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Historical Traveler Reviews Murphey's Motel Lee Vining
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 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
Travel Blogs from Lee Vining
... in 1859. Twenty years later it
had a population of around 7,000 and 2,000 buildings, 60 of which
were hotels and saloons. It was large enough that one section of the
town was a mini Chinatown with it's own shops and houses clumped
together. However by 1881 gold was disappearing and the population
began to decline. In 1920 the population was recorded as only 120
people. A huge fire in 1932 destroyed 90% of the ...
... of tall kitchen trash bags and drove two blocks to Nicely's Laundromat. We get out of the car and - IT'S CLOSED! The sign says open 7 AM - 7 PM but there's a phone number and a note saying call or go to Nicely's Restaurant.
Maybe we're in luck. We called the number and a few minutes later Cindy walked over from Nicely's with the key to let us in. After realizing there was no change machine and walking over to Nicely's to buy a ...
... Park and finally Sea World. Pictures attached.
Next stops are Palm Springs then to Las Vegas then to Zion National Park then to Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde.
I have to agree with Carl about the party and how much we appreciated your friendship and the lovely gifts that we received. Yosemite was really breath-taking and more ...
... its 41 miles away but at least we know its something. Its pitch dark, bear and cougar country and not even the kind of cougars i like, its down to single track road and all up hill. This is proper dodgey. Every so often there is a truck parked at the side of the road, probs creatures from the hills have eyes sleepin in them. What made this road even creepier was the fact it smelt of smoke and all the trees had been burnt so everything looked dead and horrible. We ...
... rebuttals than looking dumbly at our feet and muttering dumb excuses. About half way down we hit the day shift (hundreds of people!) Three quarters down we hit the half day trippers (thousands of people ) and were reassured that our illicit experience held the righteous high ground if judged in the spirit of adventure.
Rest of the day = Beer, swims and snoozing.
The day after that we set off south east towards mammoth but before leaving the park Jamie took ...