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9966 Highway 140, El Portal, CA 95318
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#2 of 2 hotels in El Portal
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See why so many travellers make Yosemite Cedar Lodge their hotel of choice when visiting El Portal. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

The rooms offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as paid wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Yosemite Cedar Lodge features 24 hour front desk, a convenience store, and shops. In addition, as a valued Yosemite Cedar Lodge guest, you can enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant that are available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

During your visit, be sure to check out one of the nearby restaurants that are within walking distance of Yosemite Cedar Lodge, such as Cedar House Restaurant (0.0 mi) or Canyon Lodge Bar and Grill (0.1 mi).

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular historic sites such as Yosemite Valley Railroad.

At Yosemite Cedar Lodge, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to El Portal.

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Property amenities
Free parking
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Pool
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Fishing
Convenience store
Gift shop
Parking
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
24-hour front desk
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cynic999 wrote a review 10 Aug
Woburn Sands, United Kingdom64 contributions70 helpful votes
Stayed here for a night whilst visiting Yosemite. Rooms were tired and our room smelt of damp. Location was excellent. The motel has you over a barrel if you want wifi as there is no cell service in the area so they can charge high rates knowing that most will feel the need to pay. The restaurant essentially just offers burgers or salad but the service here was poor with it taking almost an hour to place a counter service order. Food when it arrived was basic but good and draught beer from the adjoining bar was fine. Overall if there was more choice in the area I’d likely stay elsewhere, as it is with the limited choice in the area I suspect they will continue being able to cater to what is essentially a captive market
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reuben wrote a review 10 Aug
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I stayed here in May for a few days and had a horrifying experience with bedbugs in both beds inside Room 190. What I first thought was insect bites from hiking in the park turned out to be bedbug bites from the room itself. I have never experienced this before so it was a few days until I noticed that other guests had left similar reviews about the bedbug infestations and realised this was the same issue. The bites were huge and red and made me feel so unwell I had to take antihistamines. Because of the nature of bedbugs, they were still appearing on my body even after I had checked out, and I had to dispose of my clothes and quarantine myself from my family once I got home. It is August and my body still shows the scars of the bites. The hotel refused to compensate me.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Ask for the room WITHOUT BEDBUGS and you should be ok. Room 190, maybe others?
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KWH_ATX wrote a review Jul 2022
Austin, Texas32 contributions13 helpful votes
My family and I recently stayed here during July 4 weekend. Properties within Yosemite were sold out. For the money, I don’t think it was worth staying here. It was an expensive outdated motel. They were remodeling some units so hopefully they will work to update the whole property. Cons: Expensive outdated motel, expensive food at the hotel restaurant (about $19 for the breakfast buffet for adults, $13 for kids), uncomfortable bed, no WiFi or cellular service. Pros: somewhat close to Yosemite and gas station, across the street river access, quiet, friendly front desk staff.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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dpbraun4 wrote a review Jul 2022
Clarkston, Michigan8 contributions2 helpful votes
We were very happy with this motel. The room was neat and clean. Having a restaurant on site was perfect. I have no complaints at all. The only bothersome detail was that we had to pay for wifi and it wasn't reliable. It would cut in and out and it wouldn't work in the restaurant.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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melandtimg0eck wrote a review Jun 2022
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin72 contributions12 helpful votes
Pros: LOCATION it is 7 miles to the entrance to Yosemite (where you’d pay for admission) Mini- fridge with small freezer space 4 cup coffee maker in room that uses cone shaped filters Outdoor and indoor pools (outdoor pool was actually chilly considering it’s been 100+ degrees each day) Spacious room with two queen beds and double pull out sofa sleeper The place was full but we didn’t hear a peep from the neighbors during the five nights we were there Shower water was warm with good pressure The beds were comfortable and I have a pillow top at home Air conditioner kept up with keeping the room cool despite the high temperatures outside Good selection of food items at the store if needed VALUE for the money compared to surrounding accommodations Cons: YOU NEED RESERVATIONS TO GET INTO YOSEMITE BETWEEN 6a-4p!! Most hotels send an automated check-in/reservation email 3-7 days prior to check in. I wish Cedar Lodge had done that. Yes, I am accountable for finding this out too but it would have been appreciated if this was communicated somehow So if you don’t have reservations you must enter the park before 6am which is ok considering the blazing heat but the lobby isn’t open for coffee until 7am and this hotel is in a remote area for very few options for coffee so plan on making it in your room with the 4-cup makes There’s a microwave in the lobby, which opens at 7am, so bring food that doesn’t require warming Another option for getting into the park without reservations between 6a-4p is riding the YARTS shuttle. You need reservations and it is fourteen dollars per person round trip. You can’t make reservations because there’s NO INTERNET WHATSOEVER, not even a public computer to use in the lobby They charge ten dollars per day for internet through a third party provider for two devices. For Pete’s sake, just PROVIDE INTERNET and include it in your nightly room fee, that would save you all the negative reviews The shower head is too short (for reference, I am 5’7” see picture) Given the remoteness of this lodge, BRING YOUR OWN FOOD) Even in the park the food options are so limited, presumably due to staffing We would stay here again Sent from my iPhone
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dennis S wrote a review Jun 2022
Lake Forest, California3 contributions
Was a very convenience location and affordable for the season. Location was close to entrance park under 30 minutes. Gas station 5 minutes away restaurant has good quality food. Staff was friendly. and the store had a lot of excelente quality articles for suveniers.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Mr_Chong_15g wrote a review Jun 2022
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii154 contributions107 helpful votes
