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May 26, 2012 00:43 |  #1

Can anyone suggest some lodging outside Yosemite? Needing a hotel room for 2 adults and 2 kids. I don't really want to drive a long ways but don't want to pay those high prices inside the park!!! Looking forward to doing some serious photography and hiking!! Thanks!!


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May 26, 2012 00:56 |  #2

EricL wrote in post #14486378 (external link)
Can anyone suggest some lodging outside Yosemite? Needing a hotel room for 2 adults and 2 kids. I don't really want to drive a long ways but don't want to pay those high prices inside the park!!! Looking forward to doing some serious photography and hiking!! Thanks!!

whats a long drive? Motels and inns are about 45min to 1 hour out of the park. And 2+ hrs from the valley if you heading in from the north end. Popular areas include Oakhurst, Mariposa and Monolake/Lee Vining area. Sorry i dont have exact recommendations as i havnt been in them for awhile (i camp). Some of those Inns changes ownership every once in awhile, but they also fill up quick, so search early.


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May 26, 2012 07:34 as a reply to  @ imjason's post |  #3

Same question as imjason, what's a long drive? Also, what's the budget per night, and does it have to be a hotel, or are you willing to rent a condo or semi-camp at all? What time of year (most places have much higher prices for the main tourist season).

Curry Village (external link) is inside the park and relatively cheap, if you're willing to stay in a fabric tent, and deal with shared bathrooms. They also have rooms, but I'm guessing those are outside your desired budget.

You can also rent condos & cabins inside Yosemite, but maybe 20 minutes away from the Valley, near the base of Glacier Point Road. Try HERE (external link) or HERE (external link). I'd guess there are more of them in that particular development you can rent from other sources too, or are private homes that are rented out by individuals.

You can go further out and probably get cheaper prices of course, but maybe one of these will fit the bill.




  
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May 26, 2012 19:20 |  #4

also factor in the cost of gas, gas is not cheap near the park. Gas is easily $0.20-0.30 more per gallon than rest of CA. For example Lee Vining is about 75 miles from the Valley. These are mountain roads, so say youre getting only 20mpg, youre spending 7.5 gallons of gas round trip into the valley and that doesnt include driving around. if you spend 10 gallons a day driving, with gas near $5 in the park, thats about $50 a day just to drive. The cost of gas will only go up more if you visit Yosemite during popular days. the park will literally be stop and go.


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May 26, 2012 20:25 |  #5

When my wife and I need a weekend getaway, we either go to the Yosemite View Lodge (external link) on highway 140, the Yosemite Gateway Inn (external link) in Oakhurst or the Lakeview Lodge (external link) in Lee Vining..


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Jun 03, 2012 16:03 |  #6

Hikin Mike wrote in post #14489451 (external link)
When my wife and I need a weekend getaway, we either go to the Yosemite View Lodge (external link) on highway 140, the Yosemite Gateway Inn (external link) in Oakhurst or the Lakeview Lodge (external link) in Lee Vining..

We stayed at Yosemite View Lodge in May '11 and found it to be an excellent base for the Valley. Hotel was a bit pricey, but it was clean, had an indoor pool and hottop and cheap but decent pizza.




  
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Jun 03, 2012 16:13 as a reply to  @ viperbass's post |  #7

I have'nt been there in many years, but the Yosemite Gateway Inn was a nice enough place when I was there in the 90's. I believe back then it was Best Western operated.


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Jun 03, 2012 16:21 as a reply to  @ madjack's post |  #8

We stayed atGroveland (external link) Hotel several years ago. Nice B&B with great breakfast(included).


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Jun 03, 2012 17:43 as a reply to  @ PerfectTan's post |  #9

+1 on Yosemite View Lodge and the pizza for dinner. I've been there twice in the last year. Very easy access to the valley and nice rooms.


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