I would write a completely different review if the owners charged half the current rate. We're talking $500 a night for a room for two people. (Imagine where else you could stay for that price.) I would easily pay $125 a night to stay here and would write a good review to reflect that price. But because they are charging Four Seasons rates, I'm writing a Four Seasons review.
1.) Burr, the owner, seems grumpy. I'm a grumpy person too, but I'm not in the hospitality business so I can get away with it. The other owner, Suzanne, is lovely and almost makes up for Burr's grumpiness...but it's hard to avoid him. I suggest they hire someone else to interact with guests.
2.) I thought the young men working at the camp were sweet and helpful, but why is the staff composed wholly of Eastern European males? Seems like this would be the perfect summer job for a few local teenagers. I have no issue with the birthplace of employees, but it kind of makes me wonder if this is a question of cheap labor.
3.) The women's restroom was never cleaned the entire time we were there. The same coffee cup sat in the same place on the counter for three days in a row. The same dirty towels were strewn about the counter for three days in a row. Our bed was made, but the cleaning crew didn't remove the dirty towels hanging on the hooks in our tent. If I'm paying $500 a night for a room, I want $500/night housekeeping service.
4.) When we asked for drinking water for our tent we were given a tall plastic water bottle (like a recycled Crystal Geiser bottle with the label removed). I saw later that there's a bucket of these bottles near a spigot in the wall near the kitchen. I got the impression that the bottles are reused and we all know how plastic can harbor bacteria. I'm all for recycling, but they should be using glass bottles that can be cleaned and disinfected.
5.) The food was great (often in need of salt, but it's family style and they're trying to please the masses). I thought they would ask if or assume there were vegetarians in the group, but they never did. As such, my wife was left eating the side dishes while the rest of us enjoyed beef and pork for main courses. The owners should ask about food preferences when guests check in.
6.) The Sequoia Store is cute, but $15 for a coffee mug and $75 for a fleece...really?
7.) The nights are freeeeeezing. We slept in flannel pajamas, fleeces, wool hats, and socks. You'll warm up quickly in the cozy sheets and blankets and will pull off the layers by morning.
8.) Don't worry about overpacking. They don't say it on the website, but the car parking lot is a 5-10-minute walk down a dirt road. Anything you leave in the car can be picked up easily. I don't know why they don't advertise this. Your car is VERY close.
9.) Cookies and tea in the evening were a very nice touch.
10.) Sunset was beautiful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers a rare opportunity to explore the spectacular background of California's Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks – while enjoying the deluxe furnishings, guest amenities and friendly hospitality that are hallmarks of this secluded mountain retreat. You can experience the parks like no other hotel or lodge in the area. ... more less
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