The surrounding are beautiful. There is not question about that. My question is what other people see in this place. If we hadn’t been on our trip to Monticeto Lodge with group of other families we would have never stayed past the first night. My husband wanted to leave within a few hours of arriving at the lodge. This lodge is more than rustic. It wasn't clean. Besides that our idea of having the kids go to kids camp so we could have time to relax or venture out without the kids was pipe dream, many of us had stomach trouble on the trip likely from the food, and we were less than impressed with the customer service. There is a reason this lodge doesn’t have photos on their website of the rooms. I am uploading mine from the Sugarpine building. My friends that stayed in the main lodge had a slightly cleaner room, but only slightly. I was sick from the lack of cleanliness at the lodge. I wish I had brought my own sheets and towels and cleaning supplies. The room we had smelled. It had cobwebs in the corners by the bunk bed and my child was afraid to sleep in the bed because of them. The towels were like rags. They smelled bad and were dark colors so it was hard to tell if they were really clean. One towel had a long hair on it as if they just folded them and reused them from guest to guest. The toilet and sink also had hairs on them from prior guests. The sheets were so worn the wouldn’t stay on the mattress when you were sleeping. The wall heater in our room was barely attached to the wall. The paint was peeling in the bathroom. The walls in the bedroom were dirty. The bathroom sink would not drain, the water pressure for showers was a joke, and the toilet barely flushed. The carpet looked like it had never been vacuumed. The porch to the room had a patio but to get to the stair required stepping in a puddle that was about a foot deep (we were there during rain and snow). Even the welcome mat going into the room had a large chunk out of it. The dining tables in the main lodge were not clean and the floor in the ponderosa room and kitchen area was always sticky. The food was not family friendly. I only had one really good meal. It was made by a cook that made cook –to-order eggs one morning. He was friendly and made a good breakfast. The other meals were mediocre at best and the other cooks were less than friendly. One was down right rude. My child had to eat cereal most of the visit. The food was like bad cafeteria food that they were trying to make gourmet. They served crab, lamb soup and things like coos-coos. My child likes hamburgers, spaghetti, hot dogs and things like that. And, they told me on the phone prior to the visit they always serve a vegetarian dish. Their idea of that must be the salad bar. The first night the only thing they had vegetarian was the salad bar and a side dish of potatoes. Otherwise, the food was giving a number of people in our group intestinal trouble. There was one young gentleman at the front desk that was polite and helpful, but otherwise the women were not very friendly or helpful. We didn’t leave our kids with the counsel for kids camp because he didn’t seem to be that responsible. He was nice enough, but was more like a snow bum than a qualified counselor. At one point on our trip a kid who was not with our party was out in the snow alone. He had been separated from the counselor. It was snowing and the kid was looking for the counselor. We told the child to stay with us until the counselor came looking for him. About 30 minutes later the counselor showed and wasn’t even concerned. The same counselor makes the s’mores at night and I doubt he washes his hands first by the look of them. It was gross. We did have a nice time with our friends, but not because of the accommodations or service at this lodge. Very disappointed with the lodge.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park