After checking out the horrible options at The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge, we walked up the street to Buckeye Tree Lodge and were pleasantly surprised to enter a pleasant lobby, find a welcoming clerk and when we asked about lodging and were told only two large cabins were not reserved, we asked if a discount was possible since there were only two of us.
The clerk called the owner and after a short discussion, we were offered the 'Glacier' cabin and allowed to take the key and go look at it prior to accepting. It was not river view, but all of their cabins are across the street anyway. We went and looked and it was very clean, very pleasant, if a bit worn, (tile, shelves, but nothing major). This was a three room cabin with sleeping of two queen beds and 4 bunk beds, but on a Saturday evening, we were offered a discounted rate of $136+tax instead of the normal $219+tax, which put it on a comparable level to the awful cabin at The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge next door. (actually less money for a much better cabin at BTL).
The Glacier cabin is a great cabin for a group, and was a wonderful stay for us. Kitchen, two baths and three upstairs bedrooms with a deck spanning the two queen bed bedrooms, with chairs and all the expected amenities. We were asked to use only one bathroom since it was just the two of us, but completely understood and it was not a hardship.
We slept well, enjoyed the space downstairs and free WiFi and TV. Tip - Read the helpful tips for the TV in the guest book, sometimes the TV gets set to something other than SAT and doesn't work. You need both controllers to get things to work, but the directions are well written and easy to follow if you have a clue. If not, just call the desk and they will help.
Do wash your dishes! $20 fee if you don't. :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Buckeye Tree Lodge is located 1/4 mile from the entrance to Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With all rooms set along the banks of the Kaweah River, the river views and sounds from each room and balcony are spectacular. The Buckeye's beautiful grounds include a pool, lawn and picnic area next to the River. All rooms have private bathroom, cable TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, AC and free local and long distance calling. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Buckeye Tree Hotel Three Rivers
- Buckeye Tree Three Rivers