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“Know What to Expect and Be Pleasantly Surprised” 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Know What to Expect and Be Pleasantly Surprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Travelers please keep in mind that this lodge is in the middle of Sequoia National Park and is therefore not a resort type setting. It is run by the park association. However the location is amazing. You can get anywhere in the park within the hour.

Its run like a summer camp, so expect active teenagers, but fairly well-behaved. Meals are served at certain times in a buffet setting where you eat with other travelers. The lodge rooms are clean, have reliable hot water, but the walls can be thin depending on which room you get, so be aware.

There is a beautiful lake on the premises that you can take canoes out for free. Rooms don't have tv or phone so bring your Kindle or some books, but the main lodge has Internet, a television and a phone so you can head there if you are going through withdrawals. There are many activities to take part in if you so choose such as archery, astronomy, or hiking and they change daily.

For the price and location within the park this place cant be beat, just know what to expect ahead of time. It is not your typical hotel.

Room Tip: Try to book an upper floor close to the main lodge.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Superb location with great access to the National Parks. You can even do the hiking trails right from the property and leave the car for the day. The meals are buffet style with a fairly conservative selection that will appeal to all, including kids. It was such a convenience to not have to worry about eating and they'll make a pack lunch for you as well.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place needs a lot of maintenance work done as the facilities are in quite poor condition. Additionally, while all meals are included, they are of poor quality too.

A lot of potential being squandered. I think the operator does not have the capitol to keep the place in shape.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This place looks OLD from the outside. I felt like I was in the family camp from Dirty Dancing. But inside, the place is very nice. Fluffy towels, really nice shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bath gel. We were in 127/128 (I think). The building was Lakeview and it was one of the two places upstairs. There was a very nice lake view. One room had a queen bed and it was comfortable. The other room had 2 bunk beds (sleeps 4) and was cramped. You could not sit up in the bed without hitting your head. The living room was fine with a couch and 2 chairs. Bathroom off the living room. No kitchen facilities. All meals provided. The food was good. Hot breakfast with cereal/yogurt/fruit as well. Lunch was packed for us to take while we toured the parks. Don't buy one for $9.95 - it isn't worth it. Very little meat on the sandwiches. Dinner was Mexican one night (we all needed antacids but we aren't used to spicy food) and beef and vegetarian stroganoff (great) the other night. Rice wasn't cooked. Eat early - some things run out. They do turn up again later but you have to wait. Dessert was great one day (choc cake) and pretty bad the next (yellow cake which was undercooked). But it was nice to save money for a few days avoiding restaurants. Walls are thin so bring ear plugs. Free phone in the lobby - there is no cell service. games available at the check-in desk, activities for kids, boats to take out on the lake. They try hard to take care of all your needs. No TV. Very nice selection of coffee, cappuccino, tea, cereal, juice available 24/7.

Room Tip: We were in 127/128. You must climb steps to this room. Inside steps go by a bathroom that had a ve...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca, New York
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We spent three days at the Montecito Sequoia Lodge and loved every minute. Beautiful vistas, great activities, wonderful food (and all you can eat...) I thought it would be rustic so I brought shampoo and hair dryer - but no need. These are provided. Comfortable bed, plush bath towels. A great vacation spot for the active hiker or someone who likes to just take lovely walks in God's country.

  • Stayed May 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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Very basic wooden lodges with very squeeky floorboards.
I don't know which was more surprised or frightened by the mouse hiding in the corner of our room.
Ignoring (if you can) the mouse the room and bedding was clean.
The price was inclusive of evening meal and breakfast, the food was buffet style and perfectly adequate and wholesome.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

My husband and I spent one night here at the lodge. I'm not sure what I expected, but the lodge itself is old and very casual. The common areas, dining room and fireplaced activities room had a very casual feel, there were books on the shelves that you could borrow, board games, ping pong and foozeball. Everything was help yourself. We walked around outside and felt the grounds needed some attention. There was lots of debris and odd items scattered around, a general lack of organization. In all fairness, it was early spring and perhaps they hadn't done the spring clean-up yet. It had the feel of a camp with a variety of water craft and activities for the guests. There is an outdoor pool which was not open when we were there. The view from the front deck was amazing. Our room was upstairs in the main lodge. It had a king size bed and a bunk bed. The beds were covered with plaid quilts, a nice touch. The bed was comfortable and had nice bedding. Although the place is old, it was clean. I was surprised by the excellent quality of the toiletries! The food was included in the price. It was set up buffet style with self clean-up. The food was good with plenty of choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians. There was an hour set aside for each meal and as soon as the hour ended, they started to clear away any remaining food from the buffet. Sorry was the person who showed up late for a meal! Overall, it was well worth the price we paid, but I feel it is more suited to families.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Montecito Sequoia Hotel
Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
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 5 hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Montecito Sequoia Lodge 2.5*
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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