The location is without a doubt exceptional. If you're going to Yosemite, don't hesitate to stay here. You won't regret being so close to the falls, and having ready access to the Food Court, the pool, and the bicycle rentals. Yosemite will win your heart.
That being said, I really don't think DNC (the operator of the Lodge) is putting any more than marginal effort into customer satisfaction. We had the same delay as others in getting into the rooms (not until about 5:30 or 6 pm). We had no problems, but the staff seemed pretty frazzled and tired. The rooms were reasonably clean but dark and spartan, with very old fixtures and some odd smells. If the cost were maybe 75% as much, I'd understand, but DNC seems to have really crankied up the prices in the last few years; at over $170/night total I really do think one has the right to expect more.
One of the raccoons found us too, opening the screen door. But hey, it's a national park and he was cute. We were able to escort him outside before he got to any of our snacks.
- 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