Pros: Really lovely B&B -- the proprietors are exceedingly friendly and helpful, the breakfast is excellent and the rooms are very cozy. It's a bit far from Yosemite valley (about an hour and a half to Half Dome Village without traffic) but if you're okay with staying a bit further out I highly recommend it. Close to Oakhurst as well, which has some nice restaurants and grocery stores.
Natures Inn Bed and Breakfast Yosemite is a great choice for a stay in Ahwahnee. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool or take advantage of nearby hiking/biking trails. Rooms feature bonuses like refrigerators and microwaves, along with DVD players and premium bedding.
Pros: Charming, beautiful, and such wonderful service. We will definitely come back again and again.
Cons: Nothing. I couldn't come up with one complaint. It was a perfect stay.
Pros: The hosts are wonderful, with great advice on places to see when you don't have a lot of time. Our room was extremely comfortable and spacious, with a sitting area and fireplace. This is a great place to stay if you're going to explore the Yosemite area.
Tin Lizzie Inn puts you within a 15-minute drive of Mariposa Grove. Guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails and rafting, and free perks include full breakfast and self parking. Other highlights at this romantic bed & breakfast include a garden, and rooms offer flat-screen TVs and DVD players.
Pros: homemade breakfast was awesome. better than 3 star hotel breakfast. i believe i had made a great decision to stay this place cus I couldnt see any better place while I was driving the area. The Inn was located very close to the south entrance means you dont need to drive extra 25 to 30 miles. The room was very clean and quiet. I hope other people also enjoy their stay at this place. It is my first writing review after the trip.
Surrounded by lush trees, this Fish Camp B&B is 1.2 miles from the Yosemite National Park South Entrance. Free Wi-Fi, a balcony with mountain views and an en suite bathroom is provided in rooms. Two rooms feature a fireplace and all rooms provide free toiletries and fresh towels. This Yosemite Lodging B&B is situated at 5,0 feet elevation. A free breakfast buffet and a courtesy refrigerator of snacks and beverages are offered to all guests. Table tennis is onsite during the summer months. Fish Camp General Store is 1,313 feet away. WorldMark Bass Lake is 20 minutes’ drive away from Yosemite Lodging at Big Creek Inn B&B.
Pros: Wonderful location, cozy cottage, great staff. Easy access to Yosemite.
Cons: We didn't get enough time there.
When visiting Ahwahnee, Homestead Cottages is a great choice to consider. Guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, and free perks include continental breakfast, WiFi, and self parking. Rooms feature kitchens, living rooms, and premium bedding.
Pros: Cozy cottages with more privacy and "with nature" feel surrounded by lush pine trees. Was nice to wake up to the light snow and lower temperatures-- a beautiful view. Balcony was a good place to step out and relax, take it all in. Fireplace was a nice touch. All with the convenience of a short walk to the amenities of a hotel.
Cons: Food choices were limited and a bit pricey, but given where you are, it's expected. We dined at the timber lodge pizzeria twice. Salad bar was a hit! Fresh with good variety. Pizzas weren't bad either. Good for families with children!!
Pros: We like the staff, they were all friendly. It was a great resort to travel with a group with little kids.
Cons: We stayed at the Cottage. Furnitures are dirty and old. It would be a lot nicer if there was hair dryer inside the changing room of the pool area. it was kind of cold to travel back with wet hair.
Cons: We heard our neighbors conversations as clearly as if we were in the room with them. We heard the tv, the kids across the hall, the guests outside at the bar (4 stories down) and when the bar closed the party came up to the rooms and we could hear the drunk shouting and music until late into the night. Even if you are a night owl, be aware that the sounds start back up in the morning. Don't stay here if you expect a good night's sleep.
