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Yosemite Cedar Lodge
Mark M from: El Dorado Hills, California
Published Date: Aug, 25, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
It's okay, but location, location, location...
We've stayed here a few times, most recently maybe 15 years ago and now in August 2020. Nothing's changed, which is fine. It's one of the 2 hotel choices in El Portal, owned by the same people, and it's a bit cheaper than the other one.
They're only allowed to fill half the rooms during this Covid time. The restaurant does take out only, and it's a bit limited but okay (I won't review the restaurant given the current limitations). The pool was operating normally.
Room was okay, nothing spectacular but it met our needs. Clean, just dated. And the A/C unit was very noisy. Oh well...
But like I say in the review's title, it's all about location. One of the nearest hotels to the Highway 140 entrance, so that's the real attraction.
2 thumbs up!
- Rooms: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
mrs_bananas04 from: Oakdale, California
Published Date: Jul, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
REALLY needs to be updated.
Let's start with the good parts:
The pool was big, clean, and had lots of seating where we were allowed to eat our dinner from the cafe. The take-out food had limited options and was a little pricey but the portions were a good size and the quality of food was really surprising (in a good way). If you're looking for a spot to sleep near the southern entrance/exit of Yosemite, this motel is one of only a few places within a reasonable distance. You are otherwise HOURS from other accommodations especially if you're considering staying in the valley.
Now, the lesser appealing factors:
The rooms were a decent size but it was literally like everything was made of brick -- the couch, beds, pillows all felt like rocks. The "blankets," if you choose to call them that, were as thick as gauze. The A/C took no less than eight hours before it actually cooled off the room which made for a miserable sleeping atmosphere. They have the balls to charge you $10 a day for WiFi and the TV signal was wonky at best. The remote control was broken and utterly useless. Would it even be a motel without a broken remote?? For a room built for up to 6 people, there were exactly four pillows and three towels. I mean, seriously?
We only stayed one night and if we had booked more than that, I would have demanded a refund and changed hotels. This place has a lot of potential and with few million dollars would actually be appealing.
- Rooms: 2
- Value: 3
- Service: 3
Valeria21420 from: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
We liked how close it was to Yosemite and the beautiful mountain views. The room was adequate, but we were very displeased that there was no free WiFi. What hotel still charges for internet??? Also the restaurant had a very limited menu, was pricy and closed at 8:30.
arilavi0 from: California
Published Date: Jun, 28, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Good alternative to in park
Our reservations in the park were cancelled and this actually worked out almost as good for us and much more affordable for a big family. This lodge seemed to be in the middle of nowhere however its a large place with a bar and grill (food was okay) and a small store inside the office with general goods and food. The beds are so comfortable and the view of the green hills across the street with a charming path along the river won me over. Also pleased with the spacious bathroom. Its a lively inn until around 10 then gets perfectly quiet. My only issue was porch light leaking into the room at night I recommend a sleep mask. Very welcoming staff as well, would return.
C5261MXlauriel from: Davis, California
Published Date: Jun, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Clean Basic Room
We stopped here to get a room for a shower and comfy bed after two day visits to Yosemite while boondocking in our campervan alongside the Merced River. Staff were doing their best with little notice to reopen after the Civid-19 closure. Food was scarce but available. Was a nice change after camping.
- Rooms: 3
- Location: 4
- Service: 4