Why Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is the best hotel to stay at Yosemite National Park

This year, the US National Park Service (which manages Yosemite National Park) turns 100 on August 25, 2016! And they’re pulling all stops to bring tourists from all around the world to enjoy the grandeur and majestic beauty at its national parks. If you’re thinking of visiting Yosemite this year, why not stay at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls? You will definitely enjoy the experience of staying right next to the falls!

Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Lodge

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Deluxe Room

2 Double Beds
2 Double Beds
Cable TV
Cable TV
Dining Area
Dining Area
Bath Tub
Bath Tub
Makeup Area
Makeup Area
In-room Amenities
In-room Amenities

What we love about the Deluxe Room at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is that its HUGE! There’s ample space for 2 beds, TV, dining area, a closet, bath tub and even a huge balcony to enjoy the great outdoors! TV has cable channels and in-room amenities include a small coffee machine. Of course, bath and face towels are all included. In the evenings, Kate and I would watch the Matrix Trilogy which was replaying on TV. Definitely one of the classics of our time, don’t you think?

In and around Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

Mountain Room Restaurant
Mountain Room Restaurant
Firepit
Firepit
$6 Beers on Tap!
$6 Beers on Tap!

Within Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, there is a bar known as the Mountain Room Restaurant and Lounge. Kate and I knocked back a couple of beers on tap and enjoyed our evenings here. But what we enjoyed most is the views of the Yosemite Falls right outside our room!

Lower Yosemite Falls
Lower Yosemite Falls
Upper Yosemite Falls
Upper Yosemite Falls

Not only will you be able to enjoy views of the upper falls from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, the lower falls is also a mere 5 minutes away by foot. Cool!

Cheese Burger @ Food Court
Cheese Burger @ Food Court
Meatball Pasta
Meatball Pasta
French Toast Breakfast
French Toast Breakfast

The food court at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls was where we had most of our meals. Prices are a little expensive though. Nonetheless, there’s Peet’s Coffee! There’s where we had our daily coffee fix. Let you in on a tip…the coffee is refillable!

Snow Shoeing at Badger Pass
Snow Shoeing at Badger Pass
View at the Top of Badger Pass Yosemite National Park
View at the Top of Badger Pass Yosemite National Park
Skiing at Badger Pass Yosemite Lodge
Skiing at Badger Pass Yosemite Lodge

There are free shuttle services daily that takes you to places such as Curry Village and Badger Pass. However, remember to check out the timings. This is because, there is only 1 bus that makes it in time for the free snow shoeing at Badger Pass each day. Make plans early!

During our trip up to Badger Pass, we were taken by this lady driver who would be leaving the National Park Services soon. She was, at that point in time, the most senior driver along the pass. As the roads were covered in snow, there was a need for the bus drivers to hook up the snow chains before driving up to Badger Pass. She told us that she was able to change out all the snow chains in 5 minutes. Which she ACTUALLY DID! As a result of her lightning speed, she was able to overtake a junior bus driver who left 10 minutes ahead of us!

Also, she told us about the term, “flatlanders” – meaning people who usually drive on flat lands. As it turns out, there is a need for bus drivers to maintain a certain speed in order to easily navigate up the winding snow roads. But when there are “flatlanders”, they usually drive at a slower speed and cause jams enroute to Badger Pass. Hence, there is actually a need for buses to drive faster you would expect, for safety reasons!

When you are at Badger Pass, do try out snow shoeing and skiing! Compared to the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, there are less people so you’ll probably be able to enjoy the slopes much more 😉

While visiting Yosemite, how can you miss this majestic view…

The most famous Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park
The most famous Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park

The Tunnel View of Yosemite National Park is arguably the most famous and scenic shot that you CANNOT miss!

All these are within easy reach from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls!

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