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.
- Also Known As:
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- 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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