With nine accommodation options in Yosemite, it can be difficult to figure out where you should stay. Do you stay in the heart of all the action in the Yosemite Valley or leave the crowds behind and settle into quieter areas of the park? Read on to find the Yosemite lodging that best suits your needs.
1. Yosemite Valley: The more luxurious, the better.
(formerly the Majestic Yosemite Hotel)
The Ahwahnee Hotel, formerly Majestic Yosemite Hotel, is the most elegant hotel in the park. Its dining room is in itself a destination, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The upscale hotel is a National Historic Landmark. Built as a classy destination in the 1920s, it features pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs.
2. Yosemite Valley: I want a family-friendly hotel.
Yosemite Valley Lodge
(formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls)
Great for families, the Yosemite Valley Lodge is conveniently located in the Yosemite Valley and has a swimming pool to cool down on hot days. There’s 241 remodeled traditional rooms, plus four Family Rooms.
3. Yosemite Valley: I prefer rustic accommodations.
Opening mid-April weather-permitting, Housekeeping Camp is located along the Merced River in the Yosemite Valley. It’s not for people looking for a clean hotel room with a door to shut. It’s for people who want a camping type experience without having to set up a tent. The structures are three-side concrete buildings with a canvas roof and a privacy curtain you can stretch across the structure. You can cook on the campfire ring grill.
(formerly Half Dome Village)
Choose between staying in one of 46 cabins with private baths, 14 cabins that share a bath house, 403 canvas tent cabins or 18 standard hotel rooms at Curry Village. Conveniently located steps away from the Pizza Deck, a swimming pool and a general store, Curry Village is kind of like camping with convenience and a crowd. You’ll be nestled next to a ton of neighbors as the canvas tent cabins are just feet from one another.
4. Wawona Area: I want to stay in a hotel.
(formerly Big Trees Lodge)
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Yosemite Valley, the Wawona Hotel is your classic historic national park hotel. This gorgeous Victorian-era hotel features six buildings, all painted white and decorated with period furnishings. Fifty room share private bathrooms and the remainder have common shared bathrooms. A swimming pool and golf course offer recreational opportunities when you need a break from hiking. Plus it’s just around the corner from the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
5. Wawona Area: I want to rent a home.
The Redwoods in Yosemite
With many pet-friendly accommodations, The Redwoods in Yosemite offers you log-cabins and roomy homes to rent. Get away from the crowds of the valley by renting one of these homes within the entrances of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders
Tucked in a wilderness setting off the junction of Wawona Road and Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park are a collection of private homes, condos and cabins available to rent for even the budget-conscious. Cook your own meals but be minutes from Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski & Snowboard Area.
6. Tuolumne Meadows: A canvas tent is for me.
White Wolf Lodge
This lodge offers 24 canvas-tent cabins, plus four traditional cabins with private baths. There’s a central dining room for guests to eat in, which is housed in a rustic wooden building with a porch. Cooking inside or outside of the cabins is strictly prohibited.
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge
Up Tioga Road east of the Yosemite Valley and away from the majority of the crowds, this area sits more than 8,700 feet above sea level. You’ll have an alpine experience, staying cooler than those sleeping in the valley below. There’s 69 canvas tent cabins available mid-June through mid-September situated near Tuolumne River and Tuolumne Meadows.