After all, it's the only game in town.
1. It's overpriced - but this is Yosemite, so all the lodging is overpriced.
2. They're canvas tents and they're right next to each other, so if someone nearby slams his screen door at 5:45am and you're not a deep sleeper - well, you'll also be awake at 5:45. On the plus side, I got to enjoy a lovely sunrise.
3. The bear lockers are over by the parking lot so you've got a walk to reach them. You don't get your own locker and it's first come, first served - so good luck finding space for your cooler if you arrive later. The bear lockers also require two hands to open.
4. The last part of the road to the lodge is only one lane wide. Which isn't necessarily a drawback, but I wanted to warn you to be careful as some drivers don't slow down (they're probably the same people who slam the screen door at 5:45 am) and there are limited areas to pull over.
5. There's 69 cabins and only four toilets and one of the days I was there, one of the toilets wasn't working and the hatch to the door of another one broke - when I opened the door, it almost collapsed on me. So there were only two toilets available for quite a few women. In all fairness, however, someone was fixing the door when I came back at 8am the next morning.
I recently wrote a review for the cabins at Lassen Volcanic National Park. After staying here, I feel like I should go back and give the Lassen cabins another star. They're much nicer and cost less. But then Lassen isn't remotely as popular as is Yosemite.
3. Location - not only is it the only place to stay in Tuolumne Meadows if you don't want to camp, but the tents are near some cascades. I just loved falling asleep to the sound of the water.
4. The lodge's employees were very nice.
5. The bed was comfortable. Blankets and sheets were clean, comfy, and kept me warm enough even though it got down into the 30s at night.
This section of Yosemite is absolutely gorgeous. And even on the weekend, it was pretty uncrowded during the mornings. While there were more people around in the afternoons, it didn't remotely approach anywhere near the crowds that you have to endure in the valley. While I wasn't particularly impressed with Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, I was extremely impressed with this section of Yosemite and hope to spend a lot more time here. So unless I buy some camping equipment, I'll probably be back soon. Maybe I'll bring ear plugs for the mornings.
- Also Known As:
- Tuolumne Meadows Hotel
- Tuolumne Meadows Hotel Yosemite National Park
- Tuolumne Meadows
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tuesday August 27, 2013 - With the exception of White Wolf Lodge, all lodging and services are available in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley and Wawona are largely unaffected by the Rim Fire and air quality is good. ... more less