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 Location great, rooms a little old

Sep 3, 2020 sdbctb Brooklyn, New York

The location is great near yosemite entrance, on the merced river, however property is a bit old. Our room was on the merced river and that was the great part with balcony you can sit outside among nature, we even saw a bear across the river while eating breakfast out there. Room itself was clean enough, kitchenette in room. Bathroom was old… Read more
The location is great near yosemite entrance, on the merced river, however property is a bit old. Our room was on the merced river and that was the great part with balcony you can sit outside among nature, we even saw a bear across the river while eating breakfast out there. Room itself was clean enough, kitchenette in room. Bathroom was old looking with the pink tub and tiles. We couldn't believe at 8am they had workers banging walls and sawing right outside our room-unacceptable for a vacation stay-luckily we were up anyways to head early to yosemite. The location is what makes it worth it to stay here esp if have river view room thats why i give 4 stars. Read less
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Sep 2, 2020 Z2032XVfabriziob Province of Turin, Italy

although we canceled our reservation in time to avoid the penalty, the hotel refused to make the refund. our trip from Italy was canceled due to lack of flights linked to the covid crisis. No morals, no ethics and no fairness in this hotel. we will plan our trip to visit the USA in the near future and we will definitely avoid this hotel.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent location & setting in the mountains

Sep 2, 2020 LaGallivanter Wisconsin

We had stayed here for three nights during our trip to Yosemite. The location is great as you are literally just down the road from the park gates. The reviews that say the distance is too far, are likely referring to the drive down into the Valley area...the national park technically starts at the entrance gates. The property is located between… Read more
We had stayed here for three nights during our trip to Yosemite. The location is great as you are literally just down the road from the park gates. The reviews that say the distance is too far, are likely referring to the drive down into the Valley area...the national park technically starts at the entrance gates. The property is located between the mountains and directly on the Merced River. Our room was a King Spa river view. This is obviously one of the "upgrade" rooms so I can't speak of the experience of the more standard rooms. We had a king bed, large two person tub, huge two person shower, kitchenette (mini fridge, two burner cook top, microwave, sink, and cabinet storage), and balcony overlooking the river. The room was great and I have no major complaints, other than it is expensive. WiFi is an optional $9.99 per day for two devices. We did use it one day and it worked well. The other days we were able to get LTE reception on our balcony with Verizon. Property is motel style so the rooms are accessed via the outside. Our room had quick/easy access to our parking and ice machines = awesome. When we return to Yosemite, I would definitely consider staying here again. It is higher priced but you can't get any closer to the park without staying inside the gates. Don't try to save some money from staying further away - trust when I say you will regret it. We were told ourselves at least once per day how glad we were that we didn't book accommodations further away. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Expensive motel 6, close but not so close.

Aug 28, 2020 bsymomof2 California

Stayed here 4 nights while visiting Yosemite during the pandemic. We wanted to bring our dogs so my husband booked this place being pet friendly and the closest to the park entrance. I will definitely stay inside the park next time, it takes over 30 min to go back to the hotel and when back you will not want to go back again. While the name is… Read more
Stayed here 4 nights while visiting Yosemite during the pandemic. We wanted to bring our dogs so my husband booked this place being pet friendly and the closest to the park entrance. I will definitely stay inside the park next time, it takes over 30 min to go back to the hotel and when back you will not want to go back again. While the name is Yosemite view lodge, there really is no view other than the parking lot, Doesnt feel like in the nature at all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Convenient location. Wifi not included

Aug 16, 2020 cqfp123 Los Angeles, California

Excellent location to stay while visiting Yosemite National Park. The lodge includes several buildings and signage is lacking; it took me a while to find the lobby. I had a room on the second floor with balcony and river view, which was reasonably quiet. Dated decor but functional. There was a coffee table but no desk - the latter would have been… Read more
Excellent location to stay while visiting Yosemite National Park. The lodge includes several buildings and signage is lacking; it took me a while to find the lobby. I had a room on the second floor with balcony and river view, which was reasonably quiet. Dated decor but functional. There was a coffee table but no desk - the latter would have been useful to use a laptop. Also, there were no power jacks near the couch, only behind it. Reasonably comfortable bed and pillows (the bed linen was not the best). Room amenities included fridge and kitchenette. Spacious bathroom with jacuzzi, however shower with water pressure on the low side. Wifi (essential because there is no phone reception) costs $10 a day and it's not user-friendly: log in required every time, only two devices can be connected (no switching allowed). Wifi should be included in the room rate. Easy parking. Read less