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The River Inn & Cabins
45176 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271   |  
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Ranked #10 of 10 Three Rivers B&B and Inns
Vienna, Austria
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“Excellent!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

On our tour we stayed two nights in this Inn and never regreted staying there. As Three Rivers is a long streched location along the road, it´s not surprising, that all the accomodationes we saw were along this road, but the this Inn is a little set back, and at evenings there is hardly any traffic, as it´s just one or two miles to the National park, which is obviously closed at night to the public. There´s a lawn in front of the Inn, where you can relax in reclining chairs, alltogether the place is charming, with a hint of english gardens.
The rooms were spacious and clean with AC, TV, fridge, microwave and coffemaker, what else would you need?
Our hosts were friendly and very helpfull, gave us good advice on our tours to the park,
thank´s very much again for the pleasure staying with you.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

We just returned from our trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Forests. We new this time of year you take your chances on the weather. Unfortunately for us we hit the massive weather system that blew through the Sierras March 19-25, 2011. This caused us to spend our first three days in Yosemite without powear and massive snow, when we finally managed to get out with a forest service/highway patrol escort we contacted Laura at Three Rivers Inn and Cabins to see if we could check in early. We were thrilled to find out we could. Laura and her husband were extremely helpful. They also were very empathetic to our chanllenges earlier in the week. We stayed in the Kaweah Cabin. The cabin was well stocked with towels, toilet tissue, shampoos, every kind of pot and pan you can think off for cooking in the kitchen as well as a ton of kitchen gagets that would allow anyone to cook a gourmet meal should they choose to do so. Even though it rained our entire stay we managed to spend a few hours in the morning after we checked in, visiting Hospital Rock and hiking down to the river. The next day even though we had to chain up for the snow, we were able to travel up to the Giant Forest and do the Marble Falls hiking trail. This property is right outside the park entrance and we really did not have any issues with traffic noise as reported in some of the other posts. The owners were very accomodating, helpful, friendly and available to us the entire trip. Our stay was for three nights and we enjoyed every minute of it. The views from the back deck are fantastic and yes, you can hear the river!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Kaweah cabin with another couple over a winter holiday weekend. We were very pleased with the location, customer service and quality of the cabin. This was a last-minute trip, and I was worried that we wouldn't find anything to suit our needs calling 3 days in advance. Jerry, the owner/manager of the property, was great. He and his wife clearly love the area (who wouldn't!) and love sharing advice and stories with travelers.

The cabin itself was clean and a good size. Bathroom was stocked with lots of towels and toiletries. We made use of the small kitchen and grill. There was also a tv/dvd player, but we didn't even turn it on during our stay. The heat was pretty inconsistent from one room to the next, but with the use of the included space heater and propping some doors open, we were all comfortable.

The location simply cannot be beat. Just minutes from the entrance to Sequoia NP, but down in the foothills so you don't have to worry about snow and ice during storms.

I would definitely recommend the cabins at the River Inn for anyone looking for a rustic, cozy getaway.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mountain View, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

Total rip-off. For long weekends they require three-day minimum stay and provide no refunds despite their promises to the contrary. The price was around $130 per night plus tax -- grossly overpriced.

The location is bad. The only reason to stay in River Inn is to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon. This place is outside of the park and there is usually huge traffic to get into the park during the weekends -- took us 45 min to drive less than a mile to the park. Kings Canyon is really 3 hours away given typical traffic. Sequoia is 1.5-2 hrs with traffic. There is absolutely no reason to stay in Three Rivers for longer than 1 night. Most people go to Kings Canyon for the second day and find lodging in Kings Canyon area, saving themselves 5 hours of driving. Going back to River Inn means wasting 5-6 hours per day sitting in traffic instead of enjoying the park.

The hotels issues no refunds no matter what, breaking their earlier promises. It's a total rip-off: bad location, bad lodging quality, + 2-3 nights minimum stay. Most people want to leave after the first night once they see the poor quality of the place, and the owners know that, so they lock people into 2-3 nights minimum stay in a crappy place sight unseen.

