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“Quaint, rustic, restful” 4 of 5 stars
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46000 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Quaint, rustic, restful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

I liked this motel. The location was perfect, next to a scenic river at the entrance of the national park. Usually I steer clear of motels, but I had to make an exception this time. The rooms were clean and simplistic. The motel was old, but renovated. Everything was clean and the beds were comfortable. There was a slight dampness smell, but nothing too bad.

The room was almost perfectly quiet and located next to the beautiful river. We slept with the windows open and could only hear the peaceful sound of rushing river water. Some rooms have kitchenettes, some do not. Our room only had a microwave and refrigerator, which was adequate. We bought steaks at the local "Village Supermarket" and grilled the steaks outside. There are barbecues available, and you need to provide your own charcoal. We brought a gas stove and grilled the steaks next to the river. We ate outside on the available picnic tables. We were completely alone in a beautiful, natural setting and had a great dinner. Those were the best steaks I've ever had.

The management consists of very nice motherly ladies who were helpful if you needed anything. They gave us silverware, and other kitchen items. Calls and internet were also free. Try getting free service like that at a four star hotel, it won't happen. Staying at this hotel reminded me of visiting my grandparents' rustic house in the country. The visit was quaint and restful. If you prefer a Ritz or Hyatt, this is not the place for you. If you want a quiet family or romantic vacation near the outdoors, I would recommend this motel.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

We stayed 2 nights expecting the delights of a Bed and Breakfast adjacent to Sequoia NP. Room 7, for which we paid $110 + taxes per night had a small double bed, storage space under the bed, a television that received mostly interference (in contrast, the neighbouring motel had an excellent satellite signal), three dead light bulbs, and a small dillapidated bathroom with a crazed sink and dirty floor. The complimentary breakfast comprised a couple of pieces of shrivelled fruit and a disgusting pre-packed Danish and mini-muffin, both of which were placed in the sun, in the room on the previous day. The air-con system was hanging off the wall and worked feebly, and internet access was non-existant. Certainly the low point of our 3 week vacation.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

My husband and I stayed only one night here. We spoke with Victoria on the phone to book the cabin. She was very friendly and helpful. She wanted to make sure we get there safely and not get lost. The rooms by the river were not available. So we ended up with their one-bedroom Blossom cabin across the street. The cabin came with a kitchen if you would like to cook. It also had a little fridge. There was no phone in the cabin, but there was a shared telephone by the office that you can use to dial anywhere free of charge. The cabin was kind of old and small. I noticed there were cobwebs on parts of the walls. My husband wanted to open the window in the bathroom, but the window wouldn't hold up. So my husband put a cup there to keep the window open. To plush the toilet, we had to hold the lever down to flush the toilet completely. In addition, the queen sized bed was too soft. We both woke up with a backache. There was a patio area outside. We would sit outside but we didn't like the fact that it was facing the street and the restaurant across the street, which stayed open until midnight. In terms of the location, this hotel is 3/4 mile away from the entrance to Sequoia National Park. You can't beat that. We had dinner at the Gateway Restaurant right next to the hotel. It was expensive, but the food was good. If you drive further away from the park, there are some other more affordable restaurants, as well as a couple of markets. If you are just spending the night and go explore in the national park, then I would recommend the place for the sake of the location.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

I realize that this is an old motel...but bugs and rotten fruit are another thing altogether. The place is old. The location is wonderful, on the river, but the grounds have not been kept up. There were bugs on our towels and the little basket of a muffin, a packaged danish and two pieces of fruit (one moldy) was our "breakfast." For nearly $100 I expected a bit more.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

Small, very clean motel with a large room with a microwave, sm refrigerater and coffee maker. It is about a 1 mile drive to the entrance of the beautiful Sequoia National Park. There is a restaurant next door and a few small restaurants a couple of miles away. The rooms are facing a beautiful river. The staff was very helpful with sightseeing suggestions in the area.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

My partner and myself spent two nights at the Buckeye, which is literally the last structure before the entrance to Sequoia Park on route 198. Very efficent check-in (we paid a little higher price because of summer rush), a clean , simple room. Small , cabin-like feel, but with all amenities - ac, fridge, microwave, tv,dvd player. There were no closets but lots of nooks and corners and racks .We did not carry much anyways. The beds were very comfortable and with crisp clean sheets. The blankets and comforter showed a little wear but just a little.
The best thing about the motel is its small number of rooms, its quiet balcony looking out to the river (which you can hear) and a freindly staff.
For meals, we drove ten minutes down to Three Rivers shopping center and ate decent Mexican food at Serrano's , pizza at Pizza factory . Sadly the cashier at Pizza Factory was very rude. .
The only thingi missed was more space to walk by the river - instead we happily sat in the balcony sipping beer and listening to the quiet.

TIP: The shuttle isnide the PArk is very efficient way to get around - esp. for disabled persons because it stops right next to the Sherman tree.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

If you are looking for a nice place to stay just dowm the road from the park this is the place to stay. The rooms were clean and the employees were very friendly. We booked on short notice and were able to get a room here for one night and one night across the street at the sequioa village inn which is owned by the same people. It is not like staying at a chain hotel but everything worked and was clean. My kids enjoyed the pool. The only downside is that they offered a breakfast basket but it is a very small amount of food. It is more like a snack than a meal so if you are looking for something to fill you you will have to eat somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 46000 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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Buckeye Tree Three Rivers

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