Yosemite Valley Lodge | Full Guide

Yosemite Valley Lodge: Ultimate Guide.

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The Yosemite Valley Lodge has been providing a pleasant and comfortable place for visitors to the Yosemite National Park since the early 1900's. Located at 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389. The lodge is full of modern amenities and beautiful architecture that creates an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

Yosemite Valley Lodge Amenities:
  • Outdoor Pool & Children's Pool
  • Hiking Trails nearby (Mirror Lake Trailhead)
  • Restaurant (The Mountain Room) & Lounge (The Pines Lounge)
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Free Parking Bus Loading Zone
  • Cross Country Skiing nearby (Badger Pass Ski Area)
  • Gift Shop/Store
  • Spacious Hotel Rooms with a variety of amenities:
  • King/Queen Bed Type Rooms
  • Rates: $269-$469 per night, including breakfast.
  • Family Suite w/ 2 Double Beds & Private Balcony
  • Accessible Roll-In Shower w/ 36" Width Doorway, Grab Bars, Raised Toilet Seat & Hand-held Showerhead
  • Double-Bed Bunk Beds (Kids)
  • Queen Bed Type Rooms
  • Family Suite w/ 2 Double Beds & Private Balcony
  • Roll-In Shower Accessibility for Bathroom Entrance w/ 36" Width

Parking is available at the Lodge Garage or Lower Lodge for vehicles with a state parking placard. Additional accessible parking is also available onsite at the Yosemite Falls Day Parking Lot. Assistance services are not available at the lodge.

Types of rooms available at the Yosemite Valley Lodge

There are many different types of rooms available at the Yosemite Valley Lodge with various amenities suitable for different groups of people. There are Standard Rooms which have no private balconies and include a double bed, Deluxe Rooms which include a queen-size bed, views of Half Dome or Yosemite Falls, and access to a private balcony overlooking the valley that is shared with up to 4 guests for a total of 8 people.

There is also a Junior Suite which includes 2 double beds and a private balcony overlooking the valley with access to 4 additional guest rooms on that floor for a total capacity of 12 guests.

Yosemite Valley Lodge Bunk Rooms

These rooms offer the convenience of sleeping 2 kids (or anybody) on a double bed and another person on bunk beds. These rooms are good for small groups such as families with young children who want the convenience of having everyone in one room or friends that don't mind sharing a tight space.

Perfect for: Families w/ small children, Friends wanting to save money, People traveling with an infant or toddler and need to fit crib(s) in their room.

Amenities in this room
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Writing Desk
  • Private Bathroom
  • Television With Select Programming

Yosemite Valley Lodge Family Rooms

The Family rooms are great for families as they have a bunk bed and a sofa bed.

These rooms are good for families with 1-2 kids or 3-4 people who prefer to have individual beds.

Perfect for: Families with young children, People traveling w/ an infant and need a crib onsite, Friends wanting extra privacy.

Amenities in this room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Alarm Clock/Radio
  • Cribs/Infant Beds Available
  • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Dining Table
  • DVD Player
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Phone
  • Hairdryer
  • Private Bathroom
  • Roll-Away/Extra Beds Available
  • Premium Television Channels
  • Sofa Sleeper
  • Windows That Open
  • Shower/Tub Combination

Yosemite Valley Lodge Traditional Rooms

Choose this room if you don't mind sleeping in a room with bunk beds.

Perfect for: People traveling with friends who are okay sharing a small room, Solo travelers that want to be in Yosemite Valley on a budget, Friends wanting more space when they travel together.

Amenities in this room
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Writing Desk
  • Television With Select Programming
  • Private Bathroom

Policies and guest services

Pool Policies

The pool is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The pool is not heated and does not have a lifeguard on duty. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Guest services

Express check-in

Self service kiosks are available 24/7 in the lobby for you to print your own boarding pass or access your travel itinerary anytime, day or night without having to wait for the front desk staff.

Parking Policies (Outdoor Parking Lot)

Rates are included with every reservation however guests will need to pay $10/night per vehicle upon arrival at Yosemite Valley Lodge if self parking lot maximum capacity has been met due to extreme demand. Otherwise please park in Garage B at Yosemite Village 8am - 8pm. If you are staying overnight, your car will be parked in Garage B free of charge until 10am the following morning.

