I read most of these reviews before booking the Cedar Lodge for 2 nights during our recent stay in May 2012. I have to say it was very convenient considering there wasn't any other place to stay in the area that was any closer to the park, everything was booked. Yes it is pricey, but you are very close to Yosemite and it's not as expensive as that other hotel that's closer and got worse reviews! We enjoyed the things the Cedar Lodge provided and missed the things that it didn't have but those things like clocks and coffee makers weren't essential to our stay. The small beach by the river was actually a great place to hang out after a day in the park. The two pools were very convenient. The staff of the Cedar Lodge was great, letting us check in early when our room was ready. Yes, they are short on keys, not good for a hotel of this size.
We enjoyed a cool beer from the bar our first afternoon there, and a cool beer from the store on site (they have a sort of general store and gift shop on site) our second afternoon there (much cheaper!) The cigar smoker in our group found plenty of places to sit quietly and smoke his cigars without bothering anyone which was a real plus. The room was quiet, no noise from neighbors, another real plus. Our tv was a flat screen model and worked fine, despite some screen noise on certain channels.
The food at the Cedar Lodge was pretty good, all things considered. We ate once at the grill and twice at the restaurant. The grill has hot dogs and hamburgers, that type of thing, and the restaurant fancier and more expensive items. Try the pork chop dinner at the restaurant, it's delicious! Comes with full soup and salad bar which we also liked. The restaurant was good for breakfast, convenient with a buffet selection. No, you couldn't order anything you wanted, but it was fast and convenient and the food was decent all for an ok price, considering where we were dining, outside of Yosemite. Our servers were all gracious and went out of their way to make sure we were happy with our dining experience in both the grill and the restaurant.
All things considered I have to give this hotel higher marks than most I guess because we were so happy to have reservations at a location so close to the park for a price that was on the high side but still reasonable considering where we were located. Don't be afraid to stay here given some of the reviews. I guess it depends on what you are looking for, what your budget is and what you are used to. But we had a very good time at the Cedar Lodge and really appreciated its pluses and tried to minimize its minuses. If you want to stay outside of the park, close but not in that "other hotel", this is your choice. It's not a bad one, really. You can have fun here!
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Hotel El Portal
- Cedar Lodge Yosemite
- Cedar Lodge El Portal
- Cedar El Portal