We rented a two bedroom suite for $230. I do not remember ever staying in a more neglected or dirtier place. The signs of poor hygiene were everywhere - spider webs in corners of doors and windows, layers of dust on unnecessary knick-knacks and plastic flowers, the kitchen garbage can was filthy, layers of muck by the refrigerator, mold in the bathroom, red splatters all over the kitchen ceiling. Patio had a gorgeous view but it was disgusting – looked like it was not cleaned from the previous guests - an old beer bucket and toothpicks were littering the floor, patio table was dirty, (as were our socks after walking on the carpets just once). The rags we used to clean the table turned black afterward. In the "master" (small room crammed with two beds with questionable looking covers) had a broken and exposed outlet which seemed quite dangerous. The entrance patio had a non-working gate, was littered with cigarette butts and seemingly discarded furniture. We went to the common laundry room and were surprised to see that this disorganized shack served not only as a laundry room, but as a mechanic storage room, as well as hotel’s clean linen storage -all clean sheets and towels were exposed and piled on random cardboard boxes and overflowing on the dirty floor. The website photos made a place look rustic and cute - it was anything but that. With such a great location, close to the Sequia park and with unparallel views of the river, I could totally see charging $230 for a two bedroom suite even if it was just simple and clean... but this place was in dirty disarray. Another concern was that at the bottom of the patio, leading into the river there was a pipe coming from the hotel, and around it there was a collection of dirty scum bubbles - I do not know if it was anything environmentally unsafe or not, but it was unsavory looking for sure. I have included few pictures but they do not even portray how yucky this place was! I am not even sure how is it allowed to remain open!
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- The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge is located just 1/4 mile from the Main Entrance to Sequoia National Park on Highway 198. If offers a full service bar and restaurant along with a lodge containing 5 standard rooms, a cozy honeymoon cottage on the river with a dry sauna room and a two bedroom river house that sleeps up to 8 people. ... more less
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