Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite National Park, USA

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 Good location but expensive

May 18, 2022 rodolphed44 Geneva, Switzerland

Good location closes from the park, rooms are huge and clean that’s it. It is expensive 330 $ in May and you have no network phone datas and wifi is 10$ for 1 day ! It is really a tourist trap… avoid it if possible Restaurants have not been tested since advises were very bad ! Small shop in the lobby
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Close to park but not managed well

May 12, 2022 eugeneh711

Hotel is right outside the park. Rooms are dated but adequate. Kitchenette and balcony were nice. Small store attached to the lobby. Pizza place and small restaurant on the premises but we didn't eat at either one so I can't comment on the quality. People were told at checkin that WiFi is an extra charge per day. I looked at their internet… Read more
Hotel is right outside the park. Rooms are dated but adequate. Kitchenette and balcony were nice. Small store attached to the lobby. Pizza place and small restaurant on the premises but we didn't eat at either one so I can't comment on the quality. People were told at checkin that WiFi is an extra charge per day. I looked at their internet site and it did say "Internet available", which means an extra charge, but it's not what people expect nowadays. The clerk tried to blame the company that provides the WiFi. You have to take a pic of a display at the check in desk and sign in for WiFi when you get to your room. They don't do it for you. Can't use cell phone hotspot because there is no cell phone connection without buying the WiFi service. The elevator was broken in my building, which is three stories. So if you have a bad back or knees make sure you request a building that has a functioning elevator. No room service to clean the rooms is provided "because of Covid"(?). They should provide this service every 2-3 days but clearly management is cutting labor costs. Laundry available with five washers and dryers, but only three of each were working, causing long waits and disgruntled guests. Also, the laundry room closes at 10pm. I don't know why an automated laundry can't be available 24 hrs. Overall a decent place, but you're definitely paying mainly for the location. If I come back to Yosemite in the future, I'll try another hotel, probably one along Hwy 41 near the south entrance. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Decent overall stay

May 8, 2022 Chasesfish Charleston, South Carolina

Incredible location right outside the park entrance. Getting an adequate room that close was a major win for this place, no other spot can match it. The kitchenette was adequate with a minimal supply of utensils. It was nice being able to make food given the limited options. The Pioneer Market in Mariposa is the closest real grocery store. … Read more
Incredible location right outside the park entrance. Getting an adequate room that close was a major win for this place, no other spot can match it. The kitchenette was adequate with a minimal supply of utensils. It was nice being able to make food given the limited options. The Pioneer Market in Mariposa is the closest real grocery store. We stocked up there and are glad we did. They were strange about early check in, so we just went forward into the park. Saying that, most of these other comments are in hope management keeps investing in the property and makes it what it can be. Some random suggestions for improvement: The $10 internet charge is beyond tacky, I get if they have limited bandwidth and keep the device limitation, but why charge this on top of a $250/night hotel? Providing a sliding screen door for the patio, I wanted the cool mountain air but didn’t want to fight with the bees that decide to take up residence in the various nooks of the building. The elevator was out our entire time for a 3rd floor room with some clues that this is not a short-term outage. There’s also no room service unless you stay for 5 days, which is fine, just stop pretending it’s because of covid because it’s never coming back. Overall it was fine, just a shame it was so close to being outstanding with a little more attention to the property Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth it

May 1, 2022 FKW99

Like others already wrote the owner fails to understand that a good location does not make up for the horrible conditions of the rooms. Paint is coming of the wall, the bathroom was not renovated properly in the last 30 years, and the beds and blankets are not as clean as one would expect from a hotel in this price category. The biggest joke of… Read more
Like others already wrote the owner fails to understand that a good location does not make up for the horrible conditions of the rooms. Paint is coming of the wall, the bathroom was not renovated properly in the last 30 years, and the beds and blankets are not as clean as one would expect from a hotel in this price category. The biggest joke of all was the fact that free Wi-Fi is not available (no cellular connectivity in the town). Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It’s ok.

Apr 25, 2022 DEC-SRE London, United Kingdom

It’s ok. Distance to park can’t be beaten but the hotel itself leaves a lot to be desired. Rooms are shabby / need updating. $10 a day charge for wifi (no phone signal at all). Walls are paper thing so you can hear the tv of the room next door / drawers opening and closing! However proximity to the park is great. Ample parking. Restaurants on site… Read more
It’s ok. Distance to park can’t be beaten but the hotel itself leaves a lot to be desired. Rooms are shabby / need updating. $10 a day charge for wifi (no phone signal at all). Walls are paper thing so you can hear the tv of the room next door / drawers opening and closing! However proximity to the park is great. Ample parking. Restaurants on site are ok. Will suffice. Essentially if you’re looking for convenient accommodation and aren’t fussed about really where you stay then it’s great. But it’s basic. Very basic. Also if you stay ‘Road side’ the road is very loud until into the evening and there’s not much natural daylight in the room. Basically they’re using their location and the fact that there isn’t much around to keep the business going. If there were other choices nearer then it wouldn’t stand up as a decent place to stay. Wouldn’t avoid, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend. Read less