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“Unbeatable in the park” 5 of 5 stars
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Unbeatable in the park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

It's in the park. That means you go to sleep to the sound of Yosemite Falls, which is outside your window. You wake up and walk 50 feet to breakfast. In the evenings, after a day of hiking or touring, you can choose from the cafeteria, the restaurant or the great lodge bar. We tried them all and loved them each for different reasons. The restaurant had good American bistro fare. The cafeteria was great for breakfast and lunch and snacks, but the bar had the best food! Great chili and salads that were perfect after a long day's hike.

The hotel itself is a national park hotel, so you're not looking for the Ritz. But many of the rooms, including ours, have been recently renovated and have a nice, new shower and comfortable beds. I love the raw wood furniture and the little deck as well.

We might stay somewhere else for a little more luxury - but for convenience, location and price, this is an unbeatable deal. Book early (like months in advance).

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I went back and forth whether to rate the lodge "poor" or "average" but finally decided on the latter just due to location. Check in was at 5 (kind of late) but that went off without a hitch. However, when I went to park, there was not a space to be found anywhere close to our room. I ended up having to double park while we unloaded, and then find a space several parking lots away (only about a 10 minute walk, so wasn't terrible, but it was raining at the time). As described elsewhere, the rooms are simple and plain, our met our needs for the night, nothing more. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food court was packed for dinner, there was about a 20 minute wait for the grill, fortunately there were other options that only had about a 5 minute wait. We considered the restaurant, but it was far over our budget so we passed. Breakfast at the food court was fine with much shorter lines.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing away from the parking areas and toward the meadows.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Lodge is spread out - I thought it would be a normal hotel with multiple levels. It's just 2 story building - it was good that we got a room on the upper level - could leave the door open without fear of mice or other animals... Make sure you don't get a room too far off the main facility (dining halls...etc.).

Our room had a nice view of the Yosemite Falls. That was pretty much the only thing going on for the room. Otherwise it was dirty. Don't expect any luxuries here - think bare essentials (bed & bath).

Location -
Decent enough - there is a shuttle service stop right in front of the lobby. It's free and runs in a loop - every 15-20mins. Last shuttle is at 10pm. We were 10minutes walking distance from the Yosemite Falls and the valley floor - it was good.

We had the breakfast plan.
Old staff, bad breakfast food, slow people... Every morning it took about an hour to grab a bite to eat. You just cannot rush these people. And the food options for breakfast range between bad to questionable.

Dinner on the hand was unexpectedly good - it was the best meal we had in fact!
It was even better than Ahwahnee hotel dinner we had which I had booked 2 months in advance, and was only half the price. If anything, I would say splurge on the dinner here.

Customer service -
Forget about it. Better have the whole trip planned out - NO ONE here will help you figure anything out. I think it's a Yosemite thing - people are generally rude, clueless, uncaring. There is a tourist help desk, but in 3 attempts we made to get their help - we left frustrated and angry.
This covers everyone from reception to waiters...

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the parking lot & road, and with a view...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

Rooms are simple and clean, and ours had a view of Half Dome out the window. The cost is reasonable considering location. Deer eating out the door was a treat. Can hike to Yosemite Falls in 10 minutes. Great bus service from lodge to see whole valley.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I stayed overnight because I really wanted to stay in the park, my advice is dont stay here!! The views and walks are amazing but the experience at this hotel left me shuddering.
The room when we arrived had not been entered in a while judging by the dust layers everywhere.... we noticed 2 open grates either side of the room..covered with chicken wire and a wooden cover - let so much of the heat out!! and why are they there??/ considering you have to take everything out of your cars so not to attract bears - this gives them an opening to smell all that you have in the room! and we froze!! the heater barely worked and the covers of the bed were worn and musty.
The fridge turns iteself off after a number of hours?? what the??
The food at the canteen type place was greasy and unappetizing...and we probably should have gotten something from the supermarket onsite.

The worst thing was we had a rat in our room that probably got in and out from those useless side vent things and we had no hot wate, we couldnt leave fast enough in the morning....The view (which is fabulous) is just not worth this sort of stay!
Would NOT recommend at all...you are obviously paying for the view and not the amenties - not worth it

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Orinda, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This was our second Thanksgiving weekend at the Lodge. The Lodge rooms typically sell out for Thanksgiving weekend exactly a year and a day in advance (within a few minutes of the reservation window opening.) You can't beat the convenient location in Yosemite Valley and the yummy hot chocolate at the Food Court. The front desk staff is helpful and courteous. Unfortunately, some of the rooms are poorly lit and it is nearly impossible to keep the carpets clean despite the attentive efforts of the cleaning staff. My advice is to spend as much time out of the room (and enjoying the park) as possible.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We came here as part of a 3 week honeymoon travelling around California. We chose the Lodge because of location but also because we have enjoyed staying in luxury lodges elsewhere.

The room was extremely poor, two 3/4 size beds which weren't really big enough to share. No actual light fittings just some dim bedside lights and a general very dated decor. For the price we were really disappointed; if we had stayed in a cheap motel I'd have no issues but this place isn't cheap. Carpet was dirty and we couldn't wait to get out the room in the morning. What could have been perfect turned out to be very disappointing

The food canteen resembled a smelly, messy school canteen. The bar was nice enough although too busy to get a seat and the restaurant continued the overpriced theme. A very random choice on the menu, all very expensive for what they were. If not for a nice bottle of red we would have complained.

Great location but if you are going to spend money go to the Ahwahnee!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Address: 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly Yosemite Lodge At The Falls)
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park. Its glass and wood architecture work in unity with the surroundings and the ample windows allow in the bright mountain sunshine while providing remarkable views. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
Yosemite Hotel National Park
Yosemite Lodge Falls
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Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite Hotel At The Falls
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