Yosemite Cedar Lodge

Yosemite National Park, USA

The hotel

Treat yourself to the fresh, clear air and acres of pure natural wonder of the Yosemite National Forest with a getaway to Yosemite Cedar Lodge. Friendly and affordable, this is an ideal choice for fine, cozy, and picturesque accommodations just eight miles from Yosemite National Park.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Free Parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

A 10-minute drive from the Western 'Arch Rock' entrance to Yosemite.

Hotel information

211 rooms on 2 floors in 6 buildings with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, TV, WiFi*, tea/coffee-making facilities, telephone and hairdryer. Standard Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Diner and restaurant. Bar and lounge. Outdoor (open seasonally) and indoor swimming pools. Whirlpools. Kids' play area. Private sandy beach on the scenic Merced River. Gift shop. WiFi*. River rafting and fishing nearby when in season*. Complimentary self-parking available.

*Denotes local charge

Tioga Pass is subject to closure due to adverse weather conditions, for up-to-date information please check www.nps.gov/yose/.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Nov 13, 2019 caseymit Alberta, Canada

Rooms weren't that great, very old looking and needs updating. The staff wasn't very friendly. When we arrived to the hotel there was no power, so the restaurant was closed and the hotel is in a middle of nowhere so we had to buy food for dinner from the small grocery store in the reception building. Luckily we only stayed for 1 night on a… Read more
Rooms weren't that great, very old looking and needs updating. The staff wasn't very friendly. When we arrived to the hotel there was no power, so the restaurant was closed and the hotel is in a middle of nowhere so we had to buy food for dinner from the small grocery store in the reception building. Luckily we only stayed for 1 night on a overnight tour from San Fran. Wouldn't rush back to this hotel anytime soon. The only positive is the nice creek across the road from the hotel and the beers we cheap from the grocery store!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great potential, but disappointing

Nov 10, 2019 Burnsie84

Beginning with the positives, Cedar Lodge is ideally located for visiting Yosemite National Park, being only a short picturesque drive from the park entrance. The rooms are spacious with their own balcony; they have an extremely comfortable bed and the biggest hot tub I've ever used! Each room seems to have its own parking space, and there is a… Read more
Beginning with the positives, Cedar Lodge is ideally located for visiting Yosemite National Park, being only a short picturesque drive from the park entrance. The rooms are spacious with their own balcony; they have an extremely comfortable bed and the biggest hot tub I've ever used! Each room seems to have its own parking space, and there is a small convenience and souvenir store inside the main building. Unfortunately though, on this occasion the negatives outweighed the positives. Several reviews here have commented that the rooms are quite dated, but that didn't concern me too much. After all, with age often comes character. However my room was not only dated, but run-down and tatty. Wallpaper was starting to peel off the wall with mould visible under the noisy air conditioning unit. One of the lights didn't work and there was only one dual power outlet in the room, close to the television, refrigerator and lamp. Therefore only two of these could be powered at any one time, leaving nowhere to charge a mobile phone. I accept that this is a "first world problem" however it's almost essential these days. Housekeeping was intermittent, sometimes the trash was emptied and other times it wasn't, coffee was replaced only occasionally and before checking out at 3am (when I needed a coffee kick) I found that they had left me with four sachets of decaf! Maybe they were trying to tell me something about my caffeine intake? For a $500+ stay I expected breakfast to be included, but this comes at a $16/day charge for a poor selection. As for the diner food, I only tried it twice and found both dishes to be overly greasy and almost certainly cooked from frozen. Needless to say, I bought my own food elsewhere. Understandably there's no cellphone service around the lodge but as WiFi was advertised I didn't expect this to be too problematic. However on checking in, I was informed by a seemingly uninterested man in a sports tracksuit that WiFi wasn't available. It remained inaccessible for the duration of the stay, with apparently no noticeable efforts being made to rectify whatever the problem was. For visitors who are fortunate enough to find this available, the fee is $18/day, billed in 12-hour increments. To summarise, a two-star review may seem harsh, however without the ability to award half-stars I'm afraid it's all I can justify. It certainly wasn't deserving of three. If/when I come back to explore more of the breathtaking Yosemite wilderness, I'll look elsewhere for accommodation and I wouldn't recommend this place. Having said that, Cedar Lodge has enormous potential to be a fantastic establishment, so I hope these comments are taken constructively and much-needed improvements are made. Read less
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Oct 27, 2019 Keeshelder Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I forgot my bag there. It's my own fault I forgot it and when I found out I was already in San Francisco so I couldn't go back. They assured me over the phone they would have it shipped to me. Well that was a big lie. It's not that they don't have my details.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Needs work

Oct 18, 2019 Todd D Ringwood, New Jersey

We stayed here for 4 nights. The room was big and clean but very outdated.The bed was comfortable and the staff did a good job cleaning it each day. When going to a National park hiking we are not looking for 5-star but on the down side, they want to charge you $8:99 for 12hr on only one device and No cell service when most places do not charge at… Read more
We stayed here for 4 nights. The room was big and clean but very outdated.The bed was comfortable and the staff did a good job cleaning it each day. When going to a National park hiking we are not looking for 5-star but on the down side, they want to charge you $8:99 for 12hr on only one device and No cell service when most places do not charge at all. There are no prices on items in their convenience store.NOTE: We found the wine CHEAPER INSIDE Yosemite. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pretty much as expected... worked out fine.

Oct 16, 2019 K H San Francisco Bay Area

This is a classic roadside hotel, with minimal updating. Room was clean and well made up. Bed was co for table and bath was fine. TV wasn’t worth anything given limited DirecTV channels. Had an appetizer dinner at the bar. Food was fine and the beer was delish. For your out of Yosemite yet not to far from El Portal entrance, this is an ok… Read more
This is a classic roadside hotel, with minimal updating. Room was clean and well made up. Bed was co for table and bath was fine. TV wasn’t worth anything given limited DirecTV channels. Had an appetizer dinner at the bar. Food was fine and the beer was delish. For your out of Yosemite yet not to far from El Portal entrance, this is an ok option. Read less