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“Convenient for Yosemite”
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Cedar Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
Mandurah, Australia
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“Convenient for Yosemite”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

5 miles from El Portal. Stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Yosemite. A large complex but the car park was full so just as well that we booked. The hills around are blackened from fire so not the great views mentioned in reviews. Room is fine. Two queen beds, fridge, toiletries, hair dryer. No coffee maker. Older tv. Have to pay for wifi.
Nice bar and grill where we had drinks. Cheaper option of burgers etc and a restaurant. We ate there. Food was good.
Heated indoor pool and outdoor pool. Nice areas to sit outside. Small grocery store and gift shop on site. Convenient location to Yosemite. All hotels near national parks seem expensive so you just have to accept it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Like myself, folks were unable to obtain park lodging on their chosen trip dates. The other being price (although I see that some of the reviews claim the pricing to be steep - maybe they mean "for what they get").

I reviewed this motel last year and my opinion has not changed. Next year, I have reservations for Yosemite Lodge so I won't have the "pleasure" next year.

The good things: rooms are large enough to provide for a king or two queen beds and a living area with sofa and coffee table or a small table and two living room style chairs. Bathrooms are spacious and some have jacuzzi style tubs with the jets and so forth (which is really lost on me). A couple of eating options on site including a tiny grocary section carrying mostly snack stuff.

The bad things:

No Internet, No Internet, No Internet, No Internet. Well they do have Internet but it has to be used in the lobby during lobby hours 7 am to 11 pm. No skyping or file streaming or movie downloading allowed. I am an early riser and I am usually well down a trail in the park by 7 am. No cell phone coverage,

No cell phone coverage, No cell phone coverage, No cell phone coverage. You actually have to enter the park to obtain cell phone coverage. Sort of convoluted right? I have AT&T service so maybe Verizon or Sprint works there. The ownership owns 4 properties and pretty has the town of El Portal, CA in its back pocket so there seems to be little threat from competition and little motivation to cure annoyances.

Employees or management do not seem well informed. Example: At check-in, the Internet thing was discussed and at a price of $9/day for Internet in the lobby only, Cedar Lodge rivals the "resort fees" of Las Vegas hotels. There was a mention of a $30/week card you could buy which would obviously be cheaper if your stay was longer than 3 days but I would have to wait to speak with the manager the next day. Well it wasn't until the next evening that I had the chance, and she said something about being out stock on the cards. To obtain service, you log-in and pay your fee and obtain user name and password codes directly from the vendor. Turns out, he options at this log-in were $9 a day or the aforementioned $30/week which the hotel management thought you had to buy a card for. If they had been well-informed enough to know that the $30/week option could be pruchased on-line I would not have lost a day of use. Many other examples of not knowing the details which might be a function of having tom use seasonal employees.

Televisions are not HiDef and they are small and the motel only receives basic cable (and for whatever reason NBC was not being received at all) which is really poor to watch if one is used to HD options back home. I would'nt really need TV at all if I had - INTERNET!!! or cell phone coverage.

In order to use a CC in their tiny grocery, the charge must be at least $5 so if you are used to traveling without money, bring a few dollars so that you are not forced to buy something you didn't want in order to use your CC.

To me, this is not conveniently located to the Valley floor where the "action" really begins. It is about 30 minutes away due to a winding road that has a 35 mph posting after entering the park but in the dark hours before dawn, you might be reduced to 25 MPH from the valley floor.

Room Tip: Yosemite View Lodge, owned by the same people and a tad more expensive, is a rock's throw from t...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

It was a great base to go to the national park ... The rooms were a great size, we found it a bit basic for food so we mainly ate when we were in the park ..the pool was nice we found the staff helpful we had a nice stay .. The only down side we had was the people using the whirlpool bath late at night .. We might be likely to stay again..

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

This place is not cheap. We ( a family of five ), were there middle of the week in September, and paid close to 190 dollars a night , no breakfast. The room was big plenty of space for the rollaway and suitcases, but it was on the second floor, two flights of stairs with no elevators so we had to haul all our belongings up there. Not very convenient. Have to recommend the lounge for dinner we ate there twice and it was great. There are two pools , one indoors one out and the children enjoyed both.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our road trip from Vegas on route to San Francisco.

Really pretty area with lovely views all around. Upon checking in we realised we had been given the honeymoon room and had a lovely huge four poster bed and a massive hot tub.

It was a room only basis, but we ate in the bar both nights and had a lovely meal and breakfast was $10 per person eat all you want buffett.

They have a small swimming pool which was a bit too cold for me, but nice touch as it was quite hot while we were there.

Would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here as part of the Incredible Adventures two day Yosemite tour. I was concerned what it would be like given what I had read. In fact the room was fine. Dated decor but clean. The room had plenty of space, two queen size beds and a table and chairs. There was even an empty bar fridge which we didn't use but may be useful for some. The only negative really was that we couldn't get the shower to a good temperature, it was either freezing cold or boiling hot, so we gave up and filled the bath instead. The bed was OK and we both had a comfortable nights sleep, no problems with noise etc. No coffee making facilities in the room but coffee is available in plastic cups from airpots in the lobby (pretty basic I agree). Wifi is also only available in the lobby area and as we were only there one night, we didn't bother trying to use it.

We ate at the diner which was nothing special but was satisfactory, The buffet breakfast was quite good. Don't expect the 5 star accommodation, but for us overall this was a comfortable place for a brief stay in close proximity to Yosemite.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This gets the prize for the largest bath on our trip!
Not much choice in the area and this was just fine for our one nights stay.
The area is clean as are the rooms.
Traditioal motel set up with a very spacious bathroom, bedroom and huge balcony.
The restaurant is basic and good value. Very casual with friendly service

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Property: Cedar Lodge
Address: 9966 Highway 140, PO Box C, El Portal, CA 95318
Location: United States > California > El Portal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in El Portal
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cedar Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 211
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