The best thing about his lodge is that it is extremely close to Sequoia National Park. It does have lovely landscaping and is next to a river. Their website says, "With all rooms set along the banks of the Kaweah River, the river views and sounds from each room and balcony are simply spectacular." Well, we couldn't see it from our room. When we went outside, however, and walked toward some rocks near the river, we could see it. The river is very pretty, and there were numerous flowering plants near our room. We also saw a couple lizards, which was exciting for us!
The room itself, however, was very squashed and outdated. Ours had 2 beds and a kitchenette ("2 Queen Kitchenette" room on website). There wasn't enough room to put our suitcases (there were 5 of us), which was pretty inconvenient. The bathroom left a lot to be desired, and the kitchen part was very old and outdated. The window screens were bent and in bad shape, and some of the walls and doors were scrungy looking.
They do leave you a small breakfast - 1 muffin/sweet roll per person and fruit. The second night they only left enough for 4 people, but we managed to survive.
Sequoia National Park itself is GREAT!
You could probably stay a little farther out and get nicer accommodations. But if your sole purpose is to stay close to the park, this might work for you. In other locations, it surely would not be worth the price they charge because of the poor condition of the rooms. I would rate it as a 1-1/2 star motel. If they remodeled, I'm sure it would be much nicer. I really recommend to them that they remodel!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Buckeye Tree Hotel Three Rivers
- Buckeye Tree Three Rivers