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Yosemite Valley Lodge
kathyD2274 from: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Published Date: Apr, 20, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Dated, but convenient location
As most National Park lodges, the interior is pretty dated. Wifi is extremely slow or non existent, getting up early you can get a signal in your room, but not much else the rest of the day.
Convenient to the falls, to food, and a quick walk to some of the valley sites.
- Value: 3
- Location: 4
- Service: 3
TravelWarrior2000 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Mar, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
In 2020 you think you would have decent internet. NO. I tried to call the lobby, but didn't get an answer. I went to the lobby and they suggested I bring my laptop to the lobby and then directed me to a certain chair that might have better reception. This didn't work well either. While I'm not thrilled that I have to do some work while staying in Yosemite, the Lodge made it all the more difficult and took me about five times as long and I wasn't able to complete some simple transactions such as responding to email. Room phone was mis-labled and beyond calling the front desk, had too much static. Also called front desk to ask location of ice machine. Employee wasn't sure where it might be in the building I was staying in, but said the bar (not open until 5:00p.m.) might give me some. Also received other misinformation from the front desk. Clearly not well trained. The room was very clean, other than some stains on the bedspread.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 2
SteveRearington from: United States
Published Date: Mar, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
The place needs work
The place needs work. Our first room smelled horrible (like something dead), but that was rectified and we were moved. It is somewhat amusing watching the government employees (or the people who work for a corporation that serves the government) at "work"...this place is assured of a fat government contract, so things move...errr...a little more slowly than at a regular hotel that is not guaranteed a full house every night. Employees move at the typical government snails pace. However, it was hard to fault them as they were friendly and nice. Just painfully, awfully slow.
Parking is horrible. Maybe if you're from California you won't think so, everyone else will.
- Rooms: 3
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Service: 4
Bill S from:
Published Date: Mar, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Staff was great. The room was sub standard
All the staff were friendly and helpful. However, the sink faucet and bathtub faucet were nearly falling off. The screen door was off its tracks and could not be re-installed and was obviously neglected. For over $300 per night stuff should work.
The pillows are the worst we have ever encountered. Concrete blocks would have been superior and more comfortable
- Value: 2
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 5
SarahJ466 from: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 10, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 1
Hotel horrific, yosemite amazing!
Reviewing the yosemite valley lodge I sadly don't have much positive to say. We got there after a long drive and was forced to wait almost 2 hours to check in. When we were checking in, we were instructed with what do do in the event of mice infestations and how to protect against hantavirus. We were in the middle of nowhere after all so carried on. Re the room, wow...and unfortunately not for the right reasons. It was dark and dingy, smelt of damp and rott. There were stains on the bed spread but fortunately the sheets we're clean. We mistakenly opened a window in the day only to be greeted by a dust cloud and dead insects all along the window ledge. Awful. Even upon checking out the lady behind the desk was unsure that she could even do this most basic requirement of hotel front desk staff for us. Buying food is an experience, the base camp eatery is something you won't forget quickly, you order your food, they scream your name and you catch it at the end of the counter. Had a similar experience in degnars kitchen the next day, it was a stressful sandwich! For the money on the hotel, it absolutely was not worth it. I agree the lodges need some rustic charm but please at least clean them to the point where you can breathe properly.
For people reading this hotel review, please don't be distracted from this as yosemite as a national park. The park is beautiful, stunning and absolutely one of the best things in my life I have ever seen. We were here for 2 days and despite the hotel, it was magnificent. A point to note, be cautious of driving! We were not prepared for driving so many miles across so many mountains to see this. If you think you maybe uncomfortable driving 6500ft on cliff tops, get a day trip. General advice, visit yosemite, do a different hotel.