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Yosemite Valley Lodge
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 25, 2022 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
Good, but could use some improvements
Stayed in winter at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Staff were helpful and overall the stay was good.
The room was clean, but there were a few things that were annoying:
- A mouse woke us up in the middle of the night as it rifled through the trash. Eventually it scurried away somewhere. When reported to the front desk in the morning, a mouse trap was placed next to the trash in our room. Luckily (or not) it wasn’t caught… but it didn’t bother us again.
- The main heater worked well, but it too kept waking us up in the middle of the night cause it kept making these ticking and banging noises.
- The heater in the bathroom did not work, and so it was very cold.
- Disappointing in-room coffee - I recommend bring your own instant coffee if you really want to have it in your room.
- Wifi was very weak or non-existent (but this was mostly expected) and only worked in the lobby.
- The walls were not sound-proofed enough. We could hear entire conversations in the adjacent rooms, and they sounded like people at normal volume (not yelling).
Overall, I would stay again, but this place needs some improvements.
Published Date: Jan, 19, 2022 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
Weekend Family Trip
We visited in early December and had an amazing trip. The Lodge was the perfect location for us and Yosemite Valley was cold and beautiful. We ate both at the food court and the mountain room lounge and enjoyed both the service and food.
Kimbabites from: Los Angeles
Published Date: Jan, 7, 2022 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2022 Rating: 5
Great Stay in Winter
The location is of course the best thing about this property. We stayed here for 3 nights in early January 2022. We had a view of Yosemite Falls when we stepped out of our door, and we even had a back door giving onto a little semi-private patio area and a small field full of snow and river within a few minutes walk. Also, a view of the granite cliffs opposite the falls. The Yosemite Falls trailhead was within walking distance, so we didn't get in our car for a whole day. During the winter, most of the food options were limited so we brought most of our own food but visited Base Camp Eatery for a few meals. Most of the food was just okay but the pizza was actually pretty good. The gift shop has souvenirs as well as necessities and even some packaged frozen meals and a microwave. We bought Haagen Dazs ice cream there. The room amenities are pretty basic, and the coffee maker is one of those tiny ones that drip right into a cup instead of having a carafe. The fridge is small, but big enough for our short stay. The heating unit works well but is a bit loud. The hot water was pretty instant and the shower pressure is good. The wifi was non-existent in our room (Laurel bldg, which is furthest from the main buildings), but maybe that was a good thing, though my teenage daughter didn't think so! The walls are a bit thin, so you might be annoyed if you are a light sleeper and/or have noisy neighbors. Overall, we were happy with the room and weren't expecting a luxury experience. I think the rate I got was lower because it was just after the holidays. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff were friendly and responsive.
- Rooms: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
JLVJourneys from: Sacramento, California
Published Date: Jan, 7, 2022 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2022 Rating: 2
Maybe it is better than camping....
Horrid. Got stuck w an ADA accessible room even though the place is not crowded. Huge useless shower stall & toilet area with tiny sink area, no counter space; tiny bedroom lousy closet storage area anemic mini fridge. Two hard old kitchen chairs no comfy place to sit except the hard bed. Just horrid. We paid for 3 nights and left after two. The restaurant is closed. Cafeteria breakfast was inedible, we threw away half our breakfasts: cold mushy fried potatoes, hard congealed cold scrambled eggs, inedible breakfast burrito. Dinner at the sports bar here since that is the ONLY option other than the noisy cafeteria. Only about 4 items to choose from and not good at all. Noisy. This is a really nasty place to be. On top of that, the staff are ill informed and don't know what trails or areas are open and which are not. The Visitor Center is closed (front desk told us to go ask them...)
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Location: 4
- Service: 1
3travelersLosAngeles from: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Published Date: Dec, 14, 2021 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Nice stay over Thanksgiving
We've coming to Yosemite for about 8 years for Thanksgiving. We spent a week in the lodge.
The room was a decent size, and had lots of storage space. Having a fridge was great. We did go shopping before getting to the park, so we did breakfast and lunch on our own. We found the beds comfortable.
It's not a 5 star hotel, but it doesn't pretend to be. If you want that, pay for the Ahwanee. The room had a rustic feel, which seemed appropriate for the location. And speaking of location, it doesn't get any better! You can walk out your door and see the falls within minutes.
The thing we missed this year were the shuttles. We didn't realize how much we relied on them. However, the front desk people (who were incredibly friendly and helpful to us), told us that because they can't put more than one person in a dorm, they are down to 400 employees from 1300. Knowing that gave us a lot of empathy for those that were working.
It baffles me what people complain about when they are in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is no wi-fi, but our phones worked fine. (plus, what do you need wifi for?). The views and hiking are first class, I'm just thrilled there is a mid-line place to stay in the Valley. I'm getting too old for camping.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5