Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Rating: 2.0 Pearls
Yosemite National Park, California, United States

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Pros

  • Prime location in Yosemite Valley and close to Yosemite Falls
  • Much cheaper than neighboring hotels, like the Ahwahnee
  • Free shuttle to other Valley destinations
  • Free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs
  • Outdoor pool and swimming in nearby lake
  • Amphitheater, post office, and souvenir shop

Cons

  • Room decor is outdated and many rooms/baths need major repairs
  • Mediocre dining
  • Rooms are spread out across 15 separate buildings; hard to get close parking

Bottom Line

This 249-room budget hotel sits right in the heart of Yosemite Valley and within walking distance of the beautiful Yosemite Falls -- so guests going for location over charm might consider this option. It is significantly cheaper than the one other hotel right in the area, the more upscale Ahwahnee -- and the property reflects the lower rates. The room decor is probably going for "rustic," but it comes off as more outdated and just plain old, with cracked walls and loose screws. The two dining options on-site leave much to be desired -- one operates like a high school cafeteria and the other serves average food at fine dining prices. It's safe to say the location and low cost is about all that Yosemite Lodge at the Falls has going for it (plus a pool).

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 Location

In the heart of Yosemite Valley and a just a short walk to the stunning Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls enjoys a prime location in the heart of Yosemite Valley, very close to the falls. The Valley is known for its dense forests of pine, redwood and sequoia, clear streams, and popular summits El Capitan and Half Dome. It is considered the main attraction of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park encompasses over 700,000 acres across east central California and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, it draws millions of visitors each year to its majestic cliffs, waterfalls, canyons, flora and fauna. From hiking and biking to climbing and skiing, tourists can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in America’s third-oldest national park.

  • 3-hour drive from San Francisco airport
  • 15-minute walk to Yosemite Falls
  • 4-minute drive to Yosemite Village
  • 6-minute drive to El Capitan
  • 11-minute drive to Half Dome
  • 12-minute drive to Mirror Lake
  • 70-minute drive to Glacier Point

 Bottom Line

This 249-room budget hotel sits right in the heart of Yosemite Valley and within walking distance of the beautiful Yosemite Falls -- so guests going for location over charm might consider this option. It is significantly cheaper than the one other hotel right in the area, the more upscale Ahwahnee -- and the property reflects the lower rates. The room decor is probably going for "rustic," but it comes off as more outdated and just plain old, with cracked walls and loose screws. The two dining options on-site leave much to be desired -- one operates like a high school cafeteria and the other serves average food at fine dining prices. It's safe to say the location and low cost is about all that Yosemite Lodge at the Falls has going for it (plus a pool).

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 249
Pool: N/A
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Address: 9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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