The hotels listed below are the best in their category for the Yosemite area. Have reasonable expectations no matter where you decide to stay. You'll pay more for a hotel in or around Yosemite than you would pay in may other areas.
- Best in Yosemite Valley: It's a tie - and there are only two. The Ahwahnee is the famous one, with some beautiful public areas and a very nice (albeit expensive) restaurant, but fairly expensive. The Yosemite Lodge is much more basic, less expensive - and you can still go hang out at the Ahwahnee. Read our review of Majestic Yosemite Hotel (which was called the Ahwahnee Hotel since the 1920s but renamed after a dispute with former Yosemite concessionaire DNC) and Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls).
- Best Value for Money - Evergreen Lodge: Located near Groveland, about an hour's drive from Yosemite Valley, the Evergreen gets great user reviews. The same company also runs the Rush Creek Lodge which opened in late June, 2016.
- The Most Amenities - Tenaya Lodge: Located just outside the west entrance, Tenaya has a lot of things to do, special programs, a concierge and a spa.
- Best on Highway 140 - Yosemite View Lodge: Located on scenic highway 140 in El Portal, this lodge gets good reviews from people who have stayed there.
- Best for Families and Friendly Groups - Pine Mountain Lake and Yosemite Resort Homes: Many of the other Yosemite hotels and lodgings have smaller rooms that can only sleep 5 or 6 people at most. If you're traveling with an extended family and you all want to stay together, rent a condo or house in the gated Pine Mountain Lake resort community and you can cook a few of your own meals and spread out. You can also enjoy the on-premises swimming and other recreation. Located on scenic highway 140, Yosemite Resort Homes offer a beautiful riverside location and also have fully-equipped kitchens.
- Cheapest Option - Tent Cabins: Yosemite's housekeeping cabins are a cross between a tent and a cabin. You'll get four walls (canvas ones), a roof and beds with mattresses. Bring your own sleeping bags or bed linens, or rent them.