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Yosemite Valley Lodge
scrappysquirrel from: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 26, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We stayed at Yosemite Valley Lodge for 3 mights in June. I made reservations 366 days in advance of our stay for 7 days. This was the maximum number of days that I could reserve at one time. At the time, we weren’t sure of our exact travel dates. Once we finalized our travel dates, I canceled 4 of the days. I had to pay for the first night when I made the reservation. I could have canceled the reservation or reduced the number of days up to 7 days before the reservation with no penalty.
We have been to many national parks, but have never stayed in park lodging. I’m glad that I did research and knew this was the best option since the valley gets so crowded and it’s a bit of a drive from anywhere outside the park. We had a queen bunk room. The room was clean and comfortable. It was pricier than what we’d normally pay for this type of accommodation, but we were really paying for the location. There was no AC, but there was a ceiling fan, a tower fan and a smaller fan. The first afternoon that we arrived, it was rather stuffy. Once we opened the windows at the balcony and started the fans, it got more comfortable. Our son did say that the top bunk was a bit warm for him. It was nice to be able to return to our room midday to relax before heading out again. Housekeeping always came before we returned midday. We’d definitely stay here again if we return to Yosemite.
chinasonvacation from: China MI
Published Date: Jun, 23, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Definitely stay here
We stayed 2 nights in the Manzanita building with a a king bed on the 2nd floor. The location was perfect & we could see & hear Yosemite falls from our room with the sliding door wall open. You can easily walk to the falls & we definitely recommend doing so in the morning b4 the shuttle bus drops people off (there were only a handful of people there in the am). Our room was clean & larger than we thought it would be. No a/c or reliable wifi but we were amazed that we actually had wifi service in our room. We opened up all the windows (above the closet, in the bathroom, door wall & even the entry door which had a screen if you unlocked the louvers) and even though it was 86 during the day it really cooled off nicely. Shuttle bus stop was right in front of reception & we went to curry village twice to eat. Workers at both check in & out & the general store were all very pleasant. Oh, they even left us a hand written note for our anniversary & left chocolate covered strawberries in our fridge; such a nice gesture. The only thing I can recommend is that you definitely have to book early or you'll be looking online multiple times a day for openings. We did book 12 months in advance & glad we did. We would definitely stay here again & would also recommend others to stay here. Only issue we had was finding where to park for reception as we didn't see a sign anywhere Suggest parking wherever you get a spot. We actually got a very close spot to reception & never moved the car.
Nemo2000 from: Huntington Beach, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Ok for a lodge
The lodge was a series of individual buildings. We were able to get a second level. Spartan and somewhat clean. The room could use a good deep cleaning. No AC but the room came with two fans. Both could have used a cleaning as well as everything else in the closet.. Small refrigerator worked well and kept items ice cold. It was quiet during the evening, but during the day the mass of humanity in and around the lodge actuality drowned out the sound of the falls. Great location and a short walk to the base of Yosemite Falls. Lodge has a cafeteria (horrible), the Mountain Room restaurant (awesome), Mountain Room Lounge (nice atmosphere - food meh), and a small store. Parking is a nightmare during the day, but the lots clear out by 6. If you find a spot, keep your car there and take the bus.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 3
joaniemaria from: Eldridge, Iowa
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Stay here if you can
We stayed one night here and it was great! Wonderful to stay right in Yosemite. We stayed in Azalea building and were away from the hubbub near the office and food court area. It was quiet and we saw a deer right outside our back door. The room had two queen beds, table and two chairs, mini-fridge, tv. It was clean and pleasant, and roomier than I thought it would be. WiFi is spotty. I finally gave up and turned odd device. Oh well, we are in the valley. It is convenient to have the food court, store, Starbucks nearby. Yosemite Falls was visible from right outside our back patio. The Olympic size swimming pool is very nice. I did not swim as it cooled off in the evening, but it is free to guests of the lodge. Parking is very full, so if you snag a parking spot nearby, you may want to stay put.
PaulH-nova from: Coleville, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Unrivalled Location - Expensive but you get a $million View
3 nights in queen & bunk room, 2nd floor, Hemlock Building. Pros: You can't beat staying in the valley to truly enjoy Yosemite, room was decent size with a modestly updated bathroom and adequate balcony, beds were fine for sleeping, no real noise from neighbors, good water pressure, surprising channel choice on TV, 1 minute walk to food hall & central facilities. Cons: Difficult to book in peak waterfall season (I started 1 year + 1 day early), really expensive for a fairly plain room, wifi was very weak (I walked to lobby for better signal).
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 4