The hotel is located along Incline Road which feeds into the west gate of Yosemite National Park. The property is quite large comprised of two story hotel rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. We checked in at 4p on the day of our reservation. The front desk is the first building you will pass entering the property. The reception area is dated with a small coffee bar and a fully stocked store. They sell just about everything you would need to hike and cook. We stayed in a room near the back of the property. You will need a map to find your room. Parking is not assigned and first come first served basis. The rooms are nice with a coffee maker and air conditioning. The linens appear to have been changed before our arrival and the room was very clean. The air conditioning was set to 65 degree but it barely reached 70 degree in our room. The television had a working remote control with basic cable. No free Wi-Fi service, you will need to purchase it. The cost is $9 for 24 hours for two devices or $29 for 36 hours for two devices. There is a warning banner that suggests the internet service connectivity can vary dependent on occupant usage. And, users are asked to keep service to phone and emails only, no streaming. The restaurant is nice with a family atmosphere. They serve pizzas, burgers, chicken wings and other easily made meals. The service is quick and the staff is helpful. The restaurant connects to the bar which has a variety of taps and bottled beers. Prices are comparable to a tourist trap. All said I would stay at this property again. The reason for the 4 star is the front desk personnel need to be more attentive and provide clearer instructions. And, they did not mention they have a full store, restaurant on premises, pool and bar.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Print out receipts as phone connectivity is an issue
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Laurabob52 wrote a review Jun 2022
New York City, New York249 contributions124 helpful votes
Lodge is located 6 miles from west entrance of Yosemite. Rooms are spacious and clean before arrival. They are not cleaned during your stay. Wi fi is offered as a extra charge of 29 dollars for 3 days for 2 devices. They have a buffet breakfast for 18 dollars a person we did not use it. They have a large pool for guests also they have a lively bar and pub food is good we did eat in pub. Wait staff and bartenders are terrific.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Parking is available by your room
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LikesAGoodDeal wrote a review May 2022
California261 contributions185 helpful votes
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My husband and I stayed at Cedar Lodge last weekend. We had originally tried to get reservations at its sister property Yosemite View Lodge (where we had previously stayed) but they were already booked up. We found that we actually liked Cedar Lodge better in that it is a more peaceful relaxed property. There buildings are two story and there is plentiful parking. The setting is against a hillside with the river across the road. I had requested a handicap room and the bathroom was spacious. There was plenty of counter space. It did not have a walk-in shower but did have hand-rails making the shower accessible. The toilet is a taller type making it easier to get back up and also had handrails. We found the bed very comfortable and provided good support for my back. There was a fridge that kept the food extremely cold and was quiet. The room air conditioner worked well. They are remodeling some of the buildings and there is a sign that sometimes utilities may be unavailable. The front desk employee said if it did occur it would be mid-day for an hour or so. Since we left early and came back late in the afternoon each day we did not experience any outages. There is a nice little groomed walking area with bear statues, bridge, gazebo, etc. across the road from the hotel that has access to the peaceful river. The hotel location is pretty close to the Central park entrance (19 miles) and is past the rockfall detour on Hwy 140. The detour involves a single lane using steel bridges that have been erected crossing the river. It requires you to stop and wait for a group of cars coming from the other direction to pass and then you get your turn. We were glad that it was behind us and we would not have to contend with it when going into the park each day. Five miles up the road on the way to the Central Yosemite entrance is the El Portal market which was a good place to pick up some food. In our case, we bought 1/2 gallon of milk each day to use for breakfast. That size fits nicely in the refrigerator. I would stay at this hotel again if we revisit Yosemite.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Jeroen H wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
The hotel is very expensive for the value (or lack there-off) you get. Paying for Wi-Fi, $9.99 is ridiculous and borderline criminal after paying $200 per night for the room! Even after paying, Wi-Fi asks for login all the time and connection is slow and unstabble. Unacceptable for this price! At check-in, it is impossible to use foreign debit card. Thus, we had to pay in cash, after getting money from the ATM (which charges service fees every transaction). Stuff in the room is broken. For instance lock on the door. Crane in the bathroom has a weird beam which makes usage almost impossible. Crane is also leaking. Refrigerator is unstable, and you are unable to change the temperature. In our case it was set so cold that all our food froze. Lighting in the room is poor. Not enough lamps and light from the bathroom is very sharp and white. No curtains available only shutters, making it impossible to have a good night sleep in a dark room. The shower is placed ridiculously low, even my wife a 5ft 10" can not fit. Shower is up to her breasts.... The AC unit does it work, but makes incredible loud noises. Impossible to sleep with it on. The hotel has 2 swimming pools. One outside and one inside. Both are not heated. Which means that both are extreemly cold. Outside I can understand, but inside will be freezing all year! Impossible to swim in. The inside pool has a small pool which is heated, but this is way too hot! Not comfortable to sit in (for swimming it is to small). We got towels for the swimming pool. Like the towels in the rooms, these are worn-out and way to small to use. No phone reception, tried to use the land-line in the room, but the phone was not connected to any cable... Would not recommend to anybody! For this price, total rip-off
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$139 - US$252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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cedar hotel el portal, cedar lodge yosemite, cedar lodge el portal, cedar el portal
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cedar Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Cedar Lodge?
Nearby attractions include El Portal Market (6.4 km) and Yosemite Valley Railroad (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cedar Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Cedar Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Cedar Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cedar Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cedar Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Parkside Pizza, The River Restaurant & Lounge, and Little Bear Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cedar Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cedar Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Cedar Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Yosemite Valley Railroad (1.2 km).
Does Cedar Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Cedar Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.