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The River Inn & Cabins
Ranked #10 of 11 Three Rivers B&B and Inns
Lakewood, California
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70 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Great way to start our trip! Would recommend!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

Since we drove in from LA area we knew we'd be arriving late, but were still greeted after hours with a smile! Room was clean and comfortable. Quaint and quiet. Very convenient location for short drive to Sequoia National Park. Staff was very friendly and made terrific recommendations of what to see in Sequoia, and invited us to come back again soon. Breakfast delivered to the front door was a nice touch. We'd definitely stay here again, and hopefully next time in one of the river-front cabins. Travel tip: don't trust your GPS. It was late and dark when we made the trip, and the GPS ended the destination too soon - we thought we missed it. Staff at hotel can provide better directions if needed!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

We stayed three days and two nights at the River Oak cabin in the River Inn, and it was great! The cabin was small, but it was large enough for two people. The bed was comfortable, and everything looked clean. The kitchen is small, but well equipped with stove, fridge, microwave, and dishes. Prep areas for food are limited to a table outside on the deck or a small table next to the bed. The deck outside was really nice, private, and the hot tub was great to relax after a day of hiking and driving. Your backyard is literally the river bed, and you can hear the river loudly, which was nice.

Overall, we really enjoyed staying at the River Oak cabin. And cooking our own meals saved us a lot in food. I would definitely recommend it and I would stay here again on future trips. I think the negative reviews are from people who are way too picky and are expecting a high-end luxury resort experience.

The good stuff:
- Cozy and comfortable small cabin.
- Equipped with all the luxuries, including a hot tub on the deck
- Friendly and helpful owners/staff
- Very close to Sequoia park entrance
- Right on the river
- Well kept and very clean
- Their website portrayed a very accurate and informative description about the cabin, I was very pleased upon arrival.

My only complaints (which are very insignificant):
- The kitchen has very little food prep and counter space areas
- The shower head in the bathroom is a bit low, tall people will have to lean down
- You have to pay for WiFi, and we were told that it's only good for checking emails and web surfing, but too slow to upload photos or download content.
- There's absolutely no cell phone reception as soon as you hit the lake, unless you have AT&T, so do everything you have to do before you pass the lake.
- The deck has only one dim light, which made it a bit hard to grill in the dark both evenings
- The AC is a wall unit, so be aware that it'll be a bit loud if you have it running all night.
- You won't be able to sleep in because it gets really bright early in the morning (which might be a good thing)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We had planned to camp in the park, but needed a break, and found this little place nearby. It looked a little iffy on the outside, despite all the nice plantings, and we asked to see a room. A staff member showed us the room we could use, and was very helpful in pointing things out to us. The room felt a little small, but that could have been the furniture. The TV cabinet held not only the TV but the refrigerator and microwave (it also had drawers for other things). Everything was clean and looked as if it had been recently remodeled. The bed was comfortable, and it was so peaceful that, after checking in, I immediately took a nap (and slept well that night). The only problem we had was that they were fully booked the next night, and we had to go elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Luis Obispo, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

Clean, new sheets and linens. Large room. Very welcoming A.C. due to the hot weather. The staff was very friendly and let us borrow a bottle opener and the use of their hose. Nice landscaping. Bistro set outside room let us sit on the deck and watch the sun hit the mountains on the cool morning. I had fair warning at the time of booking the room that it was non-refundable. I was warning that the breakfast was minimal. Only negative: the breakfast muffen taste like chemicals and 100% artificial.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Wilmington, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2011

I spent two very comfortable nights at River Inn. My room was large, good bathroom with a tub, good TV that worked, and nice people running the inn. The Three Rivers river across the street added wonderful back ground music and the nicely landscaped front area was pleasing to my gardener's eyes. The Breakfast in a Bag" made a perfect mid morning snack when I visited Sequoia. There is a bank, gas, laundry, good restaurants nearby and the shuttle into the park is a must-do. The inn is quiet and peaceful. Thank you!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

On our tour we stayed two nights in this Inn and never regreted staying there. As Three Rivers is a long streched location along the road, it´s not surprising, that all the accomodationes we saw were along this road, but the this Inn is a little set back, and at evenings there is hardly any traffic, as it´s just one or two miles to the National park, which is obviously closed at night to the public. There´s a lawn in front of the Inn, where you can relax in reclining chairs, alltogether the place is charming, with a hint of english gardens.
The rooms were spacious and clean with AC, TV, fridge, microwave and coffemaker, what else would you need?
Our hosts were friendly and very helpfull, gave us good advice on our tours to the park,
thank´s very much again for the pleasure staying with you.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

We just returned from our trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Forests. We new this time of year you take your chances on the weather. Unfortunately for us we hit the massive weather system that blew through the Sierras March 19-25, 2011. This caused us to spend our first three days in Yosemite without powear and massive snow, when we finally managed to get out with a forest service/highway patrol escort we contacted Laura at Three Rivers Inn and Cabins to see if we could check in early. We were thrilled to find out we could. Laura and her husband were extremely helpful. They also were very empathetic to our chanllenges earlier in the week. We stayed in the Kaweah Cabin. The cabin was well stocked with towels, toilet tissue, shampoos, every kind of pot and pan you can think off for cooking in the kitchen as well as a ton of kitchen gagets that would allow anyone to cook a gourmet meal should they choose to do so. Even though it rained our entire stay we managed to spend a few hours in the morning after we checked in, visiting Hospital Rock and hiking down to the river. The next day even though we had to chain up for the snow, we were able to travel up to the Giant Forest and do the Marble Falls hiking trail. This property is right outside the park entrance and we really did not have any issues with traffic noise as reported in some of the other posts. The owners were very accomodating, helpful, friendly and available to us the entire trip. Our stay was for three nights and we enjoyed every minute of it. The views from the back deck are fantastic and yes, you can hear the river!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The River Inn & Cabins
Address: 45176 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271-9637
Region: United States > California > Three Rivers
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Ranked #10 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Three Rivers
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Hotel Class:2 star — The River Inn & Cabins 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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