Rush Creek Lodge Yosemite
Rush Creek Lodge & Spa sits just outside of the park on highway 120 and it is the newest lodge in or near Yosemite. We chose it since lodging in the park was not available and this was the closest we could get. Since there can be significant driving in the park on curvy and winding roads, traveling to the various sites can take a bit of time so being close was important to us. Please note that we have NOT received any compensation for this review.
The lodge is both rustic and luxurious. It has a collection of room types and the main lodge offers good size rooms with couches and each has its own porch which was perfect for hanging out on after a long day of hiking. The grounds are welcoming and beautiful. In fact, we stayed an extra night when Sequoia National Forest closed due to forest fires. The lodge offered the best option for us to spend the day relaxing.
There is a large heated pool and two salt water hot tubs (no chlorine smell). There is a bar by the pool for afternoon drinks and the
lodge has a tavern which is open for lunch and dinner. In the main check-in entrance there is a general store that has most of your daily
needs covered. We ate breakfast there one day (pretty good latte’s & good egg sandwiches) and picked up charcuterie fixin’s in the store
one day for lunch when we didn’t feel like a big meal. The Tavern restaurant had a varied menu including, charcuterie, flatbreads, salads,
small plates, sandwiches and entrees. The fried cauliflower looked amazing although we didn't try it. We had the wings, brisket tacos,
salmon melt and the Rush burger and they were well prepared and it was nice to sit down for something to eat and drink after a long day
NOTE: Breakfast is also served in the main dining room each day, so if egg sandwiches and good lattes don't do it for you, go to the dining room. Breakfast is served there from 7:00am till 11:00am daily.
Tavern Bar: the tavern was a nice setup, and was well stocked with a wide range of liquors, wines and a small number of good beers on tap as well as a wide selection of beers in the bottle or can.
Game Room: equipped with billiards and board games, with plenty of seating and tables for playing. There are various activities around the pool like ping pong, corn hole, shuffle board, etc. In the evening the staff lights the fire pits around the tavern and event room and the pool bar area. They have kids activities each day and even have "smores night" to top off the evening.
Laundry Room: The hotel has coin operated washer and dryers available to take care of your dirty clothes (change machine in the room). We had been on the road for over a week so the laundry was a welcome sight. When the laundry & the store ran out of clothes soap, the Lodge gave away their own soap to guests !
Pool & Hot Tub: The pool is nice sized, and the hot tub next to the pool is oversize and warm. Plenty of seating and lounges around the pool, towels are available from the towel shack.
As can be seen in these images, the grounds and facilities at the Lodge were always very clean, in fact, we would frequently see hotel staff walking about sweeping and picking up any debris on the grounds. This took place every day we were there, they make certain that the grounds remain as clean as possible.
Note that the rooms did not have TV's and this definitely enhanced the experience for us and made us feel like enjoying the facilities, or perhaps an adult beverage! The building where the tavern is located has a large "game room" where there are games, puzzles, etc, where people can enjoy themselves. All guest rooms are supplied with games and radio streaming for entertainment as well as an Alexa.
They offer periodic night time entertainment, with live bands, theme parties, and Karaoke! You’ll receive a copy of the calendar upon check-in, and remember to visit their Recreation Desk for more updates.
On their website, they offer a "daily activities" list displaying a list of complimentary activities that you can enjoy. They also offer a dvice about where to go/what to do in Yosemite and they have adventure gear rental if you need it.
The parking lot is large and occupies two levels in front of the lodge, where the lower level can accommodate tow vehicles & trailers. The tavern/restaurant area is large and they have a reasonable selection of wines, beers and various liquors. There is a gift shop/deli where you can purchase t-shirts, wine, coffee and breakfast items in the mornings. We had coffee and egg sandwiches one morning and they were very good.
All of the staff we dealt with were friendly, helpful and attentive to your needs. As is done at other hotels during the Pandemic, house cleaning is available only upon request.
Overall we LOVED Rush Creek Lodge and would definitely stay here again. The price is a bit beyond our normal range but for a trip like this it is worth splurging for a memorable time at Yosemite.
Just for the record - if you are a member of "Trip Advisor" (and we are) you are going to find several reviews that are nasty and out of sync with the majority of all other reviews. As we said already, our experience was great and we would stay there again.
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