Our family of five, including three young teens, rented Yosemite Vista for 4 nights. The website is well developed and the booking process was very easy. When I decreased our rental from 5 to 4 nights, it was handled very professionally, and the penalty was waived.
Yosemite National Park is vast, so I don't know that there is any one super convenient place to stay. But with the exception of staying in the Valley, where you are at the foot of all the Valley sites, I found the Scenic Wonders location to be very convenient. I believe Yosemite West is the only enclave of private homes within the park. We were about 25 minutes from the Valley--I mean door to parking lot, and we saved a lot of money by staying here instead of getting two rooms at the Ahwahnee. I realized that you just have to be prepared to drive a lot if you want to see Yosemite. Places like Glacier Point (40 min) and Tuolomne Meadows (1.5 hrs) were unforgettable and so worthwhile -- once I got over the mental hurdle that after flying 6 hours and driving 4, we would have to do a lot of driving within Yosemite too. But wow, they were so worth the drive.
Yosemite Vista is a quaint, charming, three-bedroom, two-bath, A-frame house. It is, however, tired and old, and could really, really use a full renovation. The downstairs bathroom was very, very small. The loft bathroom was a little more spacious. Once we got there, most of the family agreed that I should've booked one of the newer homes. I opted for Yosemite Vista because it had a hot tub and washer and dryer. Both came in handy, but both again were old and tired. Views from the deck were nice, though lots of trees in the way. Most of the family said that the beds were very comfortable. We didn't do any serious cooking -- frozen pizzas and pasta -- so the basic kitchen was fine. Knives were very dull, but guess that is normal for a rental. They had plenty of extra towels, and when we ran out of paper towels, the office supplied extra ones right away.
So all in all, this was not the Four Seasons, but a very convenient home base for our Yosemite adventures. Having a kitchen was very helpful since we packed water bottles and lunches for each day's hikes/activities. We stopped by a grocery store on the way into Yosemite and also shopped at the Yosemite Village store after a day in the Valley. And overall, it was just nice to return to a home away from home.
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