Stayed here with my family (pregnant wife, 14 month old son, and mother-in-law) for only one night (that's all they had available). As a first time visitor, this place sets the standard for a summer lodge - complete with quality sleeping arrangements, good buffet food, lots of socially oriented day and night activities, and other friendly families.
Brenda and Brandon at the front desk were very nice and friendly. We stayed in "Sugar Pine" which was about 50 yards away from the main lodge and had a nice view of the lake. Our room was large enough to fit a queen bed and a double bunk twin bed nearby (which was perfect for the 4 of us and could have easily fit 6). The bathroom was quite roomy with a shower tub and extra soft towels. The room was warm at night with a wall heater. The main lodge (which was the center of activity) was very comfortable with plenty of family oriented seating areas, several large leather couches, a fireplace, and a kitchen nearby. The food was very good, considering the location; the most variety in the entire park; breakfast buffet was mainly American traditional (mushroom spinach omlettes, french toast, waffles, fruit, yogurt, sausages, etc.); lunch (which is also included, despite the website that makes no mention of it) consisted of mainly sandwiches; and dinner was mixed Asian, American traditional, and Italian (again, very good for the national park, but do not expect Monterey Park / Alhambra quality Asian and do not expect Scarpetta quality Italian); as for the American traditional, I wouldn't expect Providence quality, but it's not too bad after a day of lake activities, hiking, archery, and enjoying the rest of the park. For dinner, we had some broiled whitefish, chicken curry, meat curry, and some rice/noodles (passed on the pasta dishes). The lodge has a bar that serves alcohol - great for a national park complete with cocktails and wine by the glass, but again, do not expect this to be The Standard (by the way, you have to pay for the drinks; up to this point all the previously mentioned food comes with your room charge, so you may just want to bring your own bottle of wine).
At night, the staff lights up the fireplace and invites everyone to roast smores. During the early hours of the night (before 8pm), it was very fun to hang out with the kids around the fireplace; after we put our son to sleep and came back (10pm), the crowd consisted of all the parents that were relieved to decompress without their kids. My wife and I along with the other parents all had fun just socializing with everyone else.
Bottom line, I would recommend this place and will likely come again making sure to stay longer and take advantage of the kids programs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Meals and seasonal activities included in the room rate: 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. All Lodge Rooms have private bath. Cabins have shared bathhouse. Open year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park