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“worst experience ever” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sequoia Kings Canyon Lodge Squaw Valley

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Sequoia Kings Canyon Lodge Squaw Valley
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Squaw Valley
Santa Clara, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“worst experience ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2011

Went to kings canyon this july 4. Arrived on July 2 around 9pm after a whole day outside. The motel is run by a couple. When checking in, the man said I booked next day which I pointed out wrong. Then he gave me a card which wrote another guest name having the same last name as me. Again I pointed it out. Finally, he admitted my reservation was cancelled. The reason was I called one day before to ask if I could cancel it and still got refund. He answered no and I said I wanted to keep it. I repeated the situation and they admitted they made a mistake but couldn't help since all rooms were full. They reluctantly refunded me after I complained. Given it's not our fault and it's already 9pm, and the nearest possible hotel is at Fresno which is 30 miles away, I asked for compensation. They refused and said they don't care about customer satisfation. Given they only have five rooms and during the peak season, finding customers is not a problem at all. They just give the room to whoever pays the most and simpliy cancel the previous reservation and keep the money for the website says cancellatino has to be made 7 days before arrival during holiday in order to get refund. Very bad experience, highly unrecommend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

After arriving in Sequoia and pitching our tent the heavens opened then it got cold and miserable. With just enough light we decided to pack up and head for a motel along with many others judging by the convoy we had on the way down. After about an hours driving the rain had stopped and the sky had cleared and we came across 'Squaw Valley Motel' lit up with fairy lights in the middle of nowhere. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and the quirky rooms were themed around the bedspreads. We were happy to pay the $75 and the old chap that checked us in was most welcoming. We sat on the patio out back and celebrated into the night with a few tinnies at our luck in finding such a 'little gem'.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mike_1709
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denver,co
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2009

Very expensive for what it offers, very old, run down, dirty! The walls are paper thin and you hear everything that is happening in the room next door. Squaw Valley is a very small place with nothing to do. Unless you have to stay here, don't! Stay in the National Park or go to Visalia or Tulare where you have excellent choices for the same money!

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  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank arianatravel
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2009

Having booked this motel some time ago, certainly before the April 09 review below, we were somewhat surprised and disappointed on our arrival at the motel. It certainly didn't look like the photos on the website and we thought that we'd made a big mistake.

The room was just about big enough to accommodate the bed but we would have been better off leaving our luggage in the car to make the room feel a little more spacious. The bathroom was small but the shower cubicle appeared to have a recent overhaul and was spacious with good water pressure - definitely no complaints on that.

The a/c unit was built into the bathroom window and so if you wanted it on then you had to leave the bathroom door open ... but it was effective and not too noisy.

We didn't try the complimentary breakfast that was supplied (outside under a tent like construction).

At $65, including tax, I suppose I shouldn't complain but we just weren't comfortable ... perhaps that says more about us than it does about the property. I could recommend this place so long as you book it with your eyes open to it's true nature ... however the website paints a distorted view of the surroundings and features and therefore I can not.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Baarby
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germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2009

We read the reviews and decided to give it a go and stay just one night - it sounded intriguing but after arriving at the motel we could hardly wait to leave again. Decrepit and dilapidated. It wasn't dirty, just awful and we certainly didn't feel at all comfortable there and at $75,-- comparatively overpriced. We booked a room with a kitchenette and this is what we expected to find. What we got was a floor-level microwave and a built-in kitchen (presumably built in in the 30s !!) which we preferred not to put to the test. There were no pots or pans to cook with anyway. The room was small and the bathroom tiny. The Californian tourist agency rated the room at up to $195 per night - was this inspector blind !! Maybe he got the decimal point wrong - $19.50 would be much nearer.
Also the owners had been described as friendly but after having paid for the room (in advance - be warned, look at them first), we never saw them again.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mike3513
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Santa Cruz, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2007

Cute little place just outside of the park. We were going to camp but got snowed out, Squaw Valley Motel was an excellent alternative for the night! Friendly and helpful owners, and their 3 adorable cats roamed about the place and sat on the front stoop. Extremely affordable for any budget. Small rooms with the most basic amenities, no coffee maker, no vending machines, no ice, small TV. But it was comfortable, clean, and safe. Owner recommended a great place for dinner, the Bear Mountain Pizza and a fabulous breakfast place about 5 miles down the road, the Hummingbird Restaurant. All around pleasant experience and would definitely stay there again. If chain hotels is not your thing, give this motel a try!

  • Liked — Cute, quaint surroundings, pleasant owners
  • Disliked — Small room, few amenities
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ladygreeneyes13
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Midwest
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2007

This is a great place to stay just a half hour from the entrance to Kings Canyon and felt really safe and friendly. The owners were helpful and really cared about the place. The other guests were chatty and all were headed to the parks: from all over the world.

My teen daughters loved sitting outside (the weather was gorgeous) and playing with the cats. We had the local pizza on a picnic table, then ate breakfast poolside the next day.

The rooms are very tiny and no wi-fi, but they are clean, include fridge and microwave and the A/C is powerful. Overall , a great stay with lots of local flavor. We'll take this over Holiday Inn Express any day.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank ineedmycoffee2
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Property: Sequoia Kings Canyon Lodge Squaw Valley
Address: 30894 E Kings Canyon Rd, Highway 180, Squaw Valley, CA 93675-9601 (Formerly Squaw Valley Motel)
Location: United States > California > Squaw Valley
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Squaw Valley
Number of rooms: 8
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