Having read the reviews of the Lodge before booking, I have to say I was a little concerned. I needn't have been. Our room was huge - king size bed, giant bath that could have fit at least 4 people in it, spacious shower. Everything was clean. Shampoo and soap were provided. The water pressure was incredible in the shower, and the bath hardly took any time to fill. The bed was comfortable, and the walls between rooms weren't too thin. Coffee pot, coffee and fridge were provided, with styrofoam and plastic cups. And the best part is, you open your door and the view is just incredible.
A couple of odd things about the room - first of all, there were clocks - hanging on the wall, alarm or otherwise. Secondly, there was no bathmat, which made getting in and out of the shower and bath dangerous. We used a handtowel, but it wasn't really suitable. The light in the toilet was very dim, and the fan sounded like a helicopter taking off. The jets in our bath didn't work - we tried every switch, button and knob we could find, and nothing worked. We rang reception, but the woman who answered had no idea how to use it. She did offer to send someone up, but as we were naked, we declined. If we had been staying longer, we would have pursued the matter, but as we only stayed two nights, we left it and just had a bath without them.
Breakfast the first day was a-la-carte, which surprised me as I expected a buffet. I tried to order the cinnamon roll French toast, but they no longer have cinnamon rolls, so I chose pancakes, which were huge. The second morning was a buffet, which had a good selection of items. I don't know how they decide whether or not it will be a buffet or a-la-carte, both days we ate there were weekdays.
Dinner was good, the bar/grill had a good atmosphere and a decent range of food options. I had fish and chips and a children's cheeseburger and both were tasty. The bartender is friendly and makes a great margarita (only $6!)
There is an indoor and outdoor pool, and an arcade for kids (or adults). The gift shop is a bit naff but does have a small array of food. The people manning the reception desk are a bit unfriendly and generally disinterested, but the location is good and everything else was adequate. Internet is $10 and can only be used in the lobby. I'm not averse to paying for internet in such a remote location, but to only be able to use it in the lobby is a little frustrating.
No raccoons in the parking lot, and no bed bugs in sight!
Note: Despite the room being fully paid for, a hold of $208 was put on our credit card for "room incidentals". Given there is no mini bar or anything, really, in the room one could want to take, I found this to be excessive.
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Hotel El Portal
- Cedar Lodge Yosemite
- Cedar Lodge El Portal
- Cedar El Portal