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.
- 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