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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Location amazing
User: ElaineBristol from: Bristol, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Feb, 4, 2024
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2023
Rating: 4
The lodge itself is very dated and grubby looking. What made up for this was the location. Being in the park itself made it easier to get around without having to do such an early start for the hiking. We stayed for 3 nights and ate in the eatery on site which is basic but quick and easy and provides enough variety for a couple of days. We went on the green dragon train tour on the evening of our arrival which was well worth it, very informative so you know what you are passing when travelling around and also enables you to get some great pics. We sat by the lake closeby to our lodge on an afternoon just relaxing in the sunshine with a drink, which was most welcome after the early morning hikes. Great place to visit. Disappointed we didnt get to see any bears! Was a great end to our 14 day driving tour before returning to San Francisco for flight home. It is very overpriced as you are paying for the location.

Don’t book this place if you value your money.
User: Jackie C from:
Published Date: Jan, 29, 2024
Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2024
Rating: 1
I got COVID and was told I can’t get a refund unless my doctor sends me a written confirmation I can email to them for a refund. Otherwise I will be charged full price. I have to expose more people to COVID by going to the doctor to get a REFUND on my card because they intend to charge it no matter what.

Cold and Dark
User: NPHiker from: Forest Hill, MD
Published Date: Jan, 21, 2024
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2023
Rating: 2
First thing I noticed upon checking in was the room was cold. I soon found out that the heating is controlled centrally and not turned on yet for the season despite lows < 40 degrees. I was told that there was a space heater - which I found in the closet with the cord nearly severed, which would have created a fire hazard if it had worked at all. (a replacement was delivered the next day). This still left the room cold when rising and returning since leaving it plugged in unattended didn't seem safe. The room also had a jalousie type window and shutter which were wide open when I checked and couldn't be fully cranked shut, letting cold air and noise in. I am sure the goal is to be environmentally conscious, but the lighting in the room was especially dim, so I ended up turning on every light in the room just to avoid sitting in the dark. These rooms aren't cheap - I paid ~$325 per night which I think included a discount since I was participating in a photo workshop at the Ansel Adams gallery. I can't wait to return to the valley, but I really doubt I will stay here again.

Ideal to stay in a lodge within the park itself for the best sightseeing experience
User: DCW235 from: Chester, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 15, 2024
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2023
Rating: 4
Authentic lodge room for 2 night stay. The room was basic but comfortable, with a shower and bath. The view outside the lodge was impressive and we could be up and out to enjoy the scenery and not have to travel into the park. We enjoyed our evening meals in the mountain room lounge bar, with a fire and reasonably priced food. The camp eatery was fast food and ideal for a quick breakfast or snack. The buses around the park were efficient. We visited on the Labour Day weekend so it was busy.

Basic lodging, wonderful scenery
User: ziona from: St. Petersburg, Florida
Published Date: Jan, 7, 2024
Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2023
Rating: 5
I arrived with lowered expectations after reading the reviews, but had no complaints during my stay. I was in the Cedar building. It was basic but clean, the internet worked about average for a hotel, there was ample hot water, and the exhaust fan in the bathroom worked. There were power outlets available to charge electronics. The heat in the room was not adjustable and a fan was constantly running, but there was a space heater provided. There was no microwave in the room and the mini fridge froze some food before adjusting its temperature. The window was right on a walkway, so I kept the blinds closed most of the time. In winter there was sufficient parking. It's a 5 minute walk to Yosemite Falls and a 15 minute walk to the main village and the bus that runs to the east valley stops. Yosemite is a magnificent place and I consider it worth staying in the park.

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