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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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27 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Cozy and comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

We recently stayed at this lodge for two nights. We had a comfortable bed and a clean bathroom. This place is conveniently located between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park so we were never more than a half an hour away from either attraction which to me was the most important feature. This accommodation is a no frills type of lodging that you would expect in the middle of the forest. The room also came with an elaborate continental breakfast with individual packaged items such as cereal, milk and juice, etc. There are limited dining options in the middle of the forest so this breakfast was a nice touch. The staff was very attentive to make sure we were comfortable even lighting the fireplace when we were in the living area. My husband and I both enjoyed our visit and have already discussed returning for another stay. Be sure to check in before 7 PM because that's when the store which also includes the front desk closes.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Newport Beach, CA
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

Ok..the employees were professional and very nice. The room was a great disappointment; the decor is tired and old; the mattress was not much better than sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag it was so hard. Hot water in the shower? Forget it. A sign in the room warns you to allow 15 minutes for the hot water to arrive (yes, 15 minutes, in water-deprived California!), and after 10 minutes we gave up. This lodge has been resting on it's laurels of being within Sequoia National Park, that much is clear, and desparately needs updating and improvements. The prices skyrocketed for the Labor Day weekend, which is understandable, but there is no value whatsoever to the prices charged.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

Stony Creek Lodge is ideally located in the Park. The room was clean & comfortable, but not fancy- if you have realistic expectations you won't be disappointed. On-site general store and gas pumps make this spot a great time-saver. They also include a simple, cold breakfast with hot coffee with the room rate.The staff was very helpful - but we make an effort to be friendly guests. We stayed at Stony Creek to "save some dough" and dined at the Wucksachi Lodge (20 minute drive btw). We've stayed at many Nat'l Park lodges and B&B's - This was our second stay here and we hope to make a future trip while we can still hike!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Culver City, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

to the stoney creek inn staff

we would like to thank all of the staff specially katie for being so so helpful and friendly with us
this made our vacation even better it was truly a pleasure staying at stoney creek
we will surely recommend it to all our friends and for sure we will be back to see you all real soon.

thank you all again

Catherine and Patrick Boucly
CULVER CITY , CA

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

What they don't tell you on their website:
1. The Stony Creek Lodge sits on top of a convenient store. (They conveniently crop out that part of the lodge on the picture they use on the website)
2. They leave main doors (the door upstairs facing the public showers) propped open all night, allowing anyone to enter the upstairs where guests are sleeping.
3. Their walls are THIN.

I'm not asking to stay in a Ritz Carlton in a National Park. I've stayed in MANY great lodges in the National Parks... most with less amenities than Stony Creek. (This lodge has wi-fi and satellite TV) But, I've never felt unsafe until our stay at Stony Creek. I don't feel it's the same lodge they explain on the website. I don't recommend this lodge for families or folks who care about strangers lurking outside your thin hotel door in the middle of the night. It was a weird experience for us. Also, it's not cheap, $150/night. My advice: Book early and stay at the Montecito Lodge or the John Muir Lodge.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

We decided to visit Sequoia NP at the last minute in the busy Summer season so we were happy to find any rooms or campsite near the park available. The room was small but clean; the carpeting in our room was clean and the bathroom fixtures were new so we were all good on that front. However, given the price and the negative experience we had we will not stay here again.

From the onset the staff was not very helpful. For instance, the lamp in our room was missing a light bulb so we asked the person at the front desk for help, but he told us that he did not know where to get a light bulb. In the morning, the lodge offers 'continental' breakfast for hotel guests. There were many plastic bags full of bread and English muffins to toast; however, the toaster was not working. When we told the person who was refilling the supplies about the toaster, she simply said 'sometimes it works, sometimes it does not' with no indication that she cared at all. Then one evening we wanted to use the telephone in our room. We followed the instructions to make an outside call, and this did not work. Both my husband and I asked for help but were told by the staff at the 'front desk' that we were obviously doing it wrong. We gave up asking for their help; it was a waste of time. Interestingly though, we overheard other guests discussing the fact that their phone was not working.

To top it all off, we returned from a day of hiking to find that they did not clean our bathroom. We try to be green so not having new towels was no big deal, but the fact that they didn't give us a dry bathmat and did not even pretend to tidy it was a bit much.

I have no qualms about staying in a rural lodge that is basically a few rooms above a convenience store, but at this price, I do expect them to try, at least a little bit. To be honest, if this room cost < $100, I would not even be complaining.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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UK
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

We were disappointed with this lodge because the hotel and especially the rooms are in poor condition. The A/C didn't work and the replacement fan was filthy. The decor was ugly and old. On the positive side it does have an OK shower (but very limited hot water) There was a cable TV and reasonable space.
The staff were fine and it wouldn't cost much to make it look nice. The place is crying out to get a little tender loving care. As it is it felt neglected and overpriced compared to the other accommodation we visited and stayed at in the park..

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
Amenities:
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Ranked #13 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Stony Creek Lodge 3*
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