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 This place is A DUMP, PATHETIC, and this is a benevolent discription!!!

Jun 28, 2020 M8G Clovis, California

The room was pathetic, run down, the door jams ALL were chewed on by a dog, the only table in the room had an unstable/broken leg, the carpet was nasty, old and rotten, the tub had dark mold in most of the caulking, and the worst thing of all was the door to the outside had NO DOOR SWEEP AND THERE WAS A COMPLETE QUARTER INCH OF OPEN SPACE WHEN THE… Read more
The room was pathetic, run down, the door jams ALL were chewed on by a dog, the only table in the room had an unstable/broken leg, the carpet was nasty, old and rotten, the tub had dark mold in most of the caulking, and the worst thing of all was the door to the outside had NO DOOR SWEEP AND THERE WAS A COMPLETE QUARTER INCH OF OPEN SPACE WHEN THE DOOR WAS SHUT (plenty of room for a mouse to get under, not to mention every insect imaginable), and we were on the ground floor! When we arrived and entered the room, we found leaves and debris that was obviously blown in from the lawn service. I checked and none of the other rooms had door sweeps! I could list many more nasty things about this place but these are the highlights! I've stayed in much nicer, cleaner roadside motels costing less than $50 and this place cost me $315!!! WIFI cost an extra $10 per night. Others who rate this place better than TERRIBLE are lying to you!!! I only complain when it is obvious the management doesn't care about it's reputation and are simply taking advantage of travelers who don't have any other options! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating I want my money back!

Jun 26, 2020 schoenerAndi Nuremberg, Germany

We had to cancel our reservation due to corona and we had the option to cancel for free (even without that virus). My credit card has been charged with 240 USD as the reservation was fixed. I never saw that money again and the hotel doesn‘t answer on my messages.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The AC Is a Blessing

Jun 25, 2020 jphillips56 Saint Louis, Missouri

As I sit here on my balcony enjoying a cold beverage watching the Merced river roar by & having a cool air conditioned room to sleep in, I’m happy I cancelled our room at the lodge inside the park which has no AC. The temps this week are in the 90’s so the AC is a blessing. A nice kitchenette for making breakfast is also a plus. The foam… Read more
As I sit here on my balcony enjoying a cold beverage watching the Merced river roar by & having a cool air conditioned room to sleep in, I’m happy I cancelled our room at the lodge inside the park which has no AC. The temps this week are in the 90’s so the AC is a blessing. A nice kitchenette for making breakfast is also a plus. The foam mattresses are very comfortable as well. I would have given 5 stars but the bathroom although very clean, could use an upgrade. However you can swim in the extra large jetted tub. A short drive to the Arch Rock entrance of the park is no problem. The girls at the front desk were friendly and accommodating too. Would definitely stay here again especially in the summer. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Four miles away from Yosemite

Jun 20, 2020 artbazil Moscow, Russia

We stayed in a deluxe suite with a hot tub, double bathroom, kitchen, multiple fireplaces, and an amazing river view. A little bit outdated, but pretty cozy and neat. The bed and pillows were extremely soft. That was a great sleep after a good day of hiking in Yosemite. For some reason, the massage shower was not working and I was not able to… Read more
We stayed in a deluxe suite with a hot tub, double bathroom, kitchen, multiple fireplaces, and an amazing river view. A little bit outdated, but pretty cozy and neat. The bed and pillows were extremely soft. That was a great sleep after a good day of hiking in Yosemite. For some reason, the massage shower was not working and I was not able to turn the fireplace in the bedroom on. Since the hotel is outside of the Yosemite National Park, rangers won't let you in the park without the day-use permit from "recreation dot org" Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal , California is withholding prepayments despite a free of charge cancellation promise

Jun 15, 2020 hanns395 Eugendorf, Austria

Since Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, California is withholding prepayments despite a free of charge cancellation promise and even after a free of charge confirmation letter from booking.com it is really not advisible to book any room in this hotel, if you might have to cancel (even months before your planned trip) your booking e.g. due to… Read more
Since Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, California is withholding prepayments despite a free of charge cancellation promise and even after a free of charge confirmation letter from booking.com it is really not advisible to book any room in this hotel, if you might have to cancel (even months before your planned trip) your booking e.g. due to personal travel changes. In my case, they took a prepayment of US $ 240 more than 7 months in advance of my planned arrival date in June 2020. I had to cancel my reservation on April 8, 2020 as confirmed „free of charge cancellation. Despite several sent E-Mails to the Yosemite View Lodge in the last two month I did not receive any answer and also no transfer of the prepayment to my credit card account. Read less