Yosemite Lodge At The Falls

P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389, United States | 3 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Yosemite National Park

Drive over from San Francisco

A travel blog entry by marshallrj on Aug 17, 2014

We have our longer drives today but an interesting one. We set out at 9am from our hotel in San Francisco and head over the Bay bridge (over 7miles long) and drive through Oakland and out of the city. We leave in cold mist, and are soon in wArm sun once we are clear of the hills. A short stop after an hour for some fuel of the petrol kind, plus a …

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

A travel blog entry by the_conways on Aug 10, 2014

1 comment, 7 photos

Yosemite Lodge is a group of wooden lodges centred around a reception area, two restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool, all nestled at the far end of Yosemite Valley. It is very natural and conservation aware, surrounded by trees. There are free shuttle buses that continually do the loop of the valley floor, so you can hop on and off to visit all …

Yosemite National Park, a Full Day!

A travel blog entry by orlandoanne on Jun 19, 2014

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"But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures."
-John Muir

Breakfast was in the Mountain Room of the hotel, well-named because we had a view of Yosemite Falls from our table. We sat with Martha …

First Look at Yosemite National Park

A travel blog entry by orlandoanne on Jun 18, 2014

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"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space."
-Ansel Adams


The day started with breakfast at 7 AM in the hotel restaurant. We were soon on our way to a dream-come-true, a visit to Yosemite National Park! En route there was the required rest stop in …

Yosemite

A travel blog entry by shmiko on Mar 24, 2016

24th March - 2 nights yosemite lodge stay n play deal make sure still avalaible
1hr drive to yosemite lodge leave as early as possible to make good time in yosemite
visitors centre , exibit hall,theatre spirit of yosemite + indian village

25th March Good Friday - ice skate
if road open day to bodie? 2 hr drive one way would …

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This 3 star hotel, located on P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, is near Glacier Point, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and El Capitan.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsYosemite Lodge At The Falls Yosemite National Park

    Reviewed by barclap

    The Lodge

    Reviewed Jun 21, 2014
    by (7 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    Beautiful place, good food, so much to see so little time

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

    Reviewed by orlandoanne

    Great memories of this place!

    Reviewed Jun 19, 2014
    by (5 reviews) Orlando , United States Flag of United States

    We enjoyed our time at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. The biggest plus was being right in the park, surrounded by cliff walls with a view of the beautiful Yosemite Falls. It was so easy to get around the park with the shuttle which made frequent stops. The food court did not have the greatest food and it was a little pricey. The meals we had in the Garden Terrace Room and Mountain Room were much nicer. There were outdoor programs most nights and plenty of shops to browse. Our room was quite comfortable with all necessities. We really liked the little porch in back where we could sit and watch the Steller's jays and squirrels.

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

    Reviewed by sjhollingsworth

    Day visit so difficult to rate objectively based on lunch only

    Reviewed Dec 26, 2013
    by (2 reviews) Holborough Lakes , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    We visited for the day and called in for lunch which was very disappointing. The short order cook was a little condescending when we asked if the burger was gluten free. Fries were poor and food overall poor too.

    Beautiful place in an amazing setting which is let down by its catering. Passing traffic is heavy so I guess they are not too worried about an unhappy customer today a there are hundreds more tomorrow and they have a captive audience!!!

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

    Reviewed by lcgordon

    Different!

    Reviewed Oct 20, 2013
    by (8 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    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!

    Sneaky prosecco or 3 and a roaring fire!
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    So many amazing pics, not enough space!
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    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Yosemite Lodge At The Falls Yosemite National Park

    A beautiful setting, but pricey.

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    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.

    We liked it!

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    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.

    One more suggestion: If you are in Yosemite during the summer when there's a full moon, do not miss the moonlight tram tour of the valley.

    Yosemite Lodge for Family

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    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.

    Yosemite Lodge - Mountain Room restaurant

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    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.)

    As for the lodge itself, don't go expecting standard amenities. No room service / TV and the soap / shampoos etc. are available from dispensers. Also cell phones / FM radio does not work. We were a bit hesitant at first but ended up really enjoying our stay and would stay there again. The staff may seem rude, that's probably because they are tired of answering too many stupid questions!

    What a disappointment...

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    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!

    The sad thing was there was a letter in the room from the manager explaining that the rooms were being updated with new fixtures, carpet, paint, curtains, etc., and when I looked around I realized we were staying in an updated room! The pool was closed both days we were there because of a foreign matter found floating. We called the manager to ask if we could swim elsewhere i. Curry Village or Ahawanee. Curry Village pool was closed also (same problem) and he would get back to us about the Ahawanee...which he never did. They could not figure out when the pool ws going to be open either. Having small children a quick dip would have been great to help cool us off but we ended up having to pack up and go to the river which was great also. The positives: The Food Court (great food) The view of Yosemite Falls (amazing) The bike rental hut (very friendly and helpful)

    Overall...don't waste your money. You would be better off getting a cabin at Curry Village or if you have to book 2 rooms, squeeze together and stay at the Ahawanee (same cost as 2 rooms at the Lodge).

    Also...BRING MOSQUITO REPELLENT AND PUT IT ON BEFORE YOU STEP OUT OF THE CAR, ESPECIALLY W/CHILDREN!

    I filled out the questionaire from the room and have placed this website on it to let the quality manager know that we are not the only ones who were dispappointed with their stay. Whoever stays next, please let everyone know if there has been improvements!

    Great time!

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Awesome Vacation!

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    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!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Yosemite Lodge At The Falls Yosemite National Park

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

    Traveler Photos Yosemite Lodge At The Falls Yosemite National Park

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