This was the only hotel near Yosemite we could find on short notice and if we hadn't been tired when we pulled up at about 7pm on the Saturday of our reservation we would have tried to get out of the reservation. Since the hotel still had rooms available when we pulled in, chances are a few others had this reaction and kept going. When we went to the office, we were greeted by a young woman who informed us she should have been gone a long time ago since she'd only stopped by to help her sister.
This is the epitome of a barely one star hotel. EC Lodge is an older facility that hasn't necessarily been lovingly maintained. The hotel is an "L" shaped two story facility loacated around the edge of a large expanse of uninterrupted black asphalt. Outside each room is a plastic "cocktail" table and two plastic chairs from which to view the baking, heat radiating asphalt parking lot.
The room was on the okay side of bleak. We had a "Palm Queen" which was supposedly nicer than the regular queen. It did have a plastic palm tree and a Walmart style portable refrigerator. The sheets were acceptable, the bedding a little scary and the carpet not conducive to walking around barefoot. The bathroom was clean enough - except for the black ceiling mold.
The hotel provides "5 star luxury resort" towels and the sign it drapes over them provides a good laugh. There are extensive warnings about not using the towels to remove makeup, clean your shoes, or wipe up spills. They also invite you to purchase a bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth for $45. We were traveling with our kids (age 13 and 16) and paid extra for four in the room.....however, we were only given three sets of towels.
We ate in town at the Red Fox--dinner for the four of us was $90 Although the food was good, I wouldn't recommend stopping here in the summer because the restaurant was too hot to be able to stay and eat. The waitress told us the owner is just too frugal to turn the AC below 88 degrees. We were actually relieved to get back to the room because even though it was noisy, the AC kept the room delightfully cool.
The kids checked out the pool (very tiny) and decided to pass on a swim because it hadn't been maintained in a while. It needed to be vacuumed and chemicals updated. Scary was how the kids described it.
The breakfast was no frills but adequate. The waffle makers were both broken and the juice machine hadn't been cleaned out in a long time -judging from the mold-slime build up on the dispenser nozzles. The cereal, milk, sweet rolls, toast and bagels were good. There was even cream cheese.
The surpising part of the stay was the bill. We had been told $149 when we booked the room. The bill ended up being $109.
After driving through town to look at other lodging, I'd recommend the new Comfort Inn. It's the nicest hotel in Mariposa. Or if you want to be closer to Yosemite and can get a reservation, The Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge in El Portal both looked promising.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under New Ownership and Management, Yosemite Inn has under gone an extensive remodel this year in January of 2011. Yosemite Inn is located across from the Visitor Center and only 45 minutes to the Yosemite Valley. The small and beautiful town of Mariposa provides a variety restaurants, shops, and live entertainment with-in walking distance. The Yosemite Inn also is also proudly known for having the largest and cleanest rooms in town. Come visit us and our friendly staff on your way to Yosemite and you will be glad you chose Yosemite Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yosemite Hotel Mariposa
- Ec Hotel Mariposa
- Ec Hotel Yosemite