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“A Small Gem Near Sequoia Natiuonal Park” 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
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Small Gem Near Sequoia Natiuonal Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

It was our first-ever visit to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon just before the 4th of July and we wanted it to be special … and we wanted to be as close as possible to the South Entrance (on California 198) because we planned to leave by the North Entrance to travel on to Yosemite. We had no idea what accommodations were available in the small town of Three Rivers, though there were several properties on TripAdvisor. None sounded very exciting. With a recommendation from another inn that was already booked in early March, we decided on the Rio Sierra Riverhouse and we’re certainly glad that we were able to spend two nights in this lovely old “cottage” on the banks of the Kawaeah River that flows out of Sequoia. With our windows open each night, the sound of the river was a pleasant way to fall asleep. River Sierra is not a B&B, but there was a great diner/bakery just up the road (We Three Bakery) that served a marvelous fresh breakfast each morning on our way into the park. As my wife said afterward, staying at the Sierra Riverhouse was like staying in a friend’s cottage Up North in Michigan. Mars Roberts, the owner who is lovingly restoring this three-story house perched on the hillside overlooking the river, was charming and couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome in her home. She has fire pits, tables, chairs, awnings and more dotted in various places so guests can lounge in the evening, sip a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the beautiful mountains. If you want “modern,” there’s a chain motel just south of town. But if you want comfort and a warm welcome, we can highly recommend the Rio Sierra Riverhouse.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

This has been a super week for the family. We've enjoyed our stay in the mountains and on the river. It is a little piece of paradise. Mars is an interesting and gracious hostess and he taff is superior. You can't go wrong, here. Book here and leave the rest to Mars and her staff.
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  • Stayed July 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 June 21, 2012

We stayed at the Rio last minute after deciding to stay in Three Rivers a little longer and we found it to be absolute paradise.
Our first night was in the Hideaway RV, we were a little unsure what it was going to be like but found it it be great fun! The RV facilites include all the basics, a fridge, sink, great shower and decent toilet! The bed was comfy and we felt very safe.
The area around the RV was the best bit- your own area next to the river, a seating area and obviously a lot of thought had gone into the outside furniture and layout making it feel special.

The second night was in the guest house and exceeded our expectations. The room was beautiful, the decor was unique and fun the bed super comfy and the room felt spacious.

The real draw is the access to the river which we found very relaxing and enjoyable to paddle in. Mars has obviously gone to great efforts to make all guests feel comfortable and special and we will certainly be returning for another stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

This place completely exceeded my expectations. I booked a little on the late side and thought, well as long as we are near the national park and they allow our little dog, how bad can it be. I certainly did not imagine that it was right on the banks of a gorgeous river, with a mini beach and swimming area and rock to jump off. The rooms were designed in a bohemian style, with great books on the shelves, free wifi and the Celtic's game on the TV! There is a fire pit every night, with a big barbeque grill you can use. Towels for the beach were supplied. We stayed in the panorama room that has a spacious kitchen and bar area and lovely views of the river. We stayed in every night because we just loved sitting out by the river/fire.
Mars, the proprietor was so lovely to us, and really made us feel at home. Some people may want a more anonymous feel to their accommodation, but for me, she really completed what was already an amazing vacation. She showed us a hike to a local waterfall, was always around if we needed the local 411, and supplied us with anything we needed that wasn't in the room (towels, tinfoil etc). I feel like we made a friend. She was an amazing host.
Thanks Mars! Go Celtics

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hawthorne, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Our weekend hiking the trails of Sequoia Park would not have been as special if we weren't staying at the Rio Sierra Riverhouse. My husband, sister, niece and daughter had the best time staying at this location. The river in the backyard is indescribable. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the river was the most calming and peaceful thing. Mars, the host, always went out of her way to help us with anything we needed and I mean ANYTHING. She sat by the fire with us, brought us extra blankets, told us where good places to eat were, etc etc. The Riverhouse is located literally at the banks of the river. We stayed in the panorama room and the view from there was amazing. Seriously an unforgettable experience at the Riverhouse. Will definitely stay again!

  • Stayed April 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Cute, cozy little place, great location not too far drive from Sequoia but also close enough to dinner and Breakfast options around. Mars (Margaret) is the host, she is so friendly, gave great dining advice, lit the romantic little campfire every night. She was helpful and very kind. The room we stayed is was small, and the shower was tiny with very little water pressure and it was quite cold in the bath room. Those are the only concerns. The bed was comfortable, and the view and location was just awesome. We could relax in bed and watch the river flow by, and sit out by the fire at night and listen for the rushing water. It was a great little spot.

Note: If you are heading up to Sequoia for the day have breakfast at We Three Bakery it is on the way from the hotel to Sequoia National park and they have really good food. The doughnuts are delicious and they are good to bring along as a snack for later in the day when you need a little yummy sugar boost. :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I was very impressed with the entire accommodations of the Rio Sierra Riverhouse. Mars (Margaret) was an amazing host all during my stay at the private "Hideaway" trailer. She even came to light the fire-pit fire every night. The trailer is perfect for a couple or someone needing to escape the busy lifestyle that one may have. All the rooms were perfectly clean and neat. The atmosphere is welcoming and charming all at the same time. The pictures on the website don't capture the true ambiance of this fabulous little getaway on the river. There is not one thing negative I can say about this place and I will definitely go back soon!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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