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“Closest to Yosemite Valley!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Yosemite View Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
NC
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75 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Closest to Yosemite Valley!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed here last minute, with no reservations so we can't be too picky about the lodging. However, the restaurant was awful with a capital A. Eat pizza at their pizza parlor, bring your own food, or stop at the gas station for better fare. The room was a double with a loft so the space would have been great for about 6 people. We just needed the bed, so I have no complaints about the room. Not quite clean, definitely needed some updating. Felt like I needed to keep my shoes on in the bathroom because the floor needed some serious elbow grease to get it clean. Comfy bed, but the bedspread had dried blood on the underside so we took that off right away, which then makes you start questioning the cleanliness of the sheets. Either way, for $175 it is definitely NOT a deal, but it IS close to the park, so you're getting a relatively dirty room with a great location. The restaurant smelled disgusting like it hadn't been cleaned in months. The wine had a film floating on the top of the wine in the glass. The waitress never came back and asked, even with all the food still on our plates and wine still in the glasses, whether everything was okay. We left sick to our stomachs from the odor, and an hour and fresh air later, hungry. Very disappointing.

Room Tip: Don't stay here on a budget. Or if you are hungry.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia Beach
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101 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Fantastic location near the entrance of Yosemite (southern point, valley floor). A shuttle to the park is available for a fee. The room was adequate. The best part was the balcony. Be sure to request a room on the river for a lovely view of the Merced. Two beds, small kitchenette, oversized bathtub with double showerheads. It was clean with plenty of fresh towels. Easy check in, nice staff. There's a small gift shop as well as a restaurant and a pizzeria. There is also a computer in the lobby. I would highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mt. Carroll
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89 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

When I booked the lodge online I got a mountain view, 2
Double beds. Well, the so called "mountain view" was more like a highway view. We weren't happy with that and asked to switch rooms. The man at the front desk acted like we were bothering him. He said there were no available rooms overlooking the river, then changed his story and said that they do have rooms with a view of the Merced river. He said we could switch rooms for $30, which we did. I was surprised when we got to the room. It was terribly outdated and wasn't very clean. the bathroom had an ant in the towel. There was hair all over the shower. On a lighter note,the beds and pillows were comfortable and air conditioning worked nicely. There was also a nice little refrigerator and kitchenette, which came in handy during our stay. They also give you a fireplace, which we didn't use because it was the middle of summer. There was a ceiling fan that we used at night. The rooms and bathroom were spacious with a jacuzzi bathtub with two shower heads on each side. Our room was right by the outdoor pool which looked very refreshing and had a nice view of the mountains. The room was on the lower level overlooking the river. There was a balcony that you could go out on and watch the river. It wasn't very private, the balconies of each room were separated by a barred fence,
which looked like you were in a jail. The view was breathtaking though, especially at night and in the morning when it isn't too hot out. There were a few places to eat nearby. A pizza place and a restaurant. Both were very pricy and the pizza was just okay. When we left, the ice machine was out of ice. You couldn't get closer to Yosemite without actually being in the park. They definitely take advantage of the location. Don't get me wrong, this place has potential, but definitely needs a lot of love.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dana Point Sailor
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Filthy dirty floors. Had to put towels down on floors to keep our feet clean. Front desk noted they do not mop but only spray and wipe floors...whatever, the carpet was dirty too. Everything was outdated...have not seen a TV like that for 10 years. I slept in sleeping bag on top of sheets.
Upon check out we found they overcharged on our reservation by about $80 or so. They did knock 10% off bill for tolerating a filthy room, after they fixed the error in room rate.

Only positives were they allow dogs for a fee ($) and its proximity to Yosemite NP.

They are in serious need of some competition to improve service to their clients and the care of their employees. I just hope this review helps you to avoid this place.

We called about 20 minutes after leaving to have them hold a camera battery and charger that was left in outlet by coffee pot, and they could not find it. I am sure it was for sale on the maid's Ebay account or Craig's list by the next day and they must split profits with the young man at the front desk because all he wanted to know was what kind of camera it worked with.

I will return to Yosemite but not to this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Travelers are raving about these El Portal hotels

Fort Lauderdale
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Not sure about those who give negative reviews on the room quality. It isn't the Ritz or a nice Hilton or Marriott. Guess what? You are NOT going to find ANYTHING like that in this area and definitely not within the park. The Ahwanee (however you spell it) in the park, we stopped in and it is the most convenient of course, but they do not have a/c, and it is extremely expensive. We ate there and the food was high priced (not ridiculous) but despite supposedly having an award winning chef, it was average at best. The other hotel in El Portal where the View is located (we saw when we left to drive to San Fran) is much further away and did not look as good.

We found the View Lodge to be pretty good. There is the one (and I understand the only one) area gas station less than a mile down the road, the View has it's own little grocery store, and the pizza restaurant was decent, and the other restaurant was good too. The breakfast buffet was reasonably priced (well if you stay at Hilton or Marriott, this was less expensive although not as good). There was no one making Omlets but I felt it was a nice buffet with good quality and variety. We ate dinner there one night and everyone had a good meal. You may be at a captive property but those suggesting it therefore scrimps on quality we found to not be true. It is definitely the place to stay.

Now, the fact that it is near the entry to the park may be misleading. It still will take you a good 45 minutes to get to the Valley, and longer if you are going up Tioga pass. But it still is the closest non park hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank truly
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Atlanta, Georgia
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73 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We decided to leave for our Yosemite trip a day earlier and staying overnight in El Portal so that we could get into the park and start doing park activities as early as possible the next day when our week in the park began. The Yosemite View Lodge has 4 pools, plenty of hot tubs, 2 restaurants and is a great location for getting in to the national park. It was around 100F outside and having so many pool options was great in terms of nothing being overcrowded.

The rooms were kind of standard motel rooms, but I guess they all have decks/patios and great views of something scenic. The A/C blasted out cold air and it would have been useful to have the kitchenette if we'd been staying over a couple of days. The restaurant was decent and the only complaint was that the shelves of the store were pretty barren as we were trying to buy a few things before getting into the park.

I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our room was incredibly outdated, the bedspread had stains and the bathroom wasn't very clean. This hotel clearly takes advantage of its location, and doesn't feel it has to offer much else. We ate at the restaurant on site the one night we were there, mainly because we drove around and didn't see any other options. We had speculated that the food would be average at best, and pricey, and we were right. It was hard to find a working ice machine. They would only provide us with one room key. That's a first for us. Don't stay here unless you are desperate. This hotel clearly needs some local competition.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 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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