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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Average rooms & facilities, clean but unremarkable. Huge jacuzzi tub in room but no water pressure, you'd wait a week to fill it. Dining on premises, also unremarkable but only $11.00. You can get soup and salad bar for $10 but they don't put it on the menu. Gift shop a real jaw dropper full of junk ( think dollar store) at 5th Avenue prices. How about $7 for a fridge magnet? Room rates about $210 night, should be about half that.
A tourist trap in pue form, but location counts.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
Thank nursely
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a generally nice facility but not particularly special. In planning our trip I paid roughly twice what this facility is worth to avoid anticipated problems with traffic. But we experienced no traffic problem leaving the park about 5:30 on a Saturday and Sunday at the first of June. If we visited Yosemite again I would look closer at less expensive motels another 10 or 15 miles away. I think most tourists would be happy with one day at Yosemite. We like eight or 10 mile hikes but would do these somewhere else. The park is busy but not the mob scene I was expecting. It is more like visiting a Central Park in New York with some special attractions rather than something like Rocky Mountain Park. I experienced no special problems at this motel but would agree with most of the small weaknesses others have pointed out.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank docfrank2013
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We weren't expecting great shakes from this hotel but picked it for the location and price. And it was fine given this expectation. A nice little bar area overlooking the river. A decent sized room and balcony, but threadbare bedding and insufficient kitchen equipment for four guests. Fairly uninterested staff while we were there - for example, I notified them that a racoon had opened a screen door in the night, got into our room, upturned a bin and created general mess and chaos, and got a shrug and 'yeah, that happens' (I'd suggest it might be useful to warn people of that, especially when you have young children in the room and no idea if racoons are vicious!).

And then we discovered a few days later that, despite having already paid for our room in full through LastMinute and making it absolutely clear that we wanted nothing charged to our card (and settling our charges for cot hire in cash on check out), they had charged us again in full without any authorisation to do so. It also turned out they had undercharged us for cot hire on checkout, so had taken additional payment for that. After several weeks and phone calls and emails on my part, they refunded the room rate, but refused to pay back an additional £10 that we ended up out of pocket due to bank charges and differing exchange rates. In the end, LastMinute (rather grudgingly) gave us a credit voucher for this, but the hotel's attitude was frankly appalling - and especially the member of staff who I could barely hear on a three way conference call who simply got angry and said he had customers to serve and didn't have time to deal with it.

El Portal is a great location for the park, and for this reason people will continue to stay at the hotel, and the management and staff will not need to address their failings. This is a shame.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank GeorgieBeans
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

After spending 1 day at Yosemite NP, we knew we needed more time to explore the park and couldn't get accommodations in the park for our group of 6. We booked a family suite here on the recommendation of an employee @ Curry Village. Our suite was in the Maple building and looked as if it had been decorated in the '80's. The carpet was grungy and stained and we felt the need to keep our shoes on. The bedding provided for the pullout sofa bed included a tattered, stained blanket, the blankets on the beds were also very worn. The front desk sent over other blankets but they weren't any better. The staff was friendly but they could do little about the shabby condition of the room.
On a positive note, the pool and hot tub across from the building was fun for the kids. A pizza place on premises provided an easy meal at the end of a long day.
The rooms, at least in the Maple building, are in serious need of renovation. None of us would stay here again.

Room Tip: Try another hotel.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Cindy B
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

I spent two days at this hotel with my family on a recent visit to Yosemite. I suppose during peak season rooms around this popular park are expensive, but the cost of the room was a bit disproportional to the quality of the room. The rooms were older, a tad less cleaner and fresher smelling at this price point and is very dark inside even with all the lights on. Pillows and mattress were lumpy. Pluses: on site restaurant (sit down and a pizza restaurant), 5 min drive down the road to a minimart and gas, on-site mini-mart with a well stocked offering, pool(s) for kids. Minuses: no AT&T cell phone coverage, paid internet in rooms, dark room with dark fabrics, noisy motor boat a/c unit (but certainly powerful enough). I would rate my experience as average. Yosemite Lodge in the park is much worst, if you need a point of comparison. i would choose this over Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.

Room Tip: Bottom floor if you have heavy luggage!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Ivan O
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