Pros: Comfortable, Newly finished rooms
Large Stone fireplace in lobby
Proximity to Yosemite
Early evening hot chocolate in lobby
Indoor pool and hot tubs
Adult only hot tub option
Cons: We had connected with hotel day prior to arrival
Was asked for arrival time which we said ~3:30pm
Published check-in was at 4pm
However, room wasn't ready until almost 6pm
Missed some activities on first day as couldn't change into snow clothes in time for sledding
Some rooms are not upgraded
Lobby is small for amount of guests
Would have been nice to have one to two more carved out sledding hills.
Need a formal roof/breezway between hotel, ice-skate rentals, and skating rink; You get soaked if it's raining. The little umbrella doesn't cut it.
More organization around booking sleigh rides
Sleigh rides were all booked up when we checked in
Pros: As you approach, the Tenaya Lodge looks inviting. Oversized, rough-hewn beams, stone fireplaces, and a large "great hall" feeling in the lobby. The staff are friendly.
Cons: My wife and I booked a weekend at the Tenaya Lodge as a romantic getaway. We were unpleasantly surprised. A few things to know before you go: (1) The "spa" is crap. Sauna/steam rooms are separated by gender. The sauna was merely warm (140 F); the steam room had no steam, was dirty, and smelled strongly of an old sponge. (2) Don't book a cottage. The 'cottages' are really just cheaply-built condos. Our neighbors' kids were thumping up and down the stairs all night. (3) Bring your own food. Their offerings are nothing special and ludicrously expensive (a hot cocoa and a cup of tea came out to $10).
Pros: Ahwahnee Lodge > $600 per night, beautiful,upscale lodge...lots of tourist traffic, very expensive
Yosemite Lodge > $350 per night, lots of tourist traffic, old government like track housing buildings, not exactly a beautiful place...but def very functional, but still very expensive for you what you get...this place does not give you the cozy, big lodge like the Ahwahnee
Essentially the two above places are about 1/2 mile from each other on the valley floor pretty much in the same complex. Their biggest perk is they have yo staying down in the valley in the middle of one of the most scenic views on the planet...and they make you pay for that view. Remove them from the valley floor and you might expect to pay $200/$75 respectively in any other city.
Now for the Tenaya Lodge. Its a better version of the Ahwahnee but just not on the valley floor. It is located about half way between the south entrance and the valley floor. And its cheaper than the ugly and uninviting Yosemite Lodge. at about $280 per night. It is exactly what you would want a big lodge to look like, cozy, entrance and grand room decor made from big trees (very similar to Ahwahnee)...and it also has private house-like cabins with gas-only fireplaces that are very well kept (which is where we stayed). Not a true fireplace but big flames and fireplace heat at the end of a long hiking day is a really nice atmosphere to relax in. The Tenaya offers room service to the cabins and has 3 decent restaurants (in the Lodge) to choose from....it also puts you close to Wahana (further into the park) and the South Entrance giving you additional dinning options that you WON'T have staying down in the valley floor (unless you want to drive 1.5 to 2 hours to eat)
For those of you that "need" to stay on the valley floor consider this: no matter what or where you go, you will be driving. To get to the valley floor you must drive about 45min. Thus to drive out...to get to the other park locations, you must also drive 45min out. So to stay in the valley floor, aside from the awesome view, offers no additional convenience. Everything is about 1 hour from everything else...every water fall, every trail, every scenic view. So...even if you decide you want to stay at the very expensive Ahwahnee or the shabby Yosemite Lodge you must still drive at least an hour to get to anywhere else: Mariposa Grove, Toulumne Grove, Glacier Point, 2 hours to Toulumne Meadows, etc. The drives from Tenaya are more for some and less for others.
Everything in the Park is expensive. Just know this going in...and get over it. Remember, most of these places are closed during certain portions of the year and shipping to these remote locations certainly isn't convenient or cheap thus all their prices reflect this. Bottled water: $4.00. Banana: $1.50 6-pack beer: $10+ ...you get the point. Gas though isn't much more expensive than outside the park.
Thus again, Tenaya is the best bang for the buck.