The room quality is poor: a very cheap two-star place with poor sound insulation. Noisy on weekends. Not worth more than $50-60 per night in all honesty. The rooms get extremely hot in summer, and air conditioner is very noisy. In addition to that, the hotel is right next to the road, and the road noise is also bad.

There are much nicer places to stay in Three Rivers for less money -- check other reviews on TripAdvisor or on Google Maps. This hotel is probably the worst lodging accommodation in Three Rivers.

Recommendation: book in a different hotel in Three Rivers for the first night, and another place in Kings Canyon area for the second night. If money is not a problem, stay inside the park. Even better, go camping -- cheaper, much nicer, and in the middle of a beautiful forest.

Good luck!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

I'd venture most travellers do not seek out Three Rivers in itself as a vacation destination. It's a small town and appears to be nice enough as such. The draw for the outsider is the proximity to Sequoia National park. Any way you slice it, it's a long drive (at least an hour) to get to the most-frequented park destinations - the Giant Forest, Moro Rock, etc. - and I booked a night at the River Inn because it was close to the park entrance.

The proprietors were friendly, and the room as I expected: it was clean, the air-conditioner worked, there's a nice little table outside each room for those who want to linger with coffee, watch the sunlight on the hills, and savor the fragrant hillside air. As mentioned in another review, it's close to the road, but pretty much everything is in this narrow canyon. I don't recall traffic noise being excessive - less than I've gotten when in hotels in big cities. There are a couple of places within a five-minute drive to catch decent meals, and there's a small convenience store right next door for last-minute snacks and additions to day-trip supplies.

In short, if you're looking for a room with all the amenities of a chain, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a clean, quiet place to hang your hat before you head for a day at the park, then I'd recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

Although the owners were very helpful and friendly, once we got there we were very disappointed to see that the cabins sat right on the highway, just a couple of steps away from the traffic. We reserved 4 nights, left after 2, and lost our money for the last 2 nights because their reservation policy is 14 days, no exceptions. Perhaps I should have looked and read a bit more closely, but even as I look now, I can't find anything that would realistically warn a potential guest about the fact that you will have cars going by until way after the sun goes down. We have a 13 month old and he could not sleep due to the noise. Also, during the summer it is extremely hot and if you have the air conditioner on, which you will, that noise combined with the traffic is enough to keep anyone up. The windows are regular, not dual paned, so you can hear everything. Laura, the owner, told us as we checked in that all we would hear at night would be the river, but the river was the last thing we heard, and mind you, it wasn't as close to the cabin as they say it is. We also hiked down and there is no river bed, so it is extremely difficult to get to the river at all, considering the lack of a trail and the boulders and rocks. Additionally, the bathroom is TINY. If you have a baby and are trying to bathe him with your partner's help, it'll be very hard. Lastly, they said there was WiFi, but there was no reception during the entire time we were there, which is not at all good when you consider that there is no cell phone reception either.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AllAmerican26, Owner at The River Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, July 19, 2010
This review has been posted by Maria Dicono of Glendale, California. She booked well in advance; was mailed a rental agreement with our terms, conditions, and amenities. She signed and returned her contract well in advance of her visit. She called with many questions which we patiently answered, truthfully. She called two weeks ahead saying that she needed to arrive a day early to watch the World Cup; and we worked it out for her to be able to do so. Our website has pictures and text that presents our property perfectly as it is. We are hard working small business owners, and occasionally we have people come through that will not be pleased and will use this type of forum to offer untrue, anonymous slander. Our website makes it clear that our cabins are across the street from our Inn. It is a two lane country road by the time you get to our location, one mile from Sequoia National Park. There are pictures of all the interiors and exteriors of every cabin on our website with the views behind each cabin as well. The cabins are right on the edge of the riverbed. It is a two minute walk to the edge of the flowing river. The river can be heard night and day. People are very blessed when they walk out onto the deck of their cabin and see the beautiful view of the foothills rising sharply above the riverbed; they can watch the deer in the morning and evening coming across the riverbed, sometimes grazing right below their cabin. Mrs. Dicono told us that she was disabled, and arrived with her husband, and child under two. She had a lot of needs and questions which we tried very hard to answer and satisfy. We tried our best to be positive and assist her to make her visit to Sequoia National Park a rich experience. The weather is hot in July, we have a weather page on our website that advises guests of our average highs and lows for each month. The Dicono family went to visit Sequoia Park and were only gone for a few hours of their first day here. Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks have days of exploration and enjoyment awaiting everyone of all ages for whatever level of ability. Mrs. Dicono told us that they had decided to leave; and that she understood all the terms of our mutual agreement, and if we could resell her cabin that would be great, but if we couldn't, she understood. Our cabins have full kitchen facilities and most people book them in advance of their visit. We unmarked our website and tried very hard to upgrade our incoming guests, and to sell it to telephone inquiries. However, it was a mid week stay and we were not able to sell the two nights that she left ahead of her reserved check out time. We are sorry that she did not find what she was looking for, however, we stand by our service and properties. We speak the truth, we make sure our guests understand our policies and agree to them with their signature word of honor. Our photos online are not disappointing compared to what you will see when you stay in our cabins, inn rooms, or vacation rental homes. We are hardworking American "Mom & Pop" business people, and what you see is what you get. We are complimented often with those very words, "It is just what you said, it looks just like the pictures." We honor our word.
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Farmington, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

