Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Mini Faqs: 801-559-5000, www.yosemitepark.com. (See reviews and rates) Location- Northside Drive across the road from Yosemite Falls. Elevation- 4,000 feet. Open year round. Expensive. Wheelchair access: Yes.
Yosemite Falls has been the site of hotels in Yosemite since long before Yosemite was a park due no doubt to the beautiful setting. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is about as basic a motel as you will find. It was originally built in the mid-1950s and consists of a number of separate 2-story wooden buildings with basic rooms that will never win any architecture awards.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls also features the Mountain Room Restaurant which is one of the better places to dine in Yosemite. The prices are on the high side, the food is not always quite as gourmet as you might hope for, but the ambiance and service are excellent.
Anywhere else you would say the Lodge is overpriced but in fact the setting is so ideal for exploring Yosemite Valley and especially for families that any price comparisons have to be thrown out the window. The Lodge is comfortable and clean and if the room seems a bit Spartan then get out of and start enjoying Yosemite. Isn’t that why you came to Yosemite?
The rooms are not without any modern conveniences having been upgraded a bit in 2004 and now feature small TVs, mini-fridges, irons, hair dryers, new carpeting and wireless Internet. In truth Yosemite Lodge at the Fallsis about the best compromise between price, comfort and convenience you are going to find in Yosemite. They are certainly a big improvement over sleeping on the ground or the tent-cabins at Curry Village.[sam id=1 codes=’false’]
Most rooms at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls have a small private porch with chairs for enjoying the views of forest or falls and you couldn’t be more convenient to hiking and biking trails, 3 dining choices, pool, shopping and transportation. Unless you are on an extreme budget you should opt for the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. But plan ahead. The Lodge is often booked many months ahead and always full in high summer season.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls offers several choices of room sizes each with a different price. But, you can’t reserve a particular room beyond the general size/quality options so check in early to get the best located rooms.
The parking lots at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls are convenient to the rooms but tour buses and visitors not staying at the Lodge eating dinner will fill up the parking lots in the evening so park your car in a good spot early and take shuttles to visit other sites in the park.