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Stony Creek Lodge
General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633   |  
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London UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The most disappointing stop-over during our 15 day trip and we were expecting more for the price we paid. The lodge accomodation was severely lacking with poorly furnished rooms with paper thin wall - we could clearly hear every word, sneeze and snore from the guests in the next room! The dormatory style set-up was totally inadequate and not too clean. Our TV was not working and we only had one small side light which made night-time reading impossible. Staff were poorly trained and surprisingly were unable to provide us with adequate information on the area. We were informed by the staff that the "restaurant" closed at 8pm. This served pizza. We tried to use this facility on our second nights stay and was told that the wait would be over an hour (there were only six people in front of us!) ... I could go on. Stay somewhere different.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Nevada City, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We spent so much time out and about in the park we only needed a comfortable place to stay the nights during our 4 day trip, and this was just perfect. I just had to use the extra blanket to make the bed comfortable enough for me, but my husband slept fine without the extra padding.

Room Tip: Our room was on the parking lot side, second floor, nice view of the forest out the window.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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25 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I'll start off by saying that I preferred the nearby Montecito Sequoia Lodge, but if you aren't into the kid/family dynamic, then this is your place for a comparable price. If this place was not where it was and so convenient to Kings Canyon and Sequoia, it would be in the 2-3 star range. Having said that, it is a good choice for visitors to those parks. Also be warned that one you start heading east out of Fresno on 180, there are virtually no places to stay as you make your way into the parks. The place is a little old and needs some updates, but the staff was very courteous and helpful and the room more than adequate. We worried about the lack of A/C, but even on a hot August day the room was very comfortable for sleeping once the sun went down. The bed and bathroom were nice, but the TV reception was poor. Having the store and gas pumps right there are a huge bonus, and the food at the pizzeria was far better than you might expect. Breakfast was a little below average, but was made up for by the view out the windows.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle upon tyne
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We travelled down from yosemite. Room was OK. There was in ice machine but no fridge. Continental breakfast was included in the price and we ate pizza in the evening. Catering was pretty basic but OK. My kids were pretty impressed to see bear poo in the car park when we left for L.A.. There is a short trail down to Stony Creek and it was really pleasant to bathe in the pools which were still quite deep but safe in August. The kids really enjoyed this

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at Stony Creek lodge three nights at the end of July 2012. The room was large (for two persons we had two queen beds plus one small bed) and clean; the only thing we missed was a fridge. The stuff was helpful and kind. The breakfast basic but food eatable. We visited restaurant to eat pizza once.

Many people here complained about furniture etc. We found rooms comfortable and perfectly adequate for several nights. I recommend to take a room facing north in the summer because the south facing rooms were hot at the end of the day.

The Lodge is an easy and enjoyable 30 minutes drive to both Sequoia Lodgepole and King's Grant Village. The location is perfect but staying in Wuksachi Lodge would be better as most of attractions are near Lodgepole. We once ate dinner at Wuksachi lodge.

The Lodge's small store has basic supplies but is expensive (as in other national parks). Thus, a fridge would be very useful. That's our only serious complaint in addition to the room price which was high in the summer, but there really is not much choice in Sequoia. Staying in Grant Village would place you 1 hour drive from Lodgepole which is too far. The same for the Three Rivers.

We would also appreciate a possibility to walk near the lodge after the diner. As it is, there are no trails in the immediate vicinity that we know of and the only possibility was to walk along the main road, which is not a good idea, or toward the camping site.

We saw several deers nearby and on the parking lot of the lodge. The nights were quite and we felt safe.

We would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Stony Creek Lodge is really just a few rooms over the general store next to the gas station. They do have a small comfy lounge with sofas and a fire place. Continental breakfast was adequate. We didn't try the pizza (the only other hot food for lunch or dinner). Room was comfortable and clean, although as others have stated, hot water was an issue at times. I realize that it was high season, but the price I paid for this room was about 3x more than it was worth (compared to a Motel 6)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The room was simple and quaint. The staff was friendly and helpful. The best part of this lodge was the location. It was about 10 miles from the bustle of the lodgepole area so the wildlife was abundant at Stony Creek. I believe the lodge was built in the 1920's and therefore doesn't have the up to date amenities of a more recently built building, like an elevator or instant hot water. But Stony Creek didn't disappoint us. I loved sitting in the lobby area near the fireplace with a book watching the wildlife. Further, the continental breakfast in the morning was good. You will enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #12 of 18 Specialty lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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