We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

The Kern Lodge

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
The Kern Lodge
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"}},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

232 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 215: English reviews
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
77 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have tried different places to stay in Kernville since our favorite B&B in Kernville closed its doors 2 years ago. We finally found it. We stayed in room 114, the Meadows room. It is a large, very clean room with tile floors which I will take over carpeting in a hotel any day of the week. The kitchen and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Peacenquiet2013
Encinitas, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed here for two nights during a June rafting trip, and was pleasantly surprised. The room was clean and quiet, the staff very friendly, and the location was convenient. The room was rustic, but this is a mountain town after all, and it felt just right. I'll stay here again during future trips to the area.

Helpful?
Thank Bill M
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review. We're very happy to hear your feedback, and thrilled to hear you will return in the future. We look forward to seeing you again! Thank You, Caitlin, Manager More 

Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
102 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

The Kern Lodge is a nice, clean motel that charges hotel prices. We liked our unit, #112 which was directly across from the pool. It had a kitchenette and a private patio, but in summer months it's way too hot to sit out there or BBQ. My wet jeans dried out in two hours! The lodge is well maintained and... More 

Helpful?
Thank sls1124
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. I'd like to offer an explanation on the parts of it that weren't so pleasant for your experience; we have a call box for two reasons. The first is that the front desk staff may be required to leave the office to attend other parts of the property. All phone lines are then transferred... More 

Lake Forest, California
Level Contributor
177 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We drove into Kernville 1st visit and there was a cute little lodge nested in the trees, then found out it was not the one we picked! I was somewhat disappointed as we approached the Kern Lodge. Once we checked in and realized we had a great view and the room was ample in size, we were glad we had... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lucy M
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. We would love to have more trees along the property, but at the same time, it's a blessing. Pine trees, though beautiful, can be a hinderence on the view of the mountains, and would also be a challenge for any groundskeeper when the pine needles shed. For nature, if you stay in January -... More 

Chatsworth, California, United States
Level Contributor
115 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We stayed here several times over the years. It is still a good choice because it offers some entertainment for kids (play room) and has a swimming pool. Also key is that it is next to the brewery which is one of the better restaurants around town and it is close to the general store too. The rooms are OK,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Robert H
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. Depending on the location of your room and if it is a week day vs weekend, the noise level can be affected. The upper row of rooms, from 101-107, as well as apartments 203 & 204 on the backside of the property may overhear some of the noise from the brewery next door. We... More 

Oceanside, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I stay at the Kern Lodge every couple months for work and I would be happy to stay for pleasure as well. The staff is friendly and I have never had a problem. The location is next to the Kern River Brewing Company and a couple minute walk to Ewings and a 5 minute walk from everything else in Kernville.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sean B
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. Our location is one of the best reasons to stay with us! As you pointed out, we do lack a riverfront view. In its place, we have various mountain views, pool view, and a park area view. Luckily, the river in just two streets over; easy walking distance. Thank you again for your feedback,... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

This was the perfect place to stay for our family of four that planned a day of river rafting. The room decor was antiquated, but still very nice and clean with a western flair. It was hotter than the dickens in mid July, but the pool was our saving grace. Others in our group stayed in other local hotels, but... More 

Helpful?
Thank Denise E
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. The Kern River Valley prides itself with its western history, so we do the same by decorating most of our rooms with nature scenes (though three rooms are ocean themed). In July, it can get as hot as 108 degrees here! Luckily, we have a pool, as well as efficient AC units. I know... More 

LA Area
Level Contributor
40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Great location (right next to Kern River Brewing Company), bit of Christian symbolism around (I personally don't care, but if you do one way or the other it should factor into you decision,) clean rooms at a far price. The Cabin was especially nice.

Helpful?
Thank EvanDicker
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. The owner is a devote Catholic and has no trouble expressing it in positive ways around the property. It certainly isn't meant to offend or to make anyone uncomfortable; every year, we welcome guests from all over the world, of all different cultures and religions. It isn't required that anyone be religious to work... More 

Castaic, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Lucy greeted us when we first arrived with a huge smile and suggestions for places to eat. Our room was very spacious with mini fridge and microwave, memory foam bed, air conditioned and large screen TV. With a salt pool, pool table, mini library and game room plus giant checker and chess sets outside there is plenty of relaxation after... More 

Helpful?
Thank Debbie S
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. All of our rooms come with the amenities mentioned (if not in the full-sized variety, depending on the room type). So many guests stay with us during their rafting trips that we do our best to maintain a relaxing atmosphere near the heart of Kernville. You certainly know our Lodge well, the only thing... More 

Lake Isabella, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We highly recommend this friendly, hospitable, and charming family owned lodge with lots of local mountain personality...and location, location, location! Salt water pool. Air conditioned rooms with wi-fi (a little slow - but works great). BBQ area with picnic tables and comfortable chairs. Excellent location within walking distance to historic and old-west-style Kernville town center, Kern River, river park, restaurants/bars,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michele D
KernLodgeSue, Manager at The Kern Lodge, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review. What you wrote is quite impressive as it gives detailed information on not one room, but two! And you're absolutely right; our lodge may not be perfect, but that's part of its charm. We've focused so much time, love, and attention to maintaining the rustic 1955 feel while upgrading into the 21st century! We're... More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

117 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (91)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (6)
Viewed
Room/Suite (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (15)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (6)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Other (40)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (26)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (3)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (17)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Kernville
2.6 mi away
Sequoia Lodge
Sequoia Lodge
#2 of 7 in Kernville
4.5 of 5 stars 121 reviews
0.3 mi away
River View Lodge
River View Lodge
#6 of 7 in Kernville
3.5 of 5 stars 54 reviews
7.2 mi away
Corral Creek Resort
Corral Creek Resort
#1 of 3 in Kernville
4.5 of 5 stars 46 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Whispering Pines Lodge
Whispering Pines Lodge
#2 of 3 in Kernville
4.0 of 5 stars 79 reviews
3.7 mi away
Barewood Inn & Suites
Barewood Inn & Suites
#1 of 1 in Wofford Heights
4.0 of 5 stars 43 reviews
0.1 mi away
Piazza's Pine Cone Inn
Piazza's Pine Cone Inn
#1 of 8 in Kernville
4.5 of 5 stars 31 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Kern Lodge is located in the heart of Kernville, just minutes from the wild and scenic Kern River! We have a Pool, a Park w/BBQs and Fire Pit, a Game Room and a giant outdoor set of Chess & Checkers! Our rooms range from a single queen, all the way to a master suite! Check out website for full details! All rooms are non-smoking. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Kern Lodge

Address: 67 Valley View Dr, Kernville, CA 93238-9724
Location: United States > California > Kernville
Price Range: $103 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Kern Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Booking.com, Hotwire, Priceline, Odigeo, Agoda and Travelocity so you can book your The Kern Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Kern Hotel Kernville
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay