We were going to stay at the Buckeye Tree Lodge from a friend's old recommendation. Luckily they were full, so I discovered Rio Sierra - thank heavens!
This place is just a dream, everything is just so perfectly put together, with real care and great taste. It's an old house that's been split up into suites, right on the river.
Ours was the smallest unit, and I found it perfectly suited for us: spacious, with a private deck facing the river, lots of natural light and beautifully furnished with vintage and modern stuff and a super comfy bed plus sofa, tv, even a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. You get all the pricey hotel mod-cons but without the drab, impersonal, poor taste. And with total privacy, away from the crowds. And really nice details, like cabanas by the river. To me, this is true luxury. I've stayed at 5-star hotels, both in the US and overseas, without finding this level of comfort or peace.
Mars, the owner, is very hands-on and watches every detail - every night she lights a fire by the river, and lanterns you can take to your own little private spot. She's also super friendly and helpful.
Extremely highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rio Sierra Riverhouse is a landmark riverfront property in California's Sierra foothills. We're located located 6 miles from Sequoia National Park. Five comfortable rental units are each furnished with refrigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, TV, telephone, and wireless internet access.Outside, guests enjoy access to a scenic river beach and, in summer, the town's locally famous swimming hole, known as Slicky.Pull up a beach chair. Hang out in a cabana.Come Stay on the River. Let Nature Do the Rest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Sierra Riverhouse Hotel Three Rivers