Cons: In contrast to everything else offered in the park, there really aren't any negatives. Everything must be taken in context...and that being said Tenaya is pretty top notch place that doesn't break the bank.
The ONLY personal disappointment for us is we truly wanted a real fireplace burning real wood in our cabin...not a gas. This is a personal thing for us and not a negative on Tenaya. Tenaya...nor Yosemite...can afford another massive forest fire started by embers blowing from a chimnee...or a cabin burning down. We get the hazard...just bummed about it.
On last note, the 3 restaurants didn't really have a diverse menu's from one another. It's all the same kitchen and for the most part you could order anything from any menu at any restaurant. Each restaurant offers a different feel...but if you do room service, all three menus are collapsed into a single menu thus you would never know these were three separate restaurants. A minor if not an issue at all...but for some if you are trying to do a romantic get away then your dinning experience is important. But most aren't in Yosemite for exclusive romantic get-a-ways.
Pros: Very nice location.
Cons: Staff at restaurants, bit amateurish. need professional training.
Pros: Everything was magnificent!!
Pros: Excellent facility. Exceeded our expectations. Good location. Nice staff and good food.
Cons: Bathroom set up a bit odd. Balconies would be nice.
Pros: We stayed in the cottages and found them well appointed and a great design to get 3 rooms in 1 house.
Cons: Lightly staffed in March so was difficult to get anyone to answer the front desk phone.
Pros: A great base camp for exploring the many offerings Yosemite has to offer.
Nestled within the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, Calif; provides vacationing couples with unmatched serenity. The hotel is located 55 miles north of Fresno International Airport and two miles from the south entrance to the park.
While breathing spectacularly crisp mountain air, guests enjoy panoramic mountain views. Built in 1990 and renovated in 2009, the lodge resembles an enormous southwestern luxury cabin, with a plethora of unfinished woods and Native American-style fabrics. Ideal for the outdoorsy adventurer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers a Guest Experience Center that assists with arranging sightseeing tours of the park, guided hikes and horseback riding. Independent guests may engage in self-guided activities like golfing at Yosemite's Wawona Golf Course, fishing at nearby Bass Lake and ice-skating.
Pampered guests experience wonderful scrubs, massages, facials, aromatherapy, and manicures and pedicures at the hotel's Ascent Spa, with 12 individual and couples treatment rooms and views of the mountains. Two pools are perfect for relaxing or just splashing around. Guests maintain regimented workout routines in the equipped fitness center and sauna. Free wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary, and valet parking is available as well. Pets welcome (surcharge).
Unique dining options include fireside dining for breakfast and dinner at The Sierra Room, and burgers for lunch at Jackalope Bar and Grill, which has a children's menu. The Embers Restaurant offers dinner and a bar, and serves cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM. The Timberloft Pizzeria is open for dinner, and the turn-of-the-century style Parkside Deli serves breakfast and lunch (some meals may not be served daily.) Room service is available during limited hours.
Summer banquets are planned at Summerdale, a special event area where guests gather around an open fire pit, picnic tables and a small amphitheater while storytellers spin tales of the past.
A day of exploration ends in the graceful and welcoming accommodations of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Décor reflects the Southwestern theme of the hotel, with neutral wall coverings and furniture dressed in local fabrics. Guests appreciate pillowtop mattresses with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets, LCD TV, in-room refrigerators and safes, free local calls, coffeemakers, and eco-friendly bath products. Recommended for families, Extended Double Deluxe guestrooms offer sofa beds, private balconies and additional living space. Special occasions call for Luxury Suites or Honeymoon Rooms with wet bars, marvelous furnishings and separate vanities. Rollaway beds are available on request (with the exception of the cottage rooms).
Pros: Incredible location so close to Yosemite Falls and we could see half dome from our back deck! The room was rustic, which was perfect for the location, and very clean.
Cons: A little pricey, but so worth the location!
