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“Basic, noisy and poor value for money” 2 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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Bedfordshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Basic, noisy and poor value for money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Ok, so let me say at the outset, I wasn’t expecting much. The lodge is in a National Park, so I wasn’t looking for the comforts of a standard hotel room. I did, however, for the price we paid, expect that the room would be clean, which it wasn’t, and that the property would perhaps have been refurbished since the 1950’s, which it didn’t seem to have been.

Be careful if you book a “lodge” room – it doesn’t, as we expected, mean you have a cabin, but that you are in a room in the main lodge. The lodge is dark and dingy, our room was so small we couldn’t both open our suitcases at the same time, and couldn’t close the bathroom door without shuffling down the side of the loo. The bath and sink were grimy, and the bedsheets were stained. The furniture was dusty. It was a really dispiriting place to be.

Also, because it was right by the main stairwell, and the walls of the place were as thin as paper, we spent most of our night there listening to people pound up and down the stairs.

The food, all included in the price, is served buffet-style, and what we saw of it was very good – home-cooked food and plenty of it. The mealtimes are a little limited – we wanted to make an early start but breakfast wasn’t served until 8am, and dinner was served only between 6pm and 7pm. However, there is some food available around the clock in the main lodge.

The lodge is in a beautiful location, with a lovely lake in front of it, and views across to the mountains behind. It’s well-located for everything you can drive to within the park. If all you want is a place to lay your head so you can get out quickly to the trails, then it’s no doubt fine, but it came up short against our expectations. We had booked and prepaid two nights, but couldn’t bring ourselves to stay for the second night, so we left and moved on to another hotel, with great difficulty given it was Memorial Day weekend, but it was worth it to get out of there. The American family camp experience is not for us.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

It is a great place to come with families. The cabins are close to the lake, and you see many deers. The kids have play ground, art, and kayaking. the place is better for kids under 10. We had 2 teenagers with us. They were bored after 2 days. The lodge rooms are simple but nice. They have bathrooms and showers inside, the food is not that great. Dinner is bad, breakfast and lunch ok.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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.

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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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Des Moines, Iowa
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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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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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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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.

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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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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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