Fantastic accommodations, warm hospitality, great food, super close to park entrance, friendly cats, what more could you ask for?
Visiting Yosemite in winter was already a treat, but Liz and Ron made it even better. No way you can get personalized home-style service like that at a chain motel --not even close. We spent so much time chatting with them over breakfast, we were almost late to our ski lesson --great people! They even made tea and cookies for us after we got back. Try getting that kind of treatment from Yosemite View or Cedar Lodge (good luck).
The place is kept immaculately clean (puts my own home to shame) and each room is decorated according to a theme. Some of the furniture that looks antique really *is* antique (Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Victorian, etc.). Warning: adults only and no pets --part of the cost of protecting the fine furnishings and overall cleanliness, no doubt. As some have already mentioned, the place is literally tucked in between buildings belonging to the Yosemite View Lodge, but does overlook the Merced River (of which you have a very nice view from the upper balconies and lower floor dining/sitting rooms). The location is a result of there being zero build-able land left in El Portal --Blue Butterfly is the *only* B&B currently operating there.
Blue Butterfly might be a few more bucks than the big chains, but it's well worth it IMO.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn is a new, family owned and operated Bed and Breakfast - the closest to Yosemite Valley. The inn is on the banks of the Merced River, in sight of the cliffs at the entry to Yosemite National Park, on the Highway 140 entrance. All rooms have en-suite facilities with hair dryers, and Wireless Internet access on guests' computers. A full,cooked breakfast is included. Owners have lived in the yosemite area for 40 years and are happy to help guests plan their days in the park and their itinerary. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Blue Butterfly Hotel El Portal