Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite National Park, USA

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

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

336 rooms on 3 floors in 6 buildings with 3 lifts. All rooms have kitchenette, 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. Indoor/outdoor swimming pools. 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/.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location. Big room with small kitchen.

Jan 9, 2020 TravelnurseJen Phoenix, Arizona

Lots of positives: location, location, location, kitchenette (with basic equipment), balcony with a view of the Merced, big room, two restaurants on the campus, small store in the lobby. Bad: internet is a separate charge (telephone/text won't work without), watch their pricing/fees (they charge more at the hotel then on web sites), pay attention… Read more
Lots of positives: location, location, location, kitchenette (with basic equipment), balcony with a view of the Merced, big room, two restaurants on the campus, small store in the lobby. Bad: internet is a separate charge (telephone/text won't work without), watch their pricing/fees (they charge more at the hotel then on web sites), pay attention to the hours of the restaurants as they vary. Otherwise, a great option for visiting Yosemite. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Meh...

Jan 6, 2020 Searchin4Vacays Buckeye, Arizona

Lots to be said so I’ll start with the good: Indoor pool area was nice. Too cold for outdoor pools so no comment on those or the restaurants as we didn’t go. Gift shop area of store was very well supplied with accommodating prices for all budgets which was nice. They had some good stuff. The river view was beautiful! Staff was friendly and polite… Read more
Lots to be said so I’ll start with the good: Indoor pool area was nice. Too cold for outdoor pools so no comment on those or the restaurants as we didn’t go. Gift shop area of store was very well supplied with accommodating prices for all budgets which was nice. They had some good stuff. The river view was beautiful! Staff was friendly and polite in the store and the location of the resort is fantastic in relation to the gates of Yosemite. Now, there were issues, I’ll start with the small ones: grocery store was seriously lacking with empty spaces on shelves. The online booking had a “Mountain View” room option for $30 less but the booking agent said they didn’t have that option (I called the number on the website). That woman also told me the Mountain View rooms weren’t even worth it and she wouldn’t recommend them at all. (That’s terrible!) The room was less than clean! Dusty and dirty light fixtures and there was nasty brown stuff on the wall/ baseboards by one of the beds which was caked in fuzz and dust. The bathroom had had some bad repairs and there were holes in the walls in multiple places. The furniture was banged up and tired looking and the plastic pieces in the fridge door were missing so you couldn’t use them, things flew out when the door opened. Beds were ok but I found hair in them. Towels and sheets needed replacing, they were thin and well used. The walls are paper thin and with rude, loud neighbors, sleep is hard to come by. Upon check-out I told them the room was dirty but they didn’t seem to care...so I’m posting it here! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terribly rude and inconsiderate

Jan 3, 2020 joyab950

Coming from France, my boyfriend and i were very much looking forward to visiting yosemite park only to find out most roads are closed and it would be another 8 hour drive on our 3 hour drive from Las Vegas for the one night. We called to cancel and were told to go through booking.com. Booking.com then called the view lodge to request a… Read more
Coming from France, my boyfriend and i were very much looking forward to visiting yosemite park only to find out most roads are closed and it would be another 8 hour drive on our 3 hour drive from Las Vegas for the one night. We called to cancel and were told to go through booking.com. Booking.com then called the view lodge to request a cancellation, agreeing that our situation would result in a refund. Declined, they told us to call the view lodge back as they surely would refund us. I called back, spoke to some manager of a sort, who was terribly rude, mocking our situation and again flat out refused to help us in anyway. Very disappointed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great value right outside the park

Jan 3, 2020 MelbourneMacca Melbourne

If you want to avoid the excessive price of staying at a hotel inside the park, this is a great option. Our family stayed here in winter and even then it was only about a 30 minute drive to the heart of the valley. There is always the danger that roads may be icy or even closed but that didn't bother us. The hotel is enormous, almost a village in… Read more
If you want to avoid the excessive price of staying at a hotel inside the park, this is a great option. Our family stayed here in winter and even then it was only about a 30 minute drive to the heart of the valley. There is always the danger that roads may be icy or even closed but that didn't bother us. The hotel is enormous, almost a village in itself and the reception offers a shop as well as a magnificent old-style lounge for relaxing in during the evening. The restaurant is equally impressive and not overly expensive. It serves a fantastic buffet breakfast that will see you through most of the day. There is also a pizza restaurant but that was closed for winter. The hotel also features a heated indoor pool, a laundry and free parking. There are no I highly recommend this hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good place For visiting Yosemite NP

Jan 2, 2020 RITman San Diego

We stayed here for 3 nights between Christmas and New years. THe location is great with easy access to Yosemite NP just a few miles up the road. The place is pretty big, lots of rooms, lots of buildings. Our room, with 2 queen beds was roomy, clean and with a small refrigerator, sink and 2 burner stove. The heater worked well, albeit a bit on teh… Read more
We stayed here for 3 nights between Christmas and New years. THe location is great with easy access to Yosemite NP just a few miles up the road. The place is pretty big, lots of rooms, lots of buildings. Our room, with 2 queen beds was roomy, clean and with a small refrigerator, sink and 2 burner stove. The heater worked well, albeit a bit on teh noisy side. We had a none-river view room. THe bathroom was clean and looked relatively new. The bathtub/shower was good sized but leaked. Lighting in the room was adequate. THere are two restaurants. In the winter the pizza place is only open on weekends but the "river" restaurant is open every night. Not a lot of seating for such a big hotel so we had to wait 20 minutes or so to get seated. The pizza place was only open on Friday and Saturday during our stay even though it seemed the hotel was packed. The food in the River restaurant will suit your needs. On the Sunday of our stay we wanted pizza and had to order it through the bar in the restaurant. With only one person working the bar, and he was great, it took a while to take care of this. I will say that the pizza was really good, much better than I had expected. If it's luxury you want, you will not find it here. The staff were pleasant and the gift store on site was good. All in all we felt this room was just fine for our needs and am glad we decided to stay here instead of much further away in Mariposa. Read less