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Good For Solo
This hotel should be avoided. It is beside the road and very noisy at night. The room was very small, the window closes poorly, and there was no air conditioning. The restaurant is very expensive. The worst hotel of my trip. I almost forgot bedding: bed frames from another time, I had back pain for 2 days.
Unique Quality: Very bad experience
Historic Lodge at Mono Lake
This is a historic lodge located just across Highway 395 from Mono Lake, and is just outside of Lee Vining. It has a wonderful view of the lake. We arrived early in the season and the hotel had just opened. The rooms are decorated with various themes. When booking your reservation, you can select which room you want.
We were a little disappointed in the lodge. The room was separated into a bedroom area and a seating area. The room seemed spacious enough in the seating area, but space was cramped near the beds. To get around the outside ends of the beds, you had to jump over a garbage can or squeeze between the bed and the heater. The room did lack table surface area. Also, the window blinds did not fit the windows well; it was such that a passerby could easily get a view inside of the room.
The heating system left a little to be desired. If you get cold, you can try the propane heating contraption that is located just inches away from the bedding. But if you are not a dare devil carefree sort who is unconcerned about fire hazards and such, nor one who wants to try to figure out how to use the device, you may elect to endure the cold.
Some units are separated by the road only by the parking lot and a narrow walkway. When sleeping in these units you could be lulled off to sleep by the no so gentle whispers of the passing traffic on Highway 395.
When we stayed, despite their ad, there was no wireless high or low speed internet access.
Early (or late) in the season the restaurant and bar will likely not be open. However, fresh coffee will likely be waiting for you in the morning.
So it is not the Ritz. But the staff is friendly and is has a wonderful view of the lake with the potential of a spectacular sunrise. It is also conveniently located for exploring Mono Lake and the ghost town of Bodie.
Unique Quality: Nice View of Mono Lake from your front door.
Directions: It is on Highway 395 slightly north of the town of Lee Vining. It is directly across the highway from Mono Lake.
Lodge by the Lake
Tioga Lodge was one of the more satisfying stays during our trip. Although the rooms are rather old, in general they were clean and comfortable, and the staff here are very friendly and helpful. There are a few things other disadvantages; the lodge is 1.5 miles from the town of Lee Vining, so its not quite as convenient as many of the Lee Vining's other lodgings.
Tioga Lodge is a rather historical lodge, with named rooms and cottages; most are very spacious.
Unique Quality: Tioga Lodge's best quality is it's location, just a 3-minute walk from the lakeshore of Mono Lake. To get to the lakeshore from the lodge, you must cross US-395 and walk down to a small dock. Tioga Lodge also offers boat tours of Mono Lake for a fee. You should also try out Tioga Lodge's restaurant.
Directions: North of Lee Vining, off US 395
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