Yosemite View Lodge

Address: 11136 Highway 140, El Portal, California, 95318, United States | 1 star motel
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This 1 star motel, located on 11136 Highway 140, El Portal, is near The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Mule & Horseback Rides, Yosemite Mountaineering School, and Wawona Golf Course.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsYosemite View Lodge El Portal

      Reviewed by aidand

      Old and tired

      Reviewed Aug 10, 2014
      by (15 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      At least by comparison with hotels so far but it is close to park so there is a trade off.

      View from balcony this morning
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      View from balcony this morning
      El Portal, United States

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

      Reviewed by barrowtours2014

      Everything We Could Have Wished For

      Reviewed Aug 6, 2014
      by (4 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Perfectly located just outside the park with fabulous balconies overlooking the river from which we saw a bear one morning The kids enjoyed the outdoor pools and wading in the river.

      The rooms are comfortable, the restaurant had a nice salad bar and the shop was well stocked with holiday groceries. Despite the mixed reviews we did not have s bad experience here

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

      Reviewed by hpinkerton

      Wish I stayed longer

      Reviewed Jul 19, 2014
      by (1 review) Pen Argyl, PA , United States Flag of United States

      Unexpectedly, was given a room with a balcony overlooking Indian Creek. Easy access to Yosemite National Park. Hotel Lobby also has a little store to buy snacks and drinks if needed.

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

      Reviewed by monkey99

      The Hotel

      Reviewed Oct 2, 2012
      by (5 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

      This hotel is very nice and the view is pretty. The pool was ok but I don't like all the wild animals running around the place. (squirrels, raccoons etc)

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      Reviewed by kjer_rasmussen

      God overnatning uden for Yosemite

      Reviewed Jun 29, 2012
      by (13 reviews) Copenhagen Region , Denmark Flag of Denmark

      Hvis man ikke er tidlig nok ude og kan nå at få hotellerovernatning i selve parken, er View Lodge et ganske udemærket alternativt, da det, som de selv skriver, ligger så tæt på parken, at hvis man boede tættere, ville man bo i selve parken. Værelserne kommer med et mindre køkken og de var så flinke at ta' vores opvask (var skyllet af), selvom vi ikke havde nogen forventning herom.

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

      Historical Traveler Reviews Yosemite View Lodge El Portal

      Too Expensive, good location but average rooms


      Let's start with the positive: You cant get any closer to the park unless you stay in the park. However they make you pay for it as you have to pay 150+ USD for an average room. It is spacious and has a kitchenette but another 30 miles away from the park you would pay 75 USD for the same.

      We stayed there for one nite and on the morning we had the company of about 100 ants in our kitchenette (and this was on the upper floor, not the basement !). Fortunately they have a lift so you dont have to carry your luggage up the stairs. The Pizza place down there is well overpriced for a below average pizza also its very dirty, havent checked out the restaurant. The supermarket seems to be reasonable priced though.

      I dont mind to spend money for quality but at this lodge I find it rather painful as you get nothing in return.

      Great Stay!


      Stayed at the YVL for 2 nights Sept '03 and was very pleased with the lodge, room and service. Proximity to Arch Rock entrance..awesome. 2 restaurants within...ok. Kitchenette very useful as we brought some snacks and drinks for our 3 day tour/hiking at Yosemite...awesome! 2nd time in Yosemite, 1st time at this lodge. Why I missed it the 1st time, escapes me. Enjoy! Will return for sure as long as I get the same room :)

      Great Base for visiting Yosemite


      Just back from a week in California, including 2 nights at the Yosemite View Lodge. The hotel deserves its ratings. Staff were friendly, the restaurant is excellent value (even though it could charge a premium because of the lack of others in close proximity), the rooms spacious and clean. The best part, however, must be the fact that it is only a short drive into Yosemite Valley, so you're not wasting time on getting in and out of the Park each day. ....and a special mention for the humming birds that feed on the patio of the restaurant - just beautiful.




      Truly fantastic. We upgraded to a river view room with king size bed and jacuzzi for two. It was just superb - well worth the extra money!

      Room was spacious with kitchen facilities and very clean. We didn't find the shop expensive for drinks, food etc and fund all staff really friendly and helpful. Fantastic location near the entrance to the park and also had a great restaurant. I had the 'Catch of the Day' twice - trout and seabass - absolutely fantastic (better than my husband's meat dishes but these were still okay.) Our eveing meals included as much as we liked from the soup and salad bar and was well within a good price range. Yosemite is a MUST and this hotel just made the whole experience unforgettable!

      We loved the Yosemite View Lodge


      We originally booked the Cedar Pines Lodge in El Portal. When we arrived the room was not what we had reserved, i.e.; no microwave, no view. They were quick to tellus the reservation went to the wrong property. They gave us the option to transfer to the Yosemite Vie Lodge and we thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The room was right on the river, next to the restaraunt which had great food. The room had a full kitchenette and the big jacuzzi tub was great on the body after a day of hiking in Yosemite. I will stay at the Yosemite View Lodge again.

