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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This isn't really a 3. It's more like a 2 1/2. The positives are fairly predictable. You are conveniently located close to the most popular destinations inside the park, the view can be remarkable, and they free shuttle service is a wonderful way to get around the immediate area. Also, compared to other lodges and private B&Bs, the price is lower (but not cheap), and it is definitely better than Curry Village (which looks like a 3rd world refugee camp).

We had been warned that Yosemite Village was crowded and hyper, but we thought it would be better after Labor Day. It wasn't. Also, there was construction going on right in front of the "lodge," which made it noisy and dusty as well as hectic in the area right around the check in.

To call this place a "lodge" is amusing. It is a hotel. Please be clear on that. There is no large common area awash with comfy sofas, fireplaces, cozy tables, etc., like you find in other lodges within the national park system.

The check in desk is manned by several different clerks, usually more than one at a time. If you are very lucky you will not get the dour faced woman who dispatched with us. I did not get her name, unfortunately. Their were a few people besides us who were complaining about the rude treatment from her. We don't expect to always get what we ask for, but we do expect to be handled with more than dismissive disdain. That started us on the wrong foot, to be sure.

Our room was in a quieter area of the complex (there are several buildings), and the many tour buses who sat in the parking area outside our room running their engines all day every day were generally gone by sundown. The shuttle bus stopped not far from us, and that was convenient.

The room itself was one of the worst we've ever had at a national park, and we have been to several. It was clean enough, but everything was extremely old (and not antique-y kind of old) and dated, and the beds/bedclothes were in severe need of replacement. The patio would have been okay if not for the fact that everyone seemed to use their patios and balconys to smoke. Gag. There were vents on either side of the door leading out to that area which at one time could be closed, but that ship had sailed. They were broken, and the screening was not entirely intact. We were careful not to leave a crumb of food available for mice or insects, but there were usually a few ants around - not many, though (lol).

It is hard to resist staying inside our national parks, and the companies who manage these accommodations know they have a captive audience. In this case we were disappointed and should have heeded warnings to suck it up and stay in El Portal or Fish Camp and just make the drive in and out each day.

Room Tip: Please check the layout of the various buildings on their website and request a room upstairs in one of the buildings away from the "main drag." If you can, you should stay upstairs. The view (if you have one) will be far better. Be aware that their check in time is 5 p.m.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Shea1114
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed here and my wife had a different opinion. Having just driven from the Venetian at LV this was a complete 360. The most important thing to remember is that this is not pretending to be a 5 star hotel. It is a lodging area to enable you to go walking/biking/hiking in the valley area, without a 45min drive. So as far as value goes it depends on what is important to you. To put it into perspective its a solid large tent but with running water, electricity and beds. If you expect more than this you will be disappointed. I think when people claim the place is dirty they mean tired. The carpet will clearly show signs of mud stains because not everyone takes their boots off when they enter the lodges. We actually asked about the rooms and were informed that they company operating the lodges have successfully gained approval from the Parks commission (or similar org) to update over the next few years. There is free parking, cafe style restaurant, standard restaurant, gift shop and sports bar.

Room Tip: I understand they are all the same
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank GingeBlondie
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I completely agree with what most people say about the Lodge--the accommodation is dark, drab , very tired and more like standards in the 1960s.
It is very expensive for what it is but does have the one big advantage of location .

What made us laugh was that on check in we asked whether we had a renovated room and were told that this wasnt available for our 1st night but we could change to one for our 2nd and 3rd nights.
This we did and our second room was almost exactly the same as the unrenovated room --in fact apart from the fact the toilet door shut properly in the new room and the taps were easier to turn there was absolutely no difference and in fact it was worse as the carpet was very stained possibly with hiking boot dirt.

It was so much the same it seemed funny !

Having said this both rooms at the Lodge was generally clean and the big advantage of it was its location--we would not have wanted to have stayed outside the park even in better accommodation if that meant a 45 minute drive in.
Re the food outlets we had breakfast at the food court which was ok food and ate 2 nights in the bar which similarly was ok but had a steak dinner in the restaurant which was excellent .
As many people have said the Lodge is pretty average for what is charged but we didnt want to camp or pay top dollar in the hotel so this is the only option and its central location is excellent. Just dont expect much and you wont be disappointed but it could and should be so much better.
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Room Tip: not sure there are any "good" rooms
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JENNIE B
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

The room was just bare minimum basic, very worn and outdated and kinda depressing. For $200+ USD/night, you are purely paying for the location. There was a mini fridge but no microwave. Parking was free. No complementary breakfast.

Room Tip: Just stayed outside the park.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank JaimeT22
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Stayed here for one night on a quick, 24 hour visit to Yosemite. The location is incredible - at the base of the falls. I went in March, so there was plenty of snow visible and the view from my balcony was absolutely picturesque.

The accommodation is just renovated barracks and the rooms are nothing to write home about. Just a bed, desk, CRT TV and a basic bathroom - all a little aged - but I guess you don't go to Yosemite to sit in your hotel room, so it didn't bother me all that much. The room was reasonably comfortable and clean, just well overpriced for what it was. Also, it can be hard to get a car park close to the entry to your accommodation block, and if you're on the first floor, you'll have to cart your luggage up the stairs.

The staff were very friendly, and there's a large food court/shared dining room, which again is fairly basic and overpriced, but the atmosphere was great and it had a really fun, relaxed, "vacation" atmosphere about it.

Overall an enjoyable stay, but more because of the location than the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Joel B
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