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“Relax on the River” 4 of 5 stars
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Buckeye Tree Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
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Mariposa
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Relax on the River”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was our first stay at Buckeye Tree Lodge and we selected it because it is close to the park entrance, making it easier to visit our daughter who works at the park. Our room was extremely quiet, even though it was right by Highway 198. It was very comfortable and homey, with a deck that opened to the swimming pool. It included a small refrigerator and a microwave. They also furnished fresh coffee beans and a grinder. Mmmm. Delicious coffee right in our room. There wasn't any sugar and creamer, however. Fortunately we always travel with sugar and creamer so it wasn't a problem. I'm sure the motel would have provided it if we had asked. My husband had forgotten his razor and we were able to get one from the motel. The only drawback was that even though they advertised as having internet, we were unable to access it during our stay. Also there isn't a phone in the room, which for us wasn't too much of a concern. There is a phone nearby, in the parking lot, that anyone can use and call anywhere in the U.S.

It was only a short walk across the highway to the river, where we could watch the ducks. A few people were fishing as well. The Buckeye Tree Lodge is a cozy ,motel in a beautiful setting. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This unusual lodge is nestled in a gorge along the Kiaweah River only about a half mile from the entrance to the park and about three miles above the town of Three Rivers. It has a variety of lodging available, from motel-like rooms right on the river to various size "cabins" across the street perched on the hillside. Their website gives a good description of the accomadations. Our favorite is Columbine because of it's large deck and cute, cozy decor. I think all of the cabins have a kitchen which is very helpful as there is only one restaurant in the immediate area and it is good but a little pricey, AND not open for breakfast. Falcon is another favorite if your group has more than two people. Check it out! It's a wonderful, scenic and friendly place.

Room Tip: Eagle cabin is nice with a private patio and a woodstove but it is dark. The larger cabins that acc...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Whilst driving around the Sequoia National Park, California, as one does, I discovered the most charming Bed and Breakfast just north of the town of Three Rivers. I received a warm welcome, as the British always get when visiting the United States. I was given a choice of rooms and I chose the ground floor. The room was comfortable, nicely furnished and very clean. Out back was a well planned garden with cooking facilities for a bar-b-que. It was the kind of place where one could rest and reflect on the tree hugging experience in the National Park earlier.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor have access to the garden.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is an older, recently refurbished little motel at the door-step of Sequoia National Park. It is clean, generally quiet (some morning road noise) with helpful, friendly staff. One very nice feature is the back door opens to a seating area overlooking the river. While we were there the evenings were mild. Sitting out back near the river, enjoying a glass of wine was a relaxing way to end the day.

Because it is an older property, there is a down-side if you are used to staying in newer hotels. The bathroom is tiny. Counter space is non-existent. The water temperature in the shower can vary wildly if someone else in the motel is showering. If you are not careful keeping the shower curtain completely closed you could easily flood the bathroom.

The Buckeye is not a bed and breakfast however the staff always provided a basket in the room with fresh fruit, a couple cans of fruit juice and some packaged muffins or sweet rolls. We enjoyed the bananas each day. There was a refrigerator in the room, along with coffee beans, a grinder and coffee pot.

There is no where close for breakfast during the week. We were told breakfast was available on weekends at the hotel next door however we were there mid-week so that was not an option. In order to get a cooked breakfast we had to drive six-miles in the direction opposite from the park entrance, back to Three Rivers.

In spite of the drawbacks, we would likely stay here again. The price was good, the place was clean the staff was friendly and helpful, the setting beautiful and we slept well.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We had left late for our trip and had no real plans for where we would stay, so call finding the Buckeye blind luck! Wonderful little room number 3 downstairs. Warm welcome at front desk with kind and polite explanation of choices.Typical of it's age, pull almost right up to front door via a gravel parking area. Now we open our room and find clean and all the needed items for a relaxing time. Room had a backdoor with screen opening to our own two chair seating overlooking the river cascading over huge boulders. Plenty of paths and directions to hike off towards. But a couple of wine coolers and cold brews and we just sat and watch an abundance of beauty!
Bed provided a great nights sleep and we did enjoy drinks and dinner next door, really good for start of off season and mid week.
Best part of our lodging on trip can't wait to go back! 5 star

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband & I stayed two nights and wish we could return tomorrow. Lovely service. Perfect location. Excellent hotel location & value. Bathroom is NOT small. Staff very helpful. This is the best place to stay in the area, bar none. River was just outside our room. Staff kept next door room vacant for the first night, which was peaceful & nice. Overall very quiet anyway.... . 10% discount on Gateway Restarant next door not necessary, but helpful& appreciated. Food & service & location& price all excellent. We'd return tomorrow is possible & would not stay anywhere else. Staff first rate. Excellent value, ambiance, and quality.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We spent two days at the Buckeye this week. It's the first time we've been there in over 20 years. The room was simple but clean and neat. The television actually worked - a rare thing in hotels/motels, etc. The staff members were friendly and helpful and the room rate was very reasonable.
Rather than a stale bagel and apple as a "Continental Breakfast", the lodge provided a basket with two cans of tropical juice, an apple or plumb, a pastry and a nice muffin. A great touch was the coffee beans and grinder...and a full-size coffee maker. Freshly ground coffee in the morning? Unheard of!
All of the rooms face the river. Unfortunately, it was at a low level, but we could still hear the water during the night. Very soothing. (We'll be back in the Spring with the water is running high. Now THAT'S spectacular!) We enjoyed sitting on the deck overlooking the river with friends who booked a room at the same time.
The Lodge is just yards from the entrance to Sequoia National Park, and it's a fairly short and scenic drive to the park itself.
This is NOT the Las Vegas Marriott, nor would we want it to be. It's rustic and altogether wonderful. (Did I mention the pool? Bone-chilling cold(!) but refreshing, clean and clear.)
If you're touring the Sierra or just want to get away for a couple of days, give Buckeye a try. Be sure to call for reservations. It's not a large property, so you'll want to reserve a room. They also have a property across the street, so availability should not be a problem with proper notice.

Room Tip: The room had a small fridge and microwave. The restaurant next door is good, but a bit pricy, and t...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Buckeye Tree Lodge
Address: 46000 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9626
Location: United States > California > Three Rivers
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Three Rivers
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buckeye Tree Lodge is located 1/4 mile from the entrance to Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With all rooms set along the banks of the Kaweah River, the river views and sounds from each room and balcony are spectacular. The Buckeye's beautiful grounds include a pool, lawn and picnic area next to the River. All rooms have private bathroom, cable TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, super quiet and powerful AC/Heat, free wifi internet and free local and long distance calling. The River House at Buckeye also features a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom rental house with stunning river and mountain views, two elevated decks over the river, a full living room with 60" flat screen, dining room and incredible kitchen. ... more   less 
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Buckeye Tree Hotel Three Rivers
Buckeye Tree Three Rivers

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