We booked to stay here for three nights (only made it for two nights as there was a road closure and we had to sleep in the car overnight....a long story.Will try and leave details elsewhere on Trip Advisor).
We were umm-ing and ahh-ing over Yosemite View Lodge over this one. Am so glad we went with the Cedar Loadge as it's only ax extra 7 minute drive to get into the Park (you drive past the Yosemite View Lodge from Cedar to get into the Park) and from the outside, Yosemite View Lodge didn't even look that much better. The prices we were finding would mean we would save £100 over the three nights by staying at the Cedar Lodge rather than Yosemite View Lodge.
Yes, the furniture, bedding etc seems rather dated - this wasn't an issue to ourselves. I think this wans't an issue because we had read reviews on Trip Advisor and prepared ourselves accordingly.
The shower was AMAZING. It was so much better than our hotel in Vegas. The shower was brilliant.
The location was brilliant. There is a bus service in the car park of the Lodge that takes you directly into the Park and means you wouldn't need to pay your entrance fee to enter the Park. We were driving and it only took around 15-20ish minutes max to get to the Park gates. Then another 10-15ish minutes to drive around - but you would need to drive around that long even if you were staying within the Park.
We had breakfast only once as it starts from 7.30am and we had to check-out arond 7am the next day. The break was fine. I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it was fine. We had dinner the The Grill (next door to the restaurant where breakfast is served). The food was lovely. They advertise it to close at 8.30pm, however, the lovely waiter (possibly even owner) was running around everywhere, serving everyone (seriously was a one man team, with maybe one or two chefs) and a couple asked if they were late arriving at 8.30 and he said 'I can't say no to customers...come on in' - I asked him about his times and he said if it's busy, he's happy to stay open until9, 10, 11...I'm sure it's not the case every evening, but there definitely is flexibility. We loved the food here.
The gift shop (next to the Lobby) is extortionate. I brought magnets for my mum from Vegas and San Fransico for around $2-4. Here the magnets were like $9!! I still brought a couple because I'm a mug, but thinking back to it, I wouldn't have spent that much on those magnets if I wasn't rushing around.
Hope you have a lovely stay here...
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April 8, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write the review. I'm so glad you have a good stay. We Just received a new shipment of magnets with different price ranges. We hope to have you stay with us again.
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