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Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   63410 General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633   |  
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england
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“lovely mountain lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

long way to go but it's worth it. Got lost, my sister rang and the staff was very helpful to give directions.Staffs are very helpful and very nice. We arrived in the afternoon,cold and hungry and there's a warm soup and fruits prepared all day. Dinner and breakfast were very nice. Room is a bit outdated.But the place and the views are amazing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Staff gets 5 stars. They were friendly and excellent in every respect.
Location gets 5 stars, but follow the online directions for snow travel to the T and bring chains.
Rooms get 4 stars. Rooms were nicely furnished, beds comfy with snug woolen blankets and quilts, bathroom was updated, modest but clean. A few minor things were a bit worn, and the doors stuck sometimes, but it wasn't shabby or outdated. It is a family place, so expect lots of running around and the walls are not soundproof. However, everyone is really good about keeping the quiet time rules. Sleeping was not a problem.
Food was 4 stars given the remote location. There was an excellent variety at every meal. Yogurt and cottage cheese bar at breakfast in addition to pancakes, waffles or French toast, sausage or bacon, and eggs. Salad bars at lunch and dinner had a nice mix of options. There were always veggies, vegetarian options, and kid friendly foods available. At lunch you could make a sandwich or have a hot lunch. Soup was available all afternoon, and cereal, toast,oatmeal, coffee, tea, milk available all day. Fresh fruit was also available at every meal, and usually a basket of apples oranges and bananas in the afternoon. To my delight, there were no sodas in the drink dispensary, but flavored vitamin water, juice and ice tea. Soda was only available in a vending machine. Nobody in my family went hungry! Given the other reviews on food I was worried, but I really felt there was something for everyone, and they even let me keep a lunch plate in the fridge for when my youngest was napping through lunch service.
Recreation gets a 5 stars. The cross country ski trails ar gorgeous, the rental very reasonable, and the staff super friendly. The kids could go snow tubing, sledding, make snow forts, or do arts and crafts indoors with a counselor, no extra charge. They provide snow tubes and have some sleds, but Bring your own sled if you have it. They had a small slope for snowboarding which we didn't use, but looked nicely maintained. Indoors they had tons of games to check out, in addition to ping pong, air hockey, and two cozy fireplaces to hang out by. In the evening there was usually singing and marshmallow roasting inside. Don't expect much in the way of Internet service, it's only available in the main lodge and is pretty slow when everyone is using it. I didn't mind, as that was not the purpose of our trip, but i saw a few disgruntled teens.... Plus side is they found themselves doing other activities.

Overall, a lot of your experience depends on what you want. If you have a family, like meeting other families, love the casual atmosphere of having lots of kids running around having a great time, then this is the place for you. Not everyone supervises their children well, but nobody seems to mind if your kids aren't at their best either. If you are a couple or a group of adults only, you might find mealtimes and evenings a bit chaotic, but the rest of the time the lodge is a nice place to relax.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We arrived late but phoned ahead to tell them. They said they would keep us a dinner warm but we arrived in time to partake.

Look the food wasnt great hence 4 * but the staff, the room, the open fire,the ambience more than made up for it. We didn't have younger children and t would ave bee. Reflect for them but our older boys had fun reliving youth with fusball etc (aged 16 -53)

Would recommend in a heart beat

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

After reading a few poor reviews of this place, I was a bit apprehensive about staying here. We were limited in our options for places to stay near the park, so we decided we would take our chances and prepare for the worse. After all, there were a number of reviews that were positive; maybe we would be one of the lucky ones.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a friendly staff person at the desk. She told us all the information we needed to know and informed us of the brown bag lunches they offered to guests that were going to be out and about during the day and wouldn’t be able to be back for lunch at the lodge.

Our room was in the main lodge on the top floor. There is no elevator, so you have to lug your bags upstairs. Our room was quite nice. There was a king sized bed and a bunk bed. We had our own bathroom, which was small, but clean and adequate. The view from the room was terrific, as it looked out east into the woods and mountains. We got a great view of the sunrise the next morning.

