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Get an overview of this hotelWilderness setting, private river beach near Yosemite

Located in El Portal, Cedar Lodge is on a river and within the region of Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance and Yosemite Big Oak Flat Entrance.

This hotel is within the region of Badger Pass and Tunnel View.

Make yourself at home in one of the 211 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans, as well as phones with free local calls.

Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional amenities at this hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), ski storage, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge).

Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Planning an event in El Portal? This hotel has facilities measuring 900 square feet (84 square meters), including conference space. Free self parking is available onsite.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Set on the western footsteps of Yosemite National Park, the Cedar Lodge offers a wilderness setting with a private beach with direct access from the lodge along the Merced River.

Guests can enjoy four fresh air gazebos, barbecue and picnic areas, a heated indoor pool, and spa tub, as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

The lodge, which is air-conditioned in public areas, also provides the following business amenities: an Internet point, conference facilities with 900 square feet, audio-visual equipment, and event catering.

Accessibility features such as handicapped parking and in-room accessibility are available. Please note no elevators are in this hotel.

Cedar Lodge offers a 24-hour front desk.

  • Spa tub 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Outdoor seasonal pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Picnic area 
  • Ski storage 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Barbecue grill(s) 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Conference space 
  • Restaurant 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Total number of rooms - 211 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1978 
  • Area shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 900 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 84 
  • Free self parking 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 5 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access ( USD 9.00 per night )

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 9.00 per day )


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Free toiletries 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Hair dryer (on request) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board (on request) 
  • Television 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Cedar House Restaurant - This sports bar and grill has all-American cuisine for breakfast and dinner.

Nearby Things to Do

Guests can enjoy swimming in either the indoor pool or seasonal outdoor pool, or splashing in the river along the hotel's private pebble beach, with direct access from the hotel. A spa tub is also on site. Four gazebos as well as barbecue pits and picnic areas offer areas for relaxation and family get-togethers.

A variety of outdoor activities are offered in the area around the hotel, including hiking, camping, and river rafting. Ahwahnee Golf Course, 60 miles away, is open to the public.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 
  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Rafting nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Fishing on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails on site 


To make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Guests driving to the property should be aware of seasonal road closures. Hwy 120 (Tioga Pass) closes October through late May, restricting east-to-west travel across the park. Yosemite's eastern gate and Tuolumne Meadows are not accessible when Tioga Pass is closed. Guests are advised to check local weather and road conditions/closures with the California Department of Transportation before travel. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No elevators

Noise-free rooms not guaranteed


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 14 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 9.00 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 9.00 per day (rates may vary)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 5 per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Cedar Lodge El Portal
  • Cedar Lodge Hotel
  • Cedar Lodge Hotel El Portal
  • Cedar El Portal
  • Cedar Lodge Yosemite
  • Cedar Hotel El Portal

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