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Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   39625 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9734   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Camarillo
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband and I recently were passing through Three Rivers and stayed one night at the Lazy J Ranch. The property is a beautiful setting. We had our own little cabin. Very clean and comfortable. We much prefer this than a chain motel. Beautiful walking trails leading to the river. The staff was very friendly. Definitely would stay there again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kissimmee, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

Poor Lazy J Ranch has seen better days. I've stayed there a few times going back some twenty years. Unfortunately, they just do not seem to be keeping up with upgrades and maintenance. It is still an okay place to stay with nice people and a pretty environment but the rooms are showing signs of age and are getting a bit seedy. If you pay more than $59.00, you are not getting any value for your money.

I realize that some rooms may be better than others but the one in which I stayed definitely needed some repair and improvement. The bathroom needed all new fixtures, the shower was very poor and the sink was showing signs of age. Furniture was cheap and dated and the carpeting needed cleaning.

Used to be Lazy J referred to a laid back lifestyle (and a big black dog if I recall correctly) but now it seems to be the owner's attitude towards fixing the place up. WIth a brand new Comfort Inn down the road at a better price, the people at Lazy J have to get their act together and keep up with the times.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Llandrindod Wells
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We did a 23 day road trip of California in september. This was the best motel of them all. Location is beautiful, with plenty of grounds to relax in. Scenery is stunning. Only a 5 minute drive from several restaurants. 15 minutes from Sequioa park. The only slight criticism was that the breakfast was very basic, but to be honest, thats not why we chose this place. Rooms were a decent size, and immaculate. We both said we could easily return and spend a full week here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

The Lazy J was a perfect combination of comfortable and unique. The ranch component consisted of three goats and two sheep in fenced paddocks...fun for the kids to have animals! The rooms are basically duplex cabin with a fridge and microwave, comfortable chairs for reading,etc. The rooms were spotless. My only minor complaint was that they used too much air freshener when they cleaned daily. The property was well maintained with a swing set for the kids, lots of grass to run around on and a well maintained small pool, perfect after a day of hiking.
The river accessed by walking behind the motel (better poolsforswimming) or driving to the recreation area about 1/4 mile down the road is spectacular filled with huge boulders, surrounded by the hills. Breakfasts were pretty basic, but there were lots of choices, including fresh fruit and granola bars. Why stay at a chain motel when you can stay with friendly local folks at the Lazy J.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lodi, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

The room was smallish with dowdy 70's-ish furnishings. The beds are terrible! The promised breakfast consisted of packaged muffins and danishes that we had to pick up the night before. Not sure why they advertise river access as there was none. Lazy J is the furthest hotel in Three Rivers from the Sequoia and if I were to do this again I would try staying at the (closer to the park and more modern) Comfort Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

What an amazing performance from a family owned business! Really well done and I can't wait to come back with my family.

Truth be told, I was here with my family about 25 years ago. The place has been updated has all of the features that I remembered and loved.

The good...
The location is perfect. Very close to Sequoia. Very close to town. Right on the river. Yes, ON the river. Great hiking, great swimming (for those who are comfortable), great pool. Lovely playground for the kids with volleyball and tether ball.

BBQ's available for grilling. In fact, this creates a really nice sense of community here as many families sit on their porches sharing food and drinks.

Pool is clean and warm. This was wonderful after the drive.

The rooms could not have been cleaner if they tried. Some have complained about the signs indicating that each guest needs to clean up after him or herself with respect to the dishes...There is good reason for this. If you don't do it, because of the heat, ants will invade and make a mess for everyone. Seriously, grow up and do your own dishes.

Highlight, however, is the staff and owners. When they found out that I enjoy baking cookies, they made sure that I had a brand new cookie sheet. Seriously! What amazing service that made me and my family feel right at home.

The goats, sheep, dogs, and cats were simply amazing. My kids even got to feed them (with special permission of course...the animals are on strict diets and the owners were amazingly accommodating).

The bad...
This was actually my bad as I can't blame the hotel...it took a while for the a/c to cool the room because when I turned on the fan, I didn't activate the cooling unit. I can't blame the hotel for having bad directions...this was entirely my fault ("step one: turn on fan. step two: turn on cooling unit." For those of you keeping score at home, if you stop after step one, the room won't get cool.)

The ugly...
Nothing ugly...great stay, great staff, great experience with the owners. Wonderful!!

  • 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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Carlsbad, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

The Lazy J was such a comforting, easy, relaxing place to stay. Everyone we met from the staff, owner, owner's family to the guests were such a pleasure to visit with. There were people staying there that were having a family reunion and it was perfect for that. Vollyball and horse shoes and the pool and bbq's. It was a charming place and we fell in love with it. Our bed was so comfortable and wonderful to sink into after a day of hiking and swimming. Our in-room fridge held our pints of ice cream from Reimers candy and ice cream perfectly! The grounds were lovely, the rooms clean and comfortable. Couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed July 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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Address: 39625 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9734
Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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