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“Silver City is falling apart” 2 of 5 stars
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Silver City Mountain Resort
Mile 21 Mineral King Road, PO Box 56, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93271   |  
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Oceanside, California
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Silver City is falling apart”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

My wife and I have been going to Silver City since 1988 and we have always loved it - until this visit. The area is beautiful and worth the long drive up the winding road. The cabins have always been rustic and that is fine, however they have not been well maintained since our last visit. For the price paid I expect there to be at least some work to keep the cabins in good shape. We stayed in the same cabin (Sunny Point) and the porch fence is actually falling off - dangerous. Paint was peeling from the deck and the inside of the cabin was really not at all clean. The toilet looked like it had not been cleaned in a while (I cleaned it)! Worse - we ate at a special Guest Chef night at the lodge and were served an hour and 15 minutes later than our reservation and we all got food poisoning!!! We were sick as dogs the next day.
Finally, I had a dispute over the bill when checking out and it went poorly. Honestly, I am very sad that the place has changed hands. It has fallen on hard times and I think the management needs a little more prfessional help keeping the place up. They appear to be trying to make improvements (adding a rec room and improving size of kitchen) but the grounds were a mess and there was garbage laying all over. I am afraid I have to say I dont recommend it anymore.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We just returned from Silver City Mountain Resort last weekend and we all agree we don't want to go back.
The location is beautiful, but it has its price. It takes about 1.5hrs on a narrow windy road to get up there, which was not pleasant with 2 car-sick kids. Glad it was still daylight during our drive.
The area is nice with many trails for hiking and some water to play in.
The cabins are not in great shape. Our cabin (Florence Peak) was not very clean, the lower bedroom smelled so unbearably like propane gas that our friends had to sleep on the nasty couch in the living room. The beds are old and we all had bed bug bites afterwards. The power is turned off from 10pm until 12noon which we found very inconvenient. Last but not least we attended the guest chef event on 8/11 and our entire cabin got food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea the whole 6hr drive home. We were so glad once we were back home.
The staff at Silver City was ok, but not particularly friendly and helpful. For the high price they charge they expect you to clean and sweep the entire cabin before departure. I can't believe they call themselves a Boutique Resort!!!! Nothing close to that!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Like others said, it is WAY down a small road. Start up it at least two hours before dark.

For us, the best part is how different it was from campgrounds we stayed in in the national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia). No tour buses driving by, no overcrowded trails, not a thousand fellow campers shoulder to shoulder. Totally worth the hard drive and steeper prices.

The website and the other reviews make clear what you are getting into- its not a "resort" in the normal sense of the word- just a set of very rustic cabins. One thing that surprised me a little was that its set in a small "village"- there are about 100 cabins in the immediate area. Its not totally isolated.

Restaurant is fine, but you might as well use the kitchen and fridge in the cabin- stock up before going up the hill.

  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This is a very remote location in the Sequoia National Park with excellent hiking. The young staff are seasonal and this summer they were very friendly and helpful in every way. The food in the restaurant is actually quite good. Breakfast was tasty and we had the Tri-tip chili with "heck yeah" cornbread for dinner. We stayed in the Cozy Pines cabin which is listed as a "Historic" cabin which translates into older and a bit worn down. There is no hot water in the cabin and the bathroom is shared with several other cabins. (This is true for all of the Historic cabins). The Star Light Cabin looks like the best one and it has a fireplace and private bathroom. The Chalets are pretty but too large for a couple. All of the cabins look well kept from the outside, I think they had just been painted, but somewhat older and worn on the inside. They all have outdoor fire rings with comfortable chairs and firewood is provided. Remember to take your own pillows, wash cloths, hand towels and or kitchen towels along with some shower shoes if you are sharing the bathrooms. They provide soap but no shampoo. They also ask that you bring your own sheets and bath towels or rent them for $25 (entire stay). You make your own bed when you arrive and when you leave they ask that you sweep, unmake the bed, fold all the remaining bedding, take out the trash, and clean the room. I thought that was a bit much, but overall It was quite place in a wonderful location and overall it was a good place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Murphys, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I was in the Resort on a weekend of July 21-22 2012: One night! We met the manager's folks..or
we met them after an issue with our Jeep..on the way up! ALL is well asto Jeep too! Everyone
NP Rangers (2)...helped us beyond their call of duty---asto drivers that helped us on the road!
Our Cabin was Super...I know no mention of it...so I'll not bring it up, all the staff was very nice;
I did met the gent in charged. My cabin was just up past the store..My wife loved; it the cabin! Staff was young...I have zero concerns on that. What that staff did that weekend was Herotic ok!
My wife thought to go back soon! Jeep is fixed too! Rangers/food was great..I really mean it!

Room Tip: We had a corner lot cabin up 100feet from the Store(left side of road), nice cabin. Ask for it. Roc...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in very rustic, 2 room historical cabin...no electricity, propane lighting, communal toilets/showers, no locks on cabin doors. Come prepared to camp indoors within a rustic but incredibly beautiful setting. Small store & restaurant on grounds serving great homemade pies. Extremely quiet, not crowded...not for young children unless the rugged outdorsey type.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

My family and I have been coming to Silver City for years. We love our annual trip and have our favorite cabin that we always stay in. There are 8 to 10 rustic cabins that you can rent. Most are pretty well equipped - read the small print - you need to bring your own bedding and towels along with garbage bags. Personally I think the cabins are a bit overpriced for what you get however the access to the hiking is incredible. There is a ranger station up the road and the ranger always helps with trail conditions etc. We always see marmots, deer and the occasional bear and of course an amazing sky at night.

Room Tip: Look on line at the map of the cabins and try and stay away from the cabins right around the public...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 21 Mineral King Road, PO Box 56, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93271
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Silver City Resort is a small boutique resort nestled deep in Sequoia National Park just minutes away from the breathtaking high altitude Mineral King Valley. What makes this destination so unique is that it shares its history with two of the oldest alpine settlements in the western United States. Within the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, Silver City Resort and the neighboring seasonal communities of Silver City and Mineral King, contain more chapters of shared human history than any other community in the High Sierras for over 130 years. Silver City Resort offers a truly unique mountain experience. Located 21 miles up Mineral King Road Silver City offers lodging away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourism. Silver City offers guests an authentic mountain experience perfect for families, avid hikers, adventure seekers, and people who love nature. We provide private cabins each with a fully stocked kitchen, including pots and pans, dishes, cooking utensils, baking bowls, cutlery, silverware, etc… We have beautiful spacious chalets with open beam ceilings, bathrooms and showers. If luxury is not your cup of tea we also have smaller family cabins and last but not least our rugged historic cabins. Whether you are an adventurer looking for lodging in Sequoia, or a family looking for a great getaway Silver City Mountain Resort offers lodging during the summer months in Sequoia National Park. Opening up Memorial Day weekend in May and closing in mid to late October depending on snow fall. Silver City also includes a small store and restaurant. The resort is located 21 miles up Mineral King Road in the little cabin communities of Silver City and near the beautiful Mineral King Valley. ... more   less 
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