We will be in Yosemite Oct. 20th for 3 days and I want to spend most of my time hiking in the Tuolomne Meadows area. I have booked a room at the Lodge at Yosemite Falls, but now I'm thinking it might be a shorter drive if I stay outside the park, perhaps on the eastern side. Anybody know how long the drive is from various locations? Any recommendations about which town/hotel to stay in? By the way...I don't do tent cabins. I want a real room with a real bed and a real shower.