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El Mono Motel

51 Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Close enough for a day trip to Yosemite Park, we used this model as our base. The staff is very friendly, the surroundings quite, breakfast was good at Latte Da Caffe (good warm sandwiches, that almost were lunch rather than breakfast!)

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Anchorage, Alaska
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The overwhelming feeling I had staying at this fine little motel is that somehow I had slipped through some sort of time rift into the 1960s. That may not be entirely fair. I may be an old hippie (a long-haired, crotchety conservative old hippie) but it is probably unfair to characterize this place as partaking of that section of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Friendly, high quality and excellent coffee and food. Lots of amazing attractions nearby makes this as easy win. I ask found that other businesses in the area were rather rude. It was a huge relief to find this place and get the treatment I did. Highly recommend.

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Mono Hot Springs, California
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

coffee house attached, with an awesome porch to visit, sip coffee, look at the lake, goodies offered. locally owned and groovily run. i have been in my share of motels and coffee houses, and this is the best of both worlds. in the center of town. easy walk to the visitors center, the mono lake committee and information center, and... More 

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sonoma county, ca
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48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

This is such a good location for visiting Upper Yosemite or Mono Lake. The fall was perfect due to all the aspens trees turning a beautiful golden color. The motel rooms are small but comfortable beds and the gardens are lovely with many trees , bird feeders and birds everywhere. The wifi in our room was very good. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We accidentally found El Mono after a nearby road closure left us stranded, and fell in love! The service was friendly, generous and very helpful! Beautiful gardens and mountain views. Very warm, with cosy rooms! Great for a weekend getaway! Would recommend!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Well, this place is kind of cute. I stayed in an upstairs room, and there was lots of noise from other upstairs guests nearby ... klunking, footsteps, etc. We had a room with a shared bathroom, and fortunately, the room across the hallway was not occupied, so the bathroom was essentially a private bathroom. The motel is funky and homey.... More 

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Sebastopol
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76 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This is an old-style motel with beautiful grounds. There is no TV if that is an issue, but the wifi was good and the people who run the place are very kind and helpful. The rooms are super clean and the bed was quite comfortable. The coffee at their cafe in the morning was exceptional as was the breakfast sandwich... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was just a single night stay with friends to fish and hike around a bit to catch the changing of the leaves since we don't get much seasonal change in the Bay Area. Everything was amazing! the weather, the fall leaves, the hospitality, the coffee!!! had an awesome time and will be coming back next year for sure!

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London, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The rooms are small, clean and a bit retro. The coffee is great. The small cafe was always too busy to eat in so we used Nicley's next door for breakfast. It is beside a visitor centre which is very handy. Lee Vining is a perfect spot for Bodie, Mono Lake and lots of good hiking. Be aware if you... More 

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