The plan was to drive through Yosemite National Park and although it was a little out of the way for us since we were headed to Reno the following night, we made the reservation through booking.com for $70 plus taxes for a Thursday night. Of course, the park was closed but 2 days prior to arriving in Mammoth Lakes,, we still kept to the plan.
The following day, the road we planned to take was closed due to overnight snow and it wasn't being plowed as it is in a national park which was considered closed. In El Portal where we stayed at Cedar Lodge, we asked for information on alternate routes to get to Mammoth Lakes and were advised we would have to drive 8 hours around the park just to get there. We called booking.com, the rep called Travelodge in Mammoth Lakes and after their conversation and additional pleas on our part, we were told we should take the 8 hour route because if we chose to cancel, we would lose our deposit which was actually the $70+.
We drove to Mammoth Lakes, hoping for at least a decent room and nice dinner, arriving after dark. The rear parking lot was flooded, the water wasn't deep but I couldn't roll my wheeled luggage through it. As we were getting into our room, the desk person came to take us to a "nicer" room. I think it was pretty much the same, except it had 2 queen beds instead of the one king we had requested. I think the second room smelled a little better, but looked dank with carpet that didn't feel clean and furniture that showed quite a bit of wear. The mattress I slept on was in terrible shape, causing a fairly sleepless night.
The following morning, the owner of the property was on duty. He said he hoped we were comfortable and another couple had really wanted a king bed and something about them spending the night away from their kids, etc. He asked how everything in the room was and I told him my bed was mushy and it felt like the mattress was broken down on one side. His response was sarcastic but in a playful way (if that makes any difference). He punctuated every few words with a laugh, as he picked apart any comment I made and that the mattresses were only 6 months old and were pillow tops, as if this ended the conversation. This was all in front of the other guests having breakfast (mini muffins/coffee) in the very small lobby.
The owner said he lives elsewhere and owns several other properties in various states. I hope I never unknowingly make a reservation at one.
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