      Wonderful, . . . BUT


      Rooms are excellent, especially the River View Rooms. Cannot remember staying at a more desireable hotel. However, be sure your account is straight before you leave. I was charged an extra night's lodging. When I called about it, I was promised it was a change in the Computer system and I'd receive a credit on the next credit card statement. Two months later I'm still waiting for the credit.



      Can't rate this highly enough. It was our last stay of our fly-drive to California and it was, by far, the nicest hotel room. Check-in easy, beautiful location, room clean, furniture new and kitchenette very useful. Our only problem was that we only stayed 2 nights - could have stayed longer. Excellent place and located right on the road back to San Francisco. Would visit again.



      great hotel, doesnt look nice from off in the distance but when you get close and stay and hang out..its great. had a small museum on site, very clean -the whole place looks new. the merced river rushing by is beautiful..very tucked away... great place to stay outside the park...would NOT want to drive that awfully windy road back down to fish camp area........no sway...this was great..2 restaurants there..indoor pool, my children adored that part. would go again

      Well worth a visit


      An excellent property, slightly wasted on me because it was a quick overnight stay. It may look like a normal 2-storey motel, but the rooms are lovely - gas fires, smart kitchen units, spa baths, good quality bedding, decent upmarket decor, good balconies and a great view overlooking the river. There are three pools, one indoor, and three jacuzzis, again one indoor. General store also available, along with an ATM, a bar / restaurant and a pizza takeaway. $169 for a Friday night in May. Its very close to the park entrance. Would come again.

      Awesome, luxury property at great rates


      My husband and I enjoyed a weekend trip to Yosemite and we stayed at the Yosemite View Lodge, which is right outside the park. The main benefit of staying there is that the prices are incredible for the service and amenities you get - especially when compared to what is available inside the park. The rooms have a view of the Merced River and they light it up at night, so it's breathtaking. They also have kitchenettes so we brought breakfast and snack foods. I call it luxury because they have these fabulous large spa tubs that even have double shower heads, a fireplace, and a balcony. On the property they have several pools (indoor and out) and spas, as well as 2 restaurants. Very convenient!

      I should also mention that we were able to bring our dog and only had to pay an additional $5 to have her with us.

      we found out great rates directly at their website www.yosemite-motels.com and now i subscribe to their newsletter and get info about their specials.


      TripAdvisor Reviews Yosemite View Lodge El Portal

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

      Travel Blogs from El Portal

      Sonoma to Yosemite

      A travel blog entry by bmtravel on Oct 16, 2014

      22 photos

      An early start as we headed into the historic main square in downtown Sonoma & had a great breakfast at the El Dorado Hotel Kitchen. Wandered around the shops & square afterwards then headed off on our long drive to Yosemite. Very boring! All the countryside is so dry & colourless due to years of drought, lots of traffic & roadworks …

      A Perfect Day - Smarter Than the Average Bear!

      A travel blog entry by barrowtours2014 on Aug 07, 2014

      10 photos

      Had a morning's holiday from serious sightseeing and lazed at the outdoor pool which in its mountain-setting comes a close 2nd to the St Gervais pool. When the heat of the sun finally removed all our shade we were forced up the valley to find shelter and food. Got a lovely beach spot at Curry village by the river. I was keen to see Vernal Falls so …

      Day 15

      A travel blog entry by aidand on Aug 11, 2014

      8 photos

      Yosemite Leave Napa at 9.45 in usual cloudy weather but soon find sunshine on drive to Yosemite which took circa 4 hours. Stop en route at old world diner with record album covers all over walls and ceilings. It is hot with car reading 100 at one point. Very remote in latter stages and arrive at hotel by 2.30. Room is ready so check in. By far the …

      Day 18

      A travel blog entry by aidand on Aug 14, 2014

      25 photos

      Yosemite I rise earlyish leaving girls in bed and head to park. After grabbing quick breakfast at yosemite lodge do the lower yosemite falls walk which is v easy but lovely paths and nice temperature. However , no water flowing! Call dad who sounds ok although the house move has clearly been hard work. Also call jan to reassure that all is ok as we …

      Day 16

      A travel blog entry by aidand on Aug 12, 2014

      21 photos

      Yosemite Up at 8 and head off to park. Hire bikes ( although girls not happy as they are ones with wide handlebars and have to pedal backwards to brake). Grab breakfast at deli and then off on fabulous ride. One of the highlights is bumping into mother deer and 2 babies and also seeing red tail hawk. Head through curry village and to trailhead …

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      View from balcony this morning
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      View from balcony this morning
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