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“A very tranquil place with some old character, and great owners” 4 of 5 stars
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River View Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Sirretta St., Off Kernville Rd., Kernville, CA 93238   |  
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Kernville
So Cal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A very tranquil place with some old character, and great owners”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have stayed here a few times. The proprietors, John, and his wife are very nice people and John always has the lowdown on the area fishing.

I stayed here last month for two nights. John is very accommodating as I reserved two rooms and accidentally forgot to cancel one of the reservations when my buddy backed out a few days before. He graciously looked the other way, and I hope he was able to rent the room out.

The whole vibe of the place just takes you back to a time long gone by. The building is about 100 years old. They used lots of logs, bark, and knotty pine to give this place an of-the-woods feel. They have some nice antiques positioned around the property, and there are large old, cottonwoods that add to the beauty of the property. It's rustic, no doubt, but very appropriate given you are in the Kern Valley, up in the Sierras, and next to a free-flowing BEAUTIFUL Kern River. Fishing is literally a few steps away from your door.

I would definitely recommend this lodge to anyone. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfortable, and the showers were warm after a long day trekking through the valley. In the morning, there is a small but free continental B-Fast with coffee, cereal, fresh fruit (they keep this out all day long) and danishes.

Room Tip: I stayed in 5 with 2 queen beds. I think you cant go wrong with any room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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38 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We choose the property as they accommodated pets. Other pros is the location of the hotel, which is on a major street, easy walk to restaurants, shops and right in front of the river. Then there is the property itself. There is rustic, and then there is rustic. I would classify this property as a motel and not a lodge. The bathroom needed a new shower curtain. The shower needed to be cleaned. I will leave it at that. Also found spider webs on the lamp and window treatments inside the room. The windows have drawing blinds but not all of them worked. The blinds are not wide enough, so technically, at night you can look into the room from the outside if you really wanted to. I had to hang my shower towel over the sides of the windows to cover up and ensure privacy.

Room Tip: Don't stay in room 1 as it is immediately adjacent to the main road, so you can hear big trucks...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dana Point, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We needed a place that accepts pets, Large grass area for your dog. just a short walk to the river, cross the underpass and your at the park that sets along the river.
Rooms remind me of my grandmothers home. Clean, some antiques in the room, King size bed very comfortable, with nice soft pellows & soft towels. Very comfortable place,,, Loved it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The River View Lodge in Kernville was such a welcome surprise. Antique furnishings don each room. The owners operate the lodge so you feel like you are in someone's home. This is not the generic chain place that you find in every tourist area. The locals treat everyone like friends. No dress code. Come as you are. Four legged friends welcome for a small fee.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

First of all, if you don't expect to see bugs, and wildlife, stay out of the country! The Lodge is right on the river, so of course you are going to see some animals. If you want a 5 star gourmet breakfast stay at a hotel where you will pay $200, a night and where you will be treated just like another patron. If you want a 5 star experience without having to empty out your pocket book, this is the place to stay. The River View Lodge will become a home away from home, is family owned, where you will get top notch hospitality from the owners, and have an overall fantastic time.

My wife and I have been coming to the Lodge for a few years now. There is something very special about this place. When you wake up in the morning and go into the room where the freshly brewed coffee, and breakfast goodies are waiting for you. You then sit on your rocking chair outside of your room where you are able to take in the beauty of the lodge and of your surroundings.

Let me tell you how we are never disappointed in the hospitality and pride of ownership the owners take in their business. The rooms are always clean, comfortable, with all the amenities you will need for your stay. If you need something extra, the staff will promptly bring you whatever you need. There is no waiting two hours just for a few extra towels here. Your needs are quickly met. The river is right outside of your room, where it's easy to sneak out in the morning before the misses wakes up to get my morning bite of trout. I've done very well fishing for trout right down below the lodge. The location of the lodge is the best in town. You are within short walking distance to all of the restaurants, bars, and shops. If you are interested in hiking, rafting, and fishing, the owners will let you know where the best places to go enjoy those activities at. The owners are very friendly and will make sure you have the best stay while your there. This lodge is one of a kind and you will get a one of a kind experience at the RiverView Lodge in Kernville, CA.

Room Tip: Room Number 6! Jacuzzi Tub!! :)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

the river view lodge owners, john and annette are great! took good care of us and put us in a king room with a river view! its a short walk maybe 25 steps to the kern river...the hotel is walking distance to all the restaurants and bars...you will get a discount at the lake Isabelle marina jsu ask annette...enjoy

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

My stay at Riverview Lodge was nothing less than perfect. My boyfriend and I stayed two nights in room 6 and two of our friends stayed in room 8. We had camped for two days before we decided comfort was necessary. The jacuzzi tub in room 6 was the cherry on top of our quest for comfort and relaxation. The bathrooms were clean and the bed was a comfortable king and we slept amazingly (better than at home!).

They have their own private beach for just their customers to swim and/or fish and the location on the river is more than convenient with nearly everything you'd need within walking distance.

This 105 year old, pet friendly (next time we're bringing our pup!) lodge is family owned and run and they are quite possible the nicest people we met during our stay. Friendly and informative and truly just a joy to have met :)

The lodge at night is beautiful (especially looking up from the river). This was truly a memory making experience and we cannot wait to come back!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Sirretta St., Off Kernville Rd., Kernville, CA 93238
Location: United States > California > Kernville
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Kernville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — River View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River View Lodge is from "Old Kernvile" with our new little modern touches it is almost perfect. Most of our rooms are approx. 125 Feet from river. Most rooms have river views, but all have the lovely sounds of the river. With some new help, and new sheets, quilts, restored bathrooms and towels the lodge is shinning more and more everyday. ... more   less 
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