While Sequoia High Sierra Camp states on their website that they are a luxury retreat that “caters to vegetarians and those with special dietary needs,” the latter could not be less true. If you are a vegetarian that appreciates good, high quality food and expects more than “larger versions of everyone else’s side dish” for your meal, SHSC is not the place for you.
The accommodations are lovely. The bathhouse is a welcome amenity after a long day hiking the trails. And the natural beauty of SHSC is astounding. This place has so much potential, and as an outdoor loving, backpacking couple wanting a change of pace to celebrate my birthday, these things did not disappoint.
The food, however, is another story. We spent our evenings reminding the staff that we were vegetarians, sending food back, waiting for the chef to struggle together something to feed us and then feeling uncomfortable and disappointed by being served large versions of everyone else’s side dish and other poorly thought out choices. When booking our trip, we let the owners know that we were vegetarians, and we would have expected some forethought into our meal choices – especially for $250 per person per night. This is a situation you expect to encounter at an acquaintance’s wedding – not at a luxury retreat.
When we left to check out, no one asked us how our stay was. When we let the owners know via email, they acknowledged that the situation was not ideal for us, offered no semblance of an apology and illustrated that they pretty much did not care about our experience. We are unlikely to go back to SHSC for these reasons and would caution guests with any type of dietary restriction from spending the money at Sequoia High Sierra Camp. This place sells an “experience,” not just accommodations, and we were pretty disappointed.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Sequoia High Sierra Camp Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park