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“Great place to stay on the way to Sequoia...bring your dog” 5 of 5 stars
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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
hollywood, california
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“Great place to stay on the way to Sequoia...bring your dog”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

We've been staying in this great collection of cabins ever since the cabins in Sequoia were removed from the park several years ago. It is an hours drive up to the Giant Forest from the Lazy J, but the journey is part of the experience...it's interesting to see the different ecological zones you pass through on the way up to Giant Forest...and when you crest the hill, take a right to Crescent Meadow for some wonderful hikes with the whole family.
The Flying J offers so much in the way of amenities...pool, kitchenettes (the restaurants in 3 Rivers suck!), miles of riverfront hiking, cable...and until recently no cell service, something I treasure. We're headed up for the Thanksgiving weekend...there's snow in the park...and killer dining down at the Vintage Press in Visalia. Looking forward to some long walks down to Lake Kaweah as well. Great place to unplug and relax.

  • Stayed November 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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abvilazyj, Owner at Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, January 28, 2011
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  • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

Comfortable and clean. Fairly basic though it had other outdoor facilities which I did not use. Internet connection reliably worked when I sat on the bench outside the office. You collect your breakfast from the motel office by 9pm. The choice was limited - no cereals apart from some rather nasty oatmeal mixes, though, given the room rate, not unexpected. I suggest you buy some cereal and milk in advance elsewhere. My main question is whether it is the best option for seeing the two main sights. The motel as close as you will get to the General Sherman giant sequoia, though even then it is about an hour away up a tortuous road. However Kings Canyon is much further. It takes about two and half hours to the end of the canyon beyond Cedar Grove (take route away from the mountains), so a motel on the road in from Fresno to Squaw Valley (not THE Squaw Valley!) would be much closer. Although you would miss out on the General Sherman, there is another group of giant sequoias in from the park entrance (General Grant Grove). While not quite as big as the General Sherman, I recall the General Grant is about the third biggest and so might be an adequate substitute. This would allow both sights to be covered on the same day. The Mexican restaurant, Serranos, is not recommended.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010

This is a well run group of cabins just off the highway on the road to Sequoia. Check in was very helpful and friendly and you get a serve yourself take away breakfast in the price. Rate was reasonable but cabin space was limited compared with other places we stayed. It did have a well equipped kitchen and place was well clean and tidy. The pool and grounds were nice too!
Would certainly recommend as a stopover.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Gabriel, California, USA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

My family has stayed at Lazy J Ranch Motel for over 20+ years. Nestled at the base of the Sequoia National Park and just outside of Visalia, this retreat offers an escape from the city life with pastoral settings of ranch fields and the breathtaking grand sights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cottages surround the perimeter of the property and several have kitchenettes which have been a haven for my family to enjoy after days spent on the Kaweah Lake or hiking in the Sequoias. Although we have stayed at other nearby motels, none offer the cozy package of amenities such as access to BBQs, picnic tables, movies and a large pool. The staff has always been pleasant, knowledgeable and considerate. I would highly recommend this place as a first option to experience a wilderness hideaway.

  • Stayed July 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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We appreciate your taking the time to review our property. We at the Lazy J want to provide you with the best lodging experience possible and we hope to see you again in the near future. Thank you for your business.
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Manhattan Beach
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

We booked the Lazy J Ranch after looking at it on the internet and it exceeded our expectations. The rooms were clean, appliances were new, all details considered to keep guests comfortable. Great outside area for families...swing set, swimming pool, grass area for games, covered area by the pool for afternoon cocktails. Great service, good DVD/Video selection to use in either the bedroom or living room. Views of the lake behind the rooms are scenic. It is very close to the Sequoia Park entrance; from there it is about an hour drive to the tourists centers deep in the park where the trailheads start, where the giant trees are, etc.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Valencia, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Going to the Lazy J is a treat! It is located in a beautiful area near Sequoia National Park. There is a wonderful pool for the kids to enjoy and it is a great location to relax or go see the park.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

The second biggest reason I would not stay here will probably be what interests you most: it is way, way, way, too far away from the entrance to Sequoia National Park. It is not even in the forest area at all.
My biggest reason for never returning to the ranch is the silly signs: right above the sink is a huge sign that says that if you leave any dirty dishes, you shall be charged $100.00. In their plastic notebook is a rule which states that if you smoke in your cottage, you shall be charge $300.00. I don't even smoke but thought that that was just plain ridiculous. Maybe I could see these rules if they were right up against the park, but out in the middle of nowhere? What a joke. What a racket. Makes you wonder what other kind of charges they are cooking up over there. I couldn't relax . . . need I add more?

Stayed August 2009
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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
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Three Rivers
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Hotel Class:2 star — Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn 2*
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