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“Great location, however....” 3 of 5 stars
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San Jose, CA
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“Great location, however....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

For dedicated fishermen or photographers, this is the place, however I think at $170 a night ( tax included) it was overpriced. As a photographer, I was only ten minutes away from North Lake as well as finding great shots of the aspens right on the property.. You couldn't ask for a more idyllic location with the cabins situated amongst the aspens. The cafe (now serving only breakfast and lunch) and small store is conveneint. Breakfast and coffee was good and fair price though the hash browns were way too salty. The cabin we stayed in, named Topsy Turvey, had a full kitchen (no microwave) supplied with pots and pans, dishes and silverware, oven and full sized fridge with good freezer. Since there is no garbage disposal, the food waste goes in the waste basket whiich isn't emptied until you leave. The carpet was badly stained, pretty shabby. The bedroom was so small that there's barely enough room for the bed and no bedside tables and no reading lamps though it does have a wonderfully comfortable rockng chair. The single bed is in the main living area and does have a reading lamp. Both beds were comfortable. Each cabin has there own BBQ and fireplace. There is WiFi in the cafe area only. No cell phone reception, no TV. All in all, I loved the grounds and location, owners are friendly but next time I'll put up with fifteen or twenty minutes of driving and stay in Bishop for half the price.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Encinitas, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Very friendly and helpful. I just needed a few things at the store but if in need they have just about everything you'll need for your trip..groceries to fishing gear to bundles of wood. I didn't stay at the lodge but would not hesitate to.

They have WiFi too!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank sunxprt
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Lomita,
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This place is great. A family run business and it shows. Great owners, friendly, accomodating, went out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. Very service oriented. Great place to turn the kids loose and let them explore. Great little cafe and general store meets all your needs from tackle, gifts, to the basics. Rooms are comfortable, well stocked and maintained. Fishing impound pond is a wonderful spot to teach kids to fish and wander. Bishop Creek nearby is challenging and excellent fishing for both fly and bait fishing. The historical context of the old mine nearby and this site originally being the mining camp is right up our alley if you like to explore old mines on your daily hike. Great spot to fish, hike, explore, or just relax. A good jumping off point for day trips to Mammoth, the high country, the town of Bishop, and other streams and lakes nearby. If you don't care about fancy hotels, and want to pile the kids and grandkids all aong for a great outdoor experience with the comforts of home (and no TV), at a reasonably priced resort, this is the place. Highly recommend.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We have stayed here in this vintage gold-mining settlement turned cozy-cabin retreat over the years many times and have only experienced amazing hospitality, cool scenery, lovely memories, great hikes, fantastic cafe breakfasts, and so much more! This is THE place you'll get the best hamburger you've ever tasted! The rustic cabins are full of character, charming windows and perfect, cozy rooms. Best place to take kids, or hide away in a romantic one-room cabin. Love the potential for multiple family gatherings and quiet fishing spots, horseback rides, and your own fire pit. Amazing, sweet, rustic, charming!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Kinda lengthy, but hope it helps. I have been traveling throughout the Eastern Sierras ever since I was in my Moms belly. It is a very special place for me and my family, in fact we named our son after the main town in the valley, (yes we are a little nutty and no it’s not Mammoth!). Anyway, we had planned on camping but with temps in the 20s at night, we (my wife, daughter [4], and son [1]) decided it was best to have a little more substantial shelter than a tent. After much debate we settled on Cardinal Lodge. Having passed it literally hundreds of times (driving and hiking) I knew the location was awesome. We stayed in the two bedroom "Moonlight" cabin. It was, as the plaque stated on the wall, built in 1906 and used as a bunkhouse during the Mining days of the lodge. Situated no more than 20 feet from Bishop creek (caught a nice 10" trout right in front), with a small meadow all our own, the location was to die for. Bishop and I took an early morning walk to the nearby waterfall coming out from North Lake above, and Gianna loved fishing in their private pond. The service was great as well. Everyone was nice, made us feel welcome and they even let us borrow a highchair from the restaurant for Bishop. Out front, we had a fire pit, Weber charcoal grill, picnic table, and chairs on a level gravel bed about 15ft square with a nice porch to sit under next to the cabin. Inside, the cabin was, well, I guess rustic would be the word to describe it. Really, it just seemed kinda old, not dirty though (as I recall, my first comment to Janelle was that it was down right dumpy). There were two bedrooms separated in the middle by a living/dining room. The kitchen is kinda squeezed in the the back of the cabin. One room had a queen sized bed and the other has two twins. Janelle and I took the queen bed, which was adequate, in that it didn't prevent sleep (Bishop did that), but not super comfy either. The twin beds in the other room however looked like torture devices. They must have been left overs from the bunk house days, with squeaky old school springs and thin mattresses. One was like being in a hammock! Gianna had the room too herself since Bishop was with us, and the bed was actually perfect for her. It bowed just enough in the middle that it kept her from rolling out (it was 4.5 feet high!) yet she was as cozy as a bug. For a grown up sized person though, I think it would be a back breaker. The kitchen was fine, though the dishes, glasses and silverware were all miss matched and there was only one large plate (not a problem since we used paper plates anyway). The bathroom was kinda dingy,again, not dirty just old, but everything worked as it should. The heater did its job well, though it is a beast that is fully exposed so we had to be diligent with the little one. One other thing of note was the cabin seemed to be sinking on one side. Literally, one half of the cabin was sloped a good six inches. it was like walking on a roof. Bishop was just learning to walk at the time and he would glide sideways like a drunken sailor (quite funny looking back now). All in all we had a great time and like I have mentioned, everything worked as it should. We paid over $200 a night to stay there and, really, that seems like too much for the condition of the cabin. I am conflicted here, because the location couldn’t be more perfect, and despite the old, dingy feel to it, everything worked fine, we had a great time and would consider staying again. I would definitely recommend it, just know that you will pay for the location and don’t expect the Ritz. What you can expect is breathtaking scenery, clean mountain air, friendly staff and who knows, since I released the fish I caught, you may catch dinner right out your door.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, CA
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8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

We spent two nights in the Bottleneck cabin last summer. First, the good - the setting was AMAZING - very private, surrounded by aspen, creek running a couple feet from the cabin. The bad - well, I was expecting no frills (it's the cheapest cabin at $85, and has no bathroom - and the owners are straightforward on the phone and website about what to expect), but good lord, those mattresses were awful. We're talking 30 year old summer camp mattresses. If I return to that cabin I'll bring my own sleeping pad. Their other cabins are out of my price range at $200+, so I can't comment on their condition. The pancakes at the restaurant are legendary, and worth a trip even if you don't stay the night there.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Ridgecrest, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

I've spent lots of time at Cardinal Village Resort. It is a great place to experience a beautiful setting and to get a great meal at the Cardinal Cafe. Dinner is served on Monday and Tuesday nights where you can sit on the deck with a view of Cardinal Peak and experience a fun, relaxing meal. They serve the best ribs I've ever eaten! (You may want to call ahead and make a reservation because it is a popular place with limited seating).

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Address: 321 Cardinal Road, Bishop, CA 93514
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Location: United States > California > Bishop
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Bishop
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer 11 housekeeping cabins. Each cabin has a full kitchen equipped with kitchen utensils as well as bedding, towel sets and unique bars of glycerin soap. Easy access to stream and lake fishing. The cafe is open 8-3 seven days a week. Very kid friendly! ... more   less 
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