The best place to stay, if it fits your budget, is right in the park. This allows you to bypass the traffic entering and exiting the park, forget about finding a parking spot, and it takes the stress out of almost every aspect of a visit to Yosemite. If the stay in the park doesn’t fit your tariff plan, you will have to make a trip. Hotel options near Yosemite are surprisingly limited, but you can find some good hotels in the surrounding small towns.
In the Park: For a mix of luxury, convenience and history, you can’t beat the Majestic Yosemite, which is classified by the National Park System as a Premier Lodge. Built in 1927, this outstanding National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark hotel is located in the heart of the Yosemite Valley, surrounded by iconic park sites. The stone façade and exposed ceilings blend beautifully with the landscape, while the rooms offer modern comfort and elegance.
El Portal: One of the best leisure options for people in Yosemite is the Cedar Lodge in the small town of El Portal, just 30 minutes from Yosemite Village, along Highway 140. This is a mid-range motel style hotel with a pool. Large rooms. Some rooms have a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bedroom.
Highway 120 and Groveland: Rush Creek Lodge is located along Highway 120, approximately 50 minutes west of the Yosemite Valley. It features rooms and suites with balconies, a large outdoor pool, games room and restaurant. Next up in Groveland, The Groveland Hotel is modest but cute.
Oakhurst: While long-distance travel makes for a long day, you can find decent hotels in Oakhurst, about a 1.5-hour drive from the main part of the park. Two good options here include the Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn and the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites.