Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Address: 6979A Highway 140, Midpines, California, 95345, United States | Hostel
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This hostel, located on 6979A Highway 140, Midpines, is near Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater, Parsons Memorial, and Trail Camp.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsYosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Midpines

          Reviewed by amandacecchetto

          Canadian Traveler to Yosemite

          Reviewed Aug 7, 2013
          by (1 review) , Canada Flag of Canada

          I stayed at Yosemite Bug for two nights while visiting the National Park. I absolutely loved my stay at this cabin resort which had a private bedroom and a private bathroom. The restaurant had delicious fresh food with many gluten free and dairy free options. At night, after a long day of hiking in Yosemite, this resort is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a fire outside, a hot tub, a sauna or a massage at the spa. During my visit to California, the Yosemite bug was one of my favourite spots throughout my vacation. I typically stay in 4-5 star hotels when I travel, and I would certainly stay at Yosemite Bug in the future.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by rivard

          Rustic and Restful

          Reviewed Oct 21, 2012
          by (2 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          A family style hostel near Yosemite with a great Cafe and Spa!

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by snan

          The Bug

          Reviewed Jul 20, 2011
          by (3 reviews) North Battleford , Canada Flag of Canada

          Food was great. Rooms were great. Swimming hole was great. Hiking was great, if a bit disorganized.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by lizzatwell

          Bug's Hostel

          Reviewed Jul 14, 2011
          by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          Great location. Great food in the restaurant. Reasonably priced. Spa in complex.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Reviewed by philippajane86

          Nice Hostel, Comfy Beds.

          Reviewed Mar 14, 2011
          by (28 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          Bg dorm, sleeps 12, comfy beds, nice and warm with the duvets and heater. Only two showers in the girls' dorm, which is a little busy in the morning, but overall a very cool hostel. The cafe has wifi and nice hot chocolate, good location.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

          Historical Traveler Reviews Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Midpines

          Fun and relaxing lodging - just plan for the drive to the Valley


          We just got back from a 2 night stay at the Yosemite Bug. Upon first arrival we were uncertain of the clientele but soon adapted and found the rustic ambiance very relaxing.

          Our group stayed in 4 different private rooms with private baths in the Wawona & Sentential Buildings. All 4 rooms were comfortably furnished and very clean. Some of the décor was a little wild but it can be kind of fun for just a few nights. All rooms were updated with fresh paint and unique fabrics. They certainly would not be considered luxurious but they were very functional and comfortable.

          As the other reviews mentioned, the food was very good. We did notice some inconsistency between meals (like cuts and doneness of steaks) but decided to eat there both nights and didn't regret it. They offer Guinness Stout on tap and Bogle wine by the glass or bottle which we really liked. They were very busy so some of the staff seemed a little overworked and probably not as chipper as other days, but generally we found them to be very helpful The main drawback aside from driving the short distance on a dirt road to get to the Bug is driving the not-so-short distance to get to the valley. Those 45 minutes felt very long on the way back after a tiring day of hiking. If you plan on driving to the valley up HWY140 on a Saturday I would recommend leaving as early as possible as you may encounter a long wait in line just to get through the park gates. We got to the main gate at 9:45 am and waited about 20 minutes in line, while a waitress at the Ahwahnee said it took her 45 minutes to an hour to get through at 10:45 am. One other warning- there is a healthy amount of poison oak growing around trail to the ridge on the Yosemite Bug's property. 1 out our group of 7 came home with a nasty rash. But if you are careful the hike was worth checking out.

          Great Room, Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Price


          This is one of the most memorable trips I've taken. The bug is much cheaper than other options, and was amazingly rustic and enjoyable. The room was comfortable and clean (we had a room for 3, with a private bathroom - it had a double bed and a twin bed). It wasn't like a typical hotel room. It had a nice balcony with a table and chairs to play games, and look at the view. The room was up on a hill, in the middle of the woods. Down below was the lodge area, where they had a GREAT restaurant. This is, to me, the most memorable part. The food and drink was outstanding, and the prices even more outstanding. There were plenty of games available down here - board games, cards, etc.

          There were also a couple swimming holes a short walk into the woods. Maybe a 10 minute hike, and you end up at this serene, amazing swimming hole. I liked it and would recommend it to anyone visiting yosemite.

          The Bug's the place for Yosemite


          We stayed two nights in one of the Bug's cottages in Mariposa. The cottage had two bedrooms, a couple of pull out beds, bathroom and kitchen with clothes washing facilities which was ideal accommodation for a family with small children. We would like to try the private rooms with baths if we get to Yosemite again.

          The staff at the Bug were very helpful.

          We ate at the Bug (review under Cafe at the Bug).

          Our only comment is that a kettle would have been very useful addition to the kitchen equipment.

          Best hostel EVER!


          I have traveled all over the world, and have stayed at many different hostels, but there is one hostel that ranks above and beyond anything I've ever seen. This is one of my favorite places in the world. Apparently, the grounds of this hostel used to be set up for a women's domestic violence shelter, and was eventually converted into an HI Hostel. There are numerous cabins where you can stay in private rooms, dorms, or tents. They are all clean and well taken care of. There is a large kitchen where you can cook and keep all your food. The private rooms are about $40/night and large. The best part of the hostel is the lodge, which is the main building with the office and a bar and restaurant. The food they offer is AWESOME. Its healthy, California cuisine at incredibly reasonable prices. You can buy a pint of beer for $1.50, and sit around playing Trival Pursuit, or any of the other games they offer. In the summer, there are huge bonfires outside where people from all nationalities come together to hang out. It is truly an awesome place to stay.

