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“Great for staying in the park.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yosemite Valley Lodge

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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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San Diego, California
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37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great for staying in the park.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We have been to Yosemite many time before but this was our first time staying inside the park. Staying at the lodge made our visit special even after having visited Yosemite many times. We stayed in the Cottonwood building with a view of the falls thanks to the helpful girl at the front desk who cheerfully accomodated our request of a room with a view. The room was rustic cabin decor and the first impression was of it being a little dark and dingy. These rooms have been through lots of use but overall everything was clean and comfortable. The room had a mini refrigerator , hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a small table fan. It didn't have a coffee maker but they gave us 6 coupons for coffee/tea that could be used at the food court. Its important to remember that these are not luxury accomodations and we are paying the premium for the location which is very well worth it. Having stayed at better hotels at the west and south entrances, I might still prefer the Lodge for the experience of waking up in Yosemite without having to camp or spending for Ahwahnee. The staff was friendly and helpful. Plenty of dining options and a gift/grocery store for all one can need. Overall great place to stay.

Room Tip: We liked staying in the Cottonwood building. Our room had a view of the falls.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Step out of your room and lift your eyes to Yosemite Falls. Stunning! Right in the middle of the Park with Shuttle Bus stop at Lobby. Everything you need on property. Staff at desk very helpful. Shop loaded with every essential you might be lacking. Excellent food at restaurant and the more casual grill. Concierge to help you plan your activities.

  • Stayed March 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I've stayed in all the lodges in park and Yosemite lodge is my favorite. This is not a 4- 5 star hotel but is very well kept up and the rooms are nice sized and well appointed . The up side is location location location. Located directly across from Yosemite falls. Has the best dining options. Bring or rent bike for getting around valley and you can park your car and easily get anywhere in valley. They do have free buses that access all areas in valley that picks up right in front of lodge. You are here to see park not stay in a luxury resort and this is the best option, unless you want to drive in and out of the park everyday. Pay the extra $ and stay where you can enjoy the valley all day and night.

Room Tip: There are many buildings most with 2 floors a couple a singe story. All have balcony or porch. So...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carmel, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We didn't think much of the room; the location of course can't be beat. I think that for the price we would expect a much better room. Why they are unable to remodel every 50 years or so is beyond me. My wife complained and apologized about roughing it, I told her it was OK; I couldn’t sleep because of the thin blankets. So are we babies? Perhaps.
You can walk out the door and look out where you would expect blue skies and see a shear granite face. We noticed how much we look down, when there is so much to see looking up. The falls are a short walk away and they are awesome. So the room, I think was inspired by “Camp Granada” circa 1965. The decor is knotty pine, not so nice upholstery, thin stained carpet, two double beds, but really only room for one. There is a small refrigerator, a vintage cathode ray TV, a closet with two sliding doors, no, make that one. And the bath room, everything sits on the toilet tank. Get the picture?

We arrived late. Let me say driving in the park in the rain at night is not much fun. It is really dark. When we arrived I noticed many people walking around had flashlights. We ate at the café, the choices were a grilled to order hamburger with four people in line ahead or the chili. The chili was good. Breakfast there is OK, I would have preferred an egg McMuffin, but roughing it petite bourgeoisie style doesn’t permit that. The crowd looks like they sunk a couple of months wages at REI, well, except for some of our Japanese friends who wore pants with flowers. We walked to the base of the falls; it is another eight hours of steep uphill climbing to the top of the falls. Didn’t do that. Yosemite is spectacular and we appreciated being able to stay right there. We ate at the steakhouse, the place is very nice, and the food was above average, we ordered a bottle of wine, steak and trout.

The next day we walked to the Ahwahnee. We hung out and wrote postcards in the multi-storied sun room. We marveled at the huge hearths, it was like a medieval castle, I could envision Errol Flynn swinging from the chandeliers. We asked the concierge about restaurant reservations, he said they were advised and we would need to wear shirts with collars. We went to the bar and had a Moscow Mule, very good. When I asked about the ginger ale our waiter informed us it was made from the very best Fever-tree ginger beer (not ale).

We had a great time but were glad to get back to civilization.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rodeo, California, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Everything in Yosemite is quite expensive. I know I am paying for the experience, so I bite the bullet and walk around the park getting lost in one version of paradise.

We booked online and paid about $210 for one night for the disabled room. We were told that if a disabled person needed the room, we would be bumped to similar. The disabled room is larger and has a king bed, private (sort of) patio and a few other amenities. We were told on check in that our room had recently been completely remodeled so we were lucky.

The room 4111 was about a block from check in and closer to the falls. The room itself was quite large with a huge bathroom. There was a big screen TV and small refrigerator and a very tiny closet next to the single sink. There was also a large chest of drawers under the TV. The furniture was made of nicely finished wood limbs, kind of rustic. The carpet was indoor/outdoor type.

There was a patio in front with a couple of plastic chairs. I have no idea on why anyone would want to sit there with the view of the parking lot.

The bed was moderately firm, little bouncy, but OK. Linens were nice. There were 5 pillows and an extra thick blanket, so sleep quality was pretty good.

Overall the room looked tired and still needed sprucing up. There were several very large picture windows, but they overlooked the parking lot. The tall window next to the bed, was made up of slats of glass that opened and closed and slats of metal that also opened and closed. We could not get the metal slats to close all the way, so we had some privacy issues. The upside was that we heard Yosemite Falls all the time.

The walls to the outside or the broken window slats let in noise to the room. So as people walked by we could hear them talking very plainly.

Shower was OK with decent pressure. The towels were just average white hotel type. The soap and shampoo was in those liquid wall dispensers and was OK.

TV worked great with maybe 30 channels.

The wireless internet was quite fast over the entire property.

One complaint. We could not seem to regulate the heat no matter where we turned the thermostat. The room was too warm unless we opened the window.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I come here for a conference every year or two. I stay at the lodge. Not much choice except for the very expensive Ahwahnee hotel. It's still like a motel, dark, and dingy. My room was clean, there was a reading lamp and a table in the room. It had a small refrigerator and a 1980's tv which I never turned on. It was way too expensive. But, and this is the thing, I walked outside onto my patio and looked right up at Yosemite Falls. And that's the whole point. You are in one of the most beautiful places on earth. That's why you pay the extra money. The staff is friendly and helpful, the food at the food court is still awful, Your car gets covered with dirt in the parking lot and there is no hose available to even wash off the windows, so carry some windex and paper towels. The room is quiet and you are in the national park, so while you would complain if this room was in Merced or Manteca, just accept and enjoy it.

Room Tip: Come in as soon as rooms are available and ask for a room with a view of the falls.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were expecting a national parks lodge, but given we were paying four star hotel rates we were very disappointed with the run down rooms that tended to over look car parks or in our case a builders rubbish pile (see photo), uncomfortable beds, and rude service.

An example of poor facilities was illustrated to us when we helped an older lady get her wheel chair bound husband into his 'disabled room'. Not only did we have to negotiate a rouch pavement to the building,But there was then a small step into the building, and two doors that had to be held open (by a person) while also trying to fit the wheel chair into the hall way.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't overlook a car park ... Or builders rubbish pile
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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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
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Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite Hotel At The Falls
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