Cedar Lodge

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

9966 Highway 140, PO Box C, El Portal, California, 95318, United States

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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 25% more than similarly rated 2.5 star hotels

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    cedar lodge resort


    the room was good. i dont know the price of the room. we had paid for a package in the netherlands.

    Unique Quality: in the parking area you see all kind of "wooden" bears. i forgot to take a picture of the bears. on the other site of the road there was a kind of small park.

    Directions: located 8 miles from the entrance to yosemite national park.

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    Nice lodge on the edge of Yosemite N.P.!


    Unique Quality: Facilities include large outdoor pool, indoor pool with spa, gift shop and a beautiful river walk area with access to the Merced River.

    Directions: Cedar Lodge is located 10 minutes from Yosemite National Park.

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Very good location, price and accommodation

by TripAdvisor Member TimWales

We stayed at the Cedar Lodge for a few nights in August 2004.
On arrival after a long journey we found the setting of the hotel in the mountains is very welcoming. The reception area is large and staff very helpfull. The shop was well stocked for basic food and souvenirs and the outdoor swimming pool was good and well used.
We ate each night in the Diner which served good quick Diner meals at normal prices. The Diner was normally busy but service was fine.
The large room was all that we expected.

It was 10 miles to the park entrance but that is relatively a short journey in California, and very pretty.
The Cedar Lodge is a good base for visiting Yosemite.

Not too bad

by TripAdvisor Member NationalParkHiker

Stayed three nights at the Cedar Lodge and guess we would stay there again. It is very nice but the prices at the restaurant and the diner were really outrageous. Considering that they, and the Yosemite View lodge (just as expensive), are about the only close places to eat, guess they know a captive audience when they see one. It's main advantage is that it is relativly close to the park, but not in the park where lodging is both more expensive and not as nice - have stayed at the Yosemite Lodge in the park and do not recommend it - very expensive and with poorly maintained rooms.

Beware the cafe.

by TripAdvisor Member Ellro

We stayed at the Cedar Lodge for two nights at the end of August. The room was clean and adequate for our needs. The setting is OK and is convenient for Yosemite.
However as other reviewers have stated try and avoid the cafe.
The food is mediocre by any standard and they obviously rely on a capative audience.
Although we went early for breakfast it had obviously been standing for some time and beverages are extra to the buffet price which I thought strange.
On the evening we used the 50's style cafe. They completely messed up our order and when it did arrive they gave us plastic utensils to eat it with.
After some remonstration we got metal knives and forks. What topped things off was when the waitress used the cloth she wiped the tables with to clean her shoes. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Try one of the other hotels to eat if you can or bring your own.

How to help your diet

by TripAdvisor Member MattyHib

Avoid, like the plague, the diner. What a waste of time and money. Instead of waiting the 30 minutes for your food, drive to Mariposa which has choice and much better quality of food. We ate in the diner on the 1st night and decided never again. We ate 1 night at the pizza cafe at Yosemite View lodge about 6 minutes along the road, miles better. It seems such a shame becuase if the food had been better we woiuld have eaten at Cedar Lodge on all 5 nights we stayed there.
Other than that, the location is superb, room is fantastic (even included a fridge) both pools were brilliant, and after a 9 hour, 17 mile walk to half dome and back, the spa pool is a godsend!

Nice accomodation

by A TripAdvisor Member

The location of the Cedar Lodge - about 10 miles outside the park and next to the Merced River - is very good. The room we had was large and airy and the bathroom was clean and adequate. I have to admit that the decor was slightly dated but as long as the decor is neat (which it was) it doesn't really concern me.

The Lodge has a large reception area with a shop which is handy for food, alcohol and gifts. the staff are friendly and helpful.

The outdoor pool is nice and there are plenty of sunbeds. There is an indoor pool, but we didn't use it.

The downside to this place, and it is a big one, is the food. It is difficult to eat anywhere else as the nearest town is 30 miles away and road is quite winding so it takes about 40 minutes. Therefore, it is very difficult to avoid eating at the lodge....There is a restaurant which is extremely expensive - not that I mind expensive meals, but I do like them to be in fancy, well kept restaurants, not what is at the Cedar Lodge. They also have a diner which is rather grubby, but on the surface appears OK. The food was awful. I tried to play safe by ordering a salad (not particularly cheap) and got mountains of lettuce with sliced cheese squares (the type that come in plastic that you unwrap for your sandwich), processed turkey and an egg which was black inside.....and no dressing. Suffice to say I ended up eating crisps from the shop.

All in all, this hotel was fine for what we wanted: good location, nice room, friendly staff, well stocked shop - just let down badly by the food. Stay there by all means but try to arrange your own food (some of the rooms have kitchenettes) or order a burger (my husband had one and said they were fine - about their level I think!)

best hotel of our entire trip

by A TripAdvisor Member

We were surprised at how big the room was. It was very clean with a wonderful view. The indoor pool was clean and warm. While on vacation we stayed in 5 hotels and this one was the nicest, cleanest, and biggest of them all.

Captive Market!!

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed here for 2 nights in August 2004. The management really do rely on the fact that they have a captive market. Although they were very friendly, by american standards the service is very poor. As our children were tired we ate in the somewhat overpriced restaurant on the first night. On the second night we made the biggest mistake of our 2 week holiday! We decided (again for convenience) to eat in the "50's style diner". After a one and a half hour wait (YES, really! 1 & 1/2 hours!!!) we received a distinctly average meal!! The ceasar salad that I ordered consisted of tons of lettuce, and little else, I don't know why it took so long to make! This was the only restaurant where we have ever refused to leave a tip! The restaurant was full of grumpy, tired customers (some of them were almost asleep at the tables) who felt completely ripped off, but miles away from alternative choices. The cheerful waitress seemed oblivious, and when questioned just smiled saying that they had a small grill and a new chef so couldn't work fast!! It was really quite surreal!!
All in all, a convenient, basic hotel, in a great location. Friendly staff, however, did not make up for the appalling service in the diner!! Stay here, but be prepared to travel 28 miles to Mariposa to eat!!

Kind of pricey, but still ok

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed there for four nights recently - we had a king bed room with jacuzzi. It's kind of pricey, but that's what you pay for the location, I guess. And it's out in the middle of nowhere, so there's not much choice for food and the two restaurants on site aren't exactly outstanding (but the food was still ok).
We liked not having to travel far to Yosemite with our two small children and also having the pool and the small beach down at the Merced River were good things to have to keep the kids occupied. I'd go there again.


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Address: 9966 Highway 140, PO Box C, El Portal, California, 95318, United States