Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, , California, 95389, United States
Motel 6 for Twice the Price
The Yosemite Lodge provides one of the largest sources of accommodations in Yosemite Valley. The complex includes three dining facilities, two gift shops, conference center rooms, and a large number of two story motel buildings that have basic matrimonial suites. The buildings are named after plant species. We stayed on the second floor of Laurel, which is a building furthest west, near where the buses park. Our room view wasn't really very good because of tree branches blocking the view, and because the architecture of the buildings don't emphasize good views. Rooms are simple open beam architecture, with decent bathroom and shower, television and free wifi. Each room has a small exterior patio or balcony.
Get reservations well in advance. You can't choose your own room, but you can leave a comment on the reservation that might be read. But, don't count on it. $200- per night, take it or leave it.
Unique Quality: All hotel facilities, including the Ahwahnee Hotel, are closing and removing any swimming pool, tennis courts, and other such recreational facilities that distract from the eco-friendly nature of Yosemite. YARTS buses come from Merced directly to Yosemite Lodge (as well as to Camp Curry and Ahwanhee Hotel, so those who are without rental car can easily get around from here.
Directions: West of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village, on the north side loop roadway.
Its great to wake up here
I think this place has the best location in the park. Waking up then going out of your room will give you the greatest view of Yosemite Falls, which is a short, leisurely walk away. The room itself is basic, but clean.
It is difficult to get a room here because its so on demand and people make reservations sometimes a year before. But make sure you check online regularly way before you are scheduled to go. Something might open up.
Unique Quality: The wonderful views of Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
Centrally located in the valley, near Yosemite falls. It is very convenient to go to most part of the valley.
To minimize impact to the environment, the hotel provides limited disposable in-room supplies - no solid soap, no internet access, no fridge. However, the room is spacial and comfortable. Bathroom has tube and hairdryer.
Caution: Some GSM mobile phone does not work here, make sure you have a quad-band one.
Unique Quality: There is a food court $10 each, Expensive restaurant $30+ each, Mountain view lounge, store, and an outdoor theater.
Directions: Yosemite National Park near Yosemite falls
More about Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
Multiple lodging options
There are thirteen campgrounds in Yosemite National Park. Camping reservations for up to seven of these campgrounds are available five months in advance. Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, and two campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are open all year. Rates start from $38.00/per night. In addition to the campgrounds, there is The Ahwahnee (a National Landmark), Yosemite Lodge (at the base of Yosemite Falls) and Curry Village (heated tent cabins). Reservations can be made by calling (559) 252-4848.
Relaxation and Facilities
Set in beautiful riverside valley settings, I only had one night at this hotel but the facilities are great. It has three outdoor swimming pools and one indoor with jacuzzis. There is a pizza restaurant as well as a full a la carte restaurant where I had a fantastic meal. Rooms have small kitchenettes with microwave and hob with complimentary tea and coffee as well as full facilities including numerous TV channels. It would have been great to spend more time here to further explore the facilities as well as the area.
Yosemite View Lodge has easy access directly into the National Park via Highway 140 or via the YARTS bus which services the Lodge 4 - 5 times daily in either direction with pickups as early as 6:35am through to 11:00am with drops offs at Yosemite Lodge within the park where, of course, you can connect to the Yosemite Shuttle bus which serves 21 stops within the National Park. Outdoor pools with magnificent valley sunsets! The a la carte restaurant serves great meals too!
The Yosemite Lodge Food Court is at the Yosemite Lodge at the falls. The food here isn't very good, and is overpriced; you'll have to spend about $10 per person. There is regular food court fare like pizzas, salads, sandwiches, etc. Their salads aren't very fresh, either. Not the best place for food in Yosemite Valley; better idea to head across to Curry Village, or as some other people do (we didn't) go to Degnan's Deli.
Saved by its location
First of all the location of this hotel is its saving grace - it is very convenient and has good extra facilities. We stayed for 4 nights in August 2004 (too long - unless you're a serious hiker 2 or 3 would be enough). We have previously stayed in Curry Village.
