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“Very run down. Worst food in park” 1 of 5 stars
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Montecito Sequoia Lodge
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Houston
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Very run down. Worst food in park”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The only good thing I can say, is mother nature rocks! The lake and surrounding area is beautiful. Our room had leak rot in the ceiling and walls. The lights in the hallway were out. The door at the top of the stairs was torn from it's hinges. The smoke alarm in the next room was chirping from low battery. The single heater made it impossible to close the door to any room, less you freeze that room. ZERO amenities. No mini fridge or TV, hair dryer... The food was beyond my belief. The meal for the night was room temperature chicken, with uncooked rice. You would think they could at least make coffee. Oh no. INSTANT COFFEE!!! This place is an absolute drive by only. No consideration should be given to stay here, EVER.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We have visited the lodge twice and are already planning our third visit. We have only stayed here in the winter and so cannot comment on what it is like in any other season. This place is a bit rustic, family friendly and a lot of fun! There was over five feet of snow on the ground during our first visit. We actually had to exit the park and drive all the way around to the north entrance in order to get here as the park roads were closed. We were told to check in with the park service at Grant Grove Village and wait for an escort to the lodge (only available twice a day when we were there in 2010).

The lodge was a winter wonderland when we arrived! The summer cabins were half buried in snow and everything was glistening white and beautiful! We stayed in the main lodge in a big room with bunk beds for the kids. Most of the rooms are big enough for families and all their stuff. Meals are included and are served cafeteria-style. the food is basic, plentiful and filling. Nothing fancy, but not bad (and with plenty of options for various diets and tastes). They have juice, water, coffee, tea and simple snacks like cookies and cereals out 24/7.

The main lodge has two massive rooms downstairs. One has the dining area, some comfy couches and a big fire place. The other has some additional tables for dining, more comfy couches and another big fire place as well as a foozball table and shelves filled with games and activities for kids.

Best of all, they have plenty of outdoor activities available free or at a very low cost. Sleds are free while cross country skis, snowboards and snow shoes can be rented for approx $15/day. They have counselors on staff who take the little kids out every day for sledding and hikes and then bring them back for games and snacks .. all free!

We had so much fun the first time, we came back the next winter with four other families. There was hardly any snow on the ground for the second trip, which was upsetting to us, but the new families had a great time. We are all planning on going back this winter (and hope to find snow on the ground once again).

From what I understand, they have even more activities in the summer, but beware as the prices go up dramatically that time of the year. Perhaps three times as much as in the winter.

Room Tip: Check the weather before visiting in the winter time. When the snow comes, it comes hard and road ma...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Just returned on Saturday, April 6. Our extended family--grandparents, parents and kids had a great time. Stayed in the main lodge in king bed rooms with bunk beds. Everything was comfortable, clean and well managed. Staff in the lodge and out around the camp were excellent, helpful, friendly and always willing to help make this a marvelous trip for all ages. Food was abundant and plentiful. Lots of choices for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Great season to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Make sure to enter the lodge from the northern route 180, this way you miss the multiple switch backs that may cause you gastric distress! The lodge is rustic and they really mean it that there is no TVs or phone service. It can be a little scary if someone needs to get in touch with you! Buffet style meals are served at designated times, you can get tea & coffee @ any time. Breakfast was much better than dinner, so bring snacks to munch on! Do not plan on purchasing wine or beer,they do not sell any, so bring it with you.
This is really a family spot, so it can get very noisy, they do have quiet time starting @ 10PM. There are many activities for the family.
The staff were extremely helpful in getting out of the park with an impending snow storm! They were a saving grace in getting out as the brochure the park guards give you say the road could be closed for a long time due to snow storms!!! Did not know this when making a reservation.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the steps.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Enfield, NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We spent two nights at the lodge recently and have two boys, 7 and 9. The lodge is VERY comfortable and easy to stay. Our boys felt right at home. Yes, there are a lot of kids and families if you stay in the main lodge and for meals, but that is the beauty of this place if you like families/kids. We struck up easy conversations with other parents and our boys joined in many games with other kids. There is a fooseball table and ping pong table, and two fireplaces. The views are incredible! The food is good, not gourmet, but excellent salads and decent variety. We rented snow shoes for a great hike up the hill and would have done cross-country skiing as well but the snow was hard and crusty. Programs (morning and afternoon) are posted for kids (5 and older) and were not the best organized when we were there, but our boys did one afternoon while we went snow shoeing. Rooms were comfortable and roomy enough. I guess I don't understand other reviews expecting well-appointed rooms--this is a lodge, not a four star hotel! We felt very comfortable reading in our room or hanging out in the main lodge room prior to meals. Overall, we felt an excellent value, with the incredible bonus of having two famous sequoia groves within 15 miles on either side. Don't miss it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Davis, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed 2 nights and I thought from the website that the Family Camp was just in summer. So it was just my husband and me and then big families with lots of kids!!! We were the only couple. The rooms are okay; not very well appointed. Ours had the stairs right next to it and kids clomped up and down to the point of driving us crazy! There are also large signs posted in the hallway to "Please Whisper" and there was screaming in the hallway up until bedtime, between 9 and 10. The all inclusive, buffet turned out to be very good, and they let you bring all your own alcohol into the dining room. The staff is incredibly friendly and attentive but this wasn't our cup of tea. It's a little pricey as well for the quality of accommodation. But there's lot's of snow sports available! Um, yeah, perfect for families!

Room Tip: I guess all I can say is, don't stay in room 108!!!! The stairs next to it are a real problem...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

long way to go but it's worth it. Got lost, my sister rang and the staff was very helpful to give directions.Staffs are very helpful and very nice. We arrived in the afternoon,cold and hungry and there's a warm soup and fruits prepared all day. Dinner and breakfast were very nice. Room is a bit outdated.But the place and the views are amazing.

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Property: Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Address: 63410 General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Montecito Sequoia Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All Meals and seasonal activities included in the room rate: A Rustic Mountain Lodge & Summer Family Camp located in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California. Spectacular view of the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. All Lodge Rooms have private bath. Cabins have shared bathhouse. Open year-round. ... more   less 
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