          Nice place, good food, quite a drive from Yosemite


          We hadn't visited Yosemite area and the Bug's price was right for us, especially for our 3 night visit. The room was clean, a little 70s safari retro. Hetchy Hetch I think. We went the week before July 4th -- great week to go as crowds hadn't arrived. Be careful about parking in Yosemite commuter lot -- don't wait until dark to find your car, especially if you don't have a flashlight. We made this mistake the first night -- a hard lesson! Back to the Bug -- the food at the Cafe was reasonably priced and in few cases (dinner) was above average. Depending when you order food (morning or evening), you may have a bit of a wait. The toughest thing for us was the drive to Yosemite from the Bug. There is a bus option, but it's still a ride, especially if you want to get to the park early and make the most of your time. We had no trouble driving on our own & parking within the park. This is probably not the case if you go in July or August. If you driving, fill up your tank before you get to Midpines or you will end up paying a small fortune when you have to use the last gas station near the park entrance. I checked on basic rooms at Lodge rooms in Yosemite after the fact and wish we had spent the extra $$ to stay there rather than having to make the trip to and from the Bug six times during our stay. Also, lots of activities originate at the Lodge in Yosemite so it might be a better choice depending on your finances and what you want to experience at Yosemite. Hikes at Yosemite are great -- we loved the Park and didn't find it overly crowded--although once it became July, you could see the numbers growing! Use the park bus shuttles when you can -- they are great and take you to the major points of interest.

          The Brilliant Bug!


          I loved this place. I was backpacking around the US in winter and was desperate to go to Yosemite. None of the campsites were open due to the time of year and the hotels inside the park were way out of my budget - this is where the Bug comes in. It is not for people who want luxury lodges and a 3 minute walk into the Park - that is what the Yosemite hotels are for. It is for travellers on a budget who still want to be able to experience all that Yosemite has to offer.

          Anyway, the dorms were great, really clean, fairly spacious and with lovely hot showers in the en-suite. The communal area was good - loved the log fire, the pet cat and dog, the board games and cosy sofas - made the place feel really warm and welcoming. And of course the food was fantastic - a real treat after weeks of supernoodles! Would go back without any hesitation.

          Good Accomodation, Great food!


          Location - about 25 miles East of the park entrance at El Portal. Not far but a 50 minute drive along the winding road which runs alongside the Merced River.

          Overview. If you want five star luxury with top class service do not stay here, you will be disappointed. If you want comfortable accommodation, good wholesome food and a great atmosphere then this is the place for you.

          Reception - is a small office just off the eating area. The staff are very friendly and will give you as much, or as little, information you need about the area and walks.

          Accommodation - is in tents, dorms or cabins. We stayed in a small cabin with double bed and en suite shower and toilet. We were there in the middle of May and the rates were very good.

          Our room was a good size and had a comfortable bed. Do not expect daily maid service. It doesn't happen. It will if you request it but you will have to make your own bed and put out your own trash. The only improvement we would have suggested would have been to use brighter colours. Our walls were a very dark green, but then again we didn't spend long inside.

          Food - they say on their website that the locals eat here - and they do. The food is of very high quality and well cooked. We didn't get French fries once - which was nice. But we did get fresh vegetables every night. There was a choice of five entrees plus at least one vegetarian option. The beer was good but cheap.

          If you go walking be sure to order a pre packed lunch. Very good value and tasty.

          Would we go back? - Yes. Great atmosphere. We met some very interesting people too but remember. This is a hostel. We are both over 40, as were many other guests, but there were lots of young people who liked to enjoy themselves. We were never woken but we heard that some others were.

          Finally - if you have never been to Yosemite. Go. It looks like something Walt Disney created. But he didn't. It's still magic though. Don't rush through. We stayed 5 nights and saw all the major sites and did most of the recommended walks.

          Great value, good food!


          I reserved two private rooms with bathroom for a two night stay. The rooms were only "ok", but clean and well heated and located. The ambience is great for friends and families. It is over 45 minutes drive to get into the main area of Yosemite Valley so that is the main drawback.

          But for the accomodations and food this sure beat anywhere in the park.

          The pancakes in the morning were my favorite. Although the roasted chicken was good too. Very simple in style and accommodations...if you've been to youth hostels before you know the feel. But I would also recommend for families.

          Lodging, ok...camping sights...no!


          Word of advice...don't get a camping spot here unless you have no where else to turn to! We had to trek literally a mile with all our camping gear back and forth about a mile to get to our camping spot where we weren't allowed to have a fire. We checked out early since we weren't near anything at the whole site and it got super dark at night at our site with no fire. The lodging seemed ok, but I would reserve early and find something in Yosemite park unless you want to drive 20 miles to get there each day. Overall, stay here if there is nothing else available that has decent prices.

          Yosemite Bug Bites


          I had reserved a room here, and called from the park about 5:00 to confirm we would be arriving that evening. I was then informed that, for some unknown reason, our room was given away and there were no rooms available for my wife and two children. No assistance or much of an apology was forthcoming. Beware.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort Midpines

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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