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“Great Fun for Family” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Yorba Linda, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Fun for Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Just returned on Saturday, April 6. Our extended family--grandparents, parents and kids had a great time. Stayed in the main lodge in king bed rooms with bunk beds. Everything was comfortable, clean and well managed. Staff in the lodge and out around the camp were excellent, helpful, friendly and always willing to help make this a marvelous trip for all ages. Food was abundant and plentiful. Lots of choices for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Great season to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Make sure to enter the lodge from the northern route 180, this way you miss the multiple switch backs that may cause you gastric distress! The lodge is rustic and they really mean it that there is no TVs or phone service. It can be a little scary if someone needs to get in touch with you! Buffet style meals are served at designated times, you can get tea & coffee @ any time. Breakfast was much better than dinner, so bring snacks to munch on! Do not plan on purchasing wine or beer,they do not sell any, so bring it with you.
This is really a family spot, so it can get very noisy, they do have quiet time starting @ 10PM. There are many activities for the family.
The staff were extremely helpful in getting out of the park with an impending snow storm! They were a saving grace in getting out as the brochure the park guards give you say the road could be closed for a long time due to snow storms!!! Did not know this when making a reservation.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the steps.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Enfield, NH
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We spent two nights at the lodge recently and have two boys, 7 and 9. The lodge is VERY comfortable and easy to stay. Our boys felt right at home. Yes, there are a lot of kids and families if you stay in the main lodge and for meals, but that is the beauty of this place if you like families/kids. We struck up easy conversations with other parents and our boys joined in many games with other kids. There is a fooseball table and ping pong table, and two fireplaces. The views are incredible! The food is good, not gourmet, but excellent salads and decent variety. We rented snow shoes for a great hike up the hill and would have done cross-country skiing as well but the snow was hard and crusty. Programs (morning and afternoon) are posted for kids (5 and older) and were not the best organized when we were there, but our boys did one afternoon while we went snow shoeing. Rooms were comfortable and roomy enough. I guess I don't understand other reviews expecting well-appointed rooms--this is a lodge, not a four star hotel! We felt very comfortable reading in our room or hanging out in the main lodge room prior to meals. Overall, we felt an excellent value, with the incredible bonus of having two famous sequoia groves within 15 miles on either side. Don't miss it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Davis, CA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed 2 nights and I thought from the website that the Family Camp was just in summer. So it was just my husband and me and then big families with lots of kids!!! We were the only couple. The rooms are okay; not very well appointed. Ours had the stairs right next to it and kids clomped up and down to the point of driving us crazy! There are also large signs posted in the hallway to "Please Whisper" and there was screaming in the hallway up until bedtime, between 9 and 10. The all inclusive, buffet turned out to be very good, and they let you bring all your own alcohol into the dining room. The staff is incredibly friendly and attentive but this wasn't our cup of tea. It's a little pricey as well for the quality of accommodation. But there's lot's of snow sports available! Um, yeah, perfect for families!

Room Tip: I guess all I can say is, don't stay in room 108!!!! The stairs next to it are a real problem...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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england
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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San Carlos, California
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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.

Room Tip: Big families should try for a suite. Get an upstairs room if you keep an early bedtime to minimize n...
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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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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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