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Tuolumne Meadows Lodge
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Santa Monica, California
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3 reviews
“It was a rewarding experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

It was a wonderful vacation. The staff was organized and were very helpful in helping us select a room that best met our needs. The bathrooms were always clean and sanitized. The grounds were well kept.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alex C
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Carmichael, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

To explore the incredible high sierra country without having to hike in, you can't beat the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. The cabins are clean and enough wood is provided to keep a fire burning in the cabin's wood stove all night. Remember to bring a pad lock so that you can lock your cabin while you are away. The food at the Lodge's restaurant is quite good and if you order the lighter fare, very reasonably priced. Double check the bed set up as some tents have 2 twins and a double bed and some have 4 twins. We never had to wait for a shower and there was plenty of warm, not hot, water for the shower. The setting is so beautiful and not crowded like the valley floor. There are so many different day hikes of all levels that will thrill you. In the "lobby" of the Lodge are books for sale describing all of the nearby hiking trails. The staff at the Lodge is terrific. Very accommodating and very pleasant.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Menlo Park, California
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

My granddaughters and I had a wonderful stay in the clean, roomy tent cabin at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Location can't be beat, shuttle comes right to the parking lot. Use the wood burning stove in the cabin for nighttime warmth. We are vegetarian and had excellent food, well priced. I will definitely go again!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

This area is breathtaking. The staff is friendly and informative. Very pleased with our experience. My family didn't want to leave when it came time to check out. A truly wonderful place...I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Having stayed in the valley a couple of times, Tuolomne was a real change. Quieter, more space, and cooler in the summer months. Very beautiful surroundings and nice hikes. Was surprised that nighttime temps were so low in midJune. Can get to below freezing so MUST light wood stove in tent cabin to keep warm. We used all blankets from other beds as just using one bed so were warm enough during night. Surprised that all tables in dining room were for 8 people. We were just 2 so had to wait half an hour till enough people turned up to fill our table. Food pretty good though.
Bit like a hostel environment ...quite basic and communal. But staff very friendly and helpful.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We entered Yosemite Park via Tioga Pass so it was very convenient to spend our first night at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. We arrived on their opening day, Friday, June 6 and it appeared all staff was on duty to ensure a quick check-in. We asked for a tent cabin nearest to the toilet/shower building and were assigned unit #6. Excellent location for quick access to the toilets.

I think "glamping" describes Tuolumne Meadows Lodge because the tent cabins are equipped with a small wood stove and a metal bucket filled with firewood. Guests are allowed extra firewood if you think the night will be colder. There is no electricity in the tents so the light source is a lantern with a rechargeable battery. There is no wi-fi on location which is the whole point of being in the wilderness.
The beds are covered with two wool blankets and a quilt, plus towels are supplied. If a guest is allergic to wool, ask for extra quilts as our family did.

A timely suggestion is to lie on your bed and check if it is level before darkness settles in. The tent cabins have concrete floors which have shifted slightly over the decades. The first night we were so tired after the long drive from Death Valley we did not check the level of the bed. In the morning we awoke with puffy eyes and faces. The floor had a slight slope which meant we slept with our heads lower than our feet.

After staying 3 nights in Yosemite Valley, (Lodge at the Falls) we returned to Tuolumne Meadows for our final night in the park. Again, we chose this convenient location to be able leave early in the morning for Tioga Pass. This time we were assigned unit #22 which also is very near to the toilets/showers.

Again in this cabin, the head of our bed was noticeably lower than our feet. Fortunately, there was still sufficient light when my husband went searching for two flat rocks to place under the feet of our bed, raising the head level about 2 inches. This greatly improved our sleep quality on our second night, and we awoke refreshed without the puffy eyes!

This tent cabin concept at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge works very well for people who are flying to Yosemite. It was not feasible for our family to bring sleeping bags, tents and camping gear because we flew from Bellingham, WA to Las Vegas. Our rental car would not have been adequate to hold all our camping gear. By staying at Toulumne we enjoyed the camping experience without the hassle of hauling all our gear from British Columbia.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Tuolomne Meadows Lodge is a great destination for hikers of all levels. I enjoyed every aspect of my visit there, including the accommodations. The reason I did not give my experience a maximum rating is that I could not prepare my own food on site. Either I ate at the restaurant, which was very good and medium-priced, or I had to go off to another close by picnic area to eat my own food Given that I am on a special diet, I found this aspect to be quite limiting, and a negative to my otherwise very positive experience. I really hope they can change their policy regarding bringing your own food that could be prepared and eaten on site.

Room Tip: I loved being close to the river where the sound of the falling water soothed me to sleep each night...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Property: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge
Address: Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cabins of Tuolumne Meadows are located 60 miles from Yosemite Valley at over 8,700 feet above sea level. Here, you'll find 69 canvas-tent cabins that are available from mid-June to mid-September, conditions permitting. Situated next to a picturesque meadow, it's the perfect place to settle in after hiking in Yosemite-or before embarking on an extended backpacking trip. You'll find the Cabins of Tuolumne Meadows on Tioga Road, near the Park's eastern entrance on Highway 120 East. ... more   less 
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