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“Rustic charm , excellent location well maintained”
Authentic Log Home in Yosemite West
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Authentic Log Home in Yosemite West
Living room with stone fireplace
Fully equipped kitchen
Queen Bedroom
Queen Bedroom
Bedroom with queen & twin bes
Bedroom with queen & twin beds
Patio with charcoal grill
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Yosemite National Park, California

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tim_m_001
Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great in parts - be clear what you're getting”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Face it - accommodation in Yosemite is pricey. This is more affordable than many but be careful that you might not get all you expected. The house has many rooms but not all will be unlocked for you - you might think you booked 4 or 5 bedrooms but if the rental says 3 then that's how many are unlocked. Also, if you are staying more than the 3 night minimum you might want a washing machine & dryer - I never found any so I guess they're not available.
So if you book this knowing that, it's fine. Yosemite West is about 20 minutes outside the main valley. That eats up a bit of time and gas each day. Many YW properties are surrounded by other similar ones, but this one isn't - it's on the edge of the development with steeply sloping forest behind. It's very quiet and you feel as much in the woods as any city-loving English family could want. (If you stay in the valley be prepared for a sensation of being packed into your hotel or campsite).
Parking area is big enough for any car but up a steep slope which our SUV had absolutely no problem with.
We stayed in a heatwave, when the mesh-screened windows needed to be left open to try to keep the temperature down at night. No problems with wildlife or insects! Décor is OK - it's not new but it's fine. Satellite TV doesn't have a huge number of channels but it works. Be aware that in most of the valley there is no cellphone signal or wifi which is fantastic if you want to escape work for a few days - go to the Valley's Deli for wifi.
I'd stay here again but would phone to get the rooms clear (and to ask where to get any washing done).

Travelling group: Teenagers
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Vidalu
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134 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Rustic charm , excellent location well maintained”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We were a family of 7 ( 3 couples and a baby) . We stayed 2 nights at the log cabin . The reservation was easily made online by my brother who recd a packet with directions to the main cabin ( a different
house in the same area where we were asked to Pick up the keys- very sketchy to no signals in Yosemite ) . We arrived at 11 pm and they very graciously waited for us after we told them the time .

Location - 35 min from the valley and a very easy drive at that . 25 min from glacier point . Glacier point is 50 min from the valley . The cabin is located in the middle which was fantastic as sunset at glacier point is the thing to see along with star gazing . This way you can do the valley , head back to the cabin and then set out later to glacier point .

Cleanliness - the housekeepers did a very good job with the cabin . Both the 1st floor kitchen and bedrooms upstairs were done up nicely . Adequate linen was present . We went in summer so I cannot comment on what linen is provided in winter .

Amenities - 3 bedroom 2 bath house . The master on the 1st floor has an attached bath . All bedrooms were spacious enough and one of the upstairs bedrooms had a queen and a single bed as well .
Kitchen cutlery and pots were more than adequate . Dishwasher and microwave and oven present . Soaps towels Are provided . This is not a big deal but maybe they could put a jar of sugar along with the salt and pepper . We brought coffee etc but forgot the sugar and went out knocking on the door of a nearby b&b asking for sugar

Tv provided along with some DVDs and if you want you can check out the DVDs in the main rental cabin where the keys are returned / picked up . Free rental of the DVDs .

There is a very nice little outdoor table with lanterns provided at the back which feels nice and private and makes for a great spot for family to sit and eat in the evening if it is not too chilly .


Cons - very few but the ones which we found were :-
1 . The bathroom upstairs ( shared one ) did not have a shower head . This was the only major neg we had if any . We all shared the bathroom downstairs at bath time which can prolong things a bit. If any of the closed off rooms in the house are bathrooms it might be a good idea to open that for guests if it has a shower head .

2. The garbage once gathered up needs to be disposed in a dumpster beside the main rental cabin . So we had to drive to the dumpster with the garbage in the boot . This was really not a big deal . If staying with a larger family or longer make sure you make a trip in the evening to get rid of the garbage .

