Western Holiday Lodge Three Rivers
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A free weekend with open flights doesn't come along every day. So when I started to notice that the flights from LAS (Las Vegas) to FAT (Fresno) were open this particular weekend I decided I was going to go to Yosemite or Sequoia. As it got closer I decided on Sequoia because the hotels were cheaper. I asked a lot of people that I know at SkyWest …
... Rivers that sounded ok.
The RV park is really out there (Three Rivers is small anyway, but it was a few miles outside of town), and it sits right on a small river coming out of the mountains. The drive there was really pretty, and there were lots of trees and a really good feel when we pulled into our spot.
When we planned this trip, if we could have envisioned the ideal experience I think it would have been like ...
... the Parker Group, a group of Seqouias named for the men who guarded the trees. There were close to a dozen and you could walk in them, around them and thru them and was unbelievable. We went thru the Tunnel Log which is a downed Sequoia that you can drive the car thru. We had lunch at Crescent Meadow and they ask that you not let your food in the car where it can be seen or be more than an arms length from the food as the bears are active in this area. In fact our neighbors ...
... it to the pumpkin bridge near sequoia national park, we found a cute little room with river views and decided to stay the night. Dropped off our gear and ducked up into the park, we could only go as far as hospital rock as it was going to be dark soon. Just magnificent, the Indians that lived here weren't shot or moved out by force they were all killed out by small pox and measles. They lived a lot from the acorns that ...
... evening & warmed up some roast chicken & rice w/broccoli salad. Hit the spot after a long day of hiking. Afterwards, I did more star gazing with my new glow-in-the-dark star gazing map that I bought at the museum today. As many stars are visible here, it's still a little difficult to see a lot because even at my campsite, the trees are too tall to see more than a small cluster. But I still had fun making some guesses. I think the only one I saw was Virgo. I also ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWestern Holiday Lodge Three Rivers
The continental breakfast was good and the room was large. This hotel was within walking distance of the river and a few places to eat. The room was clean, I would stay there again if camping wasn't an option.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Western Holiday Lodge Three Rivers
Very Pleasant Stay
Me and my family stayed at this hotel over the Thanksgiving weekend and we had a very pleasant stay.
The hotel grounds are very, very spacious! Great for many family activities. The atmosphere is very relaxing, very laid back. They even have horseshoe tossing aside from a playground nearby. The sound of the river flowing nearby is soothing. The hotel structures are not very new, but they are very well maintained and are quite rustic. The rooms are nothing fancy; they are well kept and clean. The beds are nice and comfortable, not lumpy or sagging. Don't come after 11pm though, the front desk is closed. The man at the front desk is very accommodating but he needs to smile more! Overall, my 2-day stay is very well worth it.
Beware !! This place is run down and in need of Maintenance and Landscaping repair. It does not have proper backup generators for power failures and no emergency lighting as per California law. This hotel is really below a 1 star rating in its present condition and not up to Best Western standards. Motel 6 looks great compared to this. Triple AAA should send a rep out to take down their "Approved sign"
As with most people we used Three rivers as a stepping stone to the Sequioa and Kings Canyon national parks. This hotel was well priced and well placed but I agree with a previous writer that our room had an overpowering smell of disinfectant. Otherwise it was fine. If you can take the constant switchbacks and hairpins a journey to Mineral King is to be recommended but watch out for the Marmots. Have fun.
We stayed two nights at the Best Western Holiday Lodge and had a very enjoyable time...the room was clean and the breakfast was good... and the pool and spa were clean also...this is not an upscale place, but a quiet, clean place to stay outside the park. Would recommend to anyone on a budget..good prices...avoid the mexican restaurant up the road and go to the main fork bistro just about a mile away toward the park...great food and nice atmosphere...
An okay motel
We stayed here two nights, 6/10 and 6/11. Room was very nice, breakfest was excellent - they have a waffle maker in the lobby and you can make your own waffle. There are also cereals, milk, juice, coffee, muffins, rolls, fruit. We had a double queen room in the older part of the hotel. Nicely updated, very roomy. You can walk down to the river out the back - very nice. On the down side the air conditioner had a bad musty smell, the pool was cool (was suppose to be heated) and the hot tub was cold. There is a second building, newer, I would suspect they were the rooms with a view - nothing you can't see from the door step of the other rooms. Next time through though I'll take the Holiday Inn Express just down the road. In general Three Rivers was a good base for visiting Sequoia National Park. If you stay in the area, be sure to get some pizza at the Pizza Factory - it was awesome!
Perfect for starting your Sequoia/Kings Canyon trip!
First of all, if your plans are to enter Sequoia from the south entrance, then Three Rivers is the place you should stay on your first night (before entering the park at all). And if you stay in Three Rivers, this is the place you should stay because it has the best price of all the motels and completely does the job for the one night. I realize you might be drawn to some of the other motels because they offer views, but you don't need it. No offense to Three Rivers, but it is just a place for you to stay on your way to the parks. Save your money and stay here. I got a room for $50/night -- every other motel was at least $75/night.
Arrive here at night, then start Sequoia Park in the AM and work your way up towards Kings Canyon. I would then recommend Montecito Sequoia Lodge at the Sequoia/Kings Canyon border for the 2nd night.
Great potential but needs attention
We stayed here on the 16th and 17th April. This hotel potentially could be great. We had a large sized room with a great view. However, we feel the hotel and rooms are looking tired and need attention. We entered the room to be met with an over powering smell of disinfectant. The room was drab and could have looked cleaner. The complimentary breakfast is provided in a small area incorporating the reception. This area is far too small with not enough tables and chairs provided. The breakfast was good, but the man on reception was dealing with people checking out, telephone calls and stocking up the breakfast items which resulted in much of the food and beverages constantly running out. Our children were looking forward to using the pool, but we wouldn't allow them as it looked dirty and unkept. We feel the owners are cutting corners with the maintenance and upkeep of the hotel, and need to spend some time and money on making it a great hotel which potentially it could be.
Quite nice and good value
We were there on April 25th and found the hotel quite o.k. The rooms in the new building ("rooms with view") are large, nice and well-kept. However, at check-in, they first tried to give us one of the older rooms, although we had booked the somewhat more expensive new rooms. So, watch out that you get what you pay for!
Best Western Holiday Lodge
My husband and I stayed in this hotel over the weekend of April 10-11. The hotel was not what I expected for a Best Western chain. The hotel did ot look very well kept up, the very noisy air conditioner refused to turn off after numerous attempts, so we pulled the plug. The room was dreary and drab. Not what we expected for $80 in a tiny central valley foothill town. However, the staff was friendly and nice. We didn't ask them for anything, but check in and check out went smoothly. Hotel is close to the river, although still a bit of a walk...Probably would stay somewhere else next time.
Spacious and clean
When making plans to visit Three Rivers (and the national parks there), I took a chance and chose the Best Western over the Holiday Inn - and I am happy I did! The Best Western is located right on the river that runs through the area and next door to a farm, so that in the morning we could look out and see horses not far from our window, and it was also possible to go down to the river and enjoy the view. The owners of the hotel were very nice and offered a rather large breakfast selection, including make-your-own waffles, different kinds of donuts, cereals, breads, and fruit. The pool looked inviting, but we (my mother and I) unfortunately did not have time to enjoy it. We did, however, enjoy our very spacious room. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to stay in the area!