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Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals
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Miami, Florida
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39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Hot Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

If you plan to visit Yosemite State Park you should know that during autum there is no water in the Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake and many more. The Mammoth Gandola is not open until after Nov 8 when the season picks up. There was water in the Vernal Nevada John Muir Trail - it is beautiful but round trip is 6 hours -make sure to bring lots of water and lunch. The hike has a nice trail, beautiful scenary and shaded areas. It is well worth it. You should also know that to get to Yosemite you must deal with winding roads, lots of them. There is a supermarket in Yosemite Valley --- if you stay and i recommend you do in Yosemite scenic wonders --purchase groceries at the store. Do not bother with eating at the grill next to the market. The burgers are not the best. You will need basic essentials like oil and condiments and fruits and whatever else you plan to eat but as far as cooking supplies is considered the house is fully equipped except there is no baking racks for cakes or cookies in our case. The drive from the vacation rental to the valley is about 10-15 minutes long, not a bad drive. We stayed at the little bears den, it was all great except that it has two floors and once the second floor was occupied we can hear everything!!! Also, the house did not have a washer or drier and it does not have air conditioner or a blow drier. This unit does not have a view and you do not have phone signal (ATT, I-phone). Do not expect internet and know that you will not get all channels (Dish TV). Do not be fooled by "housekeeper in" at the valley. The charge is $85 dollars a night for a camp site space not worth it considering you have community showers and restrooms. The other hotel near by is also expensive and must be booked in advance. The best part about this accomodation is that you can prepare you own meals excluding the additional costs of eating out in not the best of places or accommodations. There is a lot to do in Yosemite we stayed 3 nights and four days. We drove to Mariposa and saw the Sequoia trees, very beautiful. You will be in a remote location so when you pack make sure to bring things to do to keep yourself busy. If you are able to bring bikes, do it. The bike riding is excellent. You can bring your dog to the valley but cannot bring your dog to the trails. Overall, in this area your best bet is to stay at this modest location and do not stay in a room without A/C in the summer and bring extra closthe because there is no place to wash it unless you plan to hand wash it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This review is about the studio condos at Yosemite West, booked via Scenic Wonders. The studios and lofts are in two blocks just by the first parking area in the complex. The first job is to locate the reception, which is in the upper floor of block B, farthest from the parking area. I had done some research and picked studio B107 which has the advantage of being a corner unit, so it has a side window and a balcony, and does not look out over the parking area. They call this a 'mountain' view
First impressions were that the apartment blocks look a bit tired and due for refurbishment. The studio inside was the same with rather old fittings and a motley selection of cutlery and crockery. The pull-down bed worked OK but its design means there's a massive gap at the head-end, so no good for sitting up in bed enjoying a cup of tea in the morning!. We had to be a bit creative to get enough light to read in bed as well.
As pointed out elsewhere, there are no shops at Yosemite West - the Valley Floor shop (which is well provisioned) is about 30 mins drive and the Wawona Store is about 20 mins in the other direction.
The outside grill worked fine. The location of the building amongst the trees means that there is not much direct sunshine and being September, it got quite chilly once the sun did disappear in the evening.
The Valley, Wawona and Glacier Point are all within 20-30 mins drive. Overall, we enjoyed our 3 night stay and would recommend it for the location at least. Just don't expect luxurious accommodation!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

First of all beware of two things, one is the fact that some cottages do not have air conditioning and even though for most of the year you do not need it if you happen to go during a heatwave as we did you'll be sorry you chose this place.

The place was very clean and our cabin offered a BBQ and full kitchen with utensils, pots and plates. It even had a dishwasher. I found the outside deck to be too small to sit five people and our place had practically no view. ...and get this, for almost $300 a night we got no internet/wi-fi, what a surprise! (it even rimes)

I found the people working at the office not to be as polite as I would like but then again mountain folks tend to be a little less cordial (or fake) so it may have only been my impression.

All in all it was a good experience but if I was to return I may just stay elsewhere, I hear Curry Village campgrounds have free wi-fi and have cabins for a decent deal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We spent 3 nights here as a family of 5. The house is split into 2 levels and could actually comfortably sleep 9. There is a huge king size bed on the first floor with bathroom and two further bedrooms and bathroom downstairs with a pullout in the central den. One of the bedrooms in set up for children and my kids so wanted to take the huge teddy home with us, he was so soft.
The main beds were clean and comfortable however I was unsure if the children's bed's had been changed, they could do with some new sheets as they had holes which I had to turn around. The house is very modern with great flat screen TV's, cable and most importantly free wi-fi, although it is extremely patchy and download is limited. We bar-b-que'd both nights and sat out on the deck to eat which was lovely. The house was lovely and clean and well equipped. The only appliances it lacked was washer and dryer. I think they are there just behind locked doors.The location is closer to Glacier Point than the valley floor, it will take you about 30 mins to reach the valley but it was perfect us. In the height of summer the valley floor is so busy it was lovely to get away and take in the peace and quiet of Yosemite which is really what you want.
So long as you have a car you are equal distance to the valley floor, glacier point and mariposa grove, all the main spots you want to visit in 3 days. I'd love to see this place in winter, thankfully it had a flat driveway if you do visit them. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would will highly recommend.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bocholt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in this chalet and liked it. Spacious kitchen with everything you need, fridge with icemaker and a large porch with BBQ. The furniture is a bit dated but suited our needs. Two huge flatscreens and VHS with lots of movies to choose from. Beds are rather small but the 2 bathrooms are large. After a phonecall, the front desk man came to open the room where the laundrymachine and dryer is located so we could wash our clothes after 2 weeks of our 3week trip in the southwest. 20 To 25 min. drive to the valley and Mariposa Grove. Beautifull stay in the middle of nature.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

These condos are very close to the valley (about 20 minutes) so unless you’re staying in Curry village or the lodge you can’t get closer. The condo’s are run down and need to be updated. We’ve stayed here in 2010 also. Very expensive for what you’re getting but you don’t have many choices. We haven’t rented the houses but they’re very expensive also ($300/night or more). The loft condo’s have a down stairs with a small kitchen, bathroom, pull out couch, TV, fireplace, and deck with a grill. The upstairs is a loft with a queen bed and bathroom. Some units have a loft large enough for two beds (you need to ask). There’s not that much room, we had four people and I don’t think I would put more people in the condo. The units do not have air conditioning but it gets cold enough at night (in July). We did cook all of our dinners in the condo and used the grill which was nice. There’s a small frig in the kitchen and a larger frig in the pantry room. There’s also an ice machine in one of the buildings. Warning, fill up your car with gas and bring your food before you get to the park there’s nothing around. The condo’s are very close to the road leading up to Glacier Point. There are some excellent trails on the way to Glacier Point.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Central Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Our family of 3 stayed in a condo for 3 nights. The condo was extremely run down and desperately needs an update. That said, the condo was spotless! VERY clean. The housekeeper did a great job with this unit! The kitchen had enough pots, pans, dishes for the 3 of us and again, everything I used in the kitchen was spotless! Thank you, housekeeper!!! We would not rent a condo again but would possibly rent a house if it was as clean as the condo. As for the location, you can't get closer to Yosemite Valley unless you stay right in the valley which is about twice the cost. Yes, it's about a 25 minute drive, but if you want a quiet and clean place, rent a house up here. Be sure to stock up on groceries and gas BEFORE coming. The Yosemite Valley store isn't too expensive considering they could really gouge the prices way out here in the boondocks! Thanks again to the Yosemite Scenic Wonder condo housekeeper for a spotless condo!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals
Address: 7403 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals 3.5*
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