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Sierra Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   43175 Sierra Drive, Hwy 198, Three Rivers, CA 93291   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Riverside, California
1 review
“Over-priced and filthy”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a family trip to Sequoia National Park (10/25/2014), we stayed at this hotel for one night.

We opted for VIP accommodations ($229/night) which was advertised as including 2 bedrooms, wifi, free breakfast, cable etc.

What we got:
1) filthy smelly room - everything from the carpet to the restroom seemed to have not been cleaned in days.
2) WIFI did not work, a tiny 22" flat panel tv on top of a coffe table
3) A triangular-shaped room layout as bedroom-restroom-bedroom separated by paper thin wooden panels. Broken sliding wooden doors.
4) All of the furniture seemed to have been procured at a cheap flea market. Old and stinky.
5) The beds in the bedrooms were old and very uncomfortable. For hygienic reasons, we used our own blankets.
6) Power and running water were out by midnight. We were told the next morning that they had experienced a power outage. The outage had been scheduled for at least a month, and we were not advised.
7) I would not recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here for a night. Room looked old but was clean. Bathroom with slight drainage problem. Thought the room included a microwave as seen in photo on the internet, but it wasn't when we checked-in. Eventually, we had to pay an extra $10 for the use of microwave in the room. Breakfast was very simple which was set up in the lobby.
Pros: Closeness to Sequoia, parking, free wifi although slow
Cons: extra charge for microwave, very noisy (room facing the main road)

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place gets the one point purely because it is close to Sequoia.
I can see why the place charges in full on booking and no refund ... if we hadn't pre-paid we would have left.
It is dirty, old and neglected.
The glass in the "patio" doors was filthy. The room was very tired, the furniture came out of the ark, it was dusty, cobwebs, the bed cover was very old and worn, the furniture was dirty and worn out, old TV, grubby bathroom, dirty coffee maker.
The first page in the "welcome" folder was a list of charges that would be made for each item you may feel like stealing ... so the welcome is to call guests thieves.
No hair dryer ... could borrow one from reception, but bad luck if you want it after 7.30pm or before 9am as no-ne there then.
A/C was ancient, noisy and too close to the bed, (it could be operated while lying down) impossible to sleep next to.
The pool area and furniture needed a good scrub.
We had the room for 2 nights but it was not cleaned for second night, so bed was not made, towels not changed, bathroom not wiped over or rubbish removed ... so we had an ant invasion.
Breakfast was pathetic ... weak, luke warm coffee, slices of orange and a pastry.
I will say the sheets and towels were clean though.

Only redeeming point is it's closeness to the Sequoia National Park.

It is at best a 2 star and definitely over-priced. Could be nice with a bit of time and money invested ... shame.

Room Tip: don't know if any rooms are better ... our rooms (facing the pool) and our neighbours were horri...
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights - booked at short notice and not much choice in the area as a result. It's around 50 minutes drive into the park, a good drive with great views.

Check-in was fine, the room was very ordinary and basic; the bathroom looked very tired, and it just felt shabby. For the price it was very poor - I know prices around the parks are higher, but this was the most expensive place we stayed on our holiday and was the poorest accomodation.

Breakfast was included - some fruit and cookies, but that was all we needed and it was OK.

Parking is OK, noise levels were OK, location is OK, and you are within a few minutes drive of some OK (but not special) eating places.

If I was touring in the area again I'd look elsewhere - but not convinced I'd find anywhere that gives better value within striking distance of the park.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We spent two evenings in a two bedroon suite with a kitchenette. If these accomodations were in the heart of LA or Carmel it would probably be a 2 star, but it is in a very quaint part of the country, almost in the National Park-- just a short drive to the entrance. That being said, we loved the views from the 2nd floor suite and the people (other guests and staff) were all friendly and accomodating. There are nice resturants close by and a fantastic bakery just up the road. This establishment reminded me of the smaller local places my family would stop at when we were on vacation many years ago. We enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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23 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

The place is a good starting point for any trip to the Sequoia National Park.
The rooms are clean, although a bit old.
Breakfast is no more than decent, but it works.
Considering what you get the price is a bit too high.
Not bad but there would be much to improve.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This motel makes a nice change from the faceless chain motels of similar price. Helpful staff, pool with great views (including deer on hillside), nearby restaurants and really close to Sequoia, all make it a great stop if visiting the park. Family of 4.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sierra Lodge

Address: 43175 Sierra Drive, Hwy 198, Three Rivers, CA 93291
Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sierra Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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