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“Fantastic stay at Rio Sierra! Recommended!” 5 of 5 stars
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Rio Sierra Riverhouse
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   41997 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Three Rivers B&B and Inns
London
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“Fantastic stay at Rio Sierra! Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Our stay in the Rio Sierra was absolutely amazing. The location of the house is right by the river with private access to the water - amazing to go for a splash after a day in the hot weather!
The room we had, with a view over the river, was very good, with a comfortable bed, good bathroom and seating area. We didn't feel we needed the room with the private balcony as there is plenty of seating available by the river front and there are only a small number of rooms - so there are never too many guests.

Mars, the owner, was very welcoming and helpful and gave us great advise on the local amenities as well as good hikes in Sequioa NP. Beach towels were ready for us to use by the river and she made us camp fires both nights even though we were the only guest staying - that made our stay very special.

We stayed for two nights and had take away breakfast and dinner by the river every day - the location and was too good not to enjoy as much as possible. The local restaurants are not particularly exciting, but the pizza place was great for take away and sitting by the fire at the rio sierra with a bottle of wine was just spectacular.
Access to the park was very easy and quick and having also stayed in one of the park accommodations I would definitely recommended staying in Three Rivers and driving in. It is much better value for money.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone, great for couples in particular - very romantic.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

My family stayed at Rio Sierra only one night but would have loved to stay longer. We had an amazing suite that had it's own patio overlooking the river. The accomodations were great and the owner is such a nice lady. There are several tables and chairs down by the river and a couple of fire pits to enjoy at night. We enjoyed every meal outside and falling asleep to the roar of the river was so relaxing. I recommend this place for couples, families, and even lone travelers. There is something for everyone here!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

I've stayed at Four Seasons and other top class resorts around the world and Mars at Rio Sierra provides the same level of 5 star service in Three Rivers all on her own. The setting is spectacular, a quite spot with a calm river running through it. There are always fresh towels out, fires at night and a cozy room to retire to after hiking among the sequoias. Mars is always there but never seen unless you want her. I could fill this review with superlatives, but I think you get the picture. The icing on the cake: you can get up early and be in the park for bear spotting at dawn. An experience I won't soon forget.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

We stayed 4 nights at Rio Sierra and we loved it

After hiking in the Sequoia NP, stay on a sun warmed rock by the river just a few steps down your room ...you feel just great! Then, jump in the water ... you feel like in paradise. Then end your evening chatting by the fire … Does it sound like a cool place? It is indeed!

The owner, Mars, is really nice and helpful, providing good advice about the park, guides and maps were at our disposal during our stay. Please note no breakfast but Antoinette's, 2 minutes away, offers perfect start for an outdoor day.

Even if you have to drive 45 minutes to be in the middle of the huge sequoias, this place is really worth the money we paid for it!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

The Rio Sierra Riverhouse is one of a Kind! The Service is Excellent and the rooms are nice and clean. Hidden from the main road, the property fonts the Kaweah River. There is a significant amount of beach access from the property, providing excellent wading and swimming areas. There is also ample areas for picnics/brunch and barbeques, not to mention fire pits perfect for relaxing while listing to the river or even cooking s'mores. The owner was extremely friendly and accomadating - we will be back!

Jim

San Clemente, CA

Room Tip: All Rooms face the River - Can't go wrong with any of them.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

After a long hot day in August, of hiking in Sequoia our family was looking for some rest and relaxation and we found it here! We quickly checked in and went straight in the river. Cool, majestic, and just what we needed. We ordered take out and ate out by the river, roasted marshmallows at the fire pit, and the kids LOVED it. We all agreed to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and swam the river the next morning as well. I did a ton of research before we went and was thrilled with our choice. Worth every penny. Mars is fantastic and super sweet. We took a ton of pictures and already have our Christmas card photo, not from Sequoia but from the morning on the river at the Rio Sierra Riverhouse!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed at Rio Sierra River House for 2 nights during late July to visit Sequoia NP en route from Yosemite to Las Vegas. The location by the river and the outdoor areas by the house for BBQ was perfect for a family with 3 children aged 16, 14 and 12. Swimming in the fast flowing river was pure entertainment repeated at least 3-4 times a day! The owner Margaret was friendly, attentive and very helpful in planning our visit to Sequoia NP. Preparing our own BBQ dinner was also great.
Although sleeping by and overlooking the river was a unique experience our room was not exactly up to standards one would expect paying USD175 per night. Due to high occupancy and limited rooms 2 of our children slept in a converted camper unit on the grounds which they thought was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, at USD125 per night this was highly overpriced!
In summary, an unique stay by the river, but one leaves with some disappointment on being charged quite a lot in comparison to other hotels we stayed at during our 3 week tour of the 'Great West'

Room Tip: avoid the camper or agree on a reasonable price w the owner - in advance
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 41997 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271
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Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sierra Riverhouse 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rio Sierra Riverhouse is a landmark riverfront property in California's Sierra foothills. We're located located 6 miles from Sequoia National Park. Five comfortable rental units are each furnished with refrigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, TV, telephone, and wireless internet access.Outside, guests enjoy access to a scenic river beach and, in summer, the town's locally famous swimming hole, known as Slicky.Pull up a beach chair. Hang out in a cabana.Come Stay on the River. Let Nature Do the Rest. ... more   less 
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