We stayed at Parchers Resort on June 18th, in one of the quaint Hiker's Cabins. The cabin was only $125 before tax, and was a great option for us to stay at high elevation (the resort is at 9,260 feet above sea level) the night before our high sierras backpacking trip. This was the only lodging I could find in the South Lake/Sabrina Lake vicinity that offered one night accommodations, everywhere else required a two or three night minimum. The other option in the area is staying at one of the hotels in downtown Bishop, but Bishop is only at 4,200 feet, so if you really want to get acclimated to high elevation before entering the backcountry, I would recommend staying up in the mountains.
About the resort, it consisted of a lot of cabins, all of varying sizes, nicely spaced out at the base of a ridge, with a creek running between the resort and the road. There was a well stocked store onsite, as well as a cafe that served breakfast and lunch. Check in was easy, we'd paid half the cabin rate when we'd made our reservations a month prior, and paid the other half plus tax when we arrived, received our keys, and headed over the cabin #4.
The cabins had parking for one car in front, and a cute little porch. There were chairs in front, around a fire pit. Inside, the cabins were very nice and clean, and still smelled like fresh cut wood. On either side of the door was a set of bunk beds, the set on the right side were pretty standard, but the set on the left side had a full size bottom bunk, so two people could sleep side by side. The kitchen was small but very nice, with a sink, stove and plenty of dishes for guest use. To the right of the kitchen was another counter area, with a half size fridge under it. Next to the fridge was the bathroom and a dinning table and chairs. The bathroom was pretty small, just a toilet and stall shower, but it was sufficient for our needs. One thing to note though, in the evening when I took a shower the water was nice and warm, however the next morning when my boyfriend took one he said it quickly got very cold. I'm not sure if the cabins share a hot water heater, but it's something to keep in mind if multiple people staying in the cabin need to shower. Another thing to keep in mind is that the other cabins come with everything you need, but for the hiker's cabins you need to bring your own towels and bedding, the bunks only have bare mattresses.
After we unpacked our car, we headed about 2-3 miles down the road to the Bishop Creek Lodge Restaurant. Since Parchers Cafe was only open for breakfast and lunch, this was the closest option for a warm, sit down meal. We were promptly seated, and both ordered just water, since we were feeling some of the effects from the high elevation. They did have a full bar though, and a long list of beer to choose from. We both had the 16 oz T-Bone steak dinner, which was excellent, but way to big to finish.
Overall, I would recommend Parchers Resort as a great place to stay in the eastern sierras, for a one night rest before a backpack trip, or a longer stay in one of the bigger cabins. Everything was very nice, great service from the staff, and much more than you would expect at the edge of the John Muir wilderness.