Yosemite Village, a small community nestled in Yosemite Valley near park landmarks such as Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Half Dome, draws guests because of its central location and amenities. It houses medical facilities, a post office, dining and shopping options and the main visitor’s center. Near the village you will find three lodging options: a four-diamond hotel, a standard hotel and a large lodging village with canvas-covered tent cabins, traditional cabins and a motel.
If you start your visit to Yosemite at Yosemite Village, stop at the Valley Visitor Center to learn about the events scheduled in the park that day, pick up a park map and learn about any weather events impacting your plans. The Village Store sells clothing, groceries, camping supplies, souvenirs and camera equipment. Yosemite Village also has dining options. You can grab some coffee at Degnan’s Café, which has Internet kiosks. The adjacent deli serves sandwiches and snacks, with pizza, soup and salad available at Degnan’s Loft. The Village Grill serves grilled sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. These dining options operate from April until September. Highways 120, 140 and 41 will bring you to the Village from the various entrances to the park.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Across the street from Yosemite Village, you can stay at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. This hotel sits the closest to Yosemite Falls of any lodging option in the park and is west of Yosemite Village. All rooms have private bathrooms, and most are standard hotel room layouts. Lodge rooms offer a little more space along with a balcony or patio. The four family rooms have sleeping space for up to six people, a dining table and DVD player. In 2010, Yosemite Lodge opened two Energy Star-certified eco-friendly guest rooms, which feature motion-sensing lights with fluorescent bulbs, bathroom fixtures that reduce water consumption, double-pane windows, low or zero-VOC paints and insulation made from recycled newspaper. The hotel has a restaurant and lounge that serve local organic foods, including steaks, seafood and pasta, within view of Yosemite Falls. It also has a gift shop, bicycle rental stand and seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls do not have air-conditioning.
The AAA Four Diamond Ahwahnee hotel sits to the east of Yosemite Village within view of Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Its architecture uses wood beams and stone to blend in with the natural surroundings, while the rooms are decorated with warm woods and Native American artwork. Room options at the Ahwahnee include standard hotel rooms, classic hotel rooms with better views of Yosemite, and featured rooms with balconies overlooking the park. The hotel also offers parlors with panoramic windows; the parlor can be combined with select hotel rooms to create a suite layout. Those needing even more space may wish to book one of the two junior suites or one of the hotel’s cottages. The Ahwahnee gives guests access to a full-time concierge service, daily maid service with turn-downs, a business center, a restaurant and bell service.
If you want to rough it a little while staying in Yosemite, yet do not have the gear for camping, consider staying in Curry Village, a lodging village set below Glacier Point and Half Dome to the south of Yosemite Village. Lodging options here include traditional cabins with private baths, a small motel and over 300 canvas-covered tent cabins that share centrally located bath houses. Tent cabins provide the rustic feel of staying in a tent with canvas walls and ceilings, but give some of the comforts of a fully furnished cabin, including a dressing table, bed and linens. Dining options at Curry Village include the Curry Village Pavilion, which offers a buffet breakfast, afternoon cocktails and dinner from spring until fall. Curry Village also has a taqueria, a pizza restaurant, an ice cream stand and a coffee stand.
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