It's tough for me to rip the place apart because there is a genuine feeling that the hotel and its staff are trying hard...but in the end fall slightly short. There are not a ton of options this close to Kings Canyon, and we were travelling with a small dog which limited our options even further. This hotel is extremely pet friendly with no extra fee for bringing our pup. The price for the room was fair and the location was perfect for entering the park the next morning. The room (#4) was simple and clean with a very comfortable bed. The bathroom was new and the shower was was clean with plenty of hot water and full water pressure which was nice. Waffles are served for breakfast. No other options were presented so we just ate the waffles. They were pretty good.
There were a couple of downsides. A big one for us was that there was only one usable outlet for both the room and bathroom and it is hidden behind the bed which means no plugging in your phone charger, or fan (my husband always travels with one) and no using a hair dryer! There is no TV, phone or clock in the room which might not have been a big deal except there is also no wifi to play with your ipad, watch streaming videos or wear down your phone battery because you cannot recharge it. These guys are really committing to the "quaint" motif. Granted there is a communal room for TV watching, game playing and books but after a long day on the road we really just wanted to relax in our room and not be communal. The whole experience was a bit like staying at your Aunt's house; the TV is downstairs as are all the amenities and if you want them bad enough you'll go be social...turns out we didn't want them that bad.
A small adjustment I might suggest for the owners would be that I like to have toiletries in the room. Even in the most mom and pop motels, there is usually a little basket of toiletries. There are none here. It's just a nice inexpensive touch. Of course, first I would add outlets :)
Finally, upon driving up to the motel it looks a little bit scary...it's the sort of eclectic that leans less toward "Portlandia" and more towards "X-Files". But once you get past the mannequins and creaky floors the place is harmless and the sleep restful.
- Also Known As:
- Cyndi`s Snowline Hotel Dunlap