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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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User: Extraordinary771026 from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 3, 2024
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2024
Rating: 1
Dirty. Stayed at Juniper building for 2 nights. Juniper Building is at a superb location and quiet enough. But the major concern is hygiene. A bad smell as soon as we entered the room. Spider webs on the lamps. The shower curtain had a bad smell. I had to wipe the nightstand and table surfaces because they were sticky. Bathroom corners had lots of dirt and yellow water marks. Luckily we brought wipes and cleaning sprays with us. We required cleaning and refilling toilet papers in person first thing in the morning in person at the front desk. But we found out the room was untouched when we returned after a long day of hiking. The front desk apologized that they forgot to notify the cleaning team and offered some towels and trash bags. Considering we paid nearly 400 per night it was appalling. I brought a small travel electric kettle to make teas and bought nice coffee/ice tea at the on site Starbucks. The coffee maker in the room was dirty. The fridge worked well but it was dirty inside as well. My advice: bring your own cleaning items (spray and wipes), travel electric kettle and travel blankets if possible.

Acceptable for staying near Yosemite.
User: C6602IEheidig from:
Published Date: Jun, 2, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 3
Not sure where else you could stay in/near Yosemite so it was acceptable. If this was anywhere else the review would be much worse. The tub has giant whirlpool that looks like it was last working in 1974 ish. The toilet seat is too small for the toilet. None of the drains have covers and they are all rusted. The doorknob to the bathroom didn’t exactly work. The towels had spots. The bed and pillows were uncomfy. But if you’ve been hiking you’ll be too tired to care. The lobby has interesting antique cigarette cards and the store has decent provisions. There are several pools and hot tubs. The grounds appear well kept. There is a fire pit next to the river that’s nice and you can see the stars at night. The game room was fine but air hockey was broke.

Shame on Aramark for destroying this pristine Yosemite Valley.
User: legsbell from: Martinez, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: May, 22, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 1
We have been coming to Yosemite most every year for close to 40 years, which the exception of the pandemic or other closures (fires).This year we were appalled by the run down condition, the trash, and the lack of customer service provided by Aramark. We chatted with numerous employees, all of whom said the same thing, they are overworked because Aramark chooses to run lean and they are disgruntled at how Aramark management doesn’t care. I have never seen so much trash around the valley. The public garbage cans are disgustingly filthy to the point no one wants to use them. It’s a shame how Aramark is DESTROYING this beautiful valley. Shame on Aramark.

Very expensive for the quality of the lodging
User: Louise P from: London, United Kingdom
Published Date: May, 20, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 2
Yosemite Valley Lodge has an amazing location but the accommodation is very dated. It has a 1970's time warp feel about it and the look of a cheap motel. All the furniture and bedding looks old and worn, The bathroom was pretty clean but there were cobwebs in the wardrobe area. The whole lodging needs bringing up to 21st century standards given the price which is very expensive for what it is. We had particular hassle on check-in which seemed to be the norm given the comments of other guests and the long line of people having to wait to get into their rooms 2/3 hours after the check-in time of 4pm! We arrived about 6pm and were informed that our requested room on the second floor was not ready due to staff shortages - 2 hours after the check-in time. The receptionist was utterly charmless to say the least, and certainly not welcoming. When we enquired how long we might have to wait, in an off-hand manner he said that he could not say and that we should come back to reception in about 30 minutes or so. He also said that he could not phone us to let us know when the room would be ready as they cannot call an international mobile phone. We asked to speak to a more senior receptionist. The lady we spoke with was more helpful. We were offered a room on a ground floor level as this was ready which we initially accepted as we had a meal booked for 7 pm in the Mountain View Room. When we inspected the room, we discovered that it was the nearest to the busy perimeter road and seemed dark and gloomy. We immediately returned to the front desk to say that we would wait until the room that we had requested was ready, but were informed that it had already been reallocated. After some discussion, we were offered another room that was also unready as waiting to be cleaned. We waited until about 6.45 pm to obtain the keys. Finally, we put our cases in the room without time to unpack and made the restaurant by about 2 minutes after 7 pm - our reservation time. The overall level of customer service and quality of accommodation was unsatisfactory and did not represent value for money. On the plus side it is in an amazing location.

You pay for the location, and it's worth it!
User: Kat0623 from: Michigan
Published Date: May, 9, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
We stayed here for three nights on a two-week California road trip. I had read the reviews and felt I knew what to expect from this lodge, and it was about what I thought. That said, we would stay there again in the right season. Pros: *LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! We parked our car when we got there and didn't move it until we left. We either walked or took the shuttle to everywhere we wanted to go. So nice to be able to just come back to the room after a hike, or grab a beer at the restaurant and sit outside to relax. We drove a lot on this trip, so no driving while there was a huge plus for us. *King room - comfortable bed and sheets, blankets a little old, but ok. *Table and two chairs in the room, as well as a roomy dresser, a small fridge, and two fans. *Food was overpriced but ok, beer was cold, eating outside at the tables was enjoyable for nature and people watching. *Yosemite Falls was visible from almost everywhere in the area except when blocked by trees. *The room looked like there would be bugs/spiders in it, lots of webs outside the door and on the patio, but I honestly never saw a single one while we were there except one small dead ant on the last day. I guess that's both a pro and con, but thought I'd mention it. Cons: *Not the cleanest. Think "summer camp in the woods" and you'll be ok. Carpet, shower, balcony, all pretty dirty. Toiletries are pump-style and didn't seem great, but we had our own to use. *Ceiling fan in the room was nice, but the string was missing to turn off the light and leave the fan on, so could only be on during the day. *We were there in April and it was surprisingly warm while we were there (70's during the day, up to 80), but down to 40's at night. Even with the doors open to the balcony all night (they are screened), it never really cooled down in there. I would recommend only staying there spring/winter/fall. It would be miserable in the summer. *Price was exorbitant for what you get, but again, you're paying to be IN the National Park. We had similar experiences at Zion and Bryce, but still feel that it's worth it for the location. Overall I have really good memories of being there, and the room itself just didn't seem to matter much. The views and hikes were absolutely stunning and Yosemite is now my favorite National Park.

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