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“Cute Place - Great Stay.” 5 of 5 stars
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Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
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Mountain View, California
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Cute Place - Great Stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Lazy J Ranch is very conveniently located near Sequoia National Park. It is about 8 miles from the park's entrance.

We stayed here only one night but it was a great stay. We arrived early and were able to get a key to our room since it was ready. At check-in, we were advised to pick up our breakfast at night, in case we wanted it early the next morning since the office doesn't open until 9:00. The breakfast selection is oatmeal, granola bars, muffins, fruit and juice. We were also given a map of town and advice on good local food.

The hotel is older, but in great shape. The rooms are clean and quiet - what more do you need? If you're looking for a fancy hotel with with extra services, this is not it and you should keep looking. This IS a clean, quiet, cozy place to stay after a long day of hiking. I would book here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We spent two nights in the Lazy J Hotel while we explored Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Park, and King's Canyon National Park. Lazy J had easy access to all of these areas. It is just outside of Three Rivers where you will find food, supplies, and anything else you may have forgotten to bring on your trip. So the Lazy J's convenience is HUGE plus.

It is dog-friendly in a genuine way that no one, guests or hotel employees appear to be less than sincere about your family pets being okay to have there, not just tolerated. The employees, in fact, were to a person friendly and courteous. The cleaning staff was efficient and the office staff helpful in a cheerful manner. We had a great experience there and could easily envision just making a trip there with the Lazy J as a destination. It seems a wonderful place to just relax and get away from the speedy quotidian lives we all seem to have.

Please note, the Lazy J is vintage, the rooms a little old, but very clean and with all the modern amenities. However, if you want shiny, brand new rooms you will be disappointed. These are obviously older, but very well maintained.

My wife and I had a wonderful time there. The fact that they were dog-friendly really helped. Many hotels will accept dogs, tolerate them, and limit their size (typical is 40 lbs or under, some 20 lbs or under). Our little Brittany is about 42 lbs, but our Mastiff is 120 lbs. She was not unwelcome at the Lazy J. It's nice not to be discriminated against for having a large dog.

All in all: we enjoyed the Lazy J immensely, would not hesitate to go back, and would recommend the place highly to folks who do and do not travel with their pets. It was, for us, a wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: There is no fitness center. Fitness is all around you via hiking and recreational areas. There is...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I did my research before booking but was still apprehensive before we got here. I needn't have worried. This was a perfect haven after a 5 hour trip from LA. Quiet, peaceful and the pool was a treat enjoyed by the family. The kids loved the small animal farm at the back.

This was a perfect start for our trip across California and Arizona.

I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

this is one of the last hotel before reaching Sequoia National Park and it is absolutely a gem to do there as it takes 15 minutes. The place is wonderful, a wonderful swimming pool, well kept gardens and instead of having rooms there are small cottages with two apartments (bathroom, bedroom and a kitchen corner - a little bit dated but clean) outside table and 4 chairs. Barbeques are available for the guests too. the only point is that Lazy J (I think is the name of the owner) is lazy... but really nice. office open at 10 am only so if you want to have your breakfast before (as we did) you have to go in the office the day before and grab what you need for breakfast... Great availability of bread, snacks, sodas, teas, fruits... no milk... but you can buy it in the nearest market.... Lovely place!. there are farm animals too... a great sweet cat in the office will welcome you each time you go him.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Came here randomly on a trip. Could not have been more perfect. We only stayed one night and did not realise we were supposed to pick up breakfast in the evening. But actully it didn't really matter as this was not a priority.

Pool is lovely and lots of toys and balls and kit to keep people amused. The best view ever out the back of our cabin towards the mountains.

When the kids slept in the morning we walked down to the river and along to a recreation area. It was amazingly lovely.

Do visit here if you are passing.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed at the Lazy J Ranch for 3 days in July 2013. It was so relaxing that we wished we could have stayed longer. Our cottage had one bedroom, a living room and kitchen. The bedroom had 2 double beds. Although the accommodations are somewhat outdated, it was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool after hiking in Sequoia National Park. Folks visiting this hotel should take the time to take the short walk to the river behind the ranch. There are stunning views and my kids enjoyed climbing on the rocks. They advertise that breakfast is included. They don't open until 9 am so they encourage folks to get their breakfast the night before. I found the pre-packaged muffins unappetizing and the selection of other breakfast items was poor. I would suggest buying cereal and milk and making your own breakfast if staying here. There is a nice grocery store nearby.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The rooms is clean and nice, the staff is friendly. Nice grounds with swimming pool and swings/slides. The grassy area is nice to play balls or just sit under the trees. They are part of the Americas Best Value Inn, and join the "Value Club" will save you some money on room rates. The breakfast is just ok, but you can basically go in and grab stuff (fruit, granola bars, packaged rolls and muffins, cans of juice) all throughout the day and it makes good snack food when you go hiking in Sequoia. We forgot our camera battery charger and battery plugged in on the wall. They found it, mailed it to us, and we got it the next day. Great customer service!! We'll definitely stay there again when we go to Sequoia!!

Room Tip: Join the "Value Club" before you make the reservation and you will get a discount.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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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
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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
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Hotel Class:2 star — Lazy J Ranch-Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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