Planning a trip to Sequoia and have a plan to stay near the Park (south entrance) the night before. The general recommendation seems to be to stay in Three Rivers, but accommodation in the area looks to be rather pricey for what it is (the best hotel in Three Rivers only gets 4/5 on TA). For 30-40 bucks less, I can stay 20 miles down the road in Exeter, and for 60-70 bucks less, I can stay 40 miles away in Porterville.
Apart from the location, is there any good reason to stay in Three Rivers, given that I'll be getting there pretty late, and leaving very early the next day. Also, I'll be staying in Sequoia the next night, so the extra travel time to Seki will only happen once.