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

    It's a bear!

    A travel blog entry by tom1100 on Jul 28, 2015

    26 photos

    ... talks and transportation. We were told that we were in luck. The lower falls doesn't usually run this time of year but due to recent thunderstorms in the area there was a lot of water. We headed there on a 40 minute hike. Matthew started filling his trash bag. On the way to the trailhead we saw a lot of Monarch Butterflies fluttering around milkweed. Irene decided against the hike, instead opting to take a loop around the valley in the shuttle bus. The walk ...

    Yosemite to San Francisco

    A travel blog entry by jaffajim on Jun 19, 2015

    2 photos

    ... to San Francisco. Today, we have been from 6400 feet back to 100 feet, and 90 degrees F back to 67 deg. I have a lovely room on the 19th floor and from my room look 90 deg each side of South-East, and from the window near the elevator, I can see the Golden Gate Bridge. Obama and Hilary Clinton are both at this hotel tonight. Found the bar soon after arrival. Tonight, we have our farewell dinner, and then I will be ready for ...

    May 2nd - Hannah turns 13, Mono Lake and Bodie

    A travel blog entry by mazk on Jun 02, 2015

    21 photos

    ... Historic
    Ghost town. That was a little nerve wracking. It's windy and high and
    the road becomes gravel for the last 3 miles so I felt like the RV
    was going to slide right over the side. Good thing Ben is an
    excellent driver and I went to lie down so I couldn't see anything!

    But when we got there it was worth the
    drive. Known as one of the most lawless places on earth in it's day,
    the town was formed for ...

    We get high and shoot Tufa

    A travel blog entry by triviafanatics on May 31, 2015

    16 photos

    ... every new bend in the road found us at yet another amazing vista. I tried not taking too many pictures!

    We finally arrived on the other side in Lee Vining and checked in to the El Mono Motel just across the street from Mono Lake sometime around 2. Our room had no TV and no A/C but it was cute as a button and the WiFi was great.

    The relatively short drive also meant that today was laundry day. We packed our dirty clothes in ...


    A travel blog entry by tabl on Jan 21, 2015

    8 photos

    ... bewildered at joining the freeway in the fast lane I slowly made my way across the 6 lanes to the right hand side... As we headed out of SF over the bridge I may have taken a little wrong turn as I followed one of what seemed like 10 lanes....I took the wrong one... Sat nav recalculated we were back on route. Fuel stop at Manteca and we never saw the freeway again as we made our way to Highway 120.... The views were ...