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Reviewed November 2, 2012

I can only add to what other reviewers have said that you are paying for the location. As this is one of the most visited parks in the US ( for good reason), the lodge is well used. I requested one of the renovated rooms and it might have been a bit better than some but still a bit tired. It did have that rustic charm though. We booked the bed and breakfast option and upon check-in we were given coupons for free coffee and vouchers for breakfast (worth $13 each). This did not seem to be worth it - I think we could have eaten cheaper off the menu choices.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank fleurdemom
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Stayed here one night thank god it was for only one night. Price you pay is ridiculous r what u get. Food good in restaurant, other cheaper options very poor in choice . Loved the national park and o stay here u have to pay thru the nose for average accommodation . Being Australian we like to get value for money and I don't believe his was

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Marita S
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I was apprehensive about what our stay at Yosemite Lodge would be like after reading previous reviews on TripAdvisor, but decided to book anyway as we only had limited time to cram everything in before moving onto our next destination, so location was very important!

Overall, we were quite disappointed with the accommodation & eating facilities provided. It wasn't so much that the place was a bit run-down and that things could be done better, it was the expensive price that put the sour taste in our mouths! We have certainly stayed in places of this standard before, but at a price that reflected that - not $US260 / night! You're definitely held at ransom due to the stunning location!

Check-in was efficient, however not especially friendly. No directions were given on how to get to our room, and the map we were given wasn't complete in terms of depicted walkways. As we arrived after dark, we weren't sure how to get to our room quickly (which was right out the back of the property, & far from the main reception). In the end we decided to risk going where the map said no pathways existed - and we got lucky.

Parking was a challenge, whilst we were there, at least half the available car parks were closed off for re-sealing. We were lucky to get one late at night when we arrived, and resisted moving it until we absolutely had to. Needless to say, it was a very long way to lug all of your bags to your room!

In regards to the rooms, our room (Azalea Block, Room 4625) was on the end of a block of rooms, so was very quiet at night and had a nice big balcony out the end of the room with a nice (forest) view. There was a small mini-fridge in the room, however our fridge was barely cold! Beds were comfy enough. On the downside, the room in general was run-down. We couldn't work out if we had one of the 'renovated' rooms or not... Some things suggested we did (flat screen LCD TV, new carpets, newish looking artwork), but on the other hand, there was very bad cracking in the bathroom, poor paint job, half the door shutters didn't work or were broken (not great for keeping the heat and early morning light out! All of the doors were very jammy and needed a good push/kick to open.

We ate once at the cafeteria - terrible! I have reviewed this separately. I suggest you check out the other food options in the Village if you arrive in time. Everything seems to close up very early at night (8pm), so don't arrive late! We ended up shopping at the Village Store the next day to get supplies for dinner - they have a good selection, and prices weren't too bad (at least compared to what we pay here in NZ for groceries).

The free shuttle around the village was handy and utilised often - what a great service!

We loved Yosemite - it is a stunning location, and we really enjoyed our time spent here. If we ever came back would we stay here again? Yes, probably, as we couldn't justify more to stay at the Awhanee, but also wouldn't want to stay in a tent. Fingers crossed, they tidy it up and do the beautiful location justice. This place could be awesome!

I'm sad to say though, but if this accommodation was in one of our National Parks in New Zealand, I would be embarrassed that our country was providing accommodation like this for foreign visitors who had made such an effort to come and visit!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Kelly D
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Wandered into the Inn while in this part of the world in September and wandered up to get some tea only to be told that it was for guests of the Inn only! We asked where we could buy a coffee and so then the waitress said she loved our accents and asked where we were from and so we soon were having free tea and cookies in the Inn as well! Beautiful peaceful surroundings complete with piano playing floating round the room! Wonderful memory!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JandR69
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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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