If you’re looking for Yosemite accommodation that offers comfort, convenience and independence, choose an apartment hotel. Yosemite apartment hotels give you all the facilities of a hotel, plus self-catering facilities – so if you want to manage your own meals or are travelling with children, they’re a particularly appealing choice.
Apartment Hotels near Yosemite National Park
There are some excellent resorts and lodges with self-catering facilities close to Yosemite National Park. Mammoth Lakes or June Lake, to the east of the park, are among the best places to look for Yosemite apartment hotels. Both towns are perfectly situated for a summer visit to Yosemite and are surrounded by mountains and lakes.
What to Expect from a Yosemite Apartment Hotel
There is a wide range of apartment hotel styles and sizes in the Yosemite area, from simple studios with kitchenettes to full-blown apartments with multiple bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens. Most Yosemite apartment hotels will offer a fridge and microwave as a minimum, and you can also expect standard hotel features such as reception and housekeeping services. Look out for extra touches such as babysitting services, pools, hot tubs, in-room fireplaces, BBQ grills and fitness centres.
Sightseeing in Yosemite National Park
There are four main entrances to the Yosemite National Park. The eastern gate, nearest to Mammoth Lakes, is only open in summer due to the area’s heavy snowfall in winter. It’s a good idea to start your visit at Yosemite Village in the heart of the park. The Yosemite National Park visitor centre is based here, and offers information about key sights, hiking trails and other activities. Several of Yosemite’s most famous sights are close to Yosemite Village, including Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and Tunnel View.
Family Activities in Yosemite
Apartment hotels make a great base for families, and there’s plenty for kids to enjoy in Yosemite National Park. Ask staff at your apartment hotel about short, family-friendly hikes, or sign up for structured activities such as the park’s Junior Rangers or Little Cubs programmes, which help little ones learn and explore with an official guide.