This was a good base location for a long weekend at Sequoia, about six miles past Three Rivers and only a minute from the park gates. Next door is the Gateway Restaurant, but you'll have to drive back into town in you want to visit the market or any other restaurant.
All the rooms overlook the river, and the scenery is splendid. I look forward to heading back in the spring when the river is much stronger. Although it doesn't overlook the river, the pool is refreshing after a long, hot drive up to Three Rivers. The patio and yard area overlooking the river was nice and relaxing--a great place to enjoy a glass of wine.
The rooms are very basic, and what you'd expect from a motel. Our room was clean, the A/C kept the room cool during the 100 degree weather, and they offered free phone service (a nice touch since cell reception was nil). My only complaint was the mattress had a visible dip and waking up with a back ache wasn't too great after spending the day hiking.
Finally, the staff was very nice and friendly. They were always pleasant to deal with, and offered good suggestions on things to do up in Sequoia.
- 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