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Off-beat and fun, this renovated 1920s motel hits all of the right notes for budget travelers, from the warm and colorful guestrooms (love the 60s vibe comforters) to the resident coffeehouse, Latte Da, which serves excellent java and a raft of organic baked items. The place has a very social vibe, is a favorite of foreign visitors to Yosemite, and has great access to Mono Lake and its fascinating formations. Rooms are basic (no TV, no fridge), and the cheaper ones have shared bathrooms, but they are well-kept and are a good match for the needs of park-goers. Plus there’s few happier places to hang than on the porch swing in the gardens here.