This is a motel campus, 6 buildings of rooms plus a gift shop, indoor and outdoor pools, restaurant, bar & grill, and many bear sculptures spotted around the property. There is a Yosemite Regional Transportation System (YARTS) bus stop on the property so you can get to Yosemite Valley by public transportation if you choose. (You can also take YARTS from the Merced Amtrak station to Cedar Lodge and may other locations—www.yarts.com)
Our room, 2 queens, was pleasantly decorated and at first glance appeared well kept and clean. But a large scattering of what appeared to be dried toothpaste on the floor and part of the wall in the bathroom showed that the bathroom had been inadequately cleaned.
Walking across the floor, it was obvious that the sound would transmit to the downstairs room.
There were no wash clothes only hand and bath towels.
The mattresses and pillows are extremely firm.
Heating and cooling is supplied by a standard manually operated blower mounted on the wall under the window. Once you turn the unit it on the loud blower stays on all the time. In our room the air went up behind the draperies (see photo). There are visible gaps at the bottom and top of the door so the room.
Cedar Lodge offers internet access in the motel lobby and charges $9 (no internet access in the rooms). There are several upholstered chairs, a couch and a coffee table but no desks in the lobby. They offer wifi only so unless you have a person VPN don't do anything involving secure information. There is no data coverage anywhere near Yosemite (so you won't be able to get internet over your cell plan) and very limited cell phone coverage in certain areas including Yosemite Valley
Nearly all the rooms face North or South and so are dark even with the curtains open. In our room the light switch inside the door wass connected to a bedside lamp across the room. When we used the lamp at night and turned it off by it's switch we needed tot remember to turn it back on in the morning and then flip the wall switch before leaving the room so we would be able to use the wall switch when we returned in the evening.
We ate breakfast twice in the restaurant. The staff was very nice, the food was good, classic country breakfast options—fluffy pancakes, good orange juice from concentrate, the sausage had a bit too much pepper for our tastes, a fresh strawberry gave the plate a little panache.
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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Hotel El Portal
- Cedar Lodge Yosemite
- Cedar Lodge El Portal
- Cedar El Portal