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 lodging that best suits your needs.

Which park location do you prefer?

Yosemite Valley: The more luxurious, the better. 

Ahwahnee Hotel

(formerly the Majestic Yosemite Hotel)

The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite

Ahwahnee 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.

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Yosemite Valley: I want a family-friendly hotel.

Yosemite Valley Lodge

(formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls)

Yosemite Valley Lodge. Photo by Rennett Stowe via Flickr

Yosemite Valley Lodge. 

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.

Read more about the Yosemite Valley Lodge.

Yosemite Valley: I prefer rustic accommodations.

Housekeeping Camp

Wooden Housekeeping Cabins near the Merced River in Yosemite. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Wooden Housekeeping Cabins near the Merced River in Yosemite. 

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.

Read more about Yosemite's Housekeeping Cabins.

Curry Village

(formerly Half Dome Village)

Curry Village tent cabins. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Curry Village tent cabins 

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.

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Wawona Area: I want to stay in a hotel.

Wawona Hotel

(formerly Big Trees Lodge)

Wawona Hotel and pool.

Wawona Hotel in background and its pool. 

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.

Read more about Wawona Hotel.

Wawona Area: I want to rent a home.

The Redwoods in Yosemite

Raccoons End Cabin at the Redwoods in Yosemite. Courtesy photo

Raccoons End Cabin at 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

The Red Fox Retreat at Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals. Courtesy photo

The Red Fox Retreat at Yosemite's Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals. 

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.

Read more about Yosemite's Scenic Wonders.

Tuolumne Meadows: A canvas tent is for me.

White Wolf Lodge

Tent cabins at White Wolf Lodge in Yosemite. Photo by Agathe via Flickr

Tent cabins at White Wolf Lodge in Yosemite. 

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.

Read more about White Wolf Lodge.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge tent cabins. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge tent cabins. 

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.

Read more about Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.