Post Office

You can use the post office to send letter, postcards and packages.

Transportation

Transportation offers bus service all around Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley Lodge is the hub of Yosemite transportation with bus service all around Yosemite National Park. If you are in need for your own car, there is an outdoor parking lot available upon request at no extra charge. However, please note that free parking spaces are extremely limited due to demand and availability may not be guaranteed during holidays or special events.

Internet Access

Yosemite Valley Lodge offers free wireless access and is able to print documents and pictures.

Hours of Operation

Front desk staff is available 24 hours a day for guest services and inside information pertaining to Yosemite Valley Lodge.

Pet Policy

No pets are allowed on property, with the exception of service animals.

Parking Fees

Outdoor parking is available upon request at no extra charge, but please note that free parking spaces are extremely limited due to demand and availability may not be guaranteed during holidays or special events.

Smoking Policy

There is no smoking allowed inside Yosemite Valley Lodge or any of the outdoor areas.

Dining Options at Yosemite Valley Lodge

There are many different options when it comes to dining at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Below is a list of some of the places you can dine at.

  • The Mountain Room Restaurant
  • This restaurant is known for great seafood, vegetarian options, and steak. You will not be disappointed by what is served here.

  • The Mountain Room Lounge
  • This restaurant/lounge is open throughout the day and offers a variety of food options such as: hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, and hot dogs. The warm months allow you to sit and dine outside on the patio.

  • Coffee Corner
  • The Coffee Corner offers coffee drinks as well as different types of pastries such as cinnamon rolls and muffins for your morning pick me up. If food isn't what you are looking for, they also offer iced tea and sodas for a refreshing drink.

  • Base Camp Eatery
  • The Base Camp Eatery has a cafeteria-style selection of food. Enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other daily specials. You can also choose the grab and go food, so you don't have to waste time waiting in line.

Wedding And Meeting Spaces

Rooms here are able to hold up to 150 people, making it a perfect place to host your wedding or company event. You can plan almost any family retreat or conference here.

Bike Trails

You can rent bikes directly from the Yosemite Valley Lodge and ride on designated trails. These trails are separate from vehicle traffic, making it a safe and easy way to view the picturesque Yosemite Valley landscape.

Yosemite Falls

The Yosemite Falls hike is about two miles round trip and has an elevation gain of 2,425 feet. While this may be a strenuous hike for some, those who make it to the top will be rewarded with amazing views of Upper Yosemite Fall.

Activities available at the Yosemite valley lodge

The yosemite valley lodge has a variety of different activities you can take part in. Below is a list of these activities.

  • Backpacking
  • Backpacking is essentially the art of hiking with all your gear. If you bring everything on your back, all you need to do is hike and sleep; no setting up camp or cooking (if desired). While you backpack in this location, you will have the opportunity to fish in places such as the off-the-trail alpine lakes that are only accessible by foot, or glance up at the millions of stars in the sky.

  • Swimming
  • Swimming in the Merced river at the yosemite valley lodge is a relaxing activity that can take your mind off hiking for a day (if you do not backpack). The water here runs relatively cold even in summer months, but during high stream flows you could also go kayaking through rapids. Camping areas are available if you want to stay overnight.

  • Hiking
  • One of the top activities offered by this location is hiking. This area offers over 800 miles worth of trails that range from easy one-mile walks to challenging treks with steep terrain and dramatic vistas. If you enjoy backpacking, there are also campsites available for you to stay overnight.

  • Family adventures
  • There are many adventures planned for every member of the family to enjoy here at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. The children will love staying in cabins that are specially built with them in mind and all the activities planned for them to do during their stay. Some of these activities include: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating.

  • Spa retreats
  • There is a spa area where you can get massages after a long day enjoying all this Park has to offer. There is also a full service salon where the ladies can get their hair done before an evening out or just sitting by the fireplace relaxing.


Conclusion

The Yosemite Valley Lodge has plenty to offer for everyone. No matter what time of year you plan on visiting this wonderful Park, there is something here for you to enjoy. You will not be disappointed if you choose to stay at this wonderful lodge. Come and experience the beauty, peace, and serenity of Yosemite Valley.

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