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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Fabulous location
User: simon-t8t from: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect location for a stay in Yosemite, with the lodge right at the heart of the valley. The rooms are fairly basic, but are comfortable and clean. Checkin was quick friendly and efficient. The store on site is excellent and as well as the usual range of souvenirs and gifts it has a decent range of snacks, beer and wine, which is useful. A really nice spot to stay.

Pleasantly Surprised
User: tashapVermont from: Vermont
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
We spent two nights at Yosemite Valley Lodge. We had just spent a night in Death Valley where the accommodations were so bad, we were very skeptical about staying in another park property. Check in was smooth and we found our room easily (2nd floor corner room of the Manzanita building). Upon entering our room, we felt a great sense of relief. Yes the rooms are basic but spotless & very quiet. The furnishings are rustic and include a small deck. There is a coffee maker and a small refrigerator. The lodge also offers a water refill station near the front desk and makes efforts to recycle. (Hooray!) We ate both nights at the Mountain View Bar—food was okay, not great but the options are limited and the pricing was reasonable. The rates may seem a bit high but we felt it was a small price to pay to stay in the park and to be able to spend more time enjoying Yosemite’s beauty.
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great location but service is lackluster at best
User: tinamp12 from: Charlotte, North Carolina
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 2
We wanted to stay within the park so we could climb Half Dome super early so choices are limited. Rooms are expensive for the quality and service; Great view though! And only minutes from the trailhead parking. Check in desk gave us keys to the wrong room initially so we walked into someone else's room! Turns out we were supposed to be next door. Four of us stayed in a bunk room with a Queen bed and a bunk with a full size and twin bed. We only received towels for 2 people however and had to call to get more. Service at Base Camp Dining is super slow! Salmon and Mac and Cheese was good but it took over 20 minutes to pay due to short staffing so our food was cold by the time we got to the table. Last day we were there for some reason there was NO hot water so we had to leave without showers. Luckily, we had plenty of hot water the night before and had showered then. All in all, its a great location without many other options or competition for lodging so they don't have to work too hard to be booked year round. For that reason, they can charge high prices with minimal efforts made in the service department.
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Not great
User: Karim H from: London, England
Published Date: Oct, 20, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
None of the options in Yosemite seem all that good, so this may even be the best of a bad bunch, but it's really not great. Rooms are just OK, WiFi basically doesn't work, huge wait times for the restaurant (1 hr 15 min for just one person, and the food was just OK), very crowded. The park itself of course is amazing, it's a shame there aren't any better options for accommodation.

Great Location in the Valley
User: Rebecca N from: Honolulu, Hawaii
Published Date: Oct, 20, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
Our experience at the Lodge was far better than at the Wawona Hotel but there were issues. The major issue was with the check in staff. We were happy to be able to check in around noon but when we got to the room (4126 in Tamarack), it had not been serviced. Two calls to the front desk to have the room serviced produced zero results. We saw a housekeeping staff member, River, knocking on the door of a neighboring room. He came over, promptly apologized and promised to have the room readied in less than an hour. He is a wonderful asset! That night, around 7 pm, the front desk called us and told us we were in the wrong room! Were we expected to move? We informed the front desk we were not moving and hung up. About the room . . . The room was large, on the second floor, secluded and quiet. The beds were very comfortable, a welcome contrast to the Wawona. There were plenty of towels, a nice, recently remodeled shower, plenty of hot water, soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. There was a refrigerator and coffee maker in the room, ironing board and iron, a hair dryer. . . Certainly more than the basics. Even a TV if you want to stay in your room? My only concern with the room was it was dark. The lighting was poor. And forget internet use in the room. I only got reception in the front desk lobby area and even then, it was slow. Had the front desk staff incidents not have occurred, I would have rated the property higher. Oh, if you wanted to do laundry, you had to go to Housekeeping Camp. Can take the shuttle or drive. $3 for a wash, $1.50 for 30 minutes of drying time and 75 cents for some odd soap detergent in big plastic (?) container. Get change at the front desk before you go because the change machine doesn’t always work. It only takes $1 and $5 bills.
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