Murphey's Motel

Address: 51493 Highway 395, Lee Vining, California, 93541, United States | Condo
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This condo, located on 51493 Highway 395, Lee Vining, is near Tioga Road.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Murphey's Motel Lee Vining

      Loved it!


      Stayed here 3 nights from June 29 to 2 July 2006. Great value for money! We had large room upstairs with fridge,microwave,cooker,toaster etc. Bed was great! Very light airy room with air con.We checked in early too and room was already ready I had previously booked this motel direct on their web site and found they were very efficient and quick to respond. There is a nice sitting out area in front of motel where we had some wine and beer and watched the world go by early evening! It's ideal for Yosemite,Mono and Bodie.Had nice relaxed atmosphere and everyone friendly in Lee Vining! Bodie Mike's for food was very good with outside dining. Would recommend this motel!

      Loved it!


      Loved Murphey's. Great value for the price. The place was immaculate. We had reserved a room with a microwave and frige. When we arrived Nancy the manager handed us the key. She had put us in a kitchenette which was fully stocked. Nancy just puts herself out for her customers. We will go back there. Lot's of photographers staying there so it was fun to pick peoples brains for good places to shoot.

      Make sure you get an upstairs room!


      Small, older motel with well-working heater/AC in the room. Bed was fine, shower and bathroom worked good. Parking was fairly close the the room, and the nearby ice machine room also has a microwave and soda vending.

      Very friendly owner, but only open till 8 pm. We had to race down 395 to make it there; a bit stressful.

      MAKE SURE you get an upstairs room. The people above us decided to get up at 6.30 and wander around and around for an hour - resulting in loud squeeks from our ceiling. Terrible!!

      The price is good and, yes - the Mobil gas station south of town does have surprisingly good food but a strange atmosphere. Nicely's Restaurant is alright for breakfast as well. The gift shop to the left had super friendly service and the 76 gas station prices 20c/gallon below the other two. (Only worth mentioning since gas prices in Lee Vining are 30% above those in less rural parts of the state.)

      Mono Lake is definitely worth a visit and the setting is awesome with the Sierras rising above the tranquil lake setting with majestic tufas. Lots of Kodak moments here!

      For $58 night what would you expect?


      This is a very basic motel with decor from the late 1970s and paper thin floors and walls. However the rate in October was only $58 a night, the staff (of one, apparently) was extremely friendly, and the room and grounds were very clean. I've stayed at the Best Western up the street and prefer Murphys. EAT AT THE MOBIL STATION!!!! Really fantastic food, and the whole town seems to hang out there.

      Perfect for 1 night, Mono Lake, Yosemite


      Perfect hotel for 1 night; very close to Mono Lake, we stayed here after visiting Yosemite. Rooms are OK. There's a nice restaurant around the corner. Recommended.

      Good overnight accommodation


      We stayed overnight after our drive on the Sonora Pass from Oakhurst, when the Yosemite Tioga Pass was still snowbound. A good, clean, comfortable room and very helpful proprietor. Lee Vining is close to Mono Lake, which is well worth a visit.

      Cheap ,friendly nice hotel


      We first tried to spend the night in the best-western hotel. Unless the best-western-people told us it was difficult to find another hotel for 79 dollars we found the nearby Murphey's Motel. With AAA discount we payed about 50 dollars for a little room. We had the choice between 2 rooms but we took the little one.

      The people are friendly and willing to help.

      Although we spend the most of the nights during our trip in Day's Inn and Best Western hotels this is really a better choice in Lee Vining.

      Great location, great motel


      We stayed here in June 2003. The staff is very friendly and the motel is AAA-aproved. The rooms are spatious and the bathroom very clean and well mantained. Rooms aren't that expensive unlike the Best Western located nearby.

      Excellent place to explore Mono Lake, Bodie and the Tioga Pass (Yosemite N.P.).

      An excellant Motel highly reccogmended


      We had a lovely stay at that motel and the managers were very helpful and friendly.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Murphey's Motel Lee Vining

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      Travel Blogs from Lee Vining

      Lone Pine to Yosemite

      A travel blog entry by okeeffe on Aug 19, 2014

      8 photos

      ... all around us made for a great moment. The Motel provided a straightforward but great breakfast, then we loaded up and headed out for another day in the saddle! Our routines were pretty slick now, so packing and loading and getting underway didn't take long at all. The journey was north and aimed to get us to Yosemite National Park where we would be staying in The Yosemite Lodge on the Falls. For what seemed like ...

      Detours, forest fires, pizza and tents

      A travel blog entry by barneywalker on Jul 26, 2014

      4 photos

      ... landscape had a totally different feel to the alpine landscape of Tahoe, but was awe inspiring in its own way.

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      Mysterious Tufas of Mono Lake

      A travel blog entry by clizer-schmidt on Jul 17, 2014

      4 photos

      ... these disfigured, white Tufa Towers the kids made all kinds of guesses about what we might find in this strange Dr. Seuss-like world. "Dragon's keep or maybe a Mermaid's castle!, they cried! So off we hiked to see what mysteries we might uncover. Mono Lake is 3 million years in the making and contains salt water. Fresh water springs bubble up from the floor of the lake and mix with the salt water to form towers of ...

      Yosemite Sam

      A travel blog entry by pumpkinbeetroot on May 13, 2014

      1 comment, 30 photos

      ... valley floor for 2307 meters. Especially favoured by rock climbers for its sheer granite face. We found ourselves at one point standing in the valley staring at its enormity as professionals of the sport tried to point out to us people scaling up the face. The figures resembled fleas crawling on the footpath and were barely recognisable from our vantage point. A wonderful national park that is truly one of natures wonders which we didn't want to ...

      Across the Nevada Desert

      A travel blog entry by paulanfran on Nov 25, 2013

      8 photos

      ... easily imagine Indians roaming and great herds of buffalo stretching as far as the eye could see. We were also just outside " Area 51 " where all sorts of top secret aircraft development has been done over the years, & where the US government keeps the aliens if you believe the conspiracy theories. Due to the late start we drove on into the dark ( it does ...