Reserved Sequoia House for late July on 4/6 and called back on 4/9 to change and rebook and charged $150 for CXL FEE. Called and talked to Jerry Harris, owner and he said that was the policy and refused to take the fee off. We had talked to wife, Laura when reservation was made and cancelled and she did not let us know that they would be keeping the $150. Received receipt in the mail informing us of this charge. We will rebook with a different rental company. Please do not agree to book over the phone without something in writing. We book yearly for family vacations and this is our first CA booking and we were disappointed and felt we were not treated fairly. $150 is a lot of money for retired and older families.

Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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AllAmerican26, Owner at The River Inn & Cabins, responded to this review, May 4, 2010
This review violates TripAdvisor Guidelines as this person did not travel to this property. This family was planning a vacation to this area and we spent a lot of time with them over the telephone over a period of a few months answering all their questions about Sequoia National Park, our facilities, and helping to them to plan for their family gathering in our Sequoia House Vacation Rental. We had long conversations with both the daughter and the mother. The mother called for several weeks before and we had 5 or 6 conversations going over the area information and the vacation rental amenities, terms, and conditions. We encouraged her to be very sure before she made her booking because there is a cancellation fee after you book, and within 30 days of arrival of our vacation rentals the reservation is non-cancelable and non-refundable. She booked, agreeing to the terms, and provided her complete credit card information so that she could be charged the Security Deposit and the First Night’s Room & Tax Deposit. The amount was close over $750.00. We charged her credit card as she asked us to, marked our website that the unit was no longer available, and prepared her package to be mailed containing her deposit receipt, listing of the amenities in the vacation rental, rental agreement, and Visitor’s Guide to the national parks. When she called back to cancel because someone in her party changed their mind; we refunded all of her over $750.00 deposit except the $150.00 cancellation fee. This lady registered to be on Trip Advisor in order to post this unfavorable review because she did not feel that she should have to abide by the terms she agreed to when she provided us with her form of payment and authorization to charge her. We always make it very clear to our guests what our terms are. We are honest, hard working small business owners. But, still, you cannot please everyone all the time, although we try. This review is not fairly posted and we believe it is an attempt at a smear campaign, is insulting, and not helpful to tourists coming to Sequoia National Park. We have good prices, clean and comfortable accommodations, just one mile from the entrance to the Park.
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Address: 45176 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
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Ranked #10 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Three Rivers
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