Accomodations during our trip...
Accomodations during our trip :
- The Kawada Hotel (Los Angeles)
- Motel 6 (Monterey)
- Renoir Hotel (San Francisco)
- Yosemite View Lodge (Yosemite)
- The rodeway inn (Bishop)
- Motel 6 (Las Vegas)
- Motel 6 (Page)
- Motel 6 (Needles)
- Best Western (San Diego)
A nice place to stay
We enjoyed staying at the Yosemite View Lodge and it had many advantages. The rooms were well appointed, large and clean and ours had a river running behind it that was wonderful to enjoy and listen to while sitting on our terrace. The only negative is the restaurant on the property that is fair at best. It is not run by the lodge and therefore they have no control over the quality of the food. I would definitely recommend staying there but drive into the park to eat where there are many decent restaurants.
Better than in the park itself
The Yosemite View Lodge was really a pleasant surprise. The room was spacious and had an awesome view of the river from the small balcony out the rear sliding door of the room. The river view is worth the extra money over the mountain view. Stay at the east end of the property for a quieter stay. The room had a kitchenette, and the bathroom was big with a deep whirpool tub that was surprisingly also long enough for a 6'2" frame. The pools are small but nice right outside the rooms. I think there were four of them. The hot tubs small too but clean and I think there were five of them. The ones right next to the river were way too hot to stay in for more than 5 minutes. The others were great. Easy 15-20 minutes to Yosemite valley. We've stayed at Yosemite Lodge twice before and were not real impressed by the lack of air conditioning, no hot tubs, and not as clean and quiet as we'd like. I'd definitely stay at the Yosemite View Lodge again for sure. The restaurant though is way too pricey and limited choices. The pizza place on the property was a hole in the wall and kind of messy but the staff were friendly and pizza was okay. There's no other place to eat. I highly recommend you bring items to cook yourself if on a tight budget. The buffet breakfast was real good, but a little pricey for a family of four. Wish I'd bought some English muffins and a can of corn beef hash. Would have saved big time as the breakfast was $ 10.99 each x 4 people x 4 days. All the staff were pretty rude and abrupt with people. Granted they deal with tons of tourists but they need to hire people with better people skills and friendly personalities. I heard more than a few comments from others about this matter, so it wasn't just us. Overall however I'd definitely recommend staying here and I'm pretty picky and stickler on cleanliness.
You can't do much better
Overall, all things considered, Yosemite View Lodge is a decent and good place to stay. Be forwarned that you need to buy gasoline (petrol) in El Portal before you reach Y.V. Lodge as the only gas in Yosemite is in the southern and northern parts of the park (none available in the valley) and you will pay the price (high). Y.V. Lodge is a short drive to the valley and we were able to go there (valley) every day of our stay in a short matter of time. The rooms were spacious with a microwave and small stove for cooking which helped us save a few dollars.Small Dorm Refridgeerator also in it. Didn't use the pools or spas and our room faced the highway so we occassionally heard cars going by, but not that many for Summer. Didn't use the restaurant, Pizza place was ok. Staff was ok but seemed to be busy a lot with customers so it appeared they were hurried a lot. No complaints though. The boundry to Yosemite Park is right after the Lodge. Since it was hot, the Air Conditioning was a great asset. We enjoyed our stay.
My family and I stayed here Saturday June 19. Hotel is located 10 minutes from Park entrance. We had a room with kitchnette, table, 2 chairs, 2 double beds, jacuzzi bathtub, balcony with table, 2 chairs, overlooking the river. The sound of the river is thrilling and loud, yet somehow very serene and relaxing. When you close the door you can barely hear it from inside the room. We made use of the small swimming pool. The grounds of the lodge are beautifully landscaped and attract butterflies. For dinner we ate at the very modest pizza restaurant which is very good. The snackshop in the lobby is very reasonably priced. We bought fresh sandwiches here and ate them in the Park. I would definitely stay here again!
Location, Location, Location
Great location. Very scenic, as it sits on the Merced River, and close to the Yosemite Park Arches Rock entrance. This entrance is most convenient for accessing all different parts of the park -- Tuolomne Meadows to the north, the Valley in the central, or Wawona/Mariposa Grove/Glacier point to the south. Rooms are unexciting and slightly worn, but clean. The restaurant nearby is decent -- food isn't bad but the menu is limited.
Great Place to stay
Our River View room was big, clean and had all the untensils for cooking a big meal to warming up a snack in the microwave. It is worth the price of $159 per night as it is so close to the centre of Yosemite. The balcony looked out onto the Merced River and it was heaven to sit out and relax on. The spas that were close to the river were too hot to go into during the day but the cool pool made up for it. The only gripe is the restaurant as the food was very pricy and the meal very ordinary, the pizza place was much better and gave good value. A tip, bring your own food as you can cook anything in your room and the fridge was handy. We would go back there when we visit Yosemite again.
Good, but could do better
Idyllic location on the outskirts of Yosemite and right next to the flowing Merced river.
But...we paid extra for a balcony overlooking the river, and when we arrived the balcony overlooked the pool and spa. Everyone on the ground floor was staring up at our balcony! When we complained to the staff, we were told very rudely that the hotel was full and we couldn't be moved.
