Despite it's name, not all of the rooms have a view of the lake. The "cozy cottage" we stayed in had a view of the motel and parking lot. But it was still fun to sit out on our little covered porch and relax. There are some large trees that kind of give a feel of being in the woods.
The location is excellent for visiting Mono Lake. It's across the street from the lake although there is no lake access at this point as far as I can tell. It's about 20 minutes to the South Tufa viewing area. The Mono Market - for groceries - is about 100 feet away as is the 395 which is the main access to all local attractions and the location of most of Lee Vining's shop.
Nicely's restaurant is a few doors away. The food is adequate, but there isn't much choice in Lee Vining. There's a BBQ place nearby, but it was closed for the season. For good food, hop in your car and drive south to the Who Nelly Deli at the Mobil gas station at the Tioga Pass. It's surprisingly good - and popular.
Our cottage (#9) was just right for two. We stayed two nights. It is a true cottage: no walls are shared with any other cottages and there is adequate, landscaped space between the cottages.
It's small, but not too tight. There's a full-sized closet, plenty of drawer space and it's nicely decorated with wood paneling and a raised wooden ceiling. There are plenty of windows and a ceiling fan.
The bed was not as comfortable as I'm used to, but passable and warm. There's a two-burner stove which we couldn't get to light, a larger-than-expected mini refrigerator with small freezer, microwave, coffee-pot, utensils, pots, pans, dishes.
I didn't like that there were no paper towels or dish towels. Also the supply of bath towels was skimpy. And the maid didn't even replace the obviously empty Kleenex box. Also the supplied toiletries - especially the shampoo - are the lowest class possible.
You can park right in front of the cottage. Check-in and out was easy.
There isn't a high-class hotel in Lee Vining, so compared to your other choices, the Lake View Lodge is adequate. I'd stay here again when visiting the area.
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