As many already mentioned, the rooms in the lodge are very dated. However we found it to be clean and with all the amenities needed. You can't beat the location with Yosemite Falls just a short walk away.
If you are going to Yosemite for a few days this is it. Is it a 5-star hotel? NO , but it gets a 5-star rating because of where it is. Incredibly convenient location , just park the car and start walking. Restaurants/bar/shop within 200 yards of your room , view of Yosemite Falls right outside your door , sit on your balcony /patio and watch bears walk by. Rooms are basic but have what you need; Fridge , good TV with cable , functional internet speed ( no , you can't stream videos etc ) and fast wireless reception ( at least with Verizon ). This is the only place we would ever stay while in Yosemite.
Many people will understandably sing the praises of Yosemite Lodge for its location. However as a hotel this place falls badly below the mark. Its fundamental benefits cannot be avoided - staying here lets you step right out onto the valley floor rather than driving in for an hour plus every day. However the whole place is very dated - my father, who came with us, had visited 30 years ago and was not convinced there had been any real upgrade or modernisation since. The corridors are in a very bad state and not particularly secure. The room was clean but still felt very tired. Like many national park rooms it had classic wood furniture but this was dated rather than rustic. We had a room with a bunk bed that had been placed against the wrong wall so you had to squeeze past/clamber over the bedside table to access the ladder. The bathroom in fairness was much more acceptable, very functional and clean. Although committed national park goers might disagree, I found it very disappointing that there was no wifi in the rooms to check messages or emails after a day in the park. Other areas of the park have wifi, so why not the lodge? Only the reception had access and this had inadequate seating - in the evenings it was very crowded with people trying to access the internet. If you want to maximise your time in the park this is a very functional way to do it. However, as others have said, this place is too reliant on its location - outside the park this would be a poor quality hotel. Given the prices they charge at peak times these rooms warrant an urgent modernisation.…
It’s currently 3:08 am, basically 6:08 (flew in from Michigan 2 days ago to see my uncle), we came down here to see the park from San Fran. I enjoyed the park views, mountains, and falls. The lodge looked cool, but It’s like 100 degrees in my room and there’s no AC. I came to california for a week long trip and I don’t know if I’m going to bed able to sleep tonight, as the room is also dirty. Not mad at the workers or employees because they seemed nice and helpful, but I’m just disappointed that I’m going to lose sleep tonight.
Terrible room. No A/C, no screens on windows or screen door to open them, the hallway and stairs are dirty, entire hotel building smells like a trash dumpster. The only things good have nothing to do with the room. Location, pool, lounge, food are all nice.
Despite coming to try and capture images of the Firefalls without success, our revisit since 2016 was delightful in seeing the addition changes to the Valley. The Yosemite Lodge is once again the Yosemite Lodge and the Ahwahnee was again the Ahwahnee. The Lodge is beginning to show it’s age a bit, but it was pleasant with a courteous staff.
well documented that the accommodation is dated. the pool, bikes and tours are closed due to the fires outside the park yet no observable impact. reception says tough call re bikes and pool yet your still allowed into the park and can't cancel your booking at the moment without loss of deposit. disappointing.
We booked the Family Room nearly 10 months in advance for 3 nights in July and were so looking forward to staying at Yosemite Valley Lodge. We arrived and checked in around 5pm and went to our room and were nearly knocked over by the heat. We asked the front desk about moving but they had nothing. The room had 2 ceiling fans, 2 table fans and 2 tower fans but they were so loud and just moved hot air around. The problem is there is nowhere for the heat to go. The vaulted ceiling has windows at the top, but they don’t open to let the heat out so the hot air just sits inside, even over night it didn’t cool down much. They need to get engineering to figure out how to allow the heat to vent out of those 2nd floor rooms. We’re from Texas and have tent camped in nearly 100 degree heat, so we can do heat, but when you’re paying nearly $300 for a room you expect a little more thought put into guest comfort. We were lucky enough to snag a cottage at The Majestic (Ahwahnee) for the next two nights. The management offered us a 20% discount on our one night room rate and allowed us to release our next two nights so we felt like it was a win in the end. We did enjoy the Lodge’s bike rental and pool the following day while waiting to check into The Majestic. Viewing the valley by bike is the way to go! And we enjoyed all the food at the Basecamp Eatery. Tofu and Salmon Poke Bowls were delicious!! Breakfast was very good as well. 2 stars for accommodations + 4 stars for food and amenities = 3 stars.…
We had two rooms at the lodge for two nights totalling $983 which were shabby, dirty, no air con and lacked pretty much most basic amenities that you would expect from a $245 room rate. This lodge is really not worth the cost!!
We had reservations here nearly a year in advance. Aramark's draconian policy about cancellations says if you cancel less than 7 days in advance you lose your deposit. The Washburn fire started 3 days before we were supposed to get there. Calling their reservation center we were told the valley wasn't impacted by the fire (it was) and that if we didn't show up our deposit would be lost. The valley was quite impacted, we couldn't see any of the sites we were there for, a number of things like bike rentals were shut down due to air quality, and the smoke was gagging. Oh yeah, the room sucked - reminded me of a dumpster made from plywood.