It’s our third time staying at Franciscan! There’s nothing fancy about this place. But the sense of belonging is irreplaceable. Beyond that there’s close access to everything including skiing resorts, cute restaurants and Safeway.
In all honesty the room we ended up in was lovely, but getting in was a hugely painful process that ruined our whole experience. We arrived at 5pm and were greeted with a closed reception and a hand written note to call a number to get our key. There was no cell reception and so having driven 10 mins down the road, found the number was out of service. Having eventually found another number, I was placed on hold for c.20 minutes and was eventually told I'd get a call back. 10 minutes later I was told which room I was in. I'd paid a huge premium for a 'lake front' room (having previously had an email exchange with the venue specifically asking which to book to be close to the pier). We didn't get a lake front lodge, we got a 'lakeside'. Explaining this issue I was told to wait another 20 minutes for someone to come and change my room. This ended up being lakeside but no where near the pier. We got into that room over 45 minutes after arriving. The lady who eventually gave me the key was also massively rude, firstly lying to me insisting that someone was present until 5.30 (they weren't) and then suggesting it was my fault for a number of reasons, including arriving late (5pm!). The next morning the hairdryer broke at 7am and no one was due to be at reception until 9am... after we needed to leave. The venue has never replied to my email upon checkout and overall I'm staggered at this experience.
Great place to stay! Very peaceful and the staff is very friendly. They have a nice dock that extends out in to the water! Great for sunsets and sunrises. As well as star gazing! Will be back again, for sure.
Nice spot on the lake. In a lakeside cabin, not lakefront, which left me feeling slightly strange to hang out on the beach area in front of the Lakeview cabins. I felt like we would be intruding if we did. It is quiet and close to kings beach but not much else around in a walkable distance. Overall clean and comfortable. Not sure it was worth the price we paid but it probably would be a better experience to have a Lakeview cabin.
Location! If you can get a lakeside, perhaps it is worth it.
However, we were placed in a studio very far back on the property. Most people have to cross a busy road to be lakeside... I'll try and post some photos from the room.
Strong cleaning solution smell that never left even with a fan in the window and all windows open. No screens on the doors.
Uncomfortable bed, decent pillows,
Front desk provides little by way of orientation or welcome. But perhaps they have so many regular customers, they don't need to...
This place was wonderful. We booked a lakeside cabin, but there was a gas leak so they moved us to the forest side. It was wonderful nonetheless. Great place for bringing the kids. Our unit had a full kitchen and there are several outdoor bbq's, a pool, ping pong table, 5 min drive from kings beach. Will definitely be coming back.
Beach front rooms were awesome. Spectacular views and very romantic. Only issue was proximity to the road and the constant noise. Inside wasn't bad but it took away from an otherwise peaceful outdoor setting.