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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Enchanting Getaway
User: StanleylovesGracie from: Los Angeles, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2020
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
My family of three spent two nights over Thanksgiving and I am here to report that the accommodations were totally fine and the location is awesome. Complaints about lack of outlets were far fetched. Many outlets were located in the alarm clock. Others were placed at the entrance, by the table, and in the vanity area of the bathroom. The room was good sized and had the necessary amenities. The Base Camp eatery served a wonderful Thanksgiving feast which was delicious and reasonably priced. My nine year old daughter took part in the Junior Ranger program which is a fun thing to do at our national parks. A great relaxing two night stay in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The critics have it wrong on this one. The Yosemite Valley Lodge is a very nice place to stay.

Not bad for a Fall/Winer escape.
User: linarek from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Nov, 20, 2020
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
For $300+/night you are paying for the convenience of being within Yosemite Valley, first time visiting and I can’t imagine staying outside of the valley and having to drive an hour in/out of YNP. The days are getting shorter now and it gets pitch black in YNP by 5pm, if you plan to visit Yosemite during winter it is best to stay at YVL. Despite all the negative reviews it really isn’t that bad, we stayed on the second floor of the Willow building with a balcony view of Yosemite Falls-dried up though. The most coveted rooms with views of Yosemite falls are on the upper level of the Willow, Azalia, Cottonwood, Manzanita, or Elderberry building. We were able to check in at 3pm which was a plus and there were ample parking. Our spacious clean room w/paper thin walls (bring ear plugs), had high vaulted ceiling, comfortable king size bed, flat screen tv with good basic cable, heater, mini fridge, small dinner table for 2, cabinet drawers and closet space, decent size separate vanity and sink, super clean bathroom, with plenty of towels and scolding hot shower--so be careful, and a small balcony with patio table and chairs to enjoy coffee in the morning watching the snow fall and the color of Yosemite falls changing in the late afternoon sunlight. I read up before we went and packed an electric tea kettle for those morning cup of joe and tea on the balcony, my own set of pillows(their pillows are tired) and packed water/snacks/food that were easy to make in the room (no microwave). You don’t come to YNP for the food, so we didn’t have high expectations and we’re easy to please. There is a Base Camp Eatery on the property with a Starbucks, cafeteria style food, lines moved fast; their meatloaf was pretty good, decent burgers, sandwiches, soups and pizza with indoor seating. We enjoyed a night dining inside the Mountain Room Lounge opened from 4pm-9pm, they had full cocktail bar, music, TV screen with sports on, served only pizza, which was pretty good. We ordered a full meat lovers pie accompanied with several glasses of wine by the roaring fire and it was fabulous. Phone reception and wifi horrible, the best wifi connection was in the Mountain Room Lounge. Bike rentals are officially closed for the season, so I highly recommend bringing your own bike. No shuttle service due to Covid. Glacier Point closed but everything else is open for you to explore at your heart’s content. It was great to see everyone respecting one another by wearing a mask on the property and on the trails. I would definitely come back to YVL, just come prepared and you will have a fantastic time in the most beautiful place in the world. Read less
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Great location - worth the price
User: elizabeth534 from: San Francisco, California
Published Date: Nov, 20, 2020
Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
Location, location, location. It's nice to stay in the park and avoid the hassle of driving in. The hotel is next to Yosemite Falls and the shuttle can take you anywhere in the park. The four family rooms are very spacious and include a refrigerator and gathering area.
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Aramark extorts $300/night
User: Jeff L from: Moreno Valley, California
Published Date: Nov, 10, 2020
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2020
Rating: 1
Aramark extorts $300/night. Just like their previous National Park extortioners through the 2010's, Delaware North, these concessionaires continue to extract from the visitors every cent, every nickle, and every dime they can. My Grandparents took us as children in the 60's to the Valley, for I am imaging, penny's. I just left $3,000 for a four day trip with four children and two parents at Yosemite Lodge. I am not proud of my country who has trusted Aramark to make our National Parks open to all. I am blessed I can afford to line Aramak's CEO and their shareholder pockets with my $3,000. Pity those who can not afford $300/night for a Motel 6 like experience, in paradise. And pity Aramark for their greed. Jeff Linehan USAF Retired 61 yo
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2 star hotel with 4.5 star pricing
User: MariaCaders from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Oct, 28, 2020
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020
Rating: 3
One night was $370 without tax. The food at the eatery was below IHOP quality. It was like eating diner food. There wasn't much social distancing. The food was mac n cheese , a fish dish, lo mein, and either burgers or pizza. The second night from me eating the fish I got sick. I only had diarrhea and did not throw up. We ate 8 meals here and by the second day, I was really tired from it. I highly recommend bringing an icebox with your OWN food from outside the park. (The grocery store has your basics but don't expect any good food products from the grocery store. ) The self-park option is nice but you have to REMOVE everything from the car. The rooms were outdated and small. They get loud from all the people walking over to the pool. Also, it gets really loud because people congregate on the balconies and smoke and yell/scream. Don't expect a quiet night of sleep until 11 pm. 5 stars for service. 2 stars for cleaning. I found toenails, crumbs, cookies, lots of hair in the bunk beds. There was a lot of dust in the bunk beds. The fridge spoiled my meat. It is ONLY for keeping drinks cool, not for keeping meat below 40 ' faranheit. I would NOT come back to this hotel. I would try out the other lodge , Ahwahnee instead in hopes of getting better food. The doors were broken on the balcony so I couldn't close one of the door windows. Nor could I open one door. DO NOT RECOMMEND
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