My husband and I travel to Yosemite twice a year and typically stay in tent cabins at Curry Camp, White Wolf Lodge or Tuolumne Lodge (I have reviews for two of those lodgings that you can read.) However, since it was the middle of winter and temperatures were going to be down around 7 degree F, we decided to stay at Yosemite Lodge. The price was reasonable for Yosemite (remember it's winter) at $134 for a room with two beds. It would normally be a hundred dollars more in the summer. Nonetheless, the room was a real disappointment. The rooms in my building (granted there are more costly rooms in other buildings at the lodge that I'm sure are updated) reminded me of the Bates Motel--dark, dingy and uninviting. The heater didn't put out enough heat so we had to use the noisy portable heater they provide in your room to achieve some warmth. The bathroom was very small but did have shampoo and soap dispensers in the shower. There was an old fashioned television and wifi accessibility for those who need a link with Wolf Blitzer. The mattresses were not that comfortable but after a hike or two, who notices?
The lodge has a cafeteria that we frequent when we're in the park because of its convenience and the prices aren't as bad as other places in the park. However, the place gets very busy and the ambiance is lacking. But if you need a quick and reasonable place to grab a meal or if you have a tired and cranky family nipping at your ankles and clammoring for food, this is a good place to eat in the park. There is a more upscale restaurant at the lodge, but I have not eaten there. We like to go for lunch at the Ahwahnee because it's cheaper than dinner there and you don't have to follow a dress code at lunch. There is also a sports bar with numerous flat screen televisions for the sports obsessed. Your rabid fan can find out if his/her team is bound for the Super Bowl. Drinks are not cheap, but sometimes, after a twelve mile hike and blackening toenails, you just need to plunk down the bucks and get some alcohol in your system. It's a nice place to relax at the end of the day with its round fireplace in the middle of the bar. A few doors down is a small grocery/souvenir store where you can indulge your chocolate or carb fix. The best thing about the lodge was the Hispanic man who welcomed us and checked us in. He was delightful.
The lodge is located very close to Yosemite falls, making it a nice walk in the early morning when the light first hits it. In summary, I would expect more from a place that's charging (in the summer) over $200 a night to stay. If it weren't for the fact that it was winter, I would choose a tent cabin in Curry Camp or my favorite, a tent cabin up in White Wolf or Tuolumne Lodge. The tent cabins at least give you the feeling of being out in the wilderness and not waiting for Norman Bates to show up with a knife.
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- 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
- Yosemite Ca
- Yosemite View Lodge
- Yosemite Hotel At The Falls
- Lodge Reservation Yosemite
- Lodge Yosemite
- Yosemite Lodge Hotel
- Yosemite Falls Lodge