We just returned form Yosemite about 10 days ago. We stayed at Cedar Lodge 3 nights. The bedroom and bathroom were clean and well-kept. The decor is certainly dated, but you're not there for the room anyway. The reviews are correct that there is no cell service and Internet is only available in the lobby of the reservations/gift shop buidling of the property, which property is comprised of numerous motel style buildings. They do have very basic cable TV. We saw the pools but did not use it. There is a bar, but we didn't use it either.
This is not a property for night owls. We arrived late at night after a long travel day from the mid-west and had to ring the bell of the locked reservations building for service. The clerk did serve us but we soon found out that everything closes early here. Even the "dinner" diner onsite stops serving food at 8:30 p.m. There are a few groceries available in the reservations building's sundries/gift shop but most require cooking/utensils or dishes etc and none are available. There is a microwave in that lobby, but none in the rooms and no kitchenettes. I suppose if you really need those late at night, the clerk MIGHT sell you something if you ring the doorbell, but I'm sure they prefer folks to think the the shop is closed by 11:00 pm when they lock the lobby doors.
If you need groceries and have your own way to prepare them (RV?) there is a full service grocery at the Park entrance at the Village inside Yosemite about 1/2 hour away in the park, or several groceries down the mountain back in Mariposa in the other direction. Otherwise, the restaurant at a related property to the lodge (Yosemite View Lodge) up the road and just outside the park entrance is open later and they DO have really good pizza, as other reviews have said. I was skeptical of it, but it truly is good quality za. They also have a full dinner menu and
I believe are open til a out 10 pm.
Breakfast at Cedar Lodge restaurant was yummy and hearty both days we ate. The staff there was pleasant. It is not cheap, but it is a hotel after all. I was thankful for truly fresh fruit on the menu. There are vending machines on property, but they were empty when we were there. I know it was the end of "off-season", but if your shop is closed, at least stock the vending machines, knowing provisions are at least a half hour in either direction if someone is stuck all out.
The nights are dark and sky is starry. The river across the road is beautiful and the mountainsscapes all around remind you where you are. We did not mind not having wi-if with the beauty all around us.
We paid $89 a night vs $129 being charged at Yosemite View Lodge. I liked the savings, but if you NEED access to closer and later food, consider the Yosemite View instead.
ALl in all, this property was fine for what we needed.
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Hotel El Portal
- Cedar Lodge Yosemite
- Cedar Lodge El Portal
- Cedar El Portal