Ok, this place lived up to every single good review I checked before making our reservations. When we checked in there was a cozy fire burning at the front lobby which just looked so cozy and welcoming. Check in was a breeze, the clerk was very friendly and answered all our questions. The restaurant had already closed for the night, but the bar was still open for a night cap before bed to wind down after a fairly long drive up from the coast.
We were just shocked with our room - we had a parking lot entry door, and then a door on the other side of the room exiting into a garden/pool area. We also had sliding glass doors, with full screen, allowing a nice fresh air breeze to come through. The grounds are clearly well cared for, the plants healthy and beautiful. I couldn't believe the roses had such wonderful scent to them ! And the variety of plants kept us interested while we walked to and from the bar on the other side of the hotel. We left our sliding door ajar during the night and the place was very quiet. The beds were as good as any we've slept in.
We were up at 6 am to get an early start on our day trip to see the Giant Sequoias, but stopped in for breakfast at the diner style restaurant. The wait staff were simply wonderful, the food delicious, the coffee great, hot and refilled without even thinking about having to ask for more. We were also really pleased with the prices.
The hotel is older, and there is wear and tear on the property - but our room and bathroom were about the cleanest we've ever seen at a hotel. The cleaning staff here really do a good job, and we actually left a nice tip with a note of thanks to housekeeping for a job well done. Even with the age of this place, it is simply one of the best places we've stayed in a long time and I wish we were going to be in CA longer so we could go back and get one of the small cottage style rooms, which had outside tables and chairs on little patios.
If you need a place to stay anywhere between Bakersfield and Reno, make this stop - you won't be sorry.
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- Also Known As:
- Lamp Liter Hotel Visalia
- Lamp Liter Visalia