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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
Stockholm, Sweden
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

During our more than two weeks of travelling around California we had the luck to stay at this precious little guest house. We initially planned for two nights but were lucky to be able to stretch the stay to three. Fantastic room with all the charm of an old house. Swimming, sunbathing spending days and evenings by the river and enjoying ourselves immensely. Sharing a bottle of wine with our fantastic host Margaret who cared a lot for our wellbeing. This is a place where we could have stayed forever! A vacation cannot be more relaxing than this! All said in earlier (positive recommendations) is completely true and there is no need to repeat the superlatives - We just comply with all of them.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ramona, California
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

We have traveled on all seven continents, and find this property a gem. Summertime in the Sierra Foothills can be a heat-heavy experience, but at the Riverhouse all that “melts” away as you frolic in the river and enjoy your surroundings. The Riverhouse is a “beach house” in the old style—it is an old house whose furniture is mis-matched but comfy, the floors squeak a bit and the windows stick a bit. BUT THE VIEW, and the proximity to the river are unmatched! One could hold one’s breath at the threshold of their room and be in the river before needing to exhale! Boulders jut out from the sandy beaches, or divide the river’s waters, or form a standing platform in the middle of a swimming hole. Private cabanas with chairs and tables are dotted along the “beach” for the four rooms’ occupants. “Mars”, the proprietor and host, is a delightful, caring person, and nearly always on call. The sound of the river is soothing. We stayed one night in the River View room and one in the Garden Room. The latter is small and has no view, but the River room is fabulous. You even have a river view from the “throne”. You won’t be spending much time in your room, as the shady/sunny/watery outside beckons. The river area is “private”, so there won’t be but a very few people around. The river, especially mid-late August, is not chilly nor dangerous (everyone should know that rivers are inherently “dangerous” for the inexperienced). You can swim, jump off boulders into pools, or ride whitewater chutes. Just lovely ambience. There is lawn space, tended gardens, sandy beach, and nearly-flat boulders to enjoy. It’s a little pricey, but unique and attractive in its overall qualities. We were able to carefully time our entry and exit at Sequoia Nat’l Park to avoid long waits at the road construction area, but the unwary may get stuck. Ask the Ranger at the entrance station what the general timing is for the passage (ours was uphill at the top of the hour; downhill at quarter-after). We went only 5 miles up the tortuous, 25-mile Mineral King road and decided that fun in the river trumped a long, hot drive.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

This is a gem of a property along the river shores. If you are just looking for a hotel, this is not for you. The location is incredible-we loved spending late afternoon and early evenings with the provided beach chairs in the water, reading and relaxing after hiking and touring the park. Clean beach towels are provided along with many different chairs, seating arrangements, cabanas, etc. Mars is delightful and a wonderful inn keeper/hostess with many great tips and resources for the area. She brought us a lantern every night as the sun set and was truly fun to get to know. We only dunked in the river due to the currents--there is a strong undertow and could be very dangerous. We loved the nightly fire and stargazed from the huge rocks just outside our door on the edge of the river. The highlight of our 8 day trip was our time spend here!

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Baltimore, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

My teenage son and I visited Rio Sierra Riverhouse for 2 nights and 3 days and we both wished we could have stayed longer -- a lot longer! When we first turned into the parking area we were skeptical because the house seemed close to the road, but it really is its own private wonderland facing the river ,and we never heard traffic or were bothered by noises from other rooms or other guests.

This is truly a lovely place to relax, or to hike, or take a dip in the river, or go rafting, or drive to the national parks nearby. Our room was lovely -- we had two king beds, a full kichen and a very modern bathroom with oversized shower. There was plenty of hot water, and great water pressure (one of my pet peeves is low pressure or poor drainage in a hotel shower). There is not daily housekeeping, but that was fine because we were able to get clean dry towels daily, and we didn't have to worry about keeping our belongings neat or being out of the room when the cleaning person came.

In fact, we spent very little time in our room -- there are so many delightful outdoor "spaces" at Rio Sierra that we pretty much moved from spot to spot -- here to get some sun and wade in the river, there to read in the shade of the trees or umbrellas, and at night we lay on the warm boulders and stared up at the incredible display of stars. We found Margaret, the hostess/innkeeper, to be helpful and friendly without being intrusive. A recent reviewer felt that she gave out too much information, like warning him against certain aspects of the river, but I appreciated that she cared enough about her guests to share those very valid concerns.

Our room had a full kitchen, so we stopped in Visalia on the way to Three Rivers to pick up fruit, drinks, and some food supplies; I recommend that to anyone staying at Rio Sierra because once you're there, you won't want to leave again! However, we did order sandwiches and salad from the sandwich and sub shop down the street, and they were excellent. We also ordered a pizza from the local pizzaria, which was very good.

One note of caution to travelers to Sequoia National Park: They are working on the main road, and you may be delayed up to an hour entering and leaving the park, so plan accordingly (take a book). This is routine for the NP's during the summer months, and is hardly a reason not to make the trip -- especially with Rio Sierra Riverhouse waiting at the end of the day!

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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San Francisco, California
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

Looks like I'm the only one that did not enjoy my stay here at RSR. Here are some of my concerns. The river was incredibly loud, worse than the 405 freeway at rushhour - not very relaxing. The river was dangerous. The main house we stayed at was very old. It was tastefully done, but old. The floor squeaked so bad, the "couple" below us complained to us at our front door at 6am. Mars greeted us, gave us a tour of the place, then explained everything to us. Then, she kept talking about the remote, then the fireplace, then places to eat, and then 30 minutes later I finally got to close the door. I didn't ask for anything except a key. Don't bother your guests! We could not go anywhere on the property without being watched, or told "don't go there" "be careful of the river" "you should go to the other side" "please dont cook that on the fire" very very very annoying. Again, leave us to enjoy ourselves. If I'm stupid enough to fall in the river, then that's my fault. If I wanted to be pestered, I would of brought my mother. The town is dead. Nothing to do. The food though was pretty good in town. But the few restaruants open were very crowded. Also, be warned that there is major construction up to Sequioa National Park, that will delay you about 1.5 hours each way - very annoying again. We paid $250 a night for our room. To me, this is too much. It should be something like $139 for the biggest room, due to it's age.

It is a pretty setting, but I could not wait to get back to San Francisco. Again, looks like I'm the only one that will never stay here again. My advice to the owner is to fix the floors from squeaking, warn guests of the river conditions prior to booking or live webcam, and most of all stop bothering them. At booking, I was told RSR would provide smores, and nothing showed up at night. There are strange workers around the property at night and early morning, even hanging around the bon fires as if they are guests. They gave us uncomfortable looks and creeped us out.

THIS IS ALL JUST MY OPINION.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Danmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

We stayed for two nights - eventhough the rate (175 $ + tax) for a small room with a queen bed and a drawout is much more, that we normally would pay. The innkeeper is a very nice woman, building fires along the riverside for us to enjoy. We had a very nice sleep - with the calming sound of the river.
Only bad thing is, that you have to pay 10$ to use the BBQ - this should not be necessary when you pay so much for a room. Still we would highly recommend this place for pairs as well as families.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2010

Upon our arrival we were greeted by name by the owner. This place is a jewel. The river directly behind the house lulled us to sleep each night. The owner builts a fire each evening for us to enjoy. The accomidations were comfortable not stuffy like a hotel. We would love to return to this location in the future. OUr children had a lovely time playing in the river and the room as well.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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