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“An overpriced convenience store dump... never, ever again.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Stony Creek Lodge
Los Altos, California, Usa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An overpriced convenience store dump... never, ever again.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is a convenience store with two gas pumps and some rooms on the second floor. The "restaurant" is open for pizza, 6-7PM. That's it. The front desk closes at 7PM. The building is run down, including the rooms. They tell you that hot water takes 15 minutes to get to the room in the morning. Room prices, for what they are, should be about $15. This place could be described as "camping inside" at best. This is a dumpy little "motel" that lures buyers who have never been there with high prices, assuming the buyer believes there MUST be something good about it. There isn't. I wouldn't stop there to get gas. And if you book and arrive... and immediately think "Bates Motel", they won't cancel your reservation.
We arrive, saw this place for what it is, and left. We lost the room cost but stayed in a wonderful hotel, after an incremental 5+ hour drive, in Mammoth Lakes for 1/3 the cost of this dump. The drive was worth it. They couldn't pay me to spend a night at this place.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Montgomery, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This facility really doesn't have that much going for it other than its location. It IS located between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, that should be your main reason for deciding to stay here. We stayed here for two nights and had a nice oppurtunity to explore both National Parks without the long drives back and forth from Visalia or Fresno. The lodge itself is clean generally, the staff was friendly enough and the pizza from the restaurant was actually delicious. I recommend ordering your pizza a little earlier than you might think neccessary because it takes almost an hour to get it and one night we were there, they closed the restaurant earlier than its posted hours to the disappointment of some guests. The room was small but adequate. The bed was comfortable enough but nothing to write about. The heat in our room was virtually non-existant. It definately got cold at night and with the heat at full blast it felt pretty much like a mouse breathing on your foot. The water is cold only. Claims of letting the water run for ten or fifteen minutes to get warm water are, in our experiance, unfounded. (Although, one morning we found a window of about fifteen minutes where we briefly had warmer than cold water.) Ice is difficult to get after hours as there is no ice machine available for guests. The tv is a small 16 inch antiquated analog box set which gets only limited channels. During our two night stay the electric went out four times although never for more than fifteen minutes at a time. So there are some distinct inconveniences to deal with if you stay here but again the location is great and they have a gas station on site. Other reviewers have commented on the high price to stay here and it is true that this establishment is NOT a good value for the money. But if you book here knowing that you are going to be somewhat roughing it you can turn the experiance into a bit of an adventure and again it IS a great location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

The most disappointing stop-over during our 15 day trip and we were expecting more for the price we paid. The lodge accomodation was severely lacking with poorly furnished rooms with paper thin wall - we could clearly hear every word, sneeze and snore from the guests in the next room! The dormatory style set-up was totally inadequate and not too clean. Our TV was not working and we only had one small side light which made night-time reading impossible. Staff were poorly trained and surprisingly were unable to provide us with adequate information on the area. We were informed by the staff that the "restaurant" closed at 8pm. This served pizza. We tried to use this facility on our second nights stay and was told that the wait would be over an hour (there were only six people in front of us!) ... I could go on. Stay somewhere different.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nevada City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

We spent so much time out and about in the park we only needed a comfortable place to stay the nights during our 4 day trip, and this was just perfect. I just had to use the extra blanket to make the bed comfortable enough for me, but my husband slept fine without the extra padding.

Room Tip: Our room was on the parking lot side, second floor, nice view of the forest out the window.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

I'll start off by saying that I preferred the nearby Montecito Sequoia Lodge, but if you aren't into the kid/family dynamic, then this is your place for a comparable price. If this place was not where it was and so convenient to Kings Canyon and Sequoia, it would be in the 2-3 star range. Having said that, it is a good choice for visitors to those parks. Also be warned that one you start heading east out of Fresno on 180, there are virtually no places to stay as you make your way into the parks. The place is a little old and needs some updates, but the staff was very courteous and helpful and the room more than adequate. We worried about the lack of A/C, but even on a hot August day the room was very comfortable for sleeping once the sun went down. The bed and bathroom were nice, but the TV reception was poor. Having the store and gas pumps right there are a huge bonus, and the food at the pizzeria was far better than you might expect. Breakfast was a little below average, but was made up for by the view out the windows.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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newcastle upon tyne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

We travelled down from yosemite. Room was OK. There was in ice machine but no fridge. Continental breakfast was included in the price and we ate pizza in the evening. Catering was pretty basic but OK. My kids were pretty impressed to see bear poo in the car park when we left for L.A.. There is a short trail down to Stony Creek and it was really pleasant to bathe in the pools which were still quite deep but safe in August. The kids really enjoyed this

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at Stony Creek lodge three nights at the end of July 2012. The room was large (for two persons we had two queen beds plus one small bed) and clean; the only thing we missed was a fridge. The stuff was helpful and kind. The breakfast basic but food eatable. We visited restaurant to eat pizza once.

Many people here complained about furniture etc. We found rooms comfortable and perfectly adequate for several nights. I recommend to take a room facing north in the summer because the south facing rooms were hot at the end of the day.

The Lodge is an easy and enjoyable 30 minutes drive to both Sequoia Lodgepole and King's Grant Village. The location is perfect but staying in Wuksachi Lodge would be better as most of attractions are near Lodgepole. We once ate dinner at Wuksachi lodge.

The Lodge's small store has basic supplies but is expensive (as in other national parks). Thus, a fridge would be very useful. That's our only serious complaint in addition to the room price which was high in the summer, but there really is not much choice in Sequoia. Staying in Grant Village would place you 1 hour drive from Lodgepole which is too far. The same for the Three Rivers.

We would also appreciate a possibility to walk near the lodge after the diner. As it is, there are no trails in the immediate vicinity that we know of and the only possibility was to walk along the main road, which is not a good idea, or toward the camping site.

We saw several deers nearby and on the parking lot of the lodge. The nights were quite and we felt safe.

We would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Stony Creek Lodge

Property: Stony Creek Lodge
Address: General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Stony Creek Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stony Creek Lodge is a modest lodge on the Generals Highway between two National Parks, conveniently located to explore both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. ... more   less 
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