Great facilities (hence the four star rating), but shame about the customer service.
Lower class motel with it's own grizzly's on staff!
Arrived 27.6.04 for two nights in order to visit the National Park. We had already paid $50 for an all parks pass and the weather seemed to be included in the ticket as it was hot & sunny all the time we were in the area.
Lodge looks reasonable on approach and the room on the ground floor next to the shop was OK!, apart from the dirty carpet and non-matching crockery. Beakfast food - Poor, not even any toast. Not as advertised in the UK brochure. No facilities for anyone not paying for an overpriced river view room. A river after all is a river.
Ate in restaurant the first night, Complained to male waiter about quality and prsentation of food. Not very good all round. We were then confronted by the manageress who said that the waiter was upset because we had complained, not the manner in which we said it. This confrontation took place on the very busy outdoor terrace and it seemed that her intention to embarrass my wife and I by talking loudly, aggressively and down to us because we were not satisfied with the food quality. After all she had been in the business for 15 years and knew what she was talking about. When told that I did not like the manner in which she was speaking I got the impression from her reaction that she did not like people standing up to her.
She was totally opposite to the rest of the staff at the Lodge, especially in the bar, shop and on the second night in the Piazza cafe. All of these could not have been more friendly or helpful.
Full days visit to Park was excellent, again very helpful people. Never saw any grizzly's except at the Lodge.
At check in and check out watch out for the other grizzly bear at the Lodge. You will easily spot him when he greets your arrival at reception with the word "YES". Nice and friendly I think not. Gives visitors poor impression and puts them of returning to the Lodge in future. We don't like grizzly's so we won't be back.
Travel Diary-Roadtrip - South-Western USA - Part 3
We went over passes and desert valleys to Lone Pine, at the foot of a high mountain chain.
Continuing north via Bishop, where the high desert turns into alpine mountain scenery, to June Lake. Here was the beginning of a scenic side trip away from the Highway, taking in three mountain lakes finishing at Mono Lake with its bizarre tuff rock formations.
We went on into Yosemite National Park over the 3000 m high Tioga Pass through impressive mountain scenery with beautiful mountain lakes surrounded by sandy beaches, finishing at the west end of the national Park.
Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal; luxurious two-story rooms with kitchen. So far the best accommodation, the hotel restaurant was excellent as well.
Yosemite National Park!
Magnificent mountain scenery with valleys, waterfalls and the huge sequoia trees. Unfortunately the shuttle system here has not yet been perfected and the heavy car traffic deprives the Park from some of its magic. Another thing is that the national Park covers a huge area and therefore it would've been better to spend more time here, not only to escape from the tourist hype in the Valley, but also to explore the region more thoroughly.
Nevertheless, the view from Glacier Point was one of the highlights of the entire trip and hiking through Mariposa Grove with its sequoia trees was very impressive as well.
In the evening on to Mariposa, a small place with some historical buildings, where we had an excellent, hearty dinner at the Red Fox.
Best Western Yosemite Way Station in Mariposa ; pretty basic rooms for a Best Western standards. Too expensive!
In the morning we passed the rather boring, agricultural San Joaquin Valley and went via Merced to Gustine. From here the road to Gilroy became more scenic and interesting.
Continuing towards the coast to the very attractive seaside resort of Santa Cruz, whose old beach promenade and nice downtown was full of life.
We left Santa Cruz north on Highway 1 along the awesome Pacific Coast, where the rugged coastline is interrupted by deserted bays.
To Pescadero, then inland via La Honda to San Jose, a big city without any special flair, but certainly not unattractive. Especially the food in the Krung Thai restaurant was outstanding and even reasonably priced. So it wasn't surprising that we had to stand in line to get a table.
Hyatt San Jose near the airport; the rooms are very comfortable, but nothing special.
From San Jose back to SFO airport to return our rental car.
The most exciting thing of the day was, that we left our cell phone in the car so I had to go back to the airport to get it.
Clarion Hotel Millbrae; the shuttle service to the airport worked out great and the restaurant was pretty decent as well, the rooms, however, were rather simple for an airport hotel.
LA to Yosemite to San Fran - which way?
On sunday morning around 8 am, we'll be leaving from LA, taking the fastest route to Yosemite (El Portal). According to mapquest we should take the southern Park entrance (Oakhurst)and drive through the park exiting close to El Portal. According to my Car GPS system, we should head west from Oakhurst, then trough Darrah, Midpines and Briceburg into El Portal. Both routeplanners tells me i'm gonna arrive around 2pm. I'm wondering which of these routes are the best?
We'll be heading towards San Francisco in the afternoon the next day. I know it's way too little time in Yosemite, but it was either see it for one day, or never see it at all. Any tips regarding the best route to SF?
Norway/Soon leaving for LA
RE: LA to Yosemite to San Fran - which way?
I've been to park from both the LA and SF directions. From LA, I always went straight into the park on Highway 41 going through Fish Camp and Wawona. Going the way you describe seems a bit out of the way to me. Looks like you'd be driving an extra 30 miles or so.
Going back to SF I always took Highway 120 towards Manteca via Oakdale and connecting with I-205 and then I-580 to get you to the Bay Area. Highway 120 takes you through some of the old Gold Rush towns too which is kinda cool.