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“Stony Creek Lodge, Just keep Driving” 1 of 5 stars
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Stony Creek Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633   |  
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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“Stony Creek Lodge, Just keep Driving”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We would strongly advise anyone to save their hard earned money and avoid this overpriced dump. Either rough it and camp or stay at the infinitely superior Watsuchi Lodge down the road. Sequoia National park is stunning but everything else sucks about the grandly and misleadingly named Stony Creek Lodge. The staff at reception were utterly bored and managed to check us into the wrong room later incurring the wrath of an outraged customer. There seems to be no one in charge. The décor and furniture are tired and shabby. The staff are disinterested. The price is grossly inflated for the little you get. On one night an inconsiderate employee decided to use an incredibly noisy leaf blower till 8pm. The so called restaurant sells pizza, nothing else and closes at 7.30 pm. The whole place looks and feels past it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Sarasota
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60 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I was scared to stay in this place after reading the numerous negative reviews. Once we were in our room, (strongly scented with air freshener that was not very appealing) I was appalled to find it was just adjacent to the guest "lounge," the gift store/grocery (that has everything you need for your visit to Sequoia), and then right outside the other door (opposite the main door of the room) was the eating area outside with picnic tables and umbrellas. When people are present in these areas, it is very loud in the room, so I felt very irritable. Comfort was really at a low, since there were four large windows in the room facing out to this picnic area (which is very popular), with blinds that seemed to be easy to see through. However, this aside, I slept very well here after we ordered some excellent pizza (yes, it is--we had the vegetarian) and had a glass of wine in said eating area, where we met some very nice folks and had a fun chat while basking in the middle of this beautiful forest. The hotel is VERY under-staffed and I recommend that they hire at least two other people to help out the poor girl who was there by herself, looking tired and stressed as she took numerous orders for pizza. The breakfast was kind of negligible but we prepared for this, as we brought our own instant oatmeal. They do have stuff there to eat (yogurt, fruit) You do have access to hot water in your room with a coffee maker, but no fridge (which is a shame because you could simply eat the other half of that pizza from the night before that you threw away because it was SO large.) The bed mattress was firm and supportive, and I slept well without any back pain in the morning. There are gas pumps out front, which is super-convenient. Overall, if you can get past your first impression, it is an adventure and reminds me of the way hotels were when I traveled with my parents back in the day to cabins in the woods, VERY basic. Be sure to ask for a room that is AWAY from the outside area and the guest lounge!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Bastmuse
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

So the first impression I had of our room was the smell of urine that engulfed you the moment you stepped inside. I smelled like someone had peed on the rug the night before we got there. Once we kept the windows open and sprayed some perfume it seemed to subside but it was down right disgusting. I wouldn't walk on the rug barefoot and the bed was at least 10 years old. We had a decent flat screen TV so that helped getting to bed at night. The Pizza place was terrible but I think us North East Coasters are spoiled with good Pizza. There didn't seem to be one adult on sight, not sure if the lodge is apart of a youth program or what but most didn't seem to even know much of anything except for the oldest young adult of them all. For the location this place is alright, we didn't have a choice...all the other places were sold out. If we were to come back we would stay somewhere else like the Waskachi lodge. Oh and yeah...no hot water at all until the last day we left!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank caycelw
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Los Altos, California, Usa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is a convenience store with two gas pumps and some rooms on the second floor. The "restaurant" is open for pizza, 6-7PM. That's it. The front desk closes at 7PM. The building is run down, including the rooms. They tell you that hot water takes 15 minutes to get to the room in the morning. Room prices, for what they are, should be about $15. This place could be described as "camping inside" at best. This is a dumpy little "motel" that lures buyers who have never been there with high prices, assuming the buyer believes there MUST be something good about it. There isn't. I wouldn't stop there to get gas. And if you book and arrive... and immediately think "Bates Motel", they won't cancel your reservation.
We arrive, saw this place for what it is, and left. We lost the room cost but stayed in a wonderful hotel, after an incremental 5+ hour drive, in Mammoth Lakes for 1/3 the cost of this dump. The drive was worth it. They couldn't pay me to spend a night at this place.

Room Tip: The only way to choose a good room is to go to another hotel. Really.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank Kurt A
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Montgomery, Illinois
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This facility really doesn't have that much going for it other than its location. It IS located between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, that should be your main reason for deciding to stay here. We stayed here for two nights and had a nice oppurtunity to explore both National Parks without the long drives back and forth from Visalia or Fresno. The lodge itself is clean generally, the staff was friendly enough and the pizza from the restaurant was actually delicious. I recommend ordering your pizza a little earlier than you might think neccessary because it takes almost an hour to get it and one night we were there, they closed the restaurant earlier than its posted hours to the disappointment of some guests. The room was small but adequate. The bed was comfortable enough but nothing to write about. The heat in our room was virtually non-existant. It definately got cold at night and with the heat at full blast it felt pretty much like a mouse breathing on your foot. The water is cold only. Claims of letting the water run for ten or fifteen minutes to get warm water are, in our experiance, unfounded. (Although, one morning we found a window of about fifteen minutes where we briefly had warmer than cold water.) Ice is difficult to get after hours as there is no ice machine available for guests. The tv is a small 16 inch antiquated analog box set which gets only limited channels. During our two night stay the electric went out four times although never for more than fifteen minutes at a time. So there are some distinct inconveniences to deal with if you stay here but again the location is great and they have a gas station on site. Other reviewers have commented on the high price to stay here and it is true that this establishment is NOT a good value for the money. But if you book here knowing that you are going to be somewhat roughing it you can turn the experiance into a bit of an adventure and again it IS a great location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank lectricpaul
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London UK
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank bets56
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Nevada City, California
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 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
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Thank KellyBurkeSpaulding
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Address: General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #16 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — Stony Creek Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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The Stony Creek Lodge is a modest lodge on the Generals Highway between two National Parks, conveniently located to explore both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. ... more   less 
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