Rent clean, comfortable, affordable lodgings at Murphey’s Motel (51493 Hwy. 395, 800/334-6316, www.murpheysyosemite.com , $58–118). Open all year, this motel provides double-queen and king beds with cozy comforters, TVs, tables and chairs, and everything you need for a pleasant stay in the Mono Lake  area. Its central location in downtown Lee Vining makes dining, shopping, and trips to the visitors center and Chamber of Commerce convenient. If you plan to make a winter trip to Mono Lake, call to find out about Murphey’s discounts for ice climbers.
The El Mono Motel (Hwy. 395 at Third St., 707/647-6310, www.elmonomotel.com ) offers comfy beds and clean rooms at very reasonable prices. Enjoy the location in downtown Lee Vining, and start each morning with a fresh cup of organic coffee from the attached Latte Da Coffee Café.