We stayed in the Yosemite West Condo B-202 for 8 nights in late July. 2 adults, 2 teenagers.
Location: the great advantage of Yosemite West (YW) is that you can enter Yosemite Park without going through an entrance station. YW is not in the park but the only access to YW is from inside the park. That means no waiting in a line at a park entrance every day (and we saw quite a line one day when we left via the south entrance near Wawona.)
YW is quiet. If you want to be around hundreds or thousands of people all the time, then YW is not for you. Consider Yosemite Valley instead. But if you like it quiet, you will find that in YW. (The only bears we saw during the whole week were in YW.)
The Condo building: Yes, it is a bit old. The walls are not as sound-proofed as you will find in any modern hotel. It is a two-story building. We were on the second floor so no footsteps overhead. Ice machine, Laundry rooms.
Condo B-202: Pantry/refrigerator in a room to the left as you enter. Full bath to the right as you enter. Go two steps farther and you are in the main room. Small galley kitchen to the left. 4 burner electric stove. Smallish dishwasher. Built-in bar style table. Microwave. The main room has a sofa with a fold-out bed (queen, I think) , a comfy chair, a fireplace (we didn't use), a TV, a large supply of movies; a balcony with two plastic chairs, a propane grill, and an uninspiring view of the parking lot. In the loft: 2 queen beds, side by side. A closet/luggage area; and a full bath.
My main objectives in a place like B-202 are 1) a good night's sleep; and 2) ability to prepare simple but good meals for the family.
For sleeping, I give this condo a 3 out of 5.
B-202 does not have air conditioning. The loft has a ceiling fan. During our stay, Yosemite Valley was about 95 degrees during the day. Higher areas such as Glacier Point were 10 to 15 degrees cooler. The loft was warmer than we liked when we went to bed but cooled off so much during the night that we would wake up chilled and grab a blanket. I imagine that the temperature would have been less of a problem during a cooler part of the summer.
The mattresses were comfortable.
For ease of meal prepation, I give this condo a 5 out of 5.
There was a nice assortment of pots when we arrived. There was only one sad skillet but when I pointed this out, they provided a complete new set that very day. Good knives, good cutting board, silverware. The kitchen had basics: oil, flour, some spices. The grill worked fine.
I've stayed in housekeeping condos/cottages all over the place. B-202 is better than most.
If you want luxury, B-202 isn't for you. If you want the sorts of things that my family wanted, B-202 is probably as good as you are likely to get for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite Peregrine Lodging manages the Falcon's Nest Lodge, the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge next door in Yosemite West right in the heart of Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The Falcon's Nest Lodge located at 7507 Henness Circle, offers two 3 bedroom suites with private baths, decks TV/DVD and wifi. The suites include kitchen and center bar, dish washer and full size refrigerator. Each suite offers an outdoor deck with BBQ and a delightful view of the sugar pines and cedar trees. There is also a complimentary washer and dryer. We provide the soap. Each suite sleeps 6-7 people. Next door at 7509 Henness Circle, the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge offers an upscale home perfected for family reunions and executive retreats. The lodge offers 3 bedrooms and a den with pull-out queen size couch bed. Each of the bedrooms feature custom floor to ceiling wood burning fire places. One bedroom has a two person jacuzzi tub. The Lodge sleeps up to 8 people. The grand living room features 19 foot ceilings and lots of windows with amazing views. A custom floor to ceiling wood burning rock fireplace anchors this cozy and peaceful room. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a BBQ on the deck. All rooms in the lodge have paintings, wall murals and photographs by Yosemite's best known artists as well as solid comfortable furniture. The Yosemite Peregrine Lodge also has a game room loft with pool table, games and children's books. After a day hiking and exploring the wonders of Yosemite National Park, relax in the 6 person outdoor hot tub. Wifi is also available. This lodge is a large 3200 square foot home, beautifully furnished and well kept for those who appreciate finer settings. Yosemite West is located in the heart of Yosemite at 6,000+ feet elevation and is centrally located to many Yosemite attractions. The condo loft sleeps up to 4 people. Yosemite Valley is 10 miles north (20 minutes by car), Glacier Point is 16 miles east and the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods is 16 miles south. It is a very quiet area with no commercial activity. We specialize in sunsets and stars. Both properties are locally managed by David Maynard the owner/manager of the Yosemite Peregrine. David is on site during the summer season and available for assistance, questions and emergencies. He maintains a discreet presence allowing his guests all the privacy they require. Please note that all services and amenities listed above are not available at all properties. Call David for details. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Peregrine Lodging Hotel Yosemite National Park