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/.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very quaint

Jul 29, 2021 crjd774 Willis, Texas

We stayed here one night, great location to the entry to the park in el portal. Although the room is dated it was clean and nice cold air conditioning( I added extra star for that alone ). The rooms over look the Mercer river and that was so nice! We had a cozy fireplace in the room and small kitchenette. Downsize is you have to pay for WiFi, you… Read more
We stayed here one night, great location to the entry to the park in el portal. Although the room is dated it was clean and nice cold air conditioning( I added extra star for that alone ). The rooms over look the Mercer river and that was so nice! We had a cozy fireplace in the room and small kitchenette. Downsize is you have to pay for WiFi, you would think for 300 dollars a night that would be included . Another downsize is there is nothing close by to eat but the on-site restaurant which is pretty pricey. 19 dollars for hamburger and ffs which I split with my husband and that will cost you another 7 bucks! The server was so friendly and so was the host! The next morning we checked out early and thought we could find some coffee in the town, wrong nothing opens early around the park, not even in the park. Oh and also the beds were very comfortable! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ewwww!

Jul 28, 2021 Eddy8910

The only good thing about the room was the River that ran behind it. It is very dated and needs a lot of updating. Pictures I posted show the stained chairs in our room, the carpet was absolutely disgusting and overall disgusting. The phone in our room didn’t work and the carbon monoxide detector kept going off at all hours. When we checked… Read more
The only good thing about the room was the River that ran behind it. It is very dated and needs a lot of updating. Pictures I posted show the stained chairs in our room, the carpet was absolutely disgusting and overall disgusting. The phone in our room didn’t work and the carbon monoxide detector kept going off at all hours. When we checked out I showed the pictures and told them we were really disappointed. The manager said I should have called. No cell service and room phone didn’t work! Very close to Yosemite is a good thing and gift shop is great. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect location and a pretty setting

Jul 28, 2021 davenlu2019 Germantown, Wisconsin

We stayed at the Yosemite Mountain View Lodge for three nights in mid June. We loved it. The location is perfect it you are not staying inside the park. You are right outside the entrance, and the drive to the valley is pretty. The setting of the hotel is pretty, day or night, with a nice river running through it and mountains on either side. The… Read more
We stayed at the Yosemite Mountain View Lodge for three nights in mid June. We loved it. The location is perfect it you are not staying inside the park. You are right outside the entrance, and the drive to the valley is pretty. The setting of the hotel is pretty, day or night, with a nice river running through it and mountains on either side. The pool area was nice. I see some people say that the rooms are the equivalent of a roadside motel... Our room was significantly better than that. We ate at the restaurant and the food was pretty decent. Overall we were very happy with our stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good place to stay

Jul 22, 2021 carolinemO6325KE Newburyport, Massachusetts

This place has such great potential. Pros: Comfortable beds, AC worked great on a hot day, great location-just down the road from the park entrance. Chose a room with a balcony on the River and saw a bear cub fishing in the River! Totally worth the extra money for this view although I don’t agree to up-charge for a view for any hotel. Cons:… Read more
This place has such great potential. Pros: Comfortable beds, AC worked great on a hot day, great location-just down the road from the park entrance. Chose a room with a balcony on the River and saw a bear cub fishing in the River! Totally worth the extra money for this view although I don’t agree to up-charge for a view for any hotel. Cons: rooms need some updating. Clean enough for me, but could see why people complain about this. Some mold around the tub and our floor had some crumbs on it from the last occupants. I didn’t feel like it was “dirty” just needed some more attention to detail. Any food/groceries on site was very expensive. Complimentary coffee would have been nice considering what you pay to stay there. The staff were helpful but I had the sense they were a bit overwhelmed. They accommodated us with all we needed. Overall: I would definitely stay there again. If you are looking for a luxury, maybe not for you. But this lodge serves the purpose of a comfortable stay after a long hot day in Yosemite. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great rooms with great views, but slow check-in and excessive pet fees

Jul 20, 2021 Coastal34986233818

Best lodging near Yosemite Valley. River view rooms are worth the extra cost. They have balconies (12’x4’) or patios (12’x15’) on ground floor, with table and four chairs. Large rooms with kitchenette, table, and two easy chairs. Big jacuzzi tub but who wants to spend an hour filling the tub, not to mention wasting all that water? Why only three… Read more
Best lodging near Yosemite Valley. River view rooms are worth the extra cost. They have balconies (12’x4’) or patios (12’x15’) on ground floor, with table and four chairs. Large rooms with kitchenette, table, and two easy chairs. Big jacuzzi tub but who wants to spend an hour filling the tub, not to mention wasting all that water? Why only three stars if it’s the best lodging near the Valley? I’ve bought houses faster than than the time it took to check in (friendly staff, but either they need more people in reception or a more efficient system). Internet service is optional and costs $10, following the practice of the pricier hotels, which often charge for internet while cheap ones provide it for free. Some rooms are dog “friendly,” as they put it, but the correct term is “permitted” at a charge of $25 per dog, so if you have two ten-pound, non-shedding dogs who sleep in travel crates, you pay a $50 surcharge, but if your sixty-pound golden retriever sheds all over the room, you pay “only” $25. Read less