Thomas J. Story
Find the Yosemite lodging right for you. From grand hotel to simple motel, our list of Yosemite accommodations fits every style.
$ inexpensive under $100
$$ moderate $100-$175
$$$ expensive $175-$250
$$$$ splurge--$250 and up
IN THE PARK
All lodgings within Yosemite are handled by the park concessionaire, DNC. Reservations for all can be made by calling 801) 559-5055 or visiting www.yosemitepark.com.
The Ahwahnee. This grand, 80-year-old hotel is by far the poshest (and most expensive) lodging in the park. 123 rooms. $$$$.
Curry Village. Rustic lodging in Yosemite Valley: simple motel rooms, cabins and tent cabins, some with bath, some without. 498 units; $.
Housekeeping Camp. In Yosemite Valley, one step up from camping: inexpensive concrete and canvas lodging; they supply beds but you supply the linens. 266 units. $$.
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Simple cabins (no electricity) gathered around a central dining tent. Summer only. 69 cabins. $$.
White Wolf Lodge. Off Tioga Road, 4 cabins with bath, 24 tent cabins without. $.
Wawona Hotel. With its beautiful 19th-century decor, lack of TVs and phones, and perch above Wawona Meadow, it is a worthy alternative, and easier to book. It has small rooms, but a quiet, pretty setting. 104 rooms; $$-$$$.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Modern, motel-style lodge, conveniently located; its Mountain Room restaurant is good. 249 rooms. $$$$.
OUTSIDE THE PARK
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn. 122 rooms; $$. 800-545-5462. www.yosemitegatewayinn.com.
Chateau du Sureau. Ten extremely elegant rooms in an Austrian chateau recreated in the Sierra Nevada foothills; the adjoining restaurant, Erna’s Elderberry House, is among the best in California (See Where to eat). $$$$. www.elderberryhouse.com; 559-683-6800;
Yosemite View Lodge. Large modern motel near the park’s west entrance. 336 units; $$-$$$. 888-742-4371.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite N.P. Attractive modern hotel near the park’s southern entrance. 244 units; $$$-$$$$. www.tenayalodge.com; 1-888-514-2167.
The Evergreen Lodge. Cluster of historic cabins now nicely restored; adjacent tavern and restaurant. 90 cabins; $-$$. www.evergreenlodge.com; (800)935-6343.
The Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park. On Groveland’s attractive Main Street, this historic hotel (portions date back to 1849) is nicely spruced up. Good restaurant (see dining). 17 rooms; $$. www.groveland.com; 800-273-3314.
Best Western Yosemite Way Station. 78 rooms; $$. www.yosemitebestwestern.com; 209-966-7545.