During our trip to the Western USA, we crossed the national parks to reach Las Vegas from San Francisco. One of our stops was after our day in Yosemite Valley. We spent a night in the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, and more specifically at one of its hotels: Edelweiss Lodge.
I’d like to take a look back at this stopover to provide you with some useful information to help you prepare for your road trip, as well as our review of the establishment.
Where is the Edelweiss Lodge in Mammoth Lakes located?
Edelweiss Lodge is located in California in 1872 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.
Located 50 minutes from the eastern entrance to Yosemite Park and 35 minutes from Mono Lake, the town of Mammoth Lakes is an ideal stopover on the road between Yosemite and Death Valley. From Highway 395, which links the two parks, simply exit onto Route 203. Mammoth Lakes is well signposted.
Then, to find the hotel, turn onto Old Mammoth Road after 4 km and follow it for 3 km. You’ve arrived.
If you’re staying for several days to enjoy Mammoth Lakes, you should know that there’s a free bus service that can help you get around and explore the area. The shuttle bus stops right next to Edelweiss Lodge.
What types of rooms are available at Edelweiss Lodge?
Edelweiss Lodge is a small hotel with a dozen rooms and chalets. You can choose between several configurations and standings:
- Studio 21 m² (standard)
- One-bedroom suite from 40 to 46 m² (standard or deluxe)
- 57 m² or 97 m² 2-bedroom suite (standard or deluxe)
- 130 m² family suite (deluxe)
Visiting for just one night, we took the studio. It’s small but sufficient for a very short stay. For more than 2 nights, I’d advise you to opt at least for a suite with a bedroom, to be more comfortable.
Hotel Edelweiss Lodge facilities and services
Edelweiss Lodge accommodations are functional. All are equipped with a minimum of amenities:
- Microwave oven,
- Storage space (chest of drawers, closet, etc.),
Free parking is available right next to the chalets. You’ll have no trouble finding a parking space. You can also enjoy the outdoors, as there is wooden garden furniture at the entrance.
In-room Wi-Fi is also free.
There are no restaurants in the hotel. Restaurants are concentrated a little further north in the city. For our part, as we didn’t have the courage to go out again after settling in, we used the online service Doorstep Deliveries available in Mammoth Lakes. Several local restaurants offer food delivery through this service.
How much does it cost to stay at the Edelweiss Lodge in Mammoth Lakes?
In October, for one night from Friday to Saturday, we paid $104 before tax, or $119 including tax.
Looking at the prices, I could see that they currently vary between $140 and $300, depending on the period.
As the eastern entrance to Yosemite Park is closed throughout the winter, you can expect lower rates during this period. Nevertheless, two ski areas, Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, are present in Mammoth Lakes. With almost 150 km of trails and around 30 lifts, they attract a lot of people in winter. This period generally runs from November to May, as snowfalls are regular, given the altitude. As a result, accommodation prices don’t drop during this season.
Our review of Edelweiss Lodge in Mammoth Lakes
The environment is very quiet, despite the nearby road. You won’t meet anyone when you arrive at the hotel, as it’s self-guided. We had no problem getting to our room.
By way of welcome, cookies are waiting for you in your accommodation.
The studio’s size is small: there’s no wasted space. However, we appreciated its functionality and warm, chalet-like atmosphere. The small kitchen area with crockery and the possibility of making hot drinks is a big plus, although it lacks a sink.
In conclusion, this hotel is ideal for a road trip stopover. There are no superfluous services. As far as we’re concerned, our night at the Edelweiss Lodge went very well, and we still have fond memories of it.
- Autonomous arrival
- Quiet environment
- Cozy chalet
- Complimentary homemade cookies
The hotel’s weaknesses
- Small studio (other room types seem to have nicer sizes)
- No water in the kitchenette
- Low, non-adjustable shower outlet (annoying for 1.90m tall people like Denis)
- Little light inside