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Yosemite View Lodge
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Comfortable but in need of updating and overpriced
User: RoseInTheDesert from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 8, 2024
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
My room was clean and spacious and also surprisingly quiet. However for a bit over $350 a night the value for money just wasn't there. Repairs are being neglected so the bathroom door was falling off because no one had put in screws, the wallpaper was peeling, there were holes in the wall, and mold stains in the bathroom. If I'd paid half the price that might have been acceptable but that was not the case. There was also only two towels and no hand towels or washclothes for two people. The front desk was polite and helpful.

Great location but...
User: Kim B from: California Desert, California
Published Date: Jun, 8, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 3
This property is all about the location. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Merced River, a river view room is a must. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Located just outside the park, it is a quick trip for a multiple day visit to Yosemite. The adjacent restaurant is convenient and reasonably priced (except for buffet only breakfast). However, the hotel is old and in much need of renovation.
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An unexpectedly lovely time!
User: Mashanannafanna from: Willingdon, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 5, 2024
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
We were rather dreading coming to this hotel after reading some of the comments on Trip Advisor! However we had a most wonderful 2 night stay! We are a couple from England who are touring California. Knowing that in visiting one of creations most beautiful parks we knew we couldn’t expect a hotel offering 5 star luxury. Check in was quick and easy and a very friendly guy gave us keys to sequoia apartment with river views. The room was massive and very clean. It had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. We used the pool and ate at both the pizza and main restaurants (not owned by the hotel) The pizza was delicious and the main restaurant’s food was not exceptional but adequate. Prices were on the expensive side - but they have to bring it all in from miles away. The shop, the lounge and the reception areas are totally in keeping with the property type. Like stepping back to the 80’s I think. But that’s its charm - not all things need to be sleek and minimalistic. But the best memory we will take with us will be the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Shout out to the guy who checked us in late afternoon, ran around in the restaurant serving a huge crowd in the evening and checked us out a 6.30am the next morning. Give that man a pay rise. Thank you x PS - Yosemite stunning!

Empty nesters at Yosemite
User: KrysH131 from: Blaine, Minnesota
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 5, 2024
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2024
Rating: 5
So the rating on this is tough. It’s not a 5 if I’m comparing to big city hotels or resort destinations. But if you are staying here you are visiting a national park and that changes the lodging choices. Most choices are camping. All properties are older and some are actually historic. This hotel checked all of the boxes for us and way we like to travel 1. Convenience. I don’t love spending hours getting into or out of a park and this is right outside the el portal gate. Extra points for el portal gate having very little morning line compared to big oak flat. 5 stars. There is not a better closer choice 2. Room/value So we booked a pretty amazing ‘majestic’ suite at this place. It’s probably the biggest room I’ve ever stayed in. Crazy huge shower that had like 4 shower heads. The furniture (couches/chairs) seem dated and a little worn (not referencing the stuff I’d say is more antiquey looking). But having a big sectional to spread out on after a long day was definitely welcome. This room had a beautiful up to date kitchen that was great for cooling our water bottles overnight and making coffee in the morning. A huge whirlpool tub and normally I’m not into these things but this is situated next to huge windows where you see the flowing Merced river. If you are booking this hotel pay for the river view no matter what room you choose. You are going to pay good money for a hotel by a park. Pay the money to enjoy this properties most amazing feature. We ate dinner on our balcony listening to the river the second night and it was a top 5 trip moment. Overall for a National park visit we were very comfortable here. The place is definitely older but that’s what I expected. The coffee provided in the room was not great. I grabbed a filter and grounds from our last place and ended up using those. The soaps/shampoo are fine but no separate conditioner. I’d book here again and I’d even spend the money for the nicer room even with a few improvements needed. We stayed two nights. I’m hindsight I might have sprung for a 3rd night because we really got here late the first night and I had to force myself to stay up to enjoy the river view ;). 3. Amenities 2 restaurants on site. We ate at both. Sit down restaurant had a wait (be prepared if you are starving). Food was good and pricing what I expected. Service was good. pizza restaurant was quick and easy. Great pizza. There is not really any other things in el portal so as people are getting back and showering expect these two places to be BUSY. We used the on site store to grab sandwiches for our park lunch. We both commented that it was a really good sandwich. Store had everything you could want including a pretty big wine section. We did not visit the pools or hot tubs. Wifi is available, pay per day and spotty. You are basically in Yosemite here. I was shocked we had any internet. 4. Service Everyone was amazing. I called for more towels and they were at the room in under 10 minutes. Overall I’d say spend the money to stay here. It won’t be the nicest room you’ve ever walked into but it’s clean. Air conditioned. Had on site facilities so you didn’t have to wander out after a day of being hot and tired. And if you can swing it the majestic river view suite was a fun room to be in. Especially if you will spend a little time in the room. If you plan to eat elsewhere and be in the park from 5am to 8pm then just get a room and enjoy the easy location.

Perfectly located and they know it !
User: Escape09916344135 from: Las Vegas, Nevada
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jun, 3, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 2
I'll start by saying that if you're looking for a cheap accomodation situated so close to the park then it doesn't really exist. Therefore I don't begrudge the cost per night of 400 dollars for the ease of access to the park. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the rooms are severely dated amd long overdue refurbishment. We had a kitchenette with 2 old ring top hobs of which one didn't work. The decor and furnishings look like they date back to the 80s and out of all the places we stayed on our trip round the national parks this was the worst looking by far. The bathroom door would also not shut properly. The on premise eating options were pretty good though expensive but that was the same at all the parks we visited as you don't really have another choice. The swimming pool was decent and our shower was fine though I noted several people complaining about a lack of hot water in other rooms so worth mentioning. There was plenty of space in the room and it had a balcony. My biggest gripe I would have to say was the internet provision. Not only did it cost $10 for 24 hours of access, it also limited this to 2 devices. As a group of three travelling in 2024 this was absurd and inconvenient. I don't remember the last time i visited a place where complimentary guest wifi wasn't a given. The reasoning was that this was a third party provision and so out of their hands. The reality is with hundreds of rooms and patrons it's not hard to estimate this has a nice profit associated with it. We actually ended up doing most of our internet usage once we hiked up the trails as we had perfect 5g reception there 😁 but this was the biggest inconvenience as we tried to share our ongoing trip to friends and family back home. In essence our stay was comfortable enough and it was perfectly positioned a short drive away from the park. I couldn't help but get the sense that as a business they know they are perfectly positioned and therefore there is no real incentive to compete with other locations. This results in dated record and furnishings, poorly maintained room services and a monopoly on internet usage which is out of touch with the rest of the world. It gets 1 star for location and 1 star for the pool but don't expect value for money when staying here.

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