We had a very bad experience at Montecito Sequoia Lodge last summer.
First, it is very very expensive ($200 per night) for a very very basic room. No decoration, no nice atmosphere, outdated furniture, no maintenance (e.g. a broken electrical outlet with wires hanging out of the wall).
The service is really bad too. The dinner, which was included in the price, is served from 5.30 to 7 pm. We arrived at 7.30pm because nobody had told us that it was only until 7 when we made our reservation… There is no shop and no restaurant around, you cannot buy food anywhere… So we ended up with no solution, eating some chips we had bought the day before… Seriously, in a national park’s resort, dinner is served until 7 pm only??? I suppose many European tourists stay in this resort and we do not have dinner before 8-8.30pm in Europe! Even the Americans I know (I live in the US) do not have dinner so early!!!
The staff was not even helpful… Besides, we could hear from our room somebody in the staff room making really weird noises (Was he throwing up? Or evacuating mucus? I do not want to know but it was disgusting!!!).
The atmosphere of the hotel is not very nice, basically a backpackers hostel feeling (and yet, I have stayed in many backpackers hostel that were far nicer than this lodge!)
Seriously, this is the worst experience I have ever had in the US. We were so upset about having spent so much money for this! It almost ruined our week-end in this beautiful national park…
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