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“A great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake View Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lee Vining
Preston, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This hotel is well positioned on the shores of Lake Mono, near to Bodie and Yosemite. It is quite expensive but that is probably because of the limited accommodation in the area and it was disappointing that the wifi coverage was poor and limited to the reception.
The room was good and clean. There is a coffee shop in the grounds for breakfast but we didn't try it, instead we ate locally - there are severla options.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Arrived late in the afternoon on our way between Death Valley and Yosemite.
Helpful and friendly reception staff who were aware we were coming. Very down to earth place. Nothing fancy but we liked it all the more for this. The site overall is a little spread out and a bit like a back yard bit we found out barebones cabin easy enough. These cabins are really basic but clean, tidy and comfortable and offer a refreshingly simple alternative to motels. There's no TV, fridge or coffee maker, just a cabin with a bed in it - and that's about it. Outside, there's a small yard area with a BBQ pit and a picnic table that we made use of later in the evening in a break from eating out.
The bathrooms are separate and shared with other cabins. This is more of a campground than a hotel/motel don't forget, so the bathrooms are very functional but, like the rest of Lake View, entirely adequate.
The on-site cafe was ok for breakfast next morning. Not a huge selection but good enough.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank marble_co
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Brussels, Belgium
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Coming from Reno and wanting to visit Yosemite, spending the night in Lee Vining is the best option. Be sure to check out Mono Lake as well. The Lodge is fairly expensive for what they offer but the location is rather remote and not a lot of competition I guess. The property is nicely maintained with a garden at different levels and benches in the shade. Coffee sold in the adjacent shop at the third level pretty good. Room spacious enough but very dark, worst of it all is the noise from the other rooms. Walls are super thin and the ceiling seems to be made of cardboard. You can hear everything from your neighbours. Wifi did not work, not even in the reception. Staff very friendly.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Middlesbrough
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85 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars 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.

Room Tip: Get a downstairs room near reception - wifi works in room & you don't have to haul luggage u...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Encinitas, California
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117 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh
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64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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 stars 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 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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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
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lee Vining
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Lake View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 46
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