I feel I should disclose from the start that we visited for one night during a heat wave: it was 109 degrees the day we visited. That may have colored my feelings about the place, however:
We stayed in a king room. Very small. Cinderblock walls. Drab decor. The bathroom was 4 feet square; shower is 2 feet square. If comfort is a big issue in accommodations, this may not be the place for you. If you just need a place to lay your head, this might suit you well. In hindsight, I would have preferred a standard hotel room in a chain with an air conditioner that was capable of cooling the room.
The location is special. We were right on the river and could get in the water, which was a treat in the stifling heat.
The "in-room breakfast" is a saran-wrapped small muffin, a banana, an apple, and a prepackaged sweet pastry, plus two small cans of apple juice from concentrate.
The coffee maker in our room didn't work: the pot was clearly not made for the unit and so didn't allow coffee to seep from the basket into the pot. We were so ready to be gone that we didn't even call it to anyone's attention. We got on the road and looked for coffee elsewhere.
The restaurant next door at the Gateway Lodge is overpriced for what you get. Food was fine but nothing spectacular. Bread was out of a bag and flavorless. At those prices, I expect something fresh baked (or at least delicious).
- 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