Which accommodation in Yosemite is the best?

There are many ways to see Yosemite National Park, including immersing yourself in an accommodation experience – cabins and lodges are very different options.

Yosemite is one of the most spectacular national parks in all of the United States. While it’s not possible to stay in many national parks, Yosemite offers a number of accommodation options. Yosemite has lodges, inns, hotels, private cabins (or vacation homes), backcountry camping, RV camping, and more. Here we will consider the lodges and cabins of Yosemite.

Yosemite is perfect for backpacking and has hikes for everyone. One of the main attractions of the park is the breathtaking Yosemite Falls that characterize the valley.

Private cabins

Most of the private vacation homes can be found in Wawona Village. It is a small village located not far from the main entrance and near the grove of Mariposa with the famous grove of giant sequoias. It was a village before it became part of the national park, so you can rent a cabin in this peaceful village in the park – although it is quite a distance from Yosemite Valley.

  • Cabins: Mainly in the village of Wawona
  • Attractions: Wawona attractions include the Mariposa Grove, Chilnualna Falls, and the Pioneer History Center

Most or most of the park’s private cabins are managed by Redwoods in Yosemite. All of their cabins are located in the national park approximately 4.5 miles inside the south gate of Wawona town. Most visitors walk right past on their way to the valley, leaving Wawona as a hidden gem.

Wawona is also the closest community to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias – the largest such grove in Yosemite National Park. Another attraction is Chilnualna Falls – the second tallest vertical waterfall in the park.

  • The grove of Mariposa: Includes the Grizzly Giant, California Tunnel Tree, and more

The price of cabins ranges from around $ 250 per night to over $ 1,000 per night (plus cleaning fees, etc.). They are a great option for groups and those who like their own personal space. This way, you can have an entire house to yourself and have a full kitchen.

Quail meadow: Quail Meadow is an example of cabin accommodation in Wawona. It has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and, with folding beds, it can accommodate up to 11 people. Although it is not air conditioned, it is well sheltered from the sun and does not heat up in the summer, it has gas heaters for the winter.

  • Accommodation capacity : Up to 11 people
  • Understand : Satellite TV and WiFi, gas barbecue and private terrace
  • Pets: Animals are not allowed
  • Cost: Starting at $ 323 per night (plus $ 135 cleaning fee, $ 39 damage waiver fee, 13.5% country tax

Yosemite Lodges

Yosemite has a few lodges – most are located in the impressive Yosemite Valley.

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Wawona Hotel

The Wawona Hotel is located in Wawona, outside the valley. It is right next to the Historic Pioneer Village and the Pioneer Wooden Bridge at the Pioneer History Center. On the other side, he contemplates his magnificent golf course and the forested mountains of Yosemite.

The Wawona hotel itself is historic being from the Victorian era. It was originally created in 1856 and is a listed national historic monument.

  • Site: Wawona – 27 miles from Yosemite Valley
  • Seasonal amenities: Nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, equestrian center
  • Open: Seasonal

Opening season:

  • 2021: June 10, 2021 – November 29, 2021
  • 2022: Opening scheduled for the season on March 25, 2022

The hotel consisted of 50 standard hotel rooms with private bathroom and another 54 standard hotel rooms with shared bathroom. The hotel offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.


The Ahwahnee is located inside Yosemite Valley and is famous for its stunning interior design and architecture. It has been called the Jewel in the Crown of National Park Lodges and has been specially designed to showcase its natural surroundings, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point.

It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is an upscale hotel. It has a gift shop with an emphasis on local artisans. Unlike the Wawona Hotel, it is open year round, and like the Wawona Hotel, it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Open: All year
  • Approvals: Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Car park: Free parking for customers
  • To note: A breathtaking view of the valley

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Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite spot for families and large groups. It is an ideal base for exploring the national park being ideally located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, near Yosemite Falls.

The architecture of Yosemite Valley Lodge is made of glass and wood which has been designed to be in harmony with the surroundings. It has large windows to let in the alpine sun and offer a breathtaking view of the valley. It has 245 accommodation units available with rooms of different sizes.

  • Open: All year
  • Installations: Outdoor swimming pool, Outdoor amphitheater

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