Thomas J. Story
The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park.

Find the Yosemite lodging right for you, from grand hotel to rustic cabin

Sunset  –  July 12, 2009

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

All lodgings within Yosemite are handled by the park concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality. Reservations for all can be made by calling 888/304-8863 or visiting

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Formerly known as the Ahwahnee, this grand, 90-year-old hotel is by far the poshest (and most expensive) lodging in the park. 123 rooms. $$$$.

Half Dome Village. The former Curry Village provides 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 bunks 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. $$.

BIg Trees Lodge (a.k.a. the 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 Valley Lodge. Modern, motel-style lodge, conveniently located; its Mountain Room restaurant is good. 245 rooms. $$$.



Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn. 122 rooms; $$$. 800/545-5462.

Chateau du Sureau. Ten extremely elegant rooms in a Provençal chateau recreated in the Sierra Nevada foothills; the adjoining restaurant, Erna’s Elderberry House, is among the best in California (See Where to eat). $$$$.; 559/683-6800;

El Portal

Yosemite View Lodge. Large modern motel near the park’s west entrance. 336 units; $$–$$$. 209/379-2681.

Fish Camp

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Attractive modern hotel near the park’s southern entrance. 302 units; $$$$.; 1-888/514-2167.


The Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite. Cluster of historic cabins now nicely restored; adjacent tavern and restaurant. 88 cabins; $$$–$$$$.; 209/379-2606.

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. Breakfast included. 17 rooms; $$$.; 800/273-3314.


Best Western Yosemite Way Station. 78 rooms; $$$.; 209/966-7545.

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