Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite View Lodge
Similar Names, But Some Important
There are hundreds of choices for lodging at Yosemite National Park, providing
accommodations to fit all needs and preferences. Visitors can choose from full
service luxury accommodations to tent camping in the great outdoors. Two of the
most popular facilities closer to the luxury end of the spectrum have names so
similar it's easy to get them confused. But there are some important differences
between Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite View Lodge.
Yosemite Lodge is one of several Yosemite
accommodations operated within the park by 2003 Delaware
North Companies Parks & Resorts
at Yosemite (DNC). The DNC is the authorized concessionaire
that works with several national parks across the country.
Yosemite Lodge is located at the foot of Yosemite Falls
on the site of a former U.S. Calvary camp. In addition
to a beautiful location and welcoming amenities, the
lodge has a colored history including a stint as a
popular watering hole called Soapsuds Row.
Today, this Yosemite lodge at the
falls is one of the most frequented lodging facilities
in the Yosemite area. All of the 245 rooms at the lodge
come with a private bathroom, sitting area, and telephone.
Most are oversized rooms with a patio or balcony. But
in an effort to get back to nature and focus on peace
and quiet, no rooms have a television or air conditioning.
However, the Lodge does provide Internet service for
guests who want to stay in touch with the "real
Other amenities include three options
for meals, several shops, free shuttle service to popular
park destinations, and a heated outdoor swimming pool
open in summer months. An outdoor amphitheater provides
a setting for naturalist programs, movies and other
presentations, and staff will arrange tours and activities
This ideal location in Yosemite Valley
provides exceptional views of some of the park's most
popular attractions including Yosemite Falls, Half
Dome, and El Capitan. It also allows for easy access
to the park's information and administration facilities.
Rates at Yosemite Lodge run $113 for
a standard room in season. Larger lodge rooms start
at around $160. More information about this lodge is
available on the DNC
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite Lodge is sometimes confused
with Yosemite View Lodge. However, the latter is not
located in the park. It is situated along the Merced
River near El Portal, about one mile from the park
entrance. Its location and comfortable accommodations
make it one of the most popular choices for Yosemite
lodging and it books up early, even during the off-season.
All The Comforts Of Home
The lodge has 279 rooms that come
with phone, balconies, and in-room spa tubs. Some rooms
include fireplaces and there are also units with kitchenettes.
Unlike the Yosemite Lodge, this facility offers cable
TV and air conditioning. Choices for meals and snacks
include a fine dining restaurant, a pizza parlor, and
a lounge. The lodge has one indoor pool and two more
outdoors. A store and a gift shop provide shopping
Some other possibilities for activities
right at the lodge include eco walks along the river,
fishing, and boating. Of course there is also easy
access to all the attractions inside Yosemite. Lodge
staff will also arrange tours of the park upon request.
Rates for Yosemite View Lodge range from $140 for a
standard room with a mountain view to just over $200
for a family suite during peak season. Those who have
stayed at the lodge recommend getting a room with a
view of the river. This type of room averages $189
per night. The lodge is listed on this
Cedar Lodge Yosemite - A Nearby Alternative
The Yosemite View Lodge is owned
by a family run company called Yosemite Hotels. The
Fishers, who own Yosemite Motels, also own several
other properties in the Yosemite area including the
Cedar Lodge, which is also located along the Merced
River in El Portal. The Cedar Lodge has 211 rooms,
two pools, two restaurants, and a large family unit
that can accommodate up to 14 people and has its
own pool. Cedar Lodge is a slightly less luxurious
(and less expensive) choice if the Yosemite View
Lodge happens to be full or you have a travel budget.
Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite View Lodge provide two
enjoyable but different Yosemite lodging experiences.
For those who want to stay inside the park and don't
think air conditioning and television fit with their
vacation needs, Yosemite Lodge is an ideal choice.
Yosemite View Lodge is a bit more spendy but comes
with all the comforts of home. Its location just outside
the park makes it one of the closest choices for those
who want flexibility in their travel plans. Both properties
book up quickly and it is best to make reservations
several months out, particularly for family suites,
honeymoon facilities, and other specialty accommodations.
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