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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Like most other reviewers, I made reservations 1 year in advance. As I could not get a room on Monday, we stayed 2 nights in the Evergreen Lodge (fabulous) before arriving in the Valley on Wed. Check in is 5pm, but if you arrive early, it will give you a chance to scope out your room location and switch rooms. I booked 2 lodge rooms. We were assigned the Laurel building with what we were told was a "meadow view". When we checked it out, we were directly across from noisy bus parking. The meadow view was a field of dirt with numerous holes in it. I asked for a room change and we were switched to the Aspen building. So glad we switched. We looked out onto the forest, had a patio and were in a building with 2 stories and 8 rooms altogether. Very quiet at night. We lucked out with parking when we arrived as the lot fills quickly during the day. For the rest of our trip, we took the shuttle bus.

The beds and pillows were comfy. Water pressure was great. Log furniture and updated bathroom fixtures. Carpet was stained. They emphasize water conservation, but give you a new set of towels every day, even if you hung up the ones you already used.

The Food Court (cafeteria) was reminiscent of ski-lodge dining with separate stations for pasta, grill and main course plates such as catfish and pork loin. The Mountain House restaurant pricing was unreasonable. The same $10 salmon burger at Curry Village was $18 with a side of potatoes so we did not eat here. I saved my money for lunch at the Ahwahnee.

For location, I give this 5 stars as it is easy to get around the Valley and since Yosemite Falls is across the street, it was hours of fun for the kids playing in the falls.

The food court has limited variety. Iif you are dining here every night, there's only so much pasta and pizza you can eat. Also, buses stop her for lunch, so if you hit it at the wrong time, you could be waiting on line for a very long time. They advertise that they have a "general store", but it's more like 7-11. No Q-tips, limited quality food selection. If you forgot a power cord for your camera charger, you're stuck. No electronics at all in the gift shop or anywhere in the park.

There's no lobby to hang out in if you want to be indoors and read the paper or a book. Room was too dark. There is limited seating near the reception desk.

The pool closes at 6pm so if you would like to take a dip after dinner, forget it. The pool towels are a joke. I have hand towels at home that are bigger. Ice cream stand at the pool closes at the same time. After staying at Evergreen Lodge, I had to give it 3 stars as the Evergreen got everything right: rec room with games like Monopoly and a roaring fire, s'mores every night, pool, hot tub, yoga, massage, great food, zip line and quaint cabins. If only it were closer to the valley, we would have stayed there the whole week.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The only thing going for The Lodge is the location. You can't check in until 5PM, or at least that's what they say. You might get in early. Even the worst hotels let you check in at 3PM. This way they sell more tours when you are forced to wait around with kids. There is no water! No drinking fountains anywhere. They sell water bottles. It's run down, the cafeteria is dirty, You can't bus your own table, their are no trash bins, the food is bad, the rooms are run down, the carpet is worn out.....what happened to our tax dollars??? The concessionair is FOR PROFIT. The National Park Service needs to take back control of one of our most beautiful treasures, Yosemite Vally, and spend the money to upgrade the run down infastructure. Don't get me going on Camp Curry. Horrible, loud, dusty! Again, spend some money! Cover the dirt!
Now for the rules: A $5000 fine for leaving a cooler in the trunk??. Hey since all the bears are tagged, how about using some teckno and heading them off at the parking lot perimeter. If they don't have transponders, the repeat offenders should. Yogi needs to be monitored.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We planned this vacation 1 year in advance. This was our last long road trip with our grandchildren (our oldest is 17) We tried 5 years ago but fire in the park prevented us going and we were planning on staying outside the valley. This time we decided to stay in the park and we are glad we did! We stayed in Willow and to our surprise we had a view of the Falls from our deck (room 4324) Sure the rooms are somewhat dated but if you want to be close to everything then stay at The Lodge. Check in time is 5 pm but we made good use of the time. We arranged ahead of time a Valley Floor Tour. The three days we were there we're great!

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

First, you need know that you should book a year in advance (which I did) because this is a very popular location and a much better rate than the Ahwahnee. We stayed four nights in the Hemlock building which was a "green room" like another reviewer described. We had a queen-size very comfortable bed, padded sitting chair, small table with two chairs. This was a first floor unit room near the entrance door to the building, which I thought might be noisy, but we never heard other people. There was a little patio which we did not use. I thought the room might be hot because the only open window was through the screen door, but since the nights get very cool and there was a ceiling fan and a floor fan, we were quite comfortable. A wall separated the bedroom from a good-sized changing room with sink, closet space, and refrigerator. This room led into the bathroom. This room was very clean and comfortable. I would not hesitate to recommend people to stay here. Getting around was very easy and you never have to get in your car until you leave. The only down side of staying in the park is that the food is very expensive.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Spend four nights there with a Road Scholar tour. Room was good. Facilities near by. Free shuttle stops in front. Heard that it is hard to get a room. Not many choices in the park.. Surprisingly they had tv and Internet. No AC. warm in the afternoon. Food choices limited, but survivable. Enjoy the park. It is great.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed one night in a lodge room with two queen beds. The view was of the parking lot...ugh. Room was clean and slightly more spacious than I had expected but very outdated furnishings....windows either did not open or opened but had no screen so basically not operable. Sheets with stains and holes. The best part was the spacious bathroom area which had a separate sink and bathroom plus lots of storage shelves. Having said all of that, I knew what to expect so I was not surprised. Just keep reminding yourself that you are there bc of location.

The second night we stayed in the new family bunk rooms in the Hemlock building. I did like the set-up with the bunk beds but the room felt smaller although I am not sure it really was. The bathroom was definitely smaller and it lacked any real storage. We liked having the balcony and the view was great. We did have a small issue with ants in the room but nothing that freaked us out.

We had the breakfast rate so we ate at the food court both days. Staff told us the best time is between 8:30 and 9:00 so we hit it both times and the crowds were not bad at all. The food was just ok but we were not expecting gourmet. I recommend getting the breakfast rate if you can as we felt we were able to get a lot of food for the extra money that we paid for it.

As others have said, it's disappointing that the accommodations are representative of a US Park but given the choice, I would still stay here instead of going in and out of the park each day.

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1  Thank laurenyulan
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

As is entirely typical for the national parks lodgings this lodge is expensive and can be very difficult to get a reservation. Luckily our dates were flexible and we were able to stay on a Tuesday which is usually the slowest night. Check-in was slow and somewhat less welcoming than I'd have liked but again is pretty standard for national parks. The demand for these accommodations are clearly so high that they don't need to strive for great service.

The lodge room accommodated 3 adults and 2 children without issue in clean, comfortable beds with soft sheets. No frills, no coffee option in the room, but the soaps in dispensers were nice and environmentally appropriate. The patio had a gorgeous view of the rock walls and meadow behind us and the star-gazing was fabulous. Dining options are expensive but reasonable in food quality. The view of the falls from the formal dining room was fantastic. The parking was surprisingly easy on site and the shuttle made it very easy to explore the park, leaving the car in a good spot all day.

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Additional Information about Yosemite Valley Lodge

Address: 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly Yosemite Lodge At The Falls)
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Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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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: $271 - $458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 245
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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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