This was a wonderful place to stay with my husband and 16 month old daughter for our first trip to yosemite! The apartment kitchen had everything (except maybe a colander would have been nice). There was even a hair dryer in the bathroom. A few minor things: the bed linens were clean but rather cheap and old. A new set, and maybe a mattress topper would go far to make the place seem much nicer. Also the bedroom is very small, the dresser is in the closet and we had to put the portable crib in the main room (which may have been an issue if we weren't exhausted and went to bed right after the baby). Overall it is in a beautiful location and good value but lighting finishes and furnishings make it feel a bit shabby and lacking in character. Rustic is one thing and would be appropriate here, but this was not rustic. Abbot and Costello figures watch over you from the top of the kitchen cabinets, which we found creepy, not whimsical. BUT these are all matters of personal taste, and as far as function, service, location, it fit the bill just great!
Also, make sure you fill up on gas before entering yosemite park, as the gorgeous drive to Yosemite west through the Yosemite valley takes you up and down about 4000 feet twice, so you use more than you might think. And there is no gas here or anywhere in the park. We made it just fine but were a bit concerned at one point!
We stayed at Yosemite Woods in the lower level unit for two nights last week and it was just what we were looking for. The place was clean and in a very convenient location- it didn't take long to get to the Valley at all! We enjoyed sitting outside, using the charcoal grill, and watching the stars appear- we are from Toronto so we don't get to see that many stars often! We think we saw bats flying overhead too!
Our only complaint was that the bed was pretty uncomfortable and the tap in the bathtub dripped constantly, which in such a peaceful, quiet environment is really noticeable but all in all, was a great stay and we would return! Also, there was a pamphlet left inside for us for a "Take & Bake Pizza" delivery option that was open Thurs-Sat 5-9pm so after a long, tiring day of hiking and exploring, we decided to return to the condo and just order pizza, however, they didn't answer/call back so I am not sure if they are still in business? Luckily, we had some eggs and bread as they are not many options for food nearby. While we recognize that this was a separate business and are not judging Yosemite Woods on this, maybe they could leave a note for guests to not rely on this service!
On a final note, the man who checked us in was extremely helpful and gave us lots of great suggestions!
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We stayed here for two nights.. Although I must say it would be extremely hard to find without a GPS. It was close to most things. Cosy typical cabin in the woods. We stayed lower level, maybe better staying above as we could hear footsteps and cupboards closing all night. Other than that it was good.
I stayed here with my husband and 2 daughter, 7 and 9. Lots of steps to the unit which was ok but tricky with luggage. Our key got stuck in the lock so we had to go back to the office but we got it fixed pretty quickly. It was a little tricky with kids to get them to sleep at a decent time since they went to bed in the bedroom together and then we brought one out to sleep on the pull out couch when we went to bed. We had the other one on a mattress that we brought on the floor in the bedroom which was a tight fit. We had breakfast and one dinner there. The pots and pans were no-stick but were scratched up- they could use better ones. The shower faucet did leak but hopefully that will be fixed to conserve water. We couldn't get cell reception at the place but did get it as we were closer to the village. It was a pretty quick drive with lots of places to pull over and enjoy the views. The buses that shuttle you around the park were great and we never had to wait very long. We did do a horse/mule back riding trip to mirror lake. Expensive at $62 a person and the lake is all dried up so you don't have any great views of anything. We did donate $25 to the conservation dept. at the village and got a booklet that had a coupon for 2 for the price of 1 rides and bought 2 so that saved us about $80. We did have deer in the yard one night and you could see the sunset thought the woods. One night there were people in the unit above us but they came in at 9 so the kids didn't hear them and have a hard time trying to sleep. They had kids and you could hear them running all around early the next morning but luckily we were already up. Everything was very clean and in nice shape. You have to take out your own trash and clean all of the dishes and put them away before you left. It would have been nice to just run the dishwasher as you left instead of cleaning up as much.
For two people this little unit was just perfect. The ability to cook and store food while traveling was really welcomed. The proximity to the Valley floor was unbeatable: it took perhaps 25 minutes. There was plenty of living space: the 62 steps down to the unit was interesting (not expected but not a barrier). The best part was looking outside and seeing the FAT SNOWFLAKES come down: in late April! it was a white winter wonderland and the area is quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed the warmth of the unit and the hot shower and pleasant space.