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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 #1 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Short vacation to Sequoia/Kings Canyon. When we checked in Jason was very helpful with input on park roads and local places to eat.

  • Stayed May 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
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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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Santa Cruz, CA
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

This is not your ordinary motel. Surrounded on all sides by beautiful hills and meadows, set back well from the road, it's the perfect launch point for a visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. We stayed in a "kitchen cottage" with our two kids and dog. We had a full fridge, kitchen table, couch etc. There is a full DVD and video library for the kids to borrow a movie and watch in the room. There are a couple of goats and sheep for the kids to visit out back. There is a nice pool (unheated), a swingset and slide for the kids. The lawn is nicely maintained and our kids had a ball rolling around on it. We took a beautiful springtime walk down to the rushing river and it was one of the highlights of our trip (beware of tics though, we picked up a few). The river is pristine and tumbles over large boulders, with sandy banks for the kids to play on. The owners are helpful and recommend nearby restaurants etc.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Family and dog friendly, very clean, inviting and cozy and more importantly nestled among a beautiful and breathtaking landscape. If felt as if we were in our own private cabin with all the necessary amenities. Excellent service. We'll definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Huntington Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Well family run, and very friendly, and property to let dog run do to river is a huge plus. Not a five star, and not modern, but doesn't lead you to think it is, it is old cabins that had a fridge, microwave, and cable and wifi. So was advertised like this and was perfect match to what pictures and descripiton said about rooms.
Highly recommend it anyone, and will be back again to stay here

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Costa Mesa, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We made a reservation for a three-night stay for Feb. 17-20. When checking in, I mentioned I wanted to change to a 2-night stay with an option to stay the third night. The owner told me this was not acceptable as there was a 72-hour cancellation perod! Nowhere on my reservation
guarantee was this mentioned, and nowhere in the office was this posted. I looked in the Best Value Inn directory and again, this is not stipulated. I fully intend to file a dispute with America's Best Value Inn and with my credit card company. There were plenty of empty rooms all weekend long, so this was not a question of "being booked."

Also, on my reservations guarantee, it stipulated that, since I was a Value Club member, I would receive an automatic upgrade upon arrival. This did not happen. i thought perhaps it was a question of the property being booked, but most of the units were empty.

On the positive side, the owners moved us to another room when our neighbors started to smoke marijuana. The facilities are good, but things like bathtub fixtures, heaters (noisy) and mattresses (lumpy) could use replacement. The continental breakfast is OK, and the peace and quiet afforded is wonderful. The owners are very helpful and make you feel at home.

Room Tip: 6B and 7 are good because they are in a quiet area away from the road.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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abvilazyj, Owner at Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
Dear Sir,
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Lazy J Ranch Motel. I apologize for the confusion of my desk clerk when you checked in. Our standard cancellation policy for reservations made through us is 72 hours, just like she told you. The cancellation policy for reservations made online or through the reservation center is one day. She was incorrect in stating that you were under the 72 hour policy since your reservation was made through the call center. With all of your other reservations and subsequent cancellations, we have always adhered to the one day policy. I will make sure that our desk clerks are aware of the deifferences. When you left the office you stated that everything was fine and that you would enjoy your three day stay.

I do wish that you had discussed this with my husband or myself during one of our many conversations throughout your stay. At no time did you bring this to our attention while you were here. If you had, we would have dealt with it immediately. I did credit your card for the last night of your stay as soon as I received your email complaint that was sent to guest services. I was surprised to see that you had also complained on Trip Advisor without giving us the opportunity to make this right. You were in our office several times and spoke to may of us, but never brought this issue to our attention. We assumed you were staying Sunday night as you accepted supplies from the housekeepers on Sunday morning. It wasn't until you called after 7:00 p.m. Sunday night that we were aware that you had left. Unfortunately that room then sat empty Sunday night, the only standard room we had left available.

As to your complaint about not offering you a room upgrade - we had very few rooms available for the entire weekend and none of them would have been considered an upgrade. Apparently you were unaware of the number of rooms that were actually occupied. We only had one room with 2 beds available for Friday and one room with one double bed available for Saturday. Our desk clerk did explain this to you upon check in, but you obviously thought that we had many more rooms available.

We have always strived to make our guests comfortable and happy here at the Lazy J. I'm sorry that the misunderstanding at the front desk was not dealt with immediately, but I hope that the credit for third night of your stay will help with your unhappiness.
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Visalia, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Although we live only about 40 minutes away from the Lazy J ranch, it's like a whole new world up there. We stayed for a night with our 2.5 year old daughter and had a great time. The room was very clean and very affordable $65/night. Our daughter loved the slide and swing set they had as well as the goats they had in back. Still a few days later she is trying to make the goat sounds, lol. We are already planning to go back up next month. If you are looking for a good affordable motel in Three Rivers, definitely check out the Lazy J Ranch.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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abvilazyj, Owner at Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
Thank you for staying with us here at the Lazy J Ranch Motel. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here and that your daughter was able to visit with our goats!! They do enjoy a little bit of spoiling from our smaller guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

This is a good choice on a budget. It is very pet friendly ($5 dog fee) and the proprietor is very friendly. The setting is beautiful with the mountains in the background as well as goats and sheep in the backyard. The room took a long time to heat up but eventually got warm. Breakfast is nothing fancy but I took the oatmeal and was perfectly satisfied with that.

I would definitely go back if I was in the area visiting sequoia national park because it was a good value and was in very close proximity to the park entrance.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn

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 #1 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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