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“Great, except...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Falling Waters River Resort

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Falling Waters River Resort
15729 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA   |  
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Menifee, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great, except...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Let me start with maybe the most important thing: the people at this resort are the nicest folks. In fact, the folks in Kernville are just plain friendly. And the resort is out of the town, nestled between a campground and the water district. Very quiet. Squirrels and birds abound. Great place to bring a dog.

We stayed in rooms 12 and 14. They were HUGE. 12 easily accommodated our family of five and the kitchenette was well-stocked and in good shape. The beds were super comfortable. Parking is right next to the room, which was wonderful.

The pool is large. It was almost too cold to swim in, but that's a mountain resort pool for you. There isn't really easy river access, but the kids loved scrambling over the rocks.

The resort is undergoing renovations, so there are piles of dirt and rocks all around. And no grass. This was fine with us, but some people may need something more.

This last part is SUPER important: some of the rooms--12 and 14 for sure--have giant sky lights.My three kids were awake at 5:40 each morning. It was unavoidable. It was so bright. When my parents checked out, the lovely lady at the front told them that some of the rooms do not have skylights. If you are going from April-October, make sure you ask for a room with no skylight. Unless you like being up with the fish...

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bakersfield, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I don't even think it deserves one star rating. It is terrible at falling waters. not only is the decoration bad, but there is nothing but bugs in the room, the shower keeps clogging up. I decided to sleep in my car it was terrible.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Salmon
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13 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stay in Kernville frequently and our most favorite place to stay is Chuck Richard's Falling Waters River Resort. Chuck and his staff are always helpful and have lots of great tips and local knowledge. Rooms are all different and decorated in a wonderfully eclectic style.

The resort is right on a very beautiful section of the Kern River. The sounds and sights of the flowing river add to the ambience of Falling Waters.

We enjoy a room with all sorts of homey decorative touches, a comfortable king size bed, a sitting area with a couch and a rocking chair and a table with 4 chairs to eat at. The cooking area has a two burner cooktop, a microwave, coffee maker, a toaster, sink, countertop and a small refrigerator. It is stocked just right with cooking utensils for light cooking. Outside the front door of the room is a bbq. There's an attractive propane fireplace that heats the room nicely. We are usually here in Kernville during the winter months but there is also an air conditioner for the summer. The staff does a great job on cleaning the rooms, they are always spotless.

The grounds are very well maintained and nice to walk around. There's a beautiful pool with beautiful granite rock features. One year we were here in April and the pool was open and I had a lovely swim. Lots of lounge chairs surround it, bet it would be nice in the summer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Berkshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Before we even arrived in America, Chuck was emailing us back and forth with suggestions on where to stay and what to visit on our 3 week road trip around California. So I left a little bit disappointed in the standard accomodation at Falling Waters. We were greeted by bunk beds with plastic mattresses, the kitchen had gaps where the drawers had been taken out and a huge gaping hole where the oven should have been, the microwave and frying pan were so disgustingly dirty, I refused to use them. There is a serious ant problem in the resort and you have have to be ultra careful about food. My daughter made a cheese sandwich and left a few crumbs on the floor and when we came back after dinner one evening there were ants all over the kitchen floor and counters, it took a good 30 minutes to clean them up before we could go to bed. The pool however was great, huge, clean and for the two days we were there we had it to ourselves which the kids loved. This place could be amazing if only they spend a little money on bringing the accomodation and outside areas up to standard. The staff and Chuck however made this place shine, Chuck you are a star, thanks again for all your help!

Room Tip: Going by the other reviews don't choose the family rooms!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I have been staying at Falling Waters Inn for the past nine years. We always reserve the same room during Whiskey Flat Days. Each room has a different theme. The people who run the place are great, we have never had a problem. The room we have is clean and inviting. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed February 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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Los Angeles, California
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33 hotel reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

The room and set-up was better than we were expecting. The room was shaded by mulberry trees, the courtyard in front had a BBQ and it was pleasant to sit outside our room and listen to the river. We went up on a Friday and the place was very quiet. The staff greeted us in a friendly and helpful manner, providing suggestions for places to eat and things to do. The room was large, tastefully decorated in an Old West theme and the bathroom and shower stall were spic and span. We particularly enjoyed the nice skylight that brought in lots of natural light in the morning and sitting in the dining area looking out the windows for breakfast. We were in Room #15, which I liked because it was on the end. Parking was very convenient -- right next to our cottage. There was potential to hear the neighbors through the adjoining door, but we lucked out and had relatively quiet ones. All in all, our stay exceeded our expectations, was restful, and we would definitely return.

Room Tip: I was glad I saved money by choosing a courtyard room rather than a river view room. Room #15 was o...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California, United States
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We have stayed at Falling Waters Resort several times- the past 6 years. Clean cottages, wood burning fireplaces, picnic tables, bbq's, full kitchen...all that...and right on the River- and we can bring our 2 dogs! A delightful- no BS- relaxing place to get out of town and enjoy. The staff is always pleasant- and helpful if needed. The grounds are well manicured- and we just highly recommend this place- if you are looking for a simple few days to sit and enjoy some peace. Kind of like camping- but with all the ammenties of a home.

Room Tip: The rooms are all a different theme- but they are all very quaint. If I can get my macho husband to...
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  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Additional Information about Falling Waters River Resort

Address: 15729 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA
Location: United States > California > Kernville
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Specialty lodging in Kernville
Also Known As:
Falling Waters River Hotel Kernville

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