Cons: It's not very sound-proof. Every sound from the rooms around me (top and sides) was heard, making it hard to sleep or relax while in the room. Every morning I was woken up by screaming children at 6am or kept awake by loud, booming voices at night.
Pros: Amazing location, really nice facilities, very cute and quaint
Cons: Nothing, was perfect.
Pros: Our room had been recently updated, and was very comfortable. Decor was nice. Food was nearby. Walking in the park was very convenient. Good location.
Cons: The staff at the front desk was for the most part very helpful. But not always!
Location The hotel is the closest property to Yosemite Falls. It is located in Yosemite Valley, a convenient location for visitors interested in hiking Half Dome, Glacier Point or one of the many trails originating near the lodge. The hotel keeps in tradition with national park lodging. Facilities Guests can enjoy a pleasant stay in one of the 245 rooms. Amenities include a safe. Wireless internet access is available to travellers in the public areas. Various gastronomic options are available, including a restaurant, a dining area and a bar. Various shops are available, including a souvenir shop. Those arriving in their own vehicles can leave them in the car park of the hotel. Facilities include a hairdresser. Active guests can make use of the bicycle hire service (for a fee) to explore the surrounding area. Rooms The accommodation features rooms with a bathroom. The standard features of most rooms include a balcony. A double bed ensures a good night's sleep. Additional features include a fridge and a tea/coffee station. Internet access, a telephone, a TV, a radio and an alarm clock add to the comfort of the holiday. The accommodation units include a bathroom with a shower. A hairdryer can also be found in each of the bathrooms. Sports/Entertainment The establishment features a pool and an outdoor pool. A range of options are available, including biking/mountain biking, fishing and horse riding. An entertainment programme is offered for children.
Cons: Restaurant: not a good value for money. Food is okay but a bit too expensive for what it is (but for Yosemite I believe it's one of the best options)
Pros: We always enjoy staying at the Wawona Hotel. It takes you back to a time when life was a little simpler. The hotel was built in 1876 and has a rustic charm to it. . It is a nice place to stay while exploring the rest of Yosemite Park. In the evening you can sit in the parlor and listen to Tom Bopp play the piano and tell stories while enjoying a drink or dessert.
Pros: This place COULD be cool in the summer, when things are actually open. Still nothing special, though.
Cons: I booked the place since they advertised a hot tub and a cool-looking bar and restaurant. When we got there we were told all of those things were closed for the season. We tried to get a partial refund because of the false advertising but they were uncooperative.
Pros: Less than 5 minutes away from South Entrance to Yosemite
When you stay at Narrow Gauge Inn, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Mariposa Grove. The seasonal outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at Buffalo Bar (Seasonal), which serves American cuisine and is open for dinner. There's a garden, and rooms offer balconies and free WiFi.
Pros: Considering the lack of lodging options both and out of Yosemite in the high tourist season, Yosemite View Lodge fit the bill. We had a Riverview room and the river was indeed spectacular. The room was clean, beds were comfortable,the kitchenette well stocked, and the hotel is as close to Yosemite as you can get without being in the park. (It wasn't the hotel's fault of course, but the June landslide on Highway 140 did force us to take a two-hour detour through the park to get back one day, so that was unfortunate).
Cons: We were there for a family reunion and would have liked to have had our rooms closer together. We also didn't find a convenient place to gather our troops for our potluck dinner, but resolved that by commandeering a couple of tables at poolside one evening and it worked out just fine.
Pros: The river, the coziness of the room with a fireplace and a little kitchenette.
Pros: Pretty locations and easy access to Yosemite. Rooms are well appointed to make food. Liked large sitting room outside bedroom.
Cons: Carpet could use cleaning.
Pros: Location, next to the gate of Yosemite. Staff was friendly and helpful. Upon arrival the rooms were clean.
Cons: Quality of maid service. Dishes were not clean. Did nothing much more than make beds and replace towels. Lock was loose and hard to open. They only provided one key because they were booked full and did not have enough key blanks.
