Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite National Park, USA

The hotel

Yosemite Valley Lodge is the closest property to Yosemite Falls and is an idyllic spot for families and friends seeking comforts after an exciting day of exploring the wilderness, landscapes and natural beauty of Yosemite Valley. A good range of speciality dishes can be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant while admiring outstanding views of the 2,425ft-high Yosemite Falls. The bar is great for after-dinner relaxation, or stroll along to the amphitheatre for naturalist programmes, slide presentations and film shows.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Free Parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located within Yosemite National Park, an easy walk from Yosemite Falls.

Hotel information

245 traditional rooms in 1- or 2-storey buildings. All with balcony or patio, TV, coffee maker, complimentary WiFi, mini-fridge and hairdryer. Lodge Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

The Mountain Room Restaurant (Californian cuisine), Mountain Room Lounge (lighter fare and drinks), food court (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) with coffee corner. Bar. Outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal). Bicycle rentals* (seasonal). Amphitheatre (ranger presentations/slide shows/films). Complimentary WiFi. Nature shop. Gift shop. Post office. Tours and activities desk. Cash machine. Complimentary self-parking. Complimentary shuttle bus to various locations in park.

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.

Please note: an entrance fee is required by the National Park Service at the park entrance stations, 7-day passes as follows (payable locally and subject to change):

  • $30 per vehicle ($25 per vehicle Nov–Mar) for non-commercial cars, pickup trucks, RV or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats
  • $20 per motorcycle
  • $15 per person (aged 16 and up) for pedestrians, those travelling on a bicycle, horse or non-commercial bus/van with more than 15 passenger seats

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

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good location

Mar 15, 2020 TravelWarrior2000 Los Angeles, California

In 2020 you think you would have decent internet. NO. I tried to call the lobby, but didn't get an answer. I went to the lobby and they suggested I bring my laptop to the lobby and then directed me to a certain chair that might have better reception. This didn't work well either. While I'm not thrilled that I have to do some work while staying in… Read more
In 2020 you think you would have decent internet. NO. I tried to call the lobby, but didn't get an answer. I went to the lobby and they suggested I bring my laptop to the lobby and then directed me to a certain chair that might have better reception. This didn't work well either. While I'm not thrilled that I have to do some work while staying in Yosemite, the Lodge made it all the more difficult and took me about five times as long and I wasn't able to complete some simple transactions such as responding to email. Room phone was mis-labled and beyond calling the front desk, had too much static. Also called front desk to ask location of ice machine. Employee wasn't sure where it might be in the building I was staying in, but said the bar (not open until 5:00p.m.) might give me some. Also received other misinformation from the front desk. Clearly not well trained. The room was very clean, other than some stains on the bedspread. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The place needs work

Mar 15, 2020 SteveRearington United States

The place needs work. Our first room smelled horrible (like something dead), but that was rectified and we were moved. It is somewhat amusing watching the government employees (or the people who work for a corporation that serves the government) at "work"...this place is assured of a fat government contract, so things move...errr...a little more… Read more
The place needs work. Our first room smelled horrible (like something dead), but that was rectified and we were moved. It is somewhat amusing watching the government employees (or the people who work for a corporation that serves the government) at "work"...this place is assured of a fat government contract, so things move...errr...a little more slowly than at a regular hotel that is not guaranteed a full house every night. Employees move at the typical government snails pace. However, it was hard to fault them as they were friendly and nice. Just painfully, awfully slow. Parking is horrible. Maybe if you're from California you won't think so, everyone else will. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Staff was great. The room was sub standard

Mar 15, 2020 Bill S

All the staff were friendly and helpful. However, the sink faucet and bathtub faucet were nearly falling off. The screen door was off its tracks and could not be re-installed and was obviously neglected. For over $300 per night stuff should work. The pillows are the worst we have ever encountered. Concrete blocks would have been superior and… Read more
All the staff were friendly and helpful. However, the sink faucet and bathtub faucet were nearly falling off. The screen door was off its tracks and could not be re-installed and was obviously neglected. For over $300 per night stuff should work. The pillows are the worst we have ever encountered. Concrete blocks would have been superior and more comfortable Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hotel horrific, yosemite amazing!

Mar 11, 2020 SarahJ466 Birmingham, United Kingdom

Reviewing the yosemite valley lodge I sadly don't have much positive to say. We got there after a long drive and was forced to wait almost 2 hours to check in. When we were checking in, we were instructed with what do do in the event of mice infestations and how to protect against hantavirus. We were in the middle of nowhere after all so carried… Read more
Reviewing the yosemite valley lodge I sadly don't have much positive to say. We got there after a long drive and was forced to wait almost 2 hours to check in. When we were checking in, we were instructed with what do do in the event of mice infestations and how to protect against hantavirus. We were in the middle of nowhere after all so carried on. Re the room, wow...and unfortunately not for the right reasons. It was dark and dingy, smelt of damp and rott. There were stains on the bed spread but fortunately the sheets we're clean. We mistakenly opened a window in the day only to be greeted by a dust cloud and dead insects all along the window ledge. Awful. Even upon checking out the lady behind the desk was unsure that she could even do this most basic requirement of hotel front desk staff for us. Buying food is an experience, the base camp eatery is something you won't forget quickly, you order your food, they scream your name and you catch it at the end of the counter. Had a similar experience in degnars kitchen the next day, it was a stressful sandwich! For the money on the hotel, it absolutely was not worth it. I agree the lodges need some rustic charm but please at least clean them to the point where you can breathe properly. For people reading this hotel review, please don't be distracted from this as yosemite as a national park. The park is beautiful, stunning and absolutely one of the best things in my life I have ever seen. We were here for 2 days and despite the hotel, it was magnificent. A point to note, be cautious of driving! We were not prepared for driving so many miles across so many mountains to see this. If you think you maybe uncomfortable driving 6500ft on cliff tops, get a day trip. General advice, visit yosemite, do a different hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent location

Mar 8, 2020 Amy_SJC San Jose, California

It’s all about the location within the National Park. The Yosemite Valley Lodge within the Park had easy access to many trails and stunning views of the Yosemite Falls right outside your room. Convience of a shuttle stop #8 right outside as well. The Mountain Room Restaurant and Base Camp Eatery and Starbucks I’m very close proximity as part of… Read more
It’s all about the location within the National Park. The Yosemite Valley Lodge within the Park had easy access to many trails and stunning views of the Yosemite Falls right outside your room. Convience of a shuttle stop #8 right outside as well. The Mountain Room Restaurant and Base Camp Eatery and Starbucks I’m very close proximity as part of the Lodge facilities were great! After a long day’s hike or outdoor activities, it’s nice to hop back on a shuttle bus and zoom back back to your room. Room was quaint and rustic with an appropriate lodge feel. Room was clean, bed was comfy. It was a GREAT stay!!! Would definitely come back when the price is right!!! Would love to come back again and keep an eye out for an opening within this hotel!!! Read less