel reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
“Average and over-priced room, exceptional location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The other reviews are spot on, this place is dated and shabby, with nearly no amenities or charm. And its expensive too - not to mention the fact that they expect you to take out your own trash after paying $250 a night! But, the location alone is enough reason to stay here.

The condos are only around 20 minutes from tunnel view (with a stunning drive), and 30 minutes from the valley floor. And it is perfect for some of the great hikes around glacier point. If you can't get into Yosemite village, can't afford the overpriced luxury lodge and want no part of sleeping in a tent at Curry village, this is not a bad option. Wawona is good for seeing the Redwood groves, but one day is more than enough and its over an hour to the valley.

Despite my criticisms of the rooms, they do offer a clean, safe place to sleep, have full kitchens (which is good if you plan on long days/sunsets as many in-park restaurants are not open so late), and enough space. Mine had a Murphy bed which was surprisingly comfortable and a very nice sofa, as well as a grill on the porch. Forget wifi, even though they claim to have it - I got no signal at all. The bathroom was small and plain, but did have warm showers.

If I went back I would look into Yosemite village first, but if that were sold out I would return to Yosemite West.

Room Tip: Request a first floor room facing the back - there are lots of stairs and the parking lot is noisy.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Memphis
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

It seems that most properties within Yosemite have some kind of issues, unless you are paying around $400.00 per night or more. I think that owners here pretty much know that they will rent the units based on location alone, and don't feel that it is necessary to spend the money required to maintain the standards that one would expect for the prices that are charged. We stayed in unit A103. This is considered one of the nicer units. Most are individually owned and managed. We payed $155.00 per night + tax. There had been an attempt to update some things in the unit, so it was ok. First - we understood that the bed was a queen murphy. It was, but the mattress was horrible, as was the one on the sofa sleeper. I have 3 wounds on my lower legs from the iorn rails that enxtend really far out from the bed mattress, and are super easy to miss., when getting in and out of the bed inside the cramped little sleeping area. The couch and chair (chair no longer had legs) were sort of dirty, so we asked for extra sheets to place on them, so we felt comfortable when we sat on them. This unit has a nice gas grill. We used it. The unit was well equipped with the necessities. This unit outside Yosemite would have trouble renting @ $50 or $60. per night. There is no AC, but each until should have a fan. There are ice machines with in the buildings, which is a real perk!!! The screen door was difficult to operate, and needs some maintenance, as did the very wobbly kitchen table. My husband borrowed a screwdriver from the onsite contact and fixed it. The folks on site were extremely helpful and very courteous and kind. A note to the owner, please get a decent mattress for the murphy bed. I would if it were mine. Guests deserve a decent nights sleep. .

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Clemente, California, USA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I took my parents and my Aunt to Yosemite for a Mother's Day Celebration. I chose this place because of the great location. When we first walked in the building, it stunk with baby's diaper poop because the trash was downstairs next to the stairs. We stayed in THE LOFT condo owned by a senior couple. The appliances were antique. The stove was electric and the fan wasn't working. TV was tiny and poor reception. They provided ancient VHS movies and old books to keep us entertain. Both queen beds were hard. My parents were not able to sleep both nights. We also didn't have a gas BBQ grill, like the other ones around us. You had to bring your own charcoal. The condo needs a major upgrade if they charge $179/night. I don't think I'll be staying here again. I'd rather camp.

Room Tip: Bring charcoal for the BBQ grill.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

The best thing this place had going for it, was that it was in the park. Construction was shoddy, amenities were neal to none. It was clean, and sufficient for the couple of nights that we were in the park. It was close to all the attractions. That made it worth staying here. If you are looking for fancy and upscale, this place it not it. If you are looking for convenience to the attractions it's ok for a short stay. I would not want to stay more than a couple of days though.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed in a loft during the recent snowstorm. After some research on the property, it was exactly as we expected and we found it charming, a little outdated, but functional for our needs. It was a great place to stay in between the Valley and the redwood forest. We made dinner in our room several times and found the accommodations similar to what you would find at a beach cabin (most of the normal utensils and items were present, don't be afraid to get creative!). We kept the window open in the loft area so it didn't get too hot at night and greatly appreciated the fireplace after our long days of hiking. We spent almost all of our time outside.

The walls are a little thin as we could hear televisions, conversations, and alarm clocks so I would compare the noise level to the white noise of a dorm room. If this bothers you, bring earplugs. When I accidentally pressed the wrong button on the remote and couldn't figure out how to get the TV back to the original settings, I used the intercom to ask for help and the woman that helped us was super nice and got the weather channel working for us again. The only thing I would say is don't rely on the internet here. While it may have been negatively affected by the snowstorm, we used the wifi in the Yosemite Village area to check emails when we were in the park. For the location and price (less than staying in a hotel in the Village and closer than a lot of other accommodations) we were happy with our choice.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Like other reviewers, we found this lodging shabby and dated, it was clean enough but urgently needs a refurbishment. The cooking equipment and utensils were barely better than camping standard, and although we were promised internet it only worked about 50% of the time, and then only at dial-up speed so it was almost useless. It had what appeared to be a nylon shag-pile carpet, with nylon curtains and nylon bedclothes, so everything was alive with static electricity and we were getting sparks and shocks every time we touched something - later on we had fun in bed rubbing our hands on the sheets and creating spectacular blue firework displays in the dark! If I went back to Yosemite I'd look for something better.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Woodinville, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed in Scenic Wonders B203. We wish we had read the Trip Advisor reviews before we booked. We would gladly have preferred to stay one more night at Ahwanee Hotel than two nights at this condo for the same total price. Let me be clear: If you are looking for basic AAA one-diamond lodging and you plan to spend most of your awake time hiking or sightseeing, this facility will do, although it is overpriced. It has a nice river rock fireplace, a nice balcony overlooking the parking lot, two small refrigerators and a small freezer, kitchen facilities, a TV, telephone, ceiling fans and clean water. The beds were ok. Here are some of the reasons for our disappointment: There was no way to check in without asking someone where the office is. The bathroom floors are in serious need of repairs. Walking on the bathroom floors results in the sound of walking on broken glass, both in our bathroom (and, btw, in the neighboring bathroom.) The couch had cigarette burns in the upholstery. The interior door finishes looked like they had been through a war. There were chips and dings in nearly every finished laminated surface, from the kitchen to the bathrooms. The walls were thin. No shampoo or Kleenex, and the hairdryer was broken. There was WiFi in the building but not available to guests. We were asked to sign a disclaimer on checking in that included the words "AS IS" and was obviously carefully lawyered to address the likelihood of buyer's remorse. We were glad to leave, and will not be going back.

Room Tip: From the reviews we have read, B203 may be one of the better rooms, despite everything.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Henness Circle, Highway 41, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #19 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
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Number of rooms: 7
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