I have always stayed at the Riverview Lodge whenever I am in Kernville.they have aboslutely the best location and river access. I had not visited the area in a year and was a bit concerned when I read the last review. When I arrived I found the same owners I have always known behind the desk. I checked in and found my room and the grounds to be clean and in good shape. I asked the owners the next day about how things were and they informed me they had just fired their manager and houskeeping after recieving several complaints and a bad review. They said the had spent the last week cleaning and bringing things back up to par. They are now running it themselves and promise the quality and service they once had.
i fell in love with the riverview when i went for the first tme in september 05 the owners back then had the place immaculate and we kept going back every other month until the past couple of years. what a dissapointment now. its run down and looks like speed freaks own it now. they arent consistent on the price of the rooms. and when you call and leave a message to even ask about a room they dont even return your call. weve stayed at the other hotels the past couple of years and when we drive by the riverview were dissapointed. what once was a quaint absolutley awesome hotel with the rocking chairs, the cute breakfast and sitting on the porch enjoying your coffee with the neighbor has turned into a run down rip off shack .....its a shame maybe if someone that has money wll read this, they will buy the hotel and get it back to where it used to be .
we loved the fact you could walk to the river and fish and the town was within walking distance. you would think that with the people being more selective due to the economy , the hotel managers would do thier best to make that cute hotel worth coming back to....they just dont seem to care .....a real shame
We went into town without a definite place to stay, and we checked this place out first. It was amazing. The owner was very helpful with info about the river, housekeeping kept our room clean but didn't disturb our things. We had a fantastic view of the river and could walk down to it whenever we wanted, and sat on the porch in rocking chairs in the morning. We stayed for 4 nights. I would love to go back. I'm assuming that whatever problems the inn was having in some of the previous posts, they've been fixed, because I'm picky about hotels and I LOVED this one!
Upon arriving at the lodge, was dissapointed that it is located adjacent a (noisy) major highway - listening to emergency vehicles all night. Access to the Kern river next to the lodge was not allowed, since this land was private property with no trepassing signs posted.
Entering the room, found it to be very dirty and unkept - needing minor repairs. Hair in bathtub, mold growing in bathroom grout, some lamps didn't work, T.V. cabinet door fell off in my hands and the T.V. had poor reception. Breakfast is a cup of coffee and stale (wrapped) role served in a small transition hallway - what a joke!
With all said, attempted to make the best of the situation. That is until the evening hours rolled around. From 5pm to 7pm endured screaming kids running through the complex. Went to find staff, but they were on the Kern river bank fishing. At 10pm, until mid-night again endured very rude, noisy guests yelling and partying out in front of my room. Staff no where to be found... Checked out early (duh) and was refused a refund.
I would have had a nicer stay at a projects apartment in the Bronx. Do yourself a favor and stay away!
This was a very quaint, lodge done in wood paneling with tons of expensive antique furniture that was just beautiful. The service was good, they have a serve yourself room with pastries, coffee, teas, and cocoa in the morning. The river is right next to the lodge. There is a covered lanai all around the lodge and 2 rocking chairs infront of each room, so you can sit and rock and watch the river. There is a wonderful fancy italian resturant just a few steps away. The only draw back was there was a bridge next to the lodge that carried a lot of traffic, but it was easy enough to overlook it. I saw all the other motels in town while I was there that claimed to be on the river, but the closest one was accross the street and a public park was there. On the other side of the river from our motel was a large campsite for overnight camping. We might check that out next time.