We stayed at the Montecito Sequoia Lodge for one night while visiting Sequoia National Forest in mid-May. It is right in the Park and we had no problem with the roads and the snow was gone except for some small remnants in shady areas. We really liked this place and wish we were staying another night. It felt like we were pulling into a summer camp. There are both multi room cabins and single cabins spread out near a large main lodge that houses the dining room, rec room, and is also where you check in.
The guys that checked us in were great. We arrived late and when they heard we drove there strait from Las Vegas and were hungry they took us in the kitchen and pulled out leftovers from the barbeque dinner and told us to help ourselves…in fact they said we could eat anytime we wanted 24 hours a day. The leftovers and cereal are always available. They also had fountain drinks, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, espresso and cappuccino available 24 hours. This came in handy for our early morning bird walk before breakfast. We did have breakfast at the normal time and they had all the normal breakfast stuff served buffet style. Our meals were included in our room price.
The lodge has a large dining room and another large recreation room. This room has a TV, Ping Pong table, dart board, and a bunch of tables with various board games. The Lodge also has a large deck that overlooks the pool and an unbelievable view of the mountains and the forest. The mountain peaks had snow on them while we were there and lots of photos were taken.
Our room was in one of the cabins closer to the main lodge. Ours was called Red Fir Lodge and it also houses the ski shop in the winter. It is a bit of a walk with your luggage to get to any of the cabins, but I think they have people that will deliver your luggage to your room or cabin. Our room was on the second floor and the steps did not have a landing, so they were fairly steep. Ask for a ground floor room if you think you will have trouble with the steps. Our room was small but very clean and functional. It had a queen sized bed and a set of bunk beds. There was also a dresser, night table, refrigerator, and coffee pot. The room would be a bit tight with more than two people, but you do not really want to spend much time in your room. The water was hot in the shower and had good pressure. It was great to sleep with the windows open.
The grounds were great. There are a series of trails a pond with boats, a pool, and lots of staff led activities. There is an agility course, trampoline, tons of kids toys, a larger campfire area with a fire each night after dinner. We only had time to go on a few hikes but it looks like we could have had fun for a few days.
This is not a luxury hotel, there is no TV or phone in the room…but they have a great staff, everything is clean, lots of little extra in the dining area, and a vibe that just makes you want to be in a good mood. We would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay right in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon Forest.
Tip: The pop out of the vending machine in the recreation room is less expensive than the pop in the cooler near the front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ALL-INCLUSIVE RUSTIC MOUNTAIN LODGE INSIDE OF SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA - Buffet meals and seasonal activities included in the room rate! Spectacular view of the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Rooming options include newly-built Forest Cabins and Lake View Suites with private baths & decks, Vintage Lodge Rooms & Suites all with private baths. Rustic Cabins with a wood-burning stove and shared bathhouse. Property features an outdoor hot tub open year-round, and a seasonal pool, private lake, and hiking trails directly on property. Lodge is open year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montecito Sequoia Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Montecito Sequoia Lodge