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Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (or just "The Lodge") is located in the Yosemite Valley in the western Yosemite Village. It is one of two main hotel options in the Yosemite Valley (the other one is the Ahwahnee Hotel which is more expensive). The Lodge is open year-round.

Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous and loved national parks in the whole world. While accommodation may be much more expensive inside the park, it is worth it to see and experience the park thoroughly. Other options for staying in the Valley include camping.

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Yosemite Lodge - The Valley's Historic Lodge

The Lodge was built during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was built as part of a Works Progress Administration project under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Originally, the Lodge was managed by the NPS, but they eventually contracted it out to private concessionaires.

  • Built: In The 1930s

The Lodge was badly damaged by a 100-year flood that destroyed or badly damaged 189 cabins and 108 hotel rooms. The Lodge lost around 54% of its previous capacity of 546 rooms to the flood.

  • 1997: Destroyed Or Badly Damaged Half Of The Lodge

Today the Yosemite Valley Lodge is one of the top lodging options in the park (there is little accommodation in the Valley - although there is more in Wawona near the park entrance). It is a great choice for families and groups. There are pluses and minuses between staying cabin (notably at Wawona) or in a lodge in Yosemite. Families may find it better to get a cabin.

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Why Choose The Yosemite Lodge

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is located close to Yosemite Falls and is a perfect central location in the Yosemite Valley of the larger national park.

The lodge offers the rustic feel one wants while staying in Yosemite - see how its glass and wood architecture put it in unity with the surroundings and how the large windows allow for bright mountain sunshine and stunning views.

Just outside of The Lodge are the famous Yosemite Falls and some of the most popular hiking trails in the park. The Yosemite Falls is one of the most stunning and recognizable waterfalls in the world. While there, take the time to hike the Yosemite Falls Historical Trail. Just step outside of The Lodge to see some of America's most famous landmarks like El Capitan, Sentinel Rock, and Half Dome. Half Dome is only a short stroll away.

  • Located: In The Heart Of Yosemite Valley By The Falls

Just behind the lodge is the bubbling Merced River. In summer, go in for a refreshing dip or enjoy the Lodge's outdoor swimming pool.

  • Bike Rentals: There Is A Bike Rental Stand At The Lodge
  • Tours: Leave From The Lodge

At the Lodge is also a bike rental stand so that people can leisurely cycle around and explore the other sights in the Yosemite Valley. The Valley has designated bike trails to enjoy and explore. If one would like a tour, then one is well situated; tours of the park leave directly from the Yosemite Valley Lodge.

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Rooms And Accommodation Options At The Lodge

The Lodge boasts a total of 245 rooms (241 recently remodeled traditional rooms and four family rooms). These rooms are spread out over 15 separate buildings.

  • The Cedar Building: The Only Building To Offer Larger "Family Rooms"

The price for a room is around $238 per night (for December). The prices may be higher in the summer months. Be sure to plan ahead, as accommodation in Yosemite is limited, and they can sell out quickly.

  • Price: Around $238.00 Per Night For Two
  • Check-In: 4 pm
  • Check Out: 11 am

Amenities:

  • Starbucks
  • Shuttle Access
  • Free Guest Parking
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Gift Shop: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
  • Outdoor Amphitheater

One does not need to stay at the lodge to enjoy it and experience it. The lodge also offers a gift shop, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, and multiple dining options. While in Yosemite, just pop in for a Starbucks coffee and enjoy the stunning scenery of the park. If there's no parking in the Valley, then park outside the valley and use the shuttle service.