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“Great Location! Overall more positives then negatives” 4 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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Mililani, Hawaii
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17 hotel reviews
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“Great Location! Overall more positives then negatives”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The lodge is in a great location for exploring Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. It's about halfway between the Grant Grove and the General Sherman tree, an hour and a half drive out to Cedar Grove and about 2 1/2 hours to Mineral King. But the lodge is past it's prime and definitely showing it's age. The main building was a bit run down. The reception/main dining area was cozy but the adjacent game room was pretty much in disarray with boxes lining the walls. Also, while the area surrounding the main lodge is well lit at night, there was not ample lighting leading out to the Forest Cabins at the edge of the property which was concerning in bear country after dark.

My husband and I stayed in a Forest Cabin which are much newer then the other accommodations offered. The cabins are beautiful- with wood floors, huge windows, vaulted beamed ceiling and a deck perfect for enjoying your morning coffee. They are spacious and well appointed. Downstairs has a very comfortable king size bed, leather couch, kitchenette and full bath. The upstairs "loft" area has a small bedroom with bunk beds and a half bath. The cabins are situated at the far end of the property so they are nice and quiet. The only neighbors you will have will be those staying in the adjacent 3 cabins. The downside of the location is first- as I mentioned- there is not much lighting leading out that way. As we stayed towards the end of October it was quite dark when we walked back after dinner each night. Secondly, you are not able to park near the cabins. The main parking area is outside of the main lodge building so trekking our luggage all the way out there across the dirt was quite taxing. They do offer wheelbarrows to cart your luggage around the property but the staff gets around the property in a golf cart and it would've been nice if they took you and your belongings in that. My biggest complaint about the Forest Cabin is that it wasn't quite clean. We arrived 2 hours prior to check in so I'm not sure if that was a factor. Everything looked clean upon arrival but on closer inspection we saw that the trash had not been taken out, the area under the toilet seat had not been wiped down and there was soap scum all over the shower rack. Aside from these issues we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the cabins.

The Montecito Sequoia Lodge is listed as an all inclusive property which is something I haven't encountered in my National Park travels. As we visited during off peak season there were not too many activities being offered at the time. But we were there to see the parks so that was fine by us. I have read mixed reviews about the meals and was pleasantly surprised. They do not offer fine dining by any means. But the food was decent. And it was nice to know where we were going to eat each night. Many of the National Parks are off the beaten path and do not have a wealth of dining options- particularly during off season when many of the concessions are closed for the season. While I do not expect NY quality food while travelling to these locations, the cafeteria style burgers and fries often found in the areas around the visitors centers gets tiring. So it was nice to come back to the lodge for a home style meal each night. Some meals were better than others- the lasagna hit the spot but the fried chicken left something to be desired. But the best part was that upon request they packed us a lunch each day- sandwich, chips, fruit, granola bar and juice box. It was great to have with us as we hiked through the park each day. My biggest complaint about the meals were the limited times they were offered. As each meal was only available for an hour (dinner was between 6-7) we had to schedule our day around the meal schedule with little option for variation. I think a 2 hour window, at least for breakfast and dinner, would allow more freedom for guests to structure their day as they wish.

I would also like to note- my husband is in the military and just returned from a 9 month deployment. This trip was a 2nd honeymoon of sorts and was quite difficult to put together. Once our plans were finally in place, the government shutdown and the parks closed. When I called to Lodge to find out about possibly cancelling our trip, they allowed us the option of waiting until the last minute to see if the parks would reopen and would give us the option of cancelling the day prior if they didn't. While this seems like the obvious thing to do, we were not given the same option for the Yosemite leg of our vacation. So I appreciate their willingness to do the right thing by their customers even if that meant losing a reservation last minute for them.

Overall I struggled over whether to rate this a 3 or 4 star property. There are some significant shortcomings. But we had a great stay and loved the Forest Cabin so I am putting more weight on the positives offered here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in October. The lodge itself is a good location for exploring Sequoia, about a half hour drive from the General Sherman tree and all the walks nearby. The lodge has meals included in the price and we were really impressed with the choice. It's obviously not going to be fine dining but just what you need after long walks in the national park. They also give you a packed lunch if you're not going to be there at lunchtime. We stayed in a cabin and it met all our needs and had a wood burner too which made it cosy (although it did get quite chilly overnight). The lodge advertises wifi and although there is wifi available, we had problems and got kicked off it all the time. This was only a problem for us as we needed to use it to book the following nights accommodation. Overall a good value place to stay, with a cosy communal lounge and good meals.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

So the forest as suppose to be closed & we kept our reservation anyway. So glad! The forest opened at the last minute & our accommodations were great! Friendly staff, GREAT food & excellent attitude. Don't get me wrong...you are not at the Ritz...this is more of a forest/camp situation. Lovely setting, rustic, but just what you need to be comfortable & happy. They went OUT of their way to make us happy. Thank you!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husband and I first came here in the spring of 2012 and loved it so much we came back again this year all the way from the East Coast. The buffet meals are ample and delicious; the beds are very comfortable; it is very quiet so easy to sleep; the common lodge area is very warm and homey; there is free wi-fi; and the staff are as accommodating as anyone could ask for. We arrived late our first night and they offered to set aside food for us that we could take out of the fridge when we got there. The day we were checking out there was a sign at the desk saying they were fully-booked for the weekend but if there was an emergency need, guests could talk to the manager. How great is that? Can't say enough good about this place!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I can't remember the last time my family and I were blown away with the amount of amenities included with the cost of a stay. EVERYTHING is included, including food (which is very, very tasty)! Highly recommended for families as there are lots of activities. The rooms are average, in my opinion - higher than the typical Motel 6 or Econolodge. However, they recently built a group of very nice, upscale cabins that are now available.

(Fitness center rated excellent because it's in the middle of the Sequoias. There is not a fitness center in the traditional sense.)

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  • Stayed September 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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Buena Park, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Staff is very friendly and accomadating. Made custom meals for us. They went out of their way to help us and make our stay very comfortable. Rooms are nice and pretty clean. Lake use for visitors is nice too.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I went there in August. The scenery was good. and that's only one good thing.
oh, I stayed a lodge for 6 people.
Food : I didn't expect food taste. but It was worse than I expect.
for example, there were roasted chicken. well, its inside was still raw.
accomodation : It seems like never cleaned at least 1 year. I could see tons of dust in room.
about 30 min after I go into that room, I stared to sneeze and I felt running nose.
If you go there must bring zertec.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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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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