The criticisms of Yosemite Lodge are: No air conditioning - it was almost unbearable in August, the ceiling and extra fan made little difference except move the hot air around the room. Also no fridge - which in the heat would have been good if only for keeping bottles of water etc, cold. They have put in tv's (though not working yet) when I think fridges are far more essential). We also like to eat some stuff in our rooms - fruit etc,- but couldn't. The cost is also too high - we also stayed at Yavapai Lodge at Grand Canyon which is far better value for money. Housekeeping was erratic - one day we left our rooms at 8.00 a.m. and returned at 3.30 p.m. (with the "please make up this room" sign on the door) only to find our rooms had not been touched. We were all hot and tired after quite a strenuous hike, and this was a major blow. Our rooms ended up not being done at all that day.
There were some good points. The vouchers for free coffees etc in the cafeteria were good and we made good use of them. The food in this restaurant was also good value for money with a good choice (I recommend the chilli). The swimming pool was excellent and free for lodge residents. The shops however were only OK, they are better at Yosemite Village.
One other point. We had booked a basic room, but when we got there found it unacceptable. We got upgraded after complaining ( at extra cost) but would only recommend the better rooms (with a balcony). Even thes are overpriced though.
Basically I think Yosemite Lodge only gets away with price they charge because of the remoteness of the location and the lack of competition - Curry Village is very basic while the Awahanee is out of most families' budgets. In National Parks with more competition eg Grand Canyon there is much better value for money.
Yosemite View Lodge in the Winter
We planned this trip at the last minute during a holiday weekend. We wanted to stay in the park but everything was booked. The Yosemite View Lodge was a nice surprise. Nice surroundings and it sits right along the Merced River. The rooms were exactly as pictured on the website. We had a gas fireplace and a little kitchenette. The bathroom was a nice size with a huge jacuzzi tub (and two shower heads). Our room had a river and definately worth the extra price. They offer mountain view or river view. The mountain view faces the highway and I've heard it can be noisy. Our balcony was literally right above the river. Too bad it was so cold we couldn't really enjoy it! The downside of visitng the park in the winter.
There were other downsides of staying at the Yosemite View Lodge during the winter. There was only one jacuzzi and that was the one next to the indoor pool. And it was filled with kids. Also, there was only one restaurant. Normally there is the main restaurant and a smaller pizza restaurant. The main restaurant was just okay. The menu didn't have a lot of options and it was pricey. Also, it was only open for breakfast in the morning and then dinner at 5:00.
First let me say we have stayed in other NPS lodges, but after reading many negative/so-so reviews about the Yosemite Lodge, I was nervous about what to expect. We were very pleased. The location couldn't be better. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The rates are high, but considering it takes well over 1 hour to drive into the valley, you have to make some concessions. We found the staff to be friendly, despite other reviewers. In fact check-in isn't until 5 p.m. We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and stopped at the desk to ask about parking as it appeared that you needed a parking pass. To our pleasant surprise the desk clerk offered to check us in as there was a room available. Bonus! Now granted we were there the last week of August when the crowds were dying down, but we appreciated the opportunity to check-in early. Although we didn't use it, the lodge has a very large swimming pool. It was much warmer than we anticipated, so we are disappointed not to have brought our suits for a dip after hiking all day. We took all our meals at the food court. It is not fancy fair, but very satisfying after hiking all day. They had everything from sandwiches, salads, pasta and specials. An evening meal for 2 ran us about $20 each night. Breakfast was enjoyed on our patio with our complimentary cup of java and bagels or sweet rolls picked up at the lodge store. Overall our experience was positive. This is not a 5 star, plush resort. We think previous reviewers must have had unrealistic expectations.