The meals are included in the room price, which is great, as there are no other restaurants close by. Having said that, the food is of the quality you would find in a buffet style restaurant. We had no problems with the food, but some people could have issues with it. I would suggest getting down there early to get through the line first, before all the kids with their dirty hands get the chance to handle all the utensils and stick their hands in the food.

They have flavored water, coffee and hot chocolate available at all times, as well as cereal and some snacks. The small bar does have some alcoholic beverages for sale during certain times, too.

There is a ping pong table and board games for kids and families to entertain themselves. There is a TV in one of the main rooms, but not in the individual rooms. No phones in the rooms, either, but one in the stairwell for guests to use, if needed. This was not an issue for us, but some people might find it a turnoff. Also, there is wi-fi in the main room, but we found that it worked in our room, too. It just depends on where you are and how good the signal is.

Now for some of the drawbacks: the carpeting in the hallway was pretty worn and in need of replacement. The walls are paper thin, so you will hear everything that goes on in the rooms next to you or above you (I would imagine). They ask you to be quiet in the hallway, but even doing that can’t disguise the fact that you are walking out there.

The room didn’t have air conditioning, but in mid-October, that wasn’t an issue. We had snow and blustery winds one night, so we actually had to turn on the heater, which worked fine. If you are staying in the summer, however, you may have an issue with trying to stay cool.

If you don’t have kids or don’t like kids, this is definitely not the place for you. There are many kids roaming and running throughout the lodge. This is can be off-putting if you are expecting to relax and unwind in front of the fire with a good book. If you have a family, then this probably doesn’t bother you.

I read one review that complained about mice. While we did see a rodent trap in the den area, we never saw any actual mice or rodents, so they must have things under control. What do you expect when you are staying that close to the woods?

All in all, the experience was much better than we had anticipated. Sometimes there is something to be said for low expectations!

  • Stayed October 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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Birmingham, Michigan
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The staff was friendly, however the room was outdated and not clean. There is no TV or internet connection in the rooms. The food served at night was not the best. If you want to relax and enjoy your room, keep on driving.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oceanside
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Staff extremely friendly, food very good, hearty, with different menu each night, buffet style. 3 meals/day included in room rate! I don't see how they can do that. Also, they prepare bag lunches if you're on the road the next day. I took advantage of that several times.

Communal dining with big fireplace great for meeting people and enjoying conversation with fellow travelers from all over, families, singles, etc. Ping Pong, other games in game room, along with a very small wet bar, large flatscreen, addl dining tables.

Sun deck has great views of mountains, rest of compound's cabins, pool, etc. My main Lodge room was clean, private bathroom - walls are thin, so earplugs would be recommended which I always take on trips. Weren't too many guests in Oct, but I would imagine it could be a bit noisy with a lot of guests coming and going in the hallway. There is a landline available to all guests off lobby area. No phones in rooms.

It's in a good location near Kings Canyon and not too awfully far from Sequoia.

It's not luxurious, so don't expect that, rustic all the way! But, I would definitely return, it's a great deal and a very friendly experience.

Room Tip: If you choose a cabin, make sure to ask about heating - have to use firewood, wall heater, is bathro...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kentucky
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20 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed at Montecito Lodge in late October this year. You could not ask for a better location for exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We had three generations in our group- grandparents, parents and four young children. Everything from check-in to food to activities was professional, friendly and accommodating. The breakfast and dinner buffets were excellent; the salad bar was fresh and varied. The staff packed lunch for us daily which really helped in caring for the children. The two-bedroom Lakeview cottage was perfect for the young family, while the grandparents stayed in the main lodge. The whole experience was wonderful. During our stay we had a sudden and unexpected snowstorm. We weren't prepared insofar as clothing was concerned, and had to leave early. Management could not have been nicer about the situation. I most heartily recommend Montecito Lodge for visitors to Sequoia.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Montecito Sequoia Lodge

Address: 63410 General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Montecito Sequoia Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Rustic Mountain Lodge & Summer Family Camp located in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California. Spectacular view of the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Buffet Meals and seasonal activities included in room rate. All Lodge Rooms have private bath. Cabins have shared bathhouse. Open year-round. ... more   less 
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