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“Outstanding stay at Lazy J Ranch Motel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles
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38 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Outstanding stay at Lazy J Ranch Motel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

What an amazing performance from a family owned business! Really well done and I can't wait to come back with my family.

Truth be told, I was here with my family about 25 years ago. The place has been updated has all of the features that I remembered and loved.

The good...
The location is perfect. Very close to Sequoia. Very close to town. Right on the river. Yes, ON the river. Great hiking, great swimming (for those who are comfortable), great pool. Lovely playground for the kids with volleyball and tether ball.

BBQ's available for grilling. In fact, this creates a really nice sense of community here as many families sit on their porches sharing food and drinks.

Pool is clean and warm. This was wonderful after the drive.

The rooms could not have been cleaner if they tried. Some have complained about the signs indicating that each guest needs to clean up after him or herself with respect to the dishes...There is good reason for this. If you don't do it, because of the heat, ants will invade and make a mess for everyone. Seriously, grow up and do your own dishes.

Highlight, however, is the staff and owners. When they found out that I enjoy baking cookies, they made sure that I had a brand new cookie sheet. Seriously! What amazing service that made me and my family feel right at home.

The goats, sheep, dogs, and cats were simply amazing. My kids even got to feed them (with special permission of course...the animals are on strict diets and the owners were amazingly accommodating).

The bad...
This was actually my bad as I can't blame the hotel...it took a while for the a/c to cool the room because when I turned on the fan, I didn't activate the cooling unit. I can't blame the hotel for having bad directions...this was entirely my fault ("step one: turn on fan. step two: turn on cooling unit." For those of you keeping score at home, if you stop after step one, the room won't get cool.)

The ugly...
Nothing ugly...great stay, great staff, great experience with the owners. Wonderful!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank BKKandKSK
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlsbad, California
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

The Lazy J was such a comforting, easy, relaxing place to stay. Everyone we met from the staff, owner, owner's family to the guests were such a pleasure to visit with. There were people staying there that were having a family reunion and it was perfect for that. Vollyball and horse shoes and the pool and bbq's. It was a charming place and we fell in love with it. Our bed was so comfortable and wonderful to sink into after a day of hiking and swimming. Our in-room fridge held our pints of ice cream from Reimers candy and ice cream perfectly! The grounds were lovely, the rooms clean and comfortable. Couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CherylB64
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Carmel Valley, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

The grounds of the hotel are really lovely (pool, landscaping, next to the river, some farm animals, etc.) and our room was clean, had AC, and provided everything we needed including a nice-sized bathroom. Staff was friendly and gave us a good introduction to dining options in Three Rivers. Side Note: dining options are pretty limited around here. Our only complaint was the mattresses were lumpy and need to be replaced, at least in our unit. All in all, we spent most of our time hiking in the parks and not on-site, so we wished the beds were more comfortable, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Great for all kinds of travelers!

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
Helpful?
Thank pengoo01
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NH seacoast
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

What a quaint location at the base of Sequoia National Forest. Stayed with my daughter and we loved it! We had a cabin which while basic, had everything we needed and was sparkling clean. The views are priceless and the innkeepers are charming. Can't wait to go back to the area.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank 02blueturtle
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Leeds
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2011

Stopped at this motel style hotel after an awfull stay in Fresno. Found it to be very clean and peacefull with views of the hills. This is one of the best motels that we have stopped at so far on our trip - although it is also one of the more pricey as well. We had a large King room with reasonably modern decor. Some small aspects a little on the under maintained side but not enough to be a problem. Internet access is fast and reliable. Breakfast however lets this hotel down, - it consists of very cheap products and coffee is almost undrinkable - for the price of the room I think the breakfast is very poor. Previous review mentions the walk to the river - make sure you stay to the path around the field at the rear of the property - dont turn right onto the adjacent field otherwise you will end up on a sort of marsh land that goes no where. NIce for a short evening stroll. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank polymol
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

we came for the night...and stayed three. the owners were really friendly and helpful, the setting and grounds are fabulous, the area is fascinating.
there's a lot of wildlife round here - it's part of the charm (hummingbirds feeding at hte motel office window!) but it got into the room despite the window screens. Nothing venomous but there were a lot of flying insects distracting us, and the maid service was the one turn-off. Dead insects on the window sill that stayed there the whole three days, and the ice hopper was green with algae.
but if you're looking for a rural retreat with all that that implies, this is heavenly.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank suedeon
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Charlotte, NC
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120 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2011

From the outside, this quaint looking group of cottages and apartments is just lovely- a very comfortable looking place with a nice pool and well maintained grassy area right in the center of the small community. A beautiful hillside and grassy fields provide nice scenery as well. However, once you are inside of the rooms you realize that the owners, who live on the property, do not put much money into maintaining the place. Our room had both plumbing and A/C issues (the A/C basically didn't work and the toilet barely flushes) and the towels provided are the thin ones similar to the ones you see in the Dollar Stores. The hotel is convenient to many restaurants within a short drive but nothing really within walking distance. Most disturbing to us was the advertisement of "access to river" promoted by the owners of this hotel- they provide a hand drawn map that supposedly shows you how to access the river behind the hotel. Wrong. What you can access is a field of waist high grass filled with ticks with ankle level barbed wire hidden throughout the field. I explored this field for half an hour finding no obvious trails to the river- although there of dozens of trails in the grass made by other guests wandering around this field looking for the river access. We were there three days and I observed several other guests wandering around this grassy field in circles looking for a trail that doesn't exist, at least not in April. Not sure why they like to advertise that feature.
Overall, an adequate hotel for a short stay, but nothing spectacular.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank brw115
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Property: Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn
Address: 39625 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9760
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Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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