3. The driveway can potentially be an issue in winter . Very steep . It fit both our cars well enough and was fine for us . I can imagine it would be icy and (maybe) dangerous to navigate in winter

Overall - would highly recommend this place for a nice summer stay with family . Perfect location away from the valley but not too far . Clean with all amenities . Oh and did I mention ... The one thing we loved was the rustic feel . The log cabin and the decor put us in the "Yosemite spirit ". It made is feel right away that we were in the national park as opposed to something with a completely modern decor . After all what we need are the modern amenities .

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Seminole, Florida
Reviewed 6 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Lompoc CA
Reviewed 27 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Management Response
27 Dec 2012
We're pleased you enjoyed your stay. You can also borrow DVDs from the Registrar at Yosemite West (no charge). And you're right; we do recommend parking on the bottom portion of the driveway in winter and using the stairs there for access. In summer, you can drive all the way to the top. Looking forward to your return visit!
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Cheristei...
Santa Barbara, CA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The OK, The Bad, and The Batty!”
Reviewed 3 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
3
people found this review helpful

Location is acceptable, but much further from the Valley and all activity than we'd been led to believe when making the reservation.

The log home itself is very rustic, including a bat flying out of the closet on the 2nd night of our stay!

We were moved to another location - but not without several phone calls and much flack from a difficult woman manning the phones. Bert and Paul couldn't have been nicer, but she (who hung up on me before I could get her name) was not what one would characterize as guest-friendly.

The home's lay-out is fine, but basics like bed-sheets, kitchen sponges, and towels are old, grungy, and deeply in need of replacement. Dishwasher broken in 1st home, toilet broke in 2nd; leaving one to question Yosemite West Rentals' commitment to upkeep.

We were not made aware of the fact that there's no cable, wi-fi, or even basic ATT connectivity. You're really in the woods! Granted, i didn't ask - but these days, it's most unusual, and we'd have appreciated a head's-up - so let this serve!

All in all, a sub-par home away from home.

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Liked best: It was the right size for the 8 of us.
Liked least: See statement -upkeep and some service is in need of much improvement.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
3 Sep 2012
Being in a natural mountain forest area, wildlife exists -- but usually is not found in our accommodations. Occasionally native fauna will be found in a unit, but generally because someone left a door open (windows are screened) and the wildlife entered. It is important to maintain no human contact with native fauna; never feed or encourage wildlife to either come near you or to enter the homes. Staff will remove those which do intrude -- when possible, guests can be relocated to another home (as was done for these guests).

Reservations staff advises all guests we are a 20-minute drive north to Yosemite Valley, 20-minute drive south to Wawona, and 15-20 min. drive east to Badger Pass Ski Area in winter (variable time depending upon chain requirements); we are a 30-minute drive north to Yosemite Village, 30-min. drive south to Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, and 30-min. drive east to Washburn Point and Glacier Point, or 20-min. drive east to trailhead for Taft Point, The Fissures, and Sentinel Dome.

TVs are described as satellite with DVD players. There is no cable service to our area -- nor does AT&T offer any internet lines (please feel free to let AT&T know you would like wi-fi service to be available at Yosemite West!). Guests inquiring about wi-fi are told to check with the Registrar for information on connecting to the satellite wi-fi at Yosemite West.

Dishwasher worked properly, once the correct button was pushed; toilet rod which broke after guests were in residence, was promptly replaced. Housekeeping staff checks many items (including dishwashers and toilets) for functionality when cleaning after and preparing for guest stays; there occasionally will be unforeseen lapses in equipment occuring during a guest stay; staff will respond quickly and remedy the situation.

We regret when guest expectations are not met; our guests usually are highly satisfied and return to stay again, year after year.
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Tizge
Province of Milan, Italy
1 review
Reviewed 25 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Liked best: La posizione, la quiete
Liked least: La unica doccia e lo arredamento
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Oct 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us. We appreciate your compliments on the home being fully equipped, the excellent location, and the "kitschy" decor. It is always nice to hear from guest who have enjoyed their experience with us. We hope that you will stay with us again.
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