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Yosemite View Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
Reviewed 7 July 2014

You're staying at Yosemite River Lodge because either:

1. You could not afford the Ahwahnee hotel.
2. You did not book in time for any of the other places within Yosemite.

So you're now at the closest lodging to the entrance of Yosemite. So as everyone always says, it's all about Location, Location, Location. You pay > $200/night in Manhattan, do you not? Even for the "decent" places? So why would you expect to pay dirt for a place within minutes of the entrance??? Yes, the rooms are not 4 star, but you're not paying for the luxurious rooms, you're paying for the fact that your day won't start with a 2 hour drive just to get into Yosemite!

Our room was a little dusty under the beds/floors, but it was clean in the sense that I've seen MUCH worse in much higher end hotel rooms. I've seen mold/mildew in bathrooms of high end places, but didn't in our room at the YRL. After getting used to modern bed spreads where they are freshly laundered like sheets, the old coverlet on the beds make you cringe a little when you see them (and wonder what is on them that you can't see).

The kitchenette was a nice touch, especially planning the trip into Yosemite for the day. They had IKEA dishes, and provided dishwashing detergent. My only complaint was that there were no paper towels, but luckily we had some in the car.

At the check-in, there is a small convenience store with almost anything you will need in a pinch.

There are pools every other building (there are multiple with most river-facing), with a hot tub next to ours.

Parking is free, and you can find a spot relatively close to your building.

As everyone has said, internet is $9/device, and is set up independently, not through the front desk.

Our check-in person was lovely, but our check-out person needed more training in customer service. She (woman with long white hair) kept insisting that I made a phone call during our 1 night there. I told her I did not, but she told me, "Maybe you made a phone call to your relatives. I need to check it out." Ummm....wouldn't I KNOW if I made a phone call to MY relatives??? Perhaps she should have said, "I'm sorry, but it's protocol to cross check this call with our records. Do you mind waiting while I check?" But NOOOOO. She kept insisting that I was lying and made a phone call. And lo and behold, when she checked the records, NO CALL. And for that, I dock 1 on the rating.

The restaurant next to the lodge was decent. Food was okay. Entrees and pastas come with an all-you-can eat salad and soup bar. The staff though could use a little training as well since the host clearly doesn't know how to make sure customers leave happy (a waiter showed him 2 entrees from people who decided to leave because the food was so inedible that the waiter agreed and the chef told him to take the entree off the specials, but the host made the waiter charge the diners the cost of the salad bar since they ate food while waiting for their entrees...REALLY???)

Overall, I would stay here again. It really is all about the location. But just be warned not to have high expectations, and you'll be just fine.

Room Tip: Just ask for the river views, especially on the first floor where you'll get a larger patio
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here two nights while vacationing in Yosemite. The location can't be beat, less than 5 minutes from Yosemite entrance and maybe 20-30 min drive to Yosemite village. The room was nice and clean, beautiful view overlooking the river. Good resturant next door and onsite laundry facilities were a plus. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the poor TV reception and the $10 per day/per device fee for wifi which I didn't pay. For $250 a night, you shouldn't have to pay for wifi, but who actually comes to Yosemite to watch TV and surf the internet, I didn't. I would definitely stay here again!

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We had booked another hotel for our trip to Yosemite, but it was so far from the park entrance that we decided to look around a bit before checking in. After a bit of a long drive in and around the park environs, we came to the Yosemite View in El Portal. They had a kitchenette available for the 5 nights we intended to stay at Yosemite, another lucky break on a trip filled with them! The price, about a thousand dollars for five nights, was a bit more than we intended to spend, but the kitchenette allowed us to save some food costs, which can be significant in these highly travelled areas. (Note: Food prices in the lodge itself are VERY high, drive the mile or so west to El Portal's grocery/gas station. They have a surprisingly good selection of whole/organic foods and good beers!) The lodge itself is relatively well kept, though it does show some maintenance flaws. It is a large complex, and I imagine it's difficult to keep up with all the small things that require attention. As mentioned, we got a kitchenette on the second floor of one of the smaller buildings on the property, right on the Merced River, absolutely beautiful. Our room did smell of fresh paint, a minor annoyance for us but maybe more important to those with allergies. The staff was friendly and attentive, and responded to requests quickly and efficiently. Our cellular service did not work and the landline in the room did not seem to want to connect, whatever combination of instructions we followed. You are able to purchase (!) Wi-Fi services from an outside provider, a bit of am anachronism in times in which free Wi-Fi is almost expected in hotels. At any rate, I would recommend Yosemite View because of its excellent location, awesome views, and generally good conditions and excellent service.

Room Tip: Ask for a river room, but keep in mind that the Merced is rocky and therefore loud!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank JohnP001
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Good location near park entrance, too bad it has not had needed updates and improvements. For the price it should be updated almost yearly. Wallpaper out of date carpet dark and dreary, had a refrigerator but no microwave.

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Thank Vic L
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed here for one night while visiting Yosemite to avoid a long drive late at night. From the looks of the hotel on the outside, the lobby, and the staff, we weren't expecting much. Once we got in to our room, we were pleasantly surprised. The room was big, had a small kitchenette, a jetted tub, and a balcony overlooking the river. There are several pools and a small arcade, which my son enjoyed. There is a restaurant which has a decent brunch in the morning with good service, and a small pizza restaurant if you want a quick lunch or dinner. One of the big downsides to this hotel is the price. We paid more to stay in this hotel than we did our hotel in Venice, Italy. If they lowered their prices, it would be well worth the stay.

Room Tip: There are several buildings, be sure to get one next to the river for a view!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Tim S
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We stayed 2 nights. Room was clean, air conditioning worked, cooker in kitchenette worked so we could make tea, it is only 30 mins drive from Yosemtie Valley Park - which is awesome. We ate in the river restaurant one evening, v good food (would recommend). Centre has pools etc, which could be used to cool down after being in a hot Yosemite park, but the river is refreshing too.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

The room was dusty and dirty, ants in the kitchen and bathroom, used sheets in sofabed and small spiders, unprofessional staff, no hairdryer, broken toaster, old and dirty furniture and one chair was broken. No fitness center.

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Additional Information about Yosemite View Lodge

Address: 11136 Highway 140, PO Box D, El Portal, CA 95318
Region: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
Price Range: £97 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Yosemite View Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 335
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