with pleasure, there's always pain
My girlfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in August and my first impression was "wow!" Yosemite Park is a breath-taking place (literally, with it being 10k feet above sea level) and when we arrived we were 'rubber-necking' all the way to the Lodge. We'd booked in advance at a cost of $166.00 per night. We were travelling around America (west coast and Vegas) and this was by far the most expensive place to stay. We were immediately checked in when we arrived (about 4pm) and our room were offered a room right at the end of the block over-lloking the meadow which was gorgeous. The next day we decided to take the 4-mile hike UP Glacier Point and we assumed many people would take this route only to find once we got there that people actually get the bus UP there and walk DOWN.....oh dear! DO NOT TAKE THAT WALK UNLESS YOU CAN TAKE THE PACE AS IT'S A KILLER. Nonetheless, it was well worth the hike for the sense of achievement and the views all the way up. Beware though, you should book a bus back down ($15 each) as we tried getting on the last bus at 3.45pm and the very rude bus driver - Chuck - was adamant he wouldn't let us on and even waited another 20 minutes to ensure all booked parties got on. His advice was "hitch a lift"......thanks Chuck! We were facing a 4 mile walk back down until a very kind German couple took pity on us and drove us right back to our lodge......I hope Chuck feels all warm inside about his inhospitality.
Got back to Lodge to find our car had been towed away! I had parked it in a parking bay right next to our Lodge which, unwittingly, was the coach bays between 11am-5pm and as we had left at 8am to hike up Glacier Point we had no idea. Had to collect the car with a release fee of $40 which I refused to pay and the staff at Yosemite Lodge didn't want to know, the people at the garage were unhelpful and it was only the very kind ranger - Chris Smith - who took pity on me and explained the situation and even offered to pay out of his own pocket. I declined his kind offer and paid the fine.
The location of the lodge is second to none. The restaurant is very expensive though and the other self service restaurant is bland at best.
The staff are indifferent and encountered many young people who obviously were there for summer jobs and didn't care much for customer service and often gave you a vacant look before answering your question.
As I say, well worth the visit, but if cash is an issue don't stay here!
Close to Yosemite Valley
This hotel is the closest of those out-of-the-park to the Yosemite Valley. We stayed Thurs-Sat in late March, in a mountain view/2 queen bed room for $85 per night. I brought some easy food to prepare for dinner both nights (and a couple bottles of wine!). There's a restraunt there, but it didn't look very good for the prices. In each of teh rooms there are dishes, a few pots and pans, a fridge, microwave, dishes, silverware, a can opener, coffee maker (with coffee). It was very clean. There are lots of spas and heated pools around the property. We enjoyed an outdoor spa, even though it was only about 50 degrees outside. Only complaints: the pillows weren't very comfortable (though they seemed new), and the towels were thin and scratchy. Oh, and between the room and the "mountain view" is a parking lot. kitchenettes
heated pools and spas
Yosemite View Lodge
Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge?
My boyfriend and I are going to Yosemite National Park in November, 2004. We are trying to decide between staying at the Stoneman House (motel, not cabin) in Curry Village and the Yosemite Lodge. If you have stayed at either, I'd like to hear your honest opinion about the accommodations.
Re: Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge?
The Yosemite Lodge was cool as all get out. We *really* enjoyed it. Be sure, though, to reserve a Lodge Room (the Standards look like a Howard Johnson's). YL is right up against the mountains, and the views will make you wish daylight was 23 hours a day. The service is impeccable, the rates aren't too bad, comparitively, and the Lodge was completely re-done a few years ago. The Stoneman House was okay, but the YL was spectacular.
Just my .02 cents.
Re: Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge?
The Yosemite Lodge is great. It's located near the Lower Yosemite Falls. From the parking lot in front of the Lodge reservation complex there is a great view of Half Dome. The Lodge was rebuilt after a flood damaged Yosemite Valley in 1997.
I've stayed in Curry Village before but in its tent cabin, not at the Stoneman House, so I can't comment on that. But the tent cabins offers a rustic experience and if you like camping and the outdoors, this might be something you want to try.
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Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Yosemite Lodge Falls
- Yosemite Ca
- Yosemite View Lodge
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- Lodge Reservation Yosemite
Address: P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, , California, 95389, United States