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Yosemite Valley Lodge
LaurenLanglois from: Clifton Park, New York
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2021 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
You Really Can't Beat the Views!
We stayed at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for one night in August 2021. We had an upstairs room in a building near the dining hall - which I was happy about because I prefer to be upstairs whenever possible. The room was clean, I checked every corner of the mattress, bedding and every other upholstered surface in the room and I didn't find anything concerning. There isn't an air conditioner but there were two box fans in the closet, so we propped them up infront of the balcony door on a luggage rack to draw some of the cool/fresh air into the room. There was also a ceiling fan which we turned on when we arrived, so between the 3 fans the room temperature was fairly comfortable that night. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the hotel's main restaurant was closed so the only option for dinner was the Lodge's cafeteria style dining hall. When we arrived for dinner around 5:30PM on a Thursday, there were very few options available - they only had fried chicken tenders or some sort of baked fish for protein. There were several 'sides' to choose from such as steamed mixed veggies, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, soup, etc. The food was decent enough, nothing too exciting but it served its purpose. The Lodge is located in such a scenic place, if you walk in any direction for more than a few minutes you'll arrive at something beautiful. Being able to see the park at night was really special, it's definitely worth staying in the valley overnight. The next morning we checked out of the hotel and had a couple of hours to spend before our tour guide picked us back up again - we asked if we could store our suitcases in the Lodge's luggage room for a few hours and they were able to help us out which we appreciated. We rented bikes from the Lodge - single gear cruiser bikes - each bike was $30 for 4 hours. The paved bike paths in the valley are wonderful and you can also ride on the roads, so it's very easy to get around the valley - even on a well-worn cruiser bike. If you don't want to rent bikes there are plenty of places you can walk to if you have the time. Curry Village is just a couple of minutes away from the Lodge and there are other food options there if you're feeling hungry for something other than the Lodge's cafeteria style dining hall food. All-in-all the Lodge is worth the stay, the room was clean and the location was fantastic. If you want something very modern or 'luxurious' this probably isn't the place for you, but if you're into a more rustic stay then you'll enjoy this place - also you really can't beat the views!
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 5
Kalvin S from: San Mateo, California
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
Great location, but kinda dusty
The rooms are spacious and the view is spectacular. I agree with the other reviews to bring your own food. The Base camp dining is way overpriced for the quality of food you get, and the general store is also pretty expensive. Some rooms upstairs have skylights that have amazing views of the mountains. Be warned, there is no air conditioning! So the upstairs rooms can get pretty hot by late afternoon.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 4
Suzanne D from: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 13, 2021 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
You are paying for the location
The location and bar are the only good things about the lodge. The bar had 3 people working which is one more than the cafeteria style cooks working. We waited over an hour for a hamburger and Hot Dog that was worse than school cafeteria food. It also cost more than the 2 drinks from the bar. Everything else is closed be prepared. I would suggest bringing your own food.
alansM2471KR from: Easton, Maryland
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 13, 2021 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021 Rating: 4
Clean and comfortable
We spent two nights at the Yosemite Valley Inn. We found our room clean and comfortable. The wifi worked well, although they charge ten dollars for twenty four hours. The restaurant was open on our first night, and dinner was very good. We looked forward to dinner on the second night, only to learn the restaurant was closed due to lack of staff. Pizza was our only option, unless we wanted to drive to the valley, which we didn't wish to do. Breakfast was served buffet style and although a little pricey for buffet, very good. Very conveniently located for entry to the park.
295alexi from: plymouth ma
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 11, 2021 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
Nice rooms but bring food
Nice rooms, gorgeous views but the restaurants are so badly managed as to be a joke. Most places closed, only option a 90 minute wait for a cafeteria burger. It was each night of our stay so it was not some unforeseen issue. Not even enough sense to realize they were in trouble and modify things to handle it.