Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite National Park, USA

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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

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

Where is it

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

Hotel information

245 rooms in 1- or 2-storey buildings. All with balcony or patio, TV, coffee maker, complimentary WiFi, mini-fridge, bathroom amenities, and hairdryer.

Traditional Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

 Complimentary self-parking. Complimentary shuttle bus to various locations in park.

The Mountain Room Restaurant (Californian cuisine), Mountain Room Lounge (lighter fare and drinks), Base Camp Eatery (food court open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Starbucks®.

Outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal). Bicycle rentals* (seasonal). Amphitheatre (ranger presentations/slide shows/films). 

Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour front desk. Gift shop. Post office. Tours and activities desk. Cash machine.

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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May 14, 2022 Tim H Aurora, Colorado

I've been coming to Yosemite since I began camping with my parents in the 1960's. As I got older, it was always a dream of mine to stay in the park. I finally was able to fulfill my dream this month and stayed 3 nights at the lodge. I had always known that accommodations in the park were expensive so I had budgeted for that. Kind of like… Read more
I've been coming to Yosemite since I began camping with my parents in the 1960's. As I got older, it was always a dream of mine to stay in the park. I finally was able to fulfill my dream this month and stayed 3 nights at the lodge. I had always known that accommodations in the park were expensive so I had budgeted for that. Kind of like paying $20 for a beer at the ball game when you could have paid $5 at your favorite bar. Because of a flight delay, we did not arrive at the lodge until 9:30. Fortunately, we were assigned a room in the Alder building, which is right across from the front desk. Found a parking spot right in front of our building, too. The room was nice. Rustic but comfortable. Kind of like staying at one of the YMCA's in the mountains of Colorado. Beware of the thin walls, though. Use your inside voice. The next morning I was blown away when I walked out the front door of our room and the upper falls were right there! I must have taken 20 pictures. Being across from the lobby was very convenient. We took the valley tram tour (I highly recommend it) and it left from right in front of the lobby. A shuttle stop is located there, too. The trail head to the falls is right across the road from the lodge. The Yosemite Village is about a mile away via a flat bike/people path. The shuttle bus will also take you there. We took advantage of the amenities at the lodge, also. Since it was still early in the season, some of the outlets were closed. The Base Camp food court was so-so with a pretty limited menu. The lounge was a good place to order a glass of wine and then sit outside. The real treat, however, was the Mountain Room restaurant (reservations required). Real fine dining. Filet Mignon with Béarnaise ! As you can tell, we had a pretty good time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating You stay here for the location

May 13, 2022 cjigga Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I generally try not to complain about NPS accommodations, as I value staying within the parks and don't really want to bring in more development. Yosemite Valley Lodge is obviously in an amazing location, to see and hear the falls right outside your door is worth an older mattress, carpets, etc. I do wish they vacuumed and cleaned more deeply,… Read more
I generally try not to complain about NPS accommodations, as I value staying within the parks and don't really want to bring in more development. Yosemite Valley Lodge is obviously in an amazing location, to see and hear the falls right outside your door is worth an older mattress, carpets, etc. I do wish they vacuumed and cleaned more deeply, but that doesn't detract from the joy one receives from being in this majestic location. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Rustic but nice

Apr 30, 2022 KentuckyCodger Lihue, Hawaii

More rustic than the Ahwaneeh Lodge accommodations, more true to normal state park accommodations. Room had been refurbished recently. Nice beds, great tv, weak Wi-Fi. Bathroom heat lamp didn’t work. Plenty of air flow thru front door, window and sliding glass door ventilation. All rooms had balcony if two floors or small outside back porch. This… Read more
More rustic than the Ahwaneeh Lodge accommodations, more true to normal state park accommodations. Room had been refurbished recently. Nice beds, great tv, weak Wi-Fi. Bathroom heat lamp didn’t work. Plenty of air flow thru front door, window and sliding glass door ventilation. All rooms had balcony if two floors or small outside back porch. This lodge doesn’t have a central meeting area. It consists of around 10 buildings with rooms, dining and check in desk in a cluster in middle of them all. Ice machines in a few building and some not working. Mountain Dining Room and the Lounge ( nice separate bar with big tvs for sports) were very nice. Again make reservation for Mt Dining room which had really good food: mushroom bourginon stew and juicy Waygu burgers. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Can't get much better inside a National Park

Apr 26, 2022 tragerjp Roswell, Georgia

Location is everything when visiting national parks. Sure, you can stay somewhere "nicer," but then you have to drive 30-45 minutes to get to the Valley floor. Yosemite Valley Lodge = BEST location. We had amazing views of the river & surrounding cliffs. Just a few steps out the door to see Yosemite Falls or eat at Base Camp food court or the… Read more
Location is everything when visiting national parks. Sure, you can stay somewhere "nicer," but then you have to drive 30-45 minutes to get to the Valley floor. Yosemite Valley Lodge = BEST location. We had amazing views of the river & surrounding cliffs. Just a few steps out the door to see Yosemite Falls or eat at Base Camp food court or the Mountain Room Lounge, plus plenty of parking. A super short drive to the big store and lots of other trailheads. We didn't plan forever in advance, so I stalked the website until I managed to get exactly what we wanted - a bunk room. Big score for our family of 4 - teenage boys had their own beds. The sink is outside the bathroom, which is also a big plus. Wi-fi not so much, but our cell service worked just fine when the parks cleared out. The only issue we had were our inconsiderate neighbors and the walls are really pretty thin. We did look at the Ahwanee and it is beautiful. It definitely exudes old-school glamour, but being at least 2x the price as the Lodge, we enjoyed it as a dinner spot in the Lounge. Not that the Lodge isn't pricey, but if you are looking to spend full days in the park and want the convenience of already being in the Valley, there is no better place. Tip: There are buildings with views of Yosemite Falls and you can certainly make requests. The Hemlock Building (not a Falls view) seems to be the home for all the bunk rooms and my request to be on the side away from the parking lot was honored. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect spot when visiting Yosemite Valley

Apr 25, 2022 frcp01

This was my first time visiting Yosemite. Yosemite Valley Lodge is perfectly located in the center of the valley with easy access to the shuttle. Room was very comfortable, I would just say maybe it's time for a new mattress. Yes it is true you can hear through walls more than on average but I could hear my neighbors with kids telling them to… Read more
This was my first time visiting Yosemite. Yosemite Valley Lodge is perfectly located in the center of the valley with easy access to the shuttle. Room was very comfortable, I would just say maybe it's time for a new mattress. Yes it is true you can hear through walls more than on average but I could hear my neighbors with kids telling them to shush all the time. I wouldn't think twice about staying here again. Read less