Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
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Arrived in Yosemite, our first encounter - 'half dome'! Never seen anything quite like it. The views here are out of this world, breathtaking! Initial observation though - no 'falls' at the falls and a lot of things are 'closed for the season'! Checked in at hotel, although couldn't get in to our room so went for a short walk to explore. Called in …
Today we left Legoland, Mum was really happy and was so glad when we got to the fresh air of Yosemite., well mostly fresh air it was very smokey from the big Rim fire on the edge of Yosemite.
We spent a lot of the day in the van as it was a big drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite it took us about 10 hours. We stopped at a …
Today was going to be our valley day. All of the famous views, waterfalls and meadows. But the winds shifted overnight and has blanketed the valley and very little can be seen. The Park Ranger said the smoke has only been this bad one other day. The winds are not expected to shift soon and the smoke my stay for several days. I included a brief …
From opening our front the door we experienced the beauty, amazing scenery and little furry animals of Yosemite including a family of Deer. We enjoyed a leisurely walk before breakfast around the Fall, meadows and village area, it was great as ************e was up yet. Americans seem to rise late. In the afternoon we joined the throngs and headed …
Refreshed, we checked out of the Ahwahnee, leaving car and luggage stored to take the shuttle bus to the trailhead for the 'Mist Trail' - supposedly the quintessential hike for anyone coming to Yosemite (save perhaps the megahike to the top of Half Dome). This involves a steady climb towards the base of Vernal Falls, and a steep climb to the top. …
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Decent enough and very clean, just so different to everywhere else we have stayed. Love the fact that there are deer grazing at your door when you get up in the morning!
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A beautiful setting, but pricey.
The view of the woods from the window and patio were lovely. The food court had lots of food choices and was convenient.There is no air conditioning at Yosemite Lodge. There was a register on the wall, but we couldn't see how it worked. We found a fan in the closet and brought it out. It really helped but the front cover fell off. (lacked clamps) I felt concerned that the blade could fly off next. The room was hot and stuffy, which made it difficult to fall asleep. On the second night, I had just climbed Half Dome, so all that mattered was the shower and the bed.
I don't expect deluxe accommodations in a national park, even if they're pricey. But we were pleasantly surprised here. We had a deluxe room with patio, and I think it was remodeled but I'm not sure. The bathroom was a little dated, but the room was large with nice breezes and the view was beyond compare. (Our building was far to the right of the main lodge as you face the road.) I agree with all the tips the other reviewer mentioned: reserve at least by January (earlier if possible), make specific requests, and get to the park early. The Food Court was extremely crowded and noisy, but the food was bearable (try chicken caesar salad). Frankly, I can't imagine paying Ahwahnee prices.
We just returned from a 4 day stay at The Lodge where we had two deluxe rooms. We had a fantastic time and can recommend staying here.We have now stayed at the lodge four times and the Ahwahnee twice. While we love going to the Ahwahnee, I would pick the Lodge for my family any day.Here is why: - The Lodge has been improving under the new concessionaire. The rooms are getting remodeled progressively. All will be done by 2005. So get a remodeled room (see tips below) as the old ones are really beat. - The room prices are reasonable for a National Park. Deluxe is $160 with tax in 2004. That half of the Ahwahnee. - The lodge has the best recreational amenities. The pool is huge with gorgeous view and is just awesome after a big hike. It has progressive slope that allows kids to wade in to their comfort level and a deep end for adults. The Ahwahnee has only a small pool and it gets deep instantly. - The bike rental is on site and the bike path cruises right by the lodge. Its great to ride in the early evening. - The food court is improved, with good coffee now. Everything is spruced up a bit this year with better quality of food product. The Ahwahnee has no real place for quick snack or breakfast beyond the main dining room, which is really a commitment when you trying to get everyone out early and onto the trail. - The Mountain rooms service has improved and the 2003 chefs were doing a fine job on our trip. - The bar is air conditioned and an adult escape. I love to head down to the bar for a beer and to catch some sports on TV. - It is far away for the Village and Curry camp. Which are where a majority of the people mass is in the Valley.The Lodge tips you need to know: - Reserve a deluxe room 