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“Good place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Tioga Lodge
54411 Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Lee Vining B&B and Inns
Sunnyvale, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Tioga Lodge is very accessible if you are planning to visit Monolake or Yosemite NP. The price was a bit higher than expected. We were 5 of them so paying $180 was ok, but might be higher if there are not many in the group. One can have a very good view of mono lake from the room's windows, but going to the tufas on the lake would be a 20min drive from the hotel.
The hotel has dining facilities but the price is very high and the portions are very small. I would recommend going to the 'Whoa Nellie Deli', a restaurant in the Mobilgas station just after entering Hwy120 West to Yosemite NP.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here one night on a road trip from Colorado to California. We wanted to be close to Yosemite for a drive over Tioga Pass the next morning. It was a good location for us and after a long day of driving, it was nice to be able to just walk to the hotel restaurant without having to get in the car again. We sat on the balcony at the restaurant and enjoyed a glass of wine before dinner, staying outside long enough to see the moon rise over the lake. The view of the lake is somewhat obscured by trees, but we were able to see the moon and part of the lake and that was nice. Yes, there is a busy highway right next to the hotel and restaurant, between the buildings and the lake. It can be a bit noisy, but quiets down later on. The noise didn't really bother us during the night. We had a nice dinner at the restaurant and found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Our room was the Kit Carson room, in one of the cabins. The room was simple, but had nice, knotty pine furnishings. There was no phone, or TV, or wifi, but we knew that when we booked it. Wifi was available at the lobby and restaurant, but we found that the signal was pretty weak. We weren't too worried about not having wifi for this one night, but the hotel wouldn't be a good choice if wifi is important. We could see a bit of the lake from the porch of our cabin, but the view was partially obscured by trees. Overall, we found this a pleasant place to stay that was convenient for our travel the next day over Tioga Pass.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The room was adequate but expensive. There is a view of Mono Lake but the room is right on the highway so I didn't feel like sitting outside and looking at the lake from the room. The highway is loud. The person who checked us in was more interested in making sure we would pay for any damages than in welcoming us. (We are 60 years old. Do we look like we're going to party!)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The lodge has a great location for those who leave Yosemite at the Eastern Entrance/Exit. Room and food prices are reasonable. They have a family-style, cozy restaurant. Staff is nice and supportive. Our room was simple, but clean and spacious.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed here for a night and the stay was very pleasant. We had the cottage to ourselves, which was quite compact and cozy. All the stuff inside the cottage were very antique. The air condition didn't work and the bath was really un-comfy to get in and out. Yeah, the bed was extremely small for 2 people. This place is very close (like 10 feet) from the Hwy 395, so it might be noisy for some people. The property has nice little garden and a little creek/falls in the middle. The food in the restaurant is very good, but quite expensive for the quantity. Although this Lodge is very close to the mono lake, it doesn't have any view of the lake. The lake is not even visible from this place. The staff here are bit flexible and she agreed for a late check out (noon). While you are here, its good to go for a visit to the nearby Ghost Town, Bodie (15 miles in the hwy 395 + 15 miles in a county road).

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This Lodge is located in Lee Vining, near the Mono Lake area, and just a few minutes drive to the East entrance of Yosemite. We stayed here one night so as to have an early start in Yosemite on the next day. The cottages are small but sufficient for a short stay. There is no air conditioning, and the ceiling fan was so unbalanced that we were afraid that if we turned it up high enough to cool the room, it would fly off the ceiling. The grounds of the lodge are well kept, and it's nice to sit outside at a picnic table with a view of Mono Lake. The Mono Lake Visitor's Center and the South Tufa area are within a few minutes drive as well. The staff here was a bit indifferent, seeming preferring to lounge in the reception area talking to friends rather than working too much...Sortof a "Here's your key...don't break anything" greeting.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rosa Mae Room, which is a cottage in the second row, so not directly on the highway...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed for three nights in this hotel in a very nice little cabin. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We were also happy to finally have enough space for all our luggage after having stayed in much smaller rooms during our trip. The property is really nice with flowers and a little creek and the main building, which was brought from ghost town Bodie and restored, is charming. We got a very warm welcome on our arrival. The restaurant is also very nice, they serve healthy, also vegetarian food, which is very hard to find elsewhere in the area. So overall we had a pleasant stay. We only have two negative points to mention. The property is located right next to the highway and it was really, really noisy in our cabin. For us it literally felt like sleeping on the highway. Also the aircon in the bathroom was really noisy, so sometime we felt like escaping the cabin in order to relax. It should however be the other way round. Both of us apparently are pretty sensitive to noises, so if you are not, I would definitely recommend to go to this place, because everything else is good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 54411 Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
Location: United States > California > Lee Vining
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Lee Vining
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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