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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

OK, this is a pretty standard place. No frills in the rooms, but who stays in? TV pretty limited to family type channels & room Wifi iffy. But the location is the best for in-valley lodging. We had accessible room that was well set up and easy to maneuver the mobility scooter. Don't give up if told no accessible rooms available by reservations. Check website often as room availability changes and call to change rooms.

Room Tip: Try to get a diagram of the buildings and request views of falls or room near river. Be prepared for long phone waits for reservations.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Barney1110
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

July trip with the kid and his friend. Just wonderful place, as you might imagine. Half Dome in early morning light is not to be missed.

The Lodge is a good and reasonable place to stay BUT THE ROOM QUALITY VARIES WILDLY! Be careful. Ask questions. If you can, don't just take the room they propose to assign you. the rooms are all in separate long, two story buildings. Some have been recently refurbished, some are quite old and look it. The ones we stayed in this last time were brand new, just off the approach road with parking lot on one side and lotsa trees on the other. Two Story, but only 4 or five units. Get one of the upper floor units. High ceilings, impressive beds and bathroom, nice patio, and, unlike any other units...TV (the Olympics were on). None of the Lodge units have air...and it DOES get hot in the valley. But these new rooms were very pleasant, roomy and airy.

By the way...if you are there in summer, the Lodge swimming pool is gigantic. The cafeteria is always open and good food.

The large formal dining room in the same Lodge complex was just beautiful with wonderful food. It's easy to miss it...we did..the last three times we were there...it's full nice restaurant prices, but worth it...with very high ceiling and tall glass windows on the trees. Worth the price. Of course, if you are going to spend money for a nice dinner, and limit that to one dinner...the Ahwanee Dining Room is not to be missed.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank AKarel
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited Yosemite in October 2012 for my brother-in-law's wedding at the park and we stayed at the Lodge since the Awahnee was way more $$$. The Lodge is expensive too (it seems everything in CA is) but it was nice at least. I've stayed in nicer places for less money. The room was recently changed to "green" for the environment. The thing I didn't like is the energy efficient lighting. With all of the lights turned on in our room, you still couldn't read or do hardly anything in the room that needed light! I had to put my makeup on outside on the deck because the lighting was so horrible! If you're staying in Yosemite, I would choose this place because of price over the rest of the places available.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank jenmac75
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is the worst hotel I've ever stayed in! This place is a complete dump. I would not even walk on the carpet barefoot. All the linens smelled stale and unwashed and we really didn't even want to use them but had no choice. However, the bed was actually comfortable. The walls are paper thin and you can hear your neighbors as if they were in your room. Luckily, I had earplugs. At a price of $244.00 a night, it was only worth maybe $40.00 a night. What you pay for is the location, which was right in the valley. These people should be ashamed to charge what they are charging for these rooms. The may have been nice 40 years ago but not now.
On the other hand, the Grand Tour that we took was wonderful! Our tour guide was an absolute wealth of information about Yosemite and John Muir. I guess he made up for the horrible accommodations. If you plan to go to Yosemite, you need to stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms. They won't let you choose one of their newly updated "green" rooms. You take what they give you!
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank GiGi-in-GA
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We have used trip advisor to help us plan several holidays with great success. Reading several reviews of each hotel allows us to get a good feel for how we would like a hotel and surrounding area. This choice however, proved more difficult as there were so many strongly diverging views about the lodge. I shall try to give a clear account of what to expect.
Firstly this lodge is a three star, despite the rate. It is important to understand that there is a premium for staying in the Yosemite valley regardless of the accommodation. All rates inside Yosemite are elevated (pardon the pun) because of market demand and the cost of operating and supplying services in such a remote location. The rate for the lodge falls between camping in the village and the five star lodge down the road. It seems steep until you look around and put it into perspective.
The room was clean, with rustic appointments, a comfortable bed and a view from the window and balcony that was outstanding. I have attached pictures which should speak for themselves.
We preferred to to purchase fruit, juice, granola and yoghurt from the store in the village and eat breakfast in the room, enjoying the view and not having to go out 1st thing. We made sandwiches which we packed for lunch each day (we stayed four nights) and ate at the lodge food court in the evenings. The food there was pretty good in spite of the cafeteria atmosphere.
My suggestions for improvement - coffee maker and microwave in the rooms would be good. It is understood that the rooms are directly accessed from outdoors (think motel) and people have dirty footwear from being in the park - but more aggressive cleaning of the carpets and stain removal would leave a much better impression.
The verdict - a clean place to stay with access to everything required for an excellent stay in the middle of one of the most significant natural wonders of the world. Would we do it again? YES!, in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms seem best
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Halcy0ndays
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