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“Fine for a quick stopover” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lake View Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lee Vining
Middlesbrough
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88 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fine for a quick stopover”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

Spent a night here en route to Yosemite from Death Valley. We just wanted somewhere to spend the night before an early start into the park. For this Lakeview Lodge was fine. We had a standard room which was reasonably priced. It was clean enough. Maybe a bit outdated. Th fridge made the most awful buzzing sound which was remedied only by unplugging it. But overall it was fine. Comfy bed, quiet, ok bathroom & shower & a decent sized room.
The room notes said that wifi was available but would only be accessible in the foyer but we found we could access it in our room as we were reasonably near the lobby.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Encinitas, California
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

On a recent trip to the Eastern Sierras, we stayed three nights at the Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining. The location was great as we went to many nearby sights: Bodie, Devil's Postpile, Tuolomne Meadows, etc. The grounds of the hotel are lovely, flowers everywhere. The staff was kind and friendly. The rooms need work. We knew not to expect luxury, but the room we stayed in had the bedroom behind the sitting area WITH NO WINDOW. We had to devise a fan to blow some air into the sleeping area. The Wi-Fi was intermittent, at best. If you stay, do not accept room 22!!

Room Tip: Do not rent room 22
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh
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71 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

Read some quite unfavourable reviews about this place on Tripadvisor but on balance decided it was a good place to stay for one night. I was glad we did. It was clean, rooms were spacious and the garden area out front is well-kept and colourful. Yes the decor is in need of updating and the air-conditioning/heater unit is unusable at night because of the din. No possibility of sleep. So in hot summer or cold winter, could be a problem. We left it off and were too hot so perhaps if the windows could be opened, this would make all the difference.. Don't expect luxury. Go expecting pleasant comfortable stop for a night with nice staff and you won't be disappointed. It's not cheap, but nor is anywhere within 50 miles of Yosemite.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

In Lee Vining, CA there are not a lot of choices for hotel rooms. The Lake View Lodge is a nice place but a little run down. That said we stayed two nights one night in the main lodge and one night in the #9 cabin. Both accommodations were nice..
But here is where I'm confused. The rooms have little signage all over, asking guests to be environmentally conscious. "please reuse your towels and help the environment" you know that type of thing....
But a quick look around the rooms and you notice leaky plumbing? You also note that they use high capacity toilets 3 to 5 gal.per flush. There was not one energy efficient light bulb any where. The heating and AC units were the old energy wasting type - no energy stars here.

Some easy fixes and this place could be saving not only the environment but a lot of money from their utility bills.

So although I see nothing wrong asking guests to reuse the Lodges very thread bare towels, I'm thinking if you are really concerned about the environment - Energy Savings should start at home .

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed in one of the bare bones cabin. It was perfect. It really was barebones. One bed, with a main light and a bedside light and that's about it. But you did get your own little fenced of garden with furniture and a fire pit. The bathroom was shared between us one other cabin which was next door. One male bathroom and one female bathroom. We had a great nights sleep and didn't hear any noise. We were also given a towel.
We visited mono lake which is worth a a visit. $3 charge per person and only 10 min drive away.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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67 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

The lake View Lodge in Lee Vining is right at the foot of the Eastern Sierra's. Outside your door you will find yourself looking out at Mono Lake and majestic mountains. The environment is peaceful and the entire place is calm.
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. It is located 21 miles south-southeast of Bridgeport, at an elevation of 6781 feet. Lee Vining is located on the southwest shore of Mono Lake.

The rooms are large and spacious. The air conditioners work fine and after a day of sightseeing or fishing, it is nice to see your room quickly cooling down. Because of the altitude, ask for a room on the first floor.

Plenty of space and room to relax.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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224 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

The cozy cabin was perfect for the two of us. Early June visit and very littlectraffic. Bird house on a tree next to the front deck was awesome.

The amenities are basic. Slightly small shower, but plenty of hot water.

There is a smll tv, and homestly with all the beauty atound us, we never even turned it on.
Plenty of room for a comfortable stay.

The kitchen had burners, coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator. Stocked with plates, cups, cooking utinsils which is handy and a big plus.

Soap is there to wash the dishes too. Didn't find the broom/dustpan right off (It's in the closet).

The grounds have mature trees and plants and there is a nice deck among them where you have a pretty great view of Mono Lake.

A great place to stay on the road to Yosemite.

Highly recommend!

I will definitely stay here again. Hopefully when it is snowing! Mono lake covered in snow is spectacular.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lake View Lodge
Address: 51285 Highway 395, Post Office Box 345, Lee Vining, CA 93541
Location: United States > California > Lee Vining
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lee Vining
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lake View Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
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