...are the only words close enough to describe the location. The lodge is right smack inside Sequoia National Park and just 20 minutes drive from the General Sherman Tree.
The main lodge - where the front desk and restaurant are - is rustic and very well kept although the lodge where the rooms were located could use a little sprucing up. That said, our room was a spacious and very comfortable even with 2 double beds. There is wi-fi in the room but no phone reception. Then again, you'd lose the phone reception miles before you reach the lodge. The shower tub was clean and the amenities were more than sufficient. Being right inside the national park, we had the forest and wildlife just outside our window. It was magical. We were 'greeted' by a doe when we arrived and continued to see her and presumably, her family (!) throughout our 3-day stay.
The only downside - we had to haul our luggage to the room with a well worn luggage cart. The main lodge was a 5-minute walk away so I suppose we could have asked for some help but since our luggage were manageable, we moved everything on our own. Second complaint was the poor lighting along the paths leading out from the (rooms) lodge.
Dining is at the lodge's restaurant and that was the only place available for miles. Prices were a wee bit on the high side but then you have to remember that you're inside a national park, just like if you're on an island resort in the middle of the sea. As to whether the taste can match the price, well, it's both yes and no. I was fortunate enough to have had selected a rather decent pork chop the first night and the trout on my second night was much better. My sister, on the other hand, had the saltiest crab-cakes ever, which had to be exchanged for something else. We also tried the pizza, which was a disappointment but the vegetarian pasta was good. Reservation for dinner is a must. The buffet breakfast selection was decent but you must arrive well before 0900 as the closing time is 0930 and they do not replenish the finished items after 0900.
The staff at the Front Desk and restaurant were friendly and helpful.
The National Park was absolutely awesome and in my opinion, the best that California has to offer. We had 3 bear sightings - a highlight for us - on our way to the Giant Forest and Moro Rock, where we went twice, for the sunset on our first evening and the sunrise the next day. The giant sequoias, the wildlife, the scenic splendor, were truly memorable.
Would I recommend the Wuksachi Lodge? Without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Every national park has its top lodge, the one place to stay that reflects all the park stands for. The Wuksachi Lodge® is Sequoia’s signature resort, a striking stone-and-cedar mountain lodge situated in the heart of the park and surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Open year-round and located with the best access to Sequoia's awesome attractions, the Wuksachi Lodge was built in 1999 in a spectacular alpine setting at 7,200-foot elevation. Nestled amongst the tall timbers in Sequoia National Park, Wuksachi Lodge offers the perfect respite for anyone looking for a place to reconnect with friends, family and the great outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wuksachi Lodge And Village
- Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Wuksachi Hotel Village
- Wuksachi Village And Lodge