Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite National Park, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

As the name suggests, Yosemite View Lodge is so close to the park that any closer and you'd actually be in it! It also straddles the banks of the Merced River on which river rafting is available in season (Apr-Jun) together with excellent fishing. Virgin Holidays guests will be spoilt for choice with not one, but three swimming pools to choose from, as well as five whirlpools and two restaurants. There is also a cosy lounge bar in which to discuss the day's adventures.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Near National Park

Where is it

A 5-minute drive from the Western 'Arch Rock' entrance to Yosemite. The bus for the national park stops here.

Hotel information

335 rooms on 3 floors in 6 buildings with 3 lifts. All rooms have kitchenette, cable TV, coffee maker and hairdryer. Mountain View Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

River View Rooms have air-conditioning, private balcony, fireplace, spa tub, kitchenette and 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

The River Restaurant & Lounge (open for breakfast and dinner). Parkside Pizza restaurant (closed Nov–Mar). Cocktail lounge. Convenience Store offering a wide range of groceries. 

1 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools. Indoor and outdoor whirlpools.

WiFi*. Safe at front desk. Coin-operated laundry service*. Gift shop and convenience store. Complimentary self-parking.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Tioga Pass is subject to closure due to adverse weather conditions, for up-to-date information please check www.nps.gov/yose/.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Could have been better but was OK

May 17, 2024 DirkLerxst Brighton, United Kingdom

Overall the view lodge is a decent place to stay it certainly is a great location for Yosemite National Park. There is no housekeeping unless requested which I thought was a bit poor. Wi-Fi is provided by an external company and cost me 9.99 per day but it’s essential as there is no mobile/data signal here. Accommodation was ok we had the… Read more
Overall the view lodge is a decent place to stay it certainly is a great location for Yosemite National Park. There is no housekeeping unless requested which I thought was a bit poor. Wi-Fi is provided by an external company and cost me 9.99 per day but it’s essential as there is no mobile/data signal here. Accommodation was ok we had the river view. Very noisy due to the constant gushing of water but that’s what I wanted but bear this in mind if you opt for river view. Only two restaurants on site we ate at both and we thought they were adequate for our needs. If more competition they would probably struggle but don’t be out of the food was OK. Accommodation is fairly basic but there is heating and air conditioning and the unit worked very well. No safe though in the room and for an international traveller this is annoying as passports had to be carried with us. Would I stay here again probably not as it’s 25 minute drive into the valley. They also charged me £9.86 on my credit card a few days later and I have no idea why so that was cheeky, Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Average hotel stay, great access to Yosemite, but research the park before you go

Apr 29, 2024 lanaa543

The location of this hotel is great for access to Yosemite, but the hotel is average at best. Thankfully we stayed in one of the more updated loft rooms, but the room was ill equipped. Housekeeping only comes when asked, but the room was not stocked for multiple days, we had to find a housekeeping cart to get toilet paper, face clothes, coffee,… Read more
The location of this hotel is great for access to Yosemite, but the hotel is average at best. Thankfully we stayed in one of the more updated loft rooms, but the room was ill equipped. Housekeeping only comes when asked, but the room was not stocked for multiple days, we had to find a housekeeping cart to get toilet paper, face clothes, coffee, etc. The pools were ok, not the warmest when the weather was chilly. We suggest bringing in food with you as there are little amenities on site (we didn't try the restaurant or pizza place based on other reviews on this site). The staff in the reception area have no information about Yosemite at all, and there is no cell service. We thought they would have maps, etc, but they do not. If you want to drive to Yosemite, you will need a Yosemite Park reservation which should be purchased beforehand as they sell out. The cost is $2 for the reservation, and then another $35 at the gate for a three day pass (they don't sell single day). If you want to take the bus instead, you don't need to have a park reservation. The cost from the hotel to the park is $17/person round trip, with kids 12 and under riding free. The hotel lobby did have schedules for the bus. We heard that April is busy at Yosemite, but there was plenty of parking at all times of the day. There are shuttles within Yosemite to take you place to place since it is quite spread out, these are free and come frequently. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Yosemite View Lodge: our experience

Apr 25, 2024 desdi2017 Zurich, Switzerland

The Yosemite View Lodge has an excellent location just a few minutes from the Arch Rock entrance, surrounded by breathtaking nature. We were assigned of a room which smelled like mold, and even though we only spent the night there, the smell was really unbearable. The room faced a patio, which was nice, in the evening they turned on some lights… Read more
The Yosemite View Lodge has an excellent location just a few minutes from the Arch Rock entrance, surrounded by breathtaking nature. We were assigned of a room which smelled like mold, and even though we only spent the night there, the smell was really unbearable. The room faced a patio, which was nice, in the evening they turned on some lights which were left on every night, unfortunately the shutters on the window did not provide enough protection and every night we had to insist that they turn them off. On the door peephole there was a bottle cap stuck with a chewed gum...who knows why. I think the staff we asked for help with the heating and the lights was helpful, I also think the cleaning staff does what possible. I expected more attention to the room for the price paid, and more empathy from the young reception staff. Read less
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Apr 6, 2024 Beth N

Location is great, the room was on the river, which was wonderful. But upon arrival, the bathroom floor had large sticky spots which I attempted to wipe with my own Clorox wipes. The wipe became black with dirt. The white terrycloth floor mat turned very dirty after my husband took a shower. The deep jetted tub/shower had no grab bars, so I… Read more
Location is great, the room was on the river, which was wonderful. But upon arrival, the bathroom floor had large sticky spots which I attempted to wipe with my own Clorox wipes. The wipe became black with dirt. The white terrycloth floor mat turned very dirty after my husband took a shower. The deep jetted tub/shower had no grab bars, so I was unable to shower. My assumption is that because most folks are one-time tourists, there isn’t a lot of attention to upkeep. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, no free WiFi.

Dec 18, 2023 Evelyn Y California

Pro: Location, we can get in the park within 10 mins. Con: The WiFi is not complimentary, it cost 9.99 for 24 hrs. And it is strictly limited to 2 devices, that is you cannot disconnect and pass it to the third one. You have to buy two passcode if you have more than 3 people. But the speed is promising.