Yosemite Valley Lodge

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Yosemite Valley Lodge
formerly:
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Lodge dining room.jpg
Yosemite Lodge dining room
Hotel chain Aramark
General information
Location CaliforniaYosemite Village, California, United StatesUnited States
Address 9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive
Management Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (affiliate of Aramark) (as of March 1, 2016)
Technical details
Floor count 1-2, depending on building
Other information
Number of rooms 245
Number of restaurants Yosemite Lodge Food Court
Mountain Room Restaurant
'Mountain Room 'Bar
Website
www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/yosemite-valley-lodge/

The Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly "Yosemite Lodge at the Falls" and "Yosemite Lodge", often known colloquially in Yosemite as simply "The Lodge") is a lodging accommodation, in western Yosemite Village, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, located at 9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive.[1]

The Lodge is one of only two lodging options in the valley that encompasses only hotel rooms. The other is the Ahwahnee Hotel, and the two establishments compete for the large patronage that visitors to the park offer. While the Ahwahnee is the more high-scale of the two hotels, Yosemite Lodge is much less expensive and has a cozy, ski-lodge type atmosphere. Yosemite Lodge was renamed "Yosemite Lodge at the Falls" in the mid-2000s due to its location very close to Yosemite Falls.

Delaware North Parks and Resorts' 1992 winning bid for primary concessions led to the company's eventual acquisition of the management of Yosemite Lodge. Delaware North departed Yosemite as concessionaire, making way for incoming Aramark, on March 1, 2016, and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, now Yosemite Valley Lodge, was one of several properties to change names on that date due to a name change dispute[2] with Delaware North and the National Park Service.[3]

The Lodge has a total of 245 rooms. It is composed of 241 traditional rooms, with either one king, two doubles, or one queen bed and a set of bunk-beds; and 4 "family rooms."[4]

Instead of having every room in a single building, the rooms are spread out over a total of 15 separate buildings, each with anywhere from nine to thirty-one rooms. The Cedar Building is the only one of these buildings to contain the family rooms. Each building has different decor and a different layout; some have exterior corridors, some have interior ones. The buildings are named after species of flowers or trees.

189 cabins and 108 hotel rooms were destroyed or badly damaged by the January 1997 flooding of the Merced River, which runs near the Lodge, meaning the Lodge had 546 rooms/cabins before the flooding and that 54% of lodging was ravaged.[5][6]

List of buildings[edit]

Geographically, from east to west:[7]

Amenities[edit]

  • Outdoor Pool (seasonal)
  • Bike Rentals (seasonal)
  • Tour Desk
  • Dining
  • Heating in winter
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Accessible
  • Bar
  • Conference Rooms

Dining[edit]

The Lodge contains two dining options:

Tour and shuttle bus services[edit]

The Yosemite Valley Visitor Shuttle, which ferries tourists to certain destinations and hotels throughout the Valley, has shuttle stop #8 at Yosemite Lodge.[8]

YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses, offering service throughout Mono, Mariposa, and Merced Counties, occasionally make stops at the Lodge.

In winter, the Lodge is a hub for skiers going to the Badger Pass ski resort, and daily buses to Badger Pass stop at the Lodge.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yosemite Lodge at the Falls on Google Maps". Maps.google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Yosemite National Park to change landmarks' names – CNN. Retrieved January 17, 2015].
  4. ^ "Yosemite Lodge Rooms". Yosemitepark.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  5. ^ The 1997 Merced River Flood
  6. ^ Goodin, Mark (1997). Yosemite: The 100-Year Flood. 
  7. ^ "Yosemite Lodge Map". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus Map, Summer". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 

Coordinates: 37°44′36″N 119°35′53″W / 37.7432°N 119.5980°W / 37.7432; -119.5980