I was weary of this hotel after reading other reviews...but happy to report we were pleasantly surprised and very happy with our experience.
First, we were very happy with the entire experience...the park was breathtaking, the rangers/workers/hotel staff were all helpful, friendly, and kind, and we were very impressed by the focus on using/promoting environmentally-friendly practices in cleaning, food preparation etc, etc.. We watched a short blurb on the local tv chanel, which explained the food (fruits/vegetables) prepared/served at yosemite are organic...would love to know if this is accurate.
To begin with, we paid $190 per night (which we obtained directly from the yosemite website)...and I think our large, airy and spacious family room was comparable to 2 rooms in terms of size (so the price was reasonable??). The sleeping area contained a king bed, and 2 twins. There was a dining area with table with 6 chairs and near this were 2 double sinks (this was not the most asthetic arrangement but not a problem). Off this area was a short walkway to a separate toilet room, and a separate shower. The living area had a large sofa sleeper, desk and chair, large sitting chair, and a large armoire with big tv, dvd player and small fridge/tiny freezer. Lots of closets and very short carpet in the main living areas. The furniture was not the newest/latest styles but everything was clean and neat. There were 3 short windows high above our beds (2nd floor hieght) which provided lovely natural light in the morning/evening as well as a small view of the nearby beautiful yosemite falls...our son had the best view from his bed. There were several other windows in the living area of the room but we had to keep them closed as animals were reportedly breaking into rooms in search of food. On another note, the cleaning staff did a very good job...we found our little hand towels shaped into flowers and the room impecably cleaned. nicely done.
The only suggestions we would offer the lodge...are paint the room a fresh, bright white color...currently the walls and all cupboards/closets are a kinda dingy off white color...which makes the room seem less attractive. Also, the bed sheets were clean and comfortable but seemed a bit worn...could use bed skirts on beds too (although the absence of bedskirts is hidden by the bedspreads). Our main suggestion/request is to please fix the shower stall. The tile desperately needed new grouting and some of the tile needed to be replaced. It didn't look inviting but we closed our eyes and wore our rubber slippers and all was well. The appearance of the shower was an interesting contrast to all the shiny, stylish, stainless steel bathroom fixtures (towel racks, shower head, sink fixtures, etc) which appeared to be new additions.
Despite the shower stall and other very minor complaints...we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights stay. Honestly, we all slept very soundly and comfortably.
Tips for travelors...be ready for mosquitos...particularly in the evenings. They seems to be more of a nusance during our 2nd day at the park. Also, the park days were sunny and very warm but the evenings were cool so there was no need to open windows for cooling as there isn't AC at the lodge. Our room was equiped with 2 ceiling fans as well as 3 portable table fans (stored in the closet). I don't know how comfortable this lodge would be in the middle/hotter part of summer so planning earlier visits (May) might be better.
The food at the food court was also good and reasonably priced (relative to San Francisco prices)...but you can buy things like pastries, ice cream bars, etc for signifcantly much less at the gift shop (ie. the price of a dryers all natural fruit bar was 90 cents at the gift shop but $2.10 at the food court).
The big bonus to staying at the lodge is the location...in the heart of the valley and oh so close to the yosemite falls.
So, if camping isn't your thing but you want to experience yosemite park...and you prefer a private bath, comfortable bed and separate quarters from bugs/wildlife...you can at the lodge with all the beauty of the park just outside your door/waiting for you to explore and enjoy. the lodge is particularly family friendly as it also has an outdoor pool, bike rentals, close access to free shuttle bus, etc, etc).
In ending...we had a fabulous visit and hope to return again soon. We will definitely stay here again and only hope they will fix-up the shower stall before we return.
- 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