What a dump!!! I can't believe this place describes itself as a 3 star resort. It is little more than run down, dilapidated school camp accommodation.
Upon entering our room we were overwhelmed with a horrible stench of what I thought at first was sewerage. I immediately rang to reception to ask to be changed to another room and was told that a "slight smell" is not unusual due to calcium and lime from bore water causing blockages in the drain and there were no other rooms available as they were booked out, even though we had driven past close to 100 rooms on our way to ours and did not see one other car in the car park. They sent house keeping over to address the problem, which involved pouring some drain-o into the bathroom floor drain, giving us a can of Glen 20, asking us to flush some water down the drain in a few minutes time and then in about an hour it should be ok. The house keeper then apologised, as the drains should be regularly unblocked and was unimpressed that management had not arranged for anyone to do this in her absence as she had just returned from holidays.
We did as asked, left all doors and windows open to air the room and went out for an hour or two as the room was uninhabitable. Upon return the smell was no better so I went to reception to insist that they find us another room. The day manager at first did not want to help, again stating bluntly that the smell is common in this region and that there were no other rooms available unless I wanted to pay an additional $70.00 to upgrade rooms with no guarantee that the room would be habitable. After arguing that this is unacceptable for a few minutes she begrudgingly offered to switch our room for another that was booked for that day that had not yet been checked into. Upon inspecting that room the smell was just as bad and decided that we might as well stick it out in the original room. After a second round of drain-o and a few hours later the smell had started to fade enough that we could actually enter the room without gagging.
To make matters worse we did some over priced laundry there and with no dryers on offer our only option was to hang clothes on the back deck to dry where right outside a bob cat was digging and covered our clothes in red dust.
I really can't think of any positives to mention about this place except that the sunset view of the canyon from the viewing platform was amazing. As there are not many options for accommodation in Kings Canyon and some people I met said that back packers where they were staying across the road was decent enough, I would probably suggest staying there as you would likely have a better experience for a fraction of the cost.
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Canyon Hotel Kings Canyon
- Kings Canyon Lodge