9-12 months in advance. Make sure reservations add a request of a remodeled room/patio/non-smoking - Patio rooms are much cooler in the summer. - Get there at 3pm. Tell them you will wait patiently for the room you want. You might have to wait till 5pm. So get a drink in the bar or take a walk to the falls. - Be polite. I travel a lot for business and sometimes being a jerk can get attention of the manager and pay off. Here there is no incentive for the manager to help you. He is a lifetime government employee. He will only torture your unfortunate self. So shut up and wait. - Make dinner reservations 90 days ahead of your trip. We always book the first nights dinner at the Mountain Room. The second night we eat at the food court or get pizza at the village and go the theater. The third night we eat at the Ahwahnee.General Tips: - The park loads people in progressively over the day. The mornings are just great. Only those who stayed over night are there. The buses arrive around noon. So visit the high impact spots early and get them out of the way. Mid-week is so much better than weekends for obvious reasons. I wont even go near the Village on a Saturday afternoon. - We generally drive out of the valley to hike in the high country in summer. Temp in the valley can be 88 and up top its 76. - The Taft point Sentinel dome loop is just the best hike in the world. Also day hiking out of White Wolf up to the lakes is great. - We always come back in the mid-afternoon and hit the pool. Then take a nap. Wake up refreshed and then talk about our day over a nice dinner. - Unlike what you have read on the other posts the Lodge can be great. But you have to work the system and be a bit lucky helps as well.After all, this is Yosemite, which is a totally amazing unique place. Seeing people post that cells phones dont work, that there is no TV, that the food isnt as good as back home upsets me. You are there to experience the environment and escape all that stuff. You could find that its great to get rid of these everyday distractions and actually do thing like talk with your kids.If you try your family can have an amazing time year after year.
The Mountain Room restaurant at Yosemite Lodge is overrated - the food is mundane, yet overpriced and service is extremely poor. I guess they can get away with it because they do not have much competition. Despite making a reservation, we were served an hour and 5 minutes later. We paid $9.95 for three pieces of overcooked shrimp that were shown some garlic and the entree was no better. And as for the well hyped view, all we saw was some foliage (I have a better view of foliage from my bedroom window). You'd be better off eating a tasty sandwich near the foot of the lower falls... kind to your purse, better food, and great view! (Or else, try Degnan's or the food court.)
What a dissapointment....The room was nothing like what was pictured on the park's web site. At $160 a night (additional fees included) this place is not worth wasting your money at! We booked 2 adjoining rooms and both rooms were dark, dingy, smelly, and just overall depressing!
We had a marvellous time. The hotel was very nice and so was the view we had from our room. The nearby facilities were appropriate to our needs. We loved it!
C grade motel
Quite possibly the worst hotel I have ever seen. Staff are not only lacking in customer service skills but were very often completly rude and hostile. Rooms were small, dark and damp. Also no hotel in the world has a check in time of 5pm - it's an absolute joke!AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
Half-Baked Hotel near Half Dome
I was so disappointed by this facility. The rooms were dark and musty, didn't look anything like the photos on the web site. Maid service was bad, employees were rude and some openly hostile. Customer service was poor. For $117 a night, you expect a little more, even during off season. Hotel messed up our reservations and was extremely reticient in making reparations. No discount given for room, no desire to please the customer. Bed was lumpy and shower head was broken. I would never stay there again.
Very Disappointing, overpriced
October 2002 - Paid $149 for second rate motel standard of accommodation. Staff attitude below expectation. Food court poor Quality, main restaurant average but over priced. Having stayed in other lodge accommodation where quality was first class this was an extremely disappointing experience. My first visit to Yosemite Lodge will be the last.
What a lovely vacation we had in Yosemite. The hotel staff is wonderful and very accomodating. Great food at the Mountain Lodge Room, prices a bit higher than I wanted to pay, but, after the meal is complete, you feel it was worth it.
Our waiter Scotty said he'd been there for 33 years and was still 5th in line for the head spot. Apparently, once people start working there, they never want to leave!
Try to get reservations at the Awanahee Hotel-down the street, for Sunday Brunch if you want an incredible dining experience. Reservation must be made months in advance, however.
Remember - Don't feed the bears!