Pros: Located just outside Yosemite entrance. Clean and comfortable, if a bit dated.
Cons: I called to change my reservation from 2 nights to 1 and the person on the phone told me I had to cancel the whole reservation and re-reserve. When she went to re-reserve a room for the one night there were no rooms available. Odd because I just cancelled the resrvation. Too bad the system doesn't update quickly enough to show the available room. Too bad I did not get to stay there at all. Very bummed.
Pros: Great location. Rooms have a small fridge with freezer, two burner stove, toaster, coffee maker, dishes and some pots and pans.
Large rooms and large balcony. We had a "mountain view" which was cheaper and looked towards the river, but with a parking lot and pool in between, but still lots of mountain to be seen!
Cons: Heat pump fan could not be set to stay on all the time so it woke us up over and over again throughout the night. Room became far too warm to sleep if we turned it off.
Carpets, walls, bathroom grout, etc. need scrubbing, but counters, sheets etc seemed clean.
Cons: Very old sheets, old Capet old everything
Pros: river view room was great
Cons: needs a little sprucing up-ice machines inoperative-general room conditions could stand some improvements
Pros: It is a beautiful setting. Our sliding doors opened up to the river. The pizza restauraunt was good. The breakfast buffet at the other restaurant was ok. We did not try more on the menu.
Cons: The place was in bad repair. One of the electric burners in the kitchenette didn't heat, and when I moved the pan, it sent out sparks. The people above us overflowed their tub. When I called to report the water coming through our bathroom ceiling, the said they knew about it, and were dealing with it. They never came by or called back to check the status of our room. I found a clothing article from a previous guest on the floor, making me wonder how thorougly they had cleaned. I found out that the washing of the dishes in the kitchenette was our responsibility, and that there was no professional sanitizing of the dishes between guests. This place looks like it was nice when it was first built, but now it is not properly cared for, and has sunk below the level of a motel 6 stay. The natural setting on the river is the only thing it has going for it.
Cons: We were originally given a room that already had someone in it.
This lodge is in El Portal, California, next to the Merced River and two miles from the west entrance of Yosemite National Park. El Capitan is eight miles away, and the Upper Yosemite Falls are 10.6 miles away.
Yosemite View Lodge offers two outdoor pools and an indoor pool and spa tub. The lodge’s patio has an additional four outdoor spa tubs. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Parking is complimentary, and laundry facilities are on site. Tour assistance is also available.
Guestrooms at Yosemite View Lodge feature balconies with river views and TVs with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include hair dryers. Kitchenettes include two-burner stovetops, refrigerators and microwaves, toasters, cookware, and dishes.
Pros: I liked the overall comfort of all amenities hotel offers. And how inexpensive the hotel costs.
Cons: I did not like how staff did not inform me of restaurant hours and not very welcoming . Needs better staff attitude and more ways to inform public of their hotel amenities. Also there is no wifi and no cell phone coverage.
Pros: You could tell that the room was cleaned regularly, but everything (bed, chairs, shower, etc) was well traveled.
Cons: Quiet location with close proximity to the valley. Onsite dining isn't great, but the convenience is nice.
Pros: Spacious and clean room
Cons: No cellular service and wifi is not free after you pay $200 per night or more. After paying $10 for 24hrs wifi still it doesn't work well.
Cons: $1.80 for a cup of crappy coffee in the lobby. Why not complimentary?
Cons: Food at restaurant was so so
Pros: Had everything we needed in one place
Pros: Great location close to Yosemite park entrance. Nicely located across from the river. Pleasant outdoor areas, including the area on the river.
Cons: The restaurant was just 'okay'. Our delux room with 2 queen beds and a sofa had only one chair. We would have liked an option with one queen or king bed, a sofa , and a table with 2 chairs. We are a mature couple no children traveling with us. Also, the refrigerator was nice to have but very noisy. We ended up unplugging it.
