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Whispering Pines Lodge
Ranked #2 of 3 Kernville B&B and Inns
bakersfield ca
2 reviews
“big changes with new owners”
Reviewed December 21, 2007

I have stayed at this lodge every year for the past eight years around my birthday. With the change in ownership, all the "special" is gone. The room freshener, the cook that used to do such a great job, the mints, etc. In an attempt I guess to save money, they are losing a good customer. The food is not homemade any longer, such as the quiches of old times, nor does the place have the cleanliness ir used to have. I have a hard time letting go of things, but I have stayed my last time there. The prices have also skyrocketed, making the cost prohibitive.

  • Liked — the scenery
  • Disliked — price change-it's exhorbitant
  • Stayed December 2007
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Playa del Rey, CA
2 reviews
Reviewed November 12, 2007

Whispering Pines is a magical place that we've come back to several times now! The romantic charm of the rooms is matched by the soothing sounds of the Kern river flowing just downhill from the rooms. The rooms (we saw several) were wonderfully appointed, with a cozy fireplaces and a large decks. The breakfast was a main attraction, the best there is. The staff was very gracious and helpful.
There's one large suite which I'd encourage anyone looking for a Honeymoon suite to grab. A full apartment with huge surrounding decks, walk in fireplace and full kitchen, it also has a king size bed to die for. I understand it's been the get-away Honeymoon suite for several top movies stars.

  • Liked — the charm and peacefulness
  • Disliked — we had to leave too soon!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank timatpdr
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Riverside, CA
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2007

Whispering Pines is an overrated B&B

It was all the little things that added up that makes this place overrated. As a previous member mentioned, the air conditioner in our room was horrific. It was very loud and ineffective during the hottest part of the day. The staff wasn’t friendly or approachable and they made no effort to make you feel like a valued guest. The breakfast lacked any taste or creativity as compared to most B&B’s I’ve stayed at. The bed was comfortable, however the décor was “off”. The water was brownish orange (rusty) when first turned on in the morning. The only positive was the outside aesthetics. Overall, Whispering Pines is very over-priced. There’s nothing special about this B&B. I highly disagree w/ the prior-reviews, they should expect more.

  • Liked — Landscaping
  • Disliked — Room
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Robert B
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London, UK
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2007

We stayed at Whispering Pines en route from Death Valley to the coast. Kernville is on the banks of the river Kern, just above Lake Isabella. The area is outstandingly beautiful (think Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It).

WP is deserving of its many awards. Rooms are in chalet style buildings and all have great views of the incredible scenery. Our room (106) was right by the swimming pool and directly over the river Kern.

We had intended to eat at Frank McNally's but having been told to drive only 15 minutes up the Sierra Way we eventually gave up after 30... apparently it's up there somewhere. We instead ate at The Broken Oar in Kernville. Great food (fish is flown in direct from Hawaii!) but poor service. Our waitress was Czech & had poor English. Despite the place being practically deserted & repeated requests it took 25 minutes to get so much as a drink.

The breakfast spread at WP was a veritible feast and delicious.

All in all WP cannot be faulted. We stayed in ten places on our roadtrip from LA to San Fran (going via Vegas and Death Valley), and WP was our favourtie.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Anna O'D
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Fresno, CA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2006

Sorry to burst the bubble. We stayed at Whispering Pines last night.

The air conditioner in our room was terrible. It was one of those wall units and made awful noises all night. Besides our room was really hot when we got there. The owners didn't think of pre-cooling our room. . .

Also, little things like having a phone in the bathroom with the handset missing were weird.

This morning, the cook burned the bacon and put it out anyway. Other than that the breakfast was ok if you don't mind eating a Costco breakfast -- muffins, etc.

The decor of the rooms were also disappointing for a "bed and breakfast." It is ok if you really like "country kitch." We expected something more gracious - at least ruggedly elegant - to go along with the nice knotty pine celings and pillow top beds. Whomever decorated this place likes "cute."

In short it was really expensive for a motel with its name changed to a "B&B." Prior reviews set our expectations way too high.

  • Stayed June 2006
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7 Thank h20skiguy
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Berkhamsted, UK
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2005

We stayed for 4 nights in August. The hotel is in a beautiful setting with the pool overlooking the river. Breakfast is an experience with all sorts of food I've never been offered at that time of day before! The room was lovely but we'd originally taken a room plus pull-out for two teenagers. Not a great idea as there were no curtains in the living room and no door to the bathroom! Apparently no one had ever noticed before! We took a second room and modesty was preserved.

The staff were friendly and helpful. The only thing that stops this from being excellent is the sense that a bit more maintenance - especially for the pool - would improve it more.

Kernville was fun - rafting and kayaking both memorable as were the giant sequoias. Wow!

  • Stayed August 2005
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5 Thank AnneBerkhamsted_UK
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Los Angeles, CA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2005

My girlfriend and I went stayed at WP for Valentine's day. We have a beautiful room with a fireplace and huge bathroom overlooking the river. It was so relaxing and romantic. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast in the morning was amazing. A full home cooked breakfast. I would deifinatly go back and stay there again. I would highly recommend WP.

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9 Thank chelseafan72
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Property: Whispering Pines Lodge
Address: 13745 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238-9746
Location: United States > California > Kernville
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kernville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Whispering Pines Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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