El Mono Motel

51 Highway 395, Lee Vining, 93541, CA

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1 Room / 2 Adults

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2 adults
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This motel is cute and comfortable, but it definitely puts the “budget” in “budget motel.” The rooms are on the small side, don’t have TVs, and don’t include breakfast, but there is free wifi, beautiful gardens, and an attached coffee house. It’s also in the center of town, so you can walk most places you need to go. Plus, if you’re a family of four and everyone likes their own bed, you’ll be set in the family-style guest room, which has a king and two queens. Overall, it covers the basics, but isn’t for everyone–so consult the family and weigh the pros and cons for yourselves.

Our Editor Loves

  • Free wifi
  • Attached coffee house
  • Beautiful onsite gardens

Family Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi


Always a pleasure

by Claire S

I love this little motel. We had a beautiful, newly remodeled room, but i like all the rooms we have stayed in. The staff is so accommodating, the room is spotless, and the bed was super comfy. The location is in Lee Vining which is 30 minutes from Yosemite.
For sure try the coffee house. The cappuccino was just right.

Great location, nice cafe, but some rooms very basic

by Mike096

We stayed in ground floor rooms with shared bathroom: be aware that to get to the shared bathroom, you need to go outside, and it was below freezing at night when we stayed. The shared bathrooms were very basic and also cold. The rooms themselves have comfy beds, but are small and basic: nowhere to put or hang anything (a few hooks would help!), and the only heating was fan heaters. Rooms adjacent to the shared bathrooms also get noise from the bathrooms.

Nice cafe for breakfast, friendly staff. Great location for exploting Mono Lake and surroundings. Good value. Would be a great place in summer, but a bit spartan when it gets colder.