Pros: Cheap price compared to the other accommodation. Pretty close to Yosemite. Easy check in /check out .
Cons: No phone reception . No wifi . The room is pretty old , but everything is working .
The fans and the heaters are really loud . Even if your neighbors turn them on .
But I would stay there again anyways .
Pros: The service at the front desk, store, bar, restaurant was all around excellent. Everyone was very friendly and super accommodating. The room was clean and quiet. Not too far from Yosemite Nat'l Park.
We go to Yosemite every year and I'll definitely stay at Cedar Lodge again.
Pros: I like the fact that it was close to Yosemite National Park and that it was about a 15 minute drive there. I enjoyed the look of the whole place especially with all the bears around. I enjoyed all of the surroundings view. The food there was GREAT!!! From the buffet to the bar and grill. Fast service and well worth the costs. The staff was great and gave out great information and did not sugar coat anything. Very helpful when it came to information. My wife and I really enjoyed the picnic are across the street we really enjoyed the river and the picnic table there. Very romantic and very quiet area.
Cons: I did not like the fact of paying for a king size room and getting a room with 2 queen beds and over the top of the banquet area where my wife and I had to hear the music and the actual party. They should have taken that in consideration when they gave us the room. i did like the fact of no cell phone signal let alone wifi that is as slow as dial up, but that has nothing to do with the lodge, that's just the location. I did not like that they did not have Coke to drink. A little more variety to drink would have been nice.
Pros: Room was clean and confortable
Cons: There was an extra charge for WiFi which was not disclosed until after you booked the reservation. The restaurant did not open for breakfast until 7:30 and lacked variety in the choices.
Enjoy your visit to El Portal with a stay at Cedar Lodge. Guests can hang out at the indoor pool or seasonal outdoor pool, or grab a bite to eat at Cedar House Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner. Other highlights include a bar/lounge and a spa tub.
Pros: Great location, convenient. Comfortable. Beautiful view of forrest.
Cons: Housekeeping didn't come either day dispite having the Service please plaque up. The first day they left a note that they couldn't make the beds due to personal items on them. That's fine, but they also didn't refill the coffee items or towels. The next day, we were sure to clear off the beds, but no one came. We ran out of toilet paper and I had to go up to the office to get supplies. No one took any responsibility.
Pros: Easy access to car
Cons: Shower stall did not drain well
Pros: About the best deal you're going to get without paying the premium to stay within Yosemite. Hotel is about 1 hour's drive from the main lodge in Yosemite Valley. Bed and room was comfortable after a day of hiking.
Cons: Amenities were so-so, but I only needed the bed for the night. I left too early to try the breakfast so can't say anything about the food.
When you stay at White Chief Mountain Lodge, you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Mariposa Grove. Freebies like WiFi and self parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails. Rooms feature conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves.
Enjoy your visit to Yosemite National Park with a stay at Yosemite Scenic Wonders - Wawona Area. Freebies like WiFi and self parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can check out the nearby hiking/biking trails. Cabins feature conveniences like kitchens, along with fireplaces and balconies or patios.
Enjoy your visit to Ahwahnee with a stay at Inn the Woods Suites. Free perks include continental breakfast, WiFi, and self parking. Rooms offer upscale touches like fireplaces and soaking tubs, along with kitchenettes and living rooms.
Housekeeping Camp is located along a section of the Merced River in the center of Yosemite Valley. This is the ideal location for those who like to camp outdoors without the bother of setting up a tent. Housekeeping Camp features sandy beaches for swimming and sunbathing plus great views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Housekeeping Camp is also the only lodging facility that allows guests to cook their own meals with each unit having an outdoor fire pit and grill.Each of the 266 units in the Housekeeping Camp area will sleep up to six people. The units consist of three concrete walls a concrete floor double canvas roof and a fourth curtain wall. The curtain separates the sleeping area from a covered patio thats furnished with picnic table a bear proof food storage container and a privacy fence.