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“Lovely location but slightly "individual" room decor” 4 of 5 stars
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Whispering Pines Lodge
13745 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 4 Kernville B&B and Inns
london
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Lovely location but slightly "individual" room decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The b&b is in a lovely location with a river running close by and a good pool. The rooms are spacious and ours had a large balcony. We found the rom decor to be very individual and would not be to everyone's taste. We dropped in late in the afternoon and were happy to pay a reduced rate. Between average and good we'd say.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Elbert
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Warning: DO NOT STAY HERE! This was our anniversary vacation. We were told it was a “very nice room”…

Before leaving home, we emphasized we needed a vegan breakfast. They told us they could accommodate a vegan diet for breakfast; they “serve them all the time”. Upon our arrival at Whispering Pines “Lodge” (it’s actually an old motel) they stated this again… HOWEVER, at breakfast, we were faced with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, cheesy hash browns, and quiche… For over $200/per night, and I was eating Cheerios with my own soy milk.

We were also told the place was “No Smoking”. HOWEVER, smoke flowed into our room from the four smokers on the balcony next door. The sign on our room door and a card on fireplace states: “No Smoking”! We mentioned this to the front desk; they stated it is okay to smoke on the balconies…

Our room was filthy! Cobwebs were everywhere! Above the TV, sinks, shower, bath, and bed; the. shadows from the webs draped the room when the light was on at night. One large web, behind TV, was almost black with dust… The fireplace mantel was so dusty it probably has never been dusted. Additionally, the trim on the ceiling was falling off… The faucet handles on the bathroom sinks, came off in your hand. We had NO maid service in two days… (The only visitor to the room was the large spider in bathtub…).

The motel (it’s not a “bed and breakfast” as one would think of a B&B…) is in very poor condition. The paint on our deck and all the painted surfaces throughout the property have chipping, peeling paint, or paint that is completely gone... The wood chair (by the ASH TRAY) is in the same condition… Additionally, there are nails sticking out of deck boards. The bird feeders around the property were empty and both soda machines were out of order… The refrigerator in the room FROZE solid any food put inside… (There was no microwave.) The television is old with two old remotes that you need to figure out how to use (TV, cable…)…
Not only are you overcharged for an outdated, dirty room, you don’t get WIFI! When we first arrived in our room, I called and asked for the password for the WIFI and was told there was an extra charge ($6.00 per day)! Unbelievable for an already overly expensive, outdated room…

We told the front desk nicely that we would not be staying the last night; we were still charged over $100 for a night we were not there!!

Whispering Pines is whispering for you NOT to go!! It should be yelling!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Taft, California
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

My husband and I have been going to Kernville and Whispering Pines B&B for many years. My husband loves to fish and play golf, and Kernville has them both. Also he has taken my grandson to do White Water Rafting .Whispering Pines B&B is a nice place to stay, with comfortable beds, cozy fireplaces, and a pretty view of the Kern River.They serve a huge cooked buffet breakfast every morning, which is enough food to hold us over for the whole day. We enjoy going there when we want a place to rest and relax.

Room Tip: If you like to shop, don't go to Kernville.--- There isn't a shopping center within 20 miles...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Called two nites pryor to reservation, thought they would be booked was a weekend,very nice woman answerd phone, asked about rooms she says yes we have avalibility asked wat room i would like, gave me three to choose from i picked one told her thank you, mentioned it was our anniversary, every thing set she said see you here friday nite GREAT!!!! ...... Friday around 1pm phone rings notice its the area code for kernville, very rude lady which i could hardly understand says no room were overbooked asked to talk to the nice lady that i made the reservation with she then says and i quote "THAT LADY AIRHEAD SHE NOT NO WHAT SHE DOING!!! After i talked to the second lady presuamably the owner im glad i didnt go.....been by this hotel many times have always wanted to stay there NOT ANYMORE

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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bakersfield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Keep in mind when reading tis review that I am very picky about the hotels I stay in....I was pleasantly surprised with The Whispering Pines Lodge. My husband and I decided to take a last minute trip to Kernville and after driving around the town we decided to stop at this B & B. We usually camp using our R.V. but this time we wanted make it easy as we were there for the beautiful snow in Alta Sierra. Upon arrival the owner handed us a key and we were able to view two different rooms, both rooms were clean and newly remodeled. We chose the roomclosest to the river. After our quick check in, the owner handed us two peices of pinapple upside down cake that she had just made and offered us coffee. Our room was definetly clean and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was spotless and pretty with natural pine ceilings. We had a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the river. After enjoying dinner at the local brewery we retired to our room and as we layed in bed we could here the river rushing...very peacful stay. The breakfast in he morning was well beyond what a usual "hotel breakfast" is. We were amazed in the amount and quality of breakfast food offered. Great stay....wouldn't stay anywhere else in Kernville.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lancaster, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

We had been going for 5 years as a tradition for Christmas and the last time we went the owner was extremely rude and disrespectful. Handed us a key to look at the other cabins and we couldn't understand her when she told us which one to open and we opened an occupied one and the owner yelled and went beserk making a scene and embarrassing us in front of the other renters and never apologizd. I will NEVER give them my money or business again. Rooms are totally outdated and not worth the price. Our tradition is ruined. Good riddance.

Room Tip: Dont rent here, Big bear is much better and actually worth the price
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 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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Eugene, Oregon
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The lodge, presented as a B&B, is really ,ore of a hotel with several small, multi-unit buildings. They are known for their home-made breakfasts, were very good and certainly better than what is presented as a ‘full breakfast’ in the vast majority of hotels and motels.

However, the property is looking somewhat warn and run down. The fan in our room did not work. We would not use the room air conditioner, as the intake was filthy and covered with dust and buildup. One lame was missing a bulb, and the best that they could come up with was a yellow 25 W. party light!

As mentioned, the breakfast was extensive and tasty, but all hot dishes are just put out on the counter -- no food warmers -- so unless you get in early, the food is cold.

There are some walking paths along the creek behind the inn, but there too we saw a buildup of debris and trash.

OK, but just nothing special here.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Whispering Pines Lodge

Address: 13745 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238
Location: United States > California > Kernville
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Kernville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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