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“Location isn't everything” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Yosemite View Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
Newark, New Jersey
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Location isn't everything”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

They say in real estate location location is everything but Yosemite View Lodge is the exception to the rule. Yes it's close to the Park but that's all it has going for it. The room was dirty-dusty and poorly vacummed, the bed flimsy, and the pillows and walls were paper thin. The kitchenette was poorly maintained. It was barely one step up from camping out.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank BigB22
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Really enjoyed staying at this hotel. Prices are slightly high due to location near Yosemite Valley, though very close to entrance, so easy access. Also rooms have a kitchenette, which allows you to cook, etc. Good with kids :) Amenities in general are somewhat limited in this area, though hotel has good restaurant, and basic general store is close by. I would stay here again, and close proximity to park makes it as good a stay as having a room at one of the actual NP Yosemite lodges (a lot cheaper too). Pleasant staff, clean rooms, good service ...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

A good location, close to Yosemite National Park. The rooms were clean and average size. Although the decor was a bit dated. No elevator so if you had a big/heavy luggage then you would have to carry it all the way upstairs. No mobile phone signal. You have to pay for Wi-fi with very limited connectivity. The wifi would not allow Skype. There is a restaurant and a Pizza place in the lodge for food which opens at certain times. The Pizza place made delicious Pizza.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Conheand
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Sunnyvale, California
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133 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

I brought groupon for 2 nights for 219$ for up to 4 people... Reserving room over the phone was easy and there were no hassles.

Checking in was smooth...

The room was quite good with 2 queen beds. The most impressive was the view from the balcony which opens up to the spectacuar views and sounds of the merced river.... There it is right next to the balcony flowing with its full speed.... You can't beat that...


Now the cons
1. There is no WIFI ... You can't go online anywhere except for the lobby for 9$ per day ... I needed more info on hetch hetchy but just couldn't get online
2. The plumbing makes a lot of noise: Each room has a spa tub and if you have rooms on either sides, its going to be noisy everytime somebody starts the water...
3. The breakfast is not complimentory ... it is nice but at 11$ per head



Summary:
Excellent location... good rooms cons are not that of a big deal

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Cairns, Australia
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77 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I was a little concerned the Lodge was a fair drive away - but it's not an issue. The rooms are clean and well sized with ample self catering facilities if that's what you want. Otherwise we can strongly recommend the Restaurant - it has a bargain Buffet Breakfast and Dinner was fresh, ample and the service very helpful. We will go back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dayton, Nevada
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147 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We travel Yosemite many times and have stayed at the Wawona, Yosemite Falls view lodge, dined at Ahwanee. Last minute getaway, and the Yosemite View had openings. I read the reviews before booking. Some said it's old and outdated -- is it? YES! But it's clean, and smells nice. A fireplace in every room. And a large jacuzzi tub/shower combination in bath. Some said the river is LOUD -- is it? YES! And it should be. A river side room gives you a nice balcony where you can sit and contemplate the mighty Merced. Wonderul to soak in the power. If you are a light sleeper, choose a mountain view room. They have 2 places to dine -- the pizza joint -- not bad, and a full service restauarant and bar -- decent menu for both b'fast and dinner. Nice bar -- and their staff in the restaurant and bar have "can do" attitudes. The beds were comfy. Tv in rooms -- limited channels, but did the trick for news, etc. My biggest gripe: internet service. It is only available in their lobby (people stuck down there like refugees) and they charge, and have a ton of ridiculous rules. Good grief! One other bonus: you are just 2 miles away from the entrance to Yosemite. Quick and easy in and out.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper -- choose Mountain view. If you love the power & beauty of the river...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Foster City, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I booked a large family river view suite that sleeps up to 10 people. 2 rooms with 2 Queen beds, and one pull out sofa bed. It was a pretty good deal for ~$295/night after tax and everything, comparing it to the lodges inside the park and considering how close it is to the park entrance. I did read up on the reviews and figured out that they have a small kitchen, and the food around the area is not great. So I planned and brought my own food to cook in the kitchen. However I agreed with a reviewer that the kitchenette is old and of poor quality. Some of the pans were scratched up, the knifes were dull, coffee maker seemed old and dirty we didn't even want to touch it. There were only small bowls and not many large size dishes, and worst off, there was no paper towel or any kitchen rag! My brother called to ask for it and they said they don't have any, so we ended up using toilet paper to wipe the kitchen counter and dishes. Also, for a large suite the kitchen is very tiny. Small oven, small cooking range (only 2 burners worked), so it took me forever to cook for the entire family.
However, if you don't plan to cook the place is pretty spacious and the nice river view adds a nice touch to the otherwise average looking lodge.
The outdoor swimming pool was not opened (at least the one near our room) and the indoor pool was packed and was quite a walking distance away (not pleasant in the winter).

Room Tip: If you're going to cook, make it simple and not for big party. Bring your own cooking pans and p...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Yosemite View Lodge

Property: Yosemite View Lodge
Address: 11136 Highway 140, PO Box D, El Portal, CA 95318
Location: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Yosemite View Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 335
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