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“Nice Lodge but overpriced, and there is no "village"” 3 of 5 stars
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Wuksachi Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   64740 Wuksachi Way, off Generals Highway, rte 198, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262   |  
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Laguna Hills, California
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“Nice Lodge but overpriced, and there is no "village"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed in a deluxe room. The room was clean and the furnishings seemed pretty new. We got some spotty wifi signal in our room, but our tv had terrible reception, the picture was clouded by “snow”. Also the deluxe room description and pictures show a table and chairs in the room which we did not have, we had a small desk with one chair. There is a mini fridge which was great, but we tried to make hot water for tea in the coffee maker and it turned out smelling and tasting like watered down stale coffee. Also you could hear a lot of noise from people in the hallways. Also when staying at the Wuksachi your only convenient option for food is the Wuksachi Restaurant which is formal and a little pricy (In late October everything at Lodgepole was closed so your only option other than he Wuksachi Lodge for food is in Grant Grove which is almost an hour drive). The name says "Lodge and Village" but all that is there are the hotel rooms and a building with a small gift shop and restaurant. The food we had there was good, but overall we felt that staying at the lodge was overpriced for what you were getting.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

The Wuksachi Lodge best feature is that it is very close to the Sequoia Park highlights with minimal driving required (especially if you use the shuttle system within the park). Room was clean and spacious. Some drive over to the main lodge for dinner, but it really is just as quick to walk. There are usually deer grazing between the main lodge and the 3 buildings housing the motel rooms. Dinner is an ordeal and a test of patience. The main lodge is the only option and reservations are required. We arrived at approximately 4:00 in the afternoon unaware that we needed a reservation and could only get an 8:45 PM reservation for dinner that night (we were not seated until 9:15 and people were still waiting after us). The small convenience store and snack bar that are approximately 2 miles away, closed at 4:00 PM. Driving out of the park means an hour of hairpin switch backs both in and out, so not an option. You are basically trapped for food with the only option the Waksuchi Lodge. There are too many people in this situation and the lodge cannot accommodate the volume, hence the long wait for seating. Breakfast is not quite as bad, since it is a buffet and people can come and go without reservations. Would be nice to see the lodge do something to accommodate the evening dinner overcrowding. Possibly dinner needs to be a buffet as breakfast is. A small store selling sandwiches for those who prefer not to wait could be open in the lobby. A small selection of food items could be available in the lobby shop. Unfortunately the staff doesn’t seem to care about the lobby full of guests waiting well into the evening for dinner. If you are staying at Wuksachi Lodge, make a dinner reservation when you book your room!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Stayed 2 nights (Saturday and Sunday, Oct 29/30, 2011) at Wuksachi Lodge in a standard room, #131 on the 2nd floor in the Stewart Building. We booked the "bed and breakfast" rate which included a very good buffet breakfast in the morning. Saturday night rate $155 and Sunday went down to $118. Very reasonable.
We absolutely lucked out with the weather as they had 5 inches of snow about 10 days prior. We enjoyed blue skies, mild temps, and hardly any crowds - we felt like we had the amazing trees all to ourselves.
We drove from Santa Cruz (Hwy 152 Hecker Pass through Gilroy to Pacheco Pass to Hwy 99 to Fresno to Hwy 180 into the park). Be sure to get gas before you enter the park! It was exactly 4 hours to Grants Grove where we had lunch and visited the General Grant tree area.
We then continued on Hwy198 to Wuksachi Lodge which was about 25 miles via a beautiful winding road.
The lodge worked out perfectly for us. Yes, you do have to walk a bit from the main lodge where the front desk, gift shop, small bar and restaurant are located to the building where the guest rooms are.
The dining room with huge windows overlooking the trees is lovely and comfortable and dinner was good - not cheap - not extraordinary - but staff is friendly and we were happy.
The local deer are very friendly and happy to munch around the lodge. We were told they even give birth underneath the staff cabins!
Sequoia is a gorgeous park and we love that it is not nearly as overrun as Yosemite.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at the Waksachi Lodge just one night on our trip, but in retrospect would have spent longer. A beautiful location was made even better by the service and friendly people there. The breakfast buffet was absolutely delicious. The view from the restaurant is georgeous, plus they were playing beautiful, soothing music that made us want to stay and stay. It had snowed before we arrived and the road out of the park was closed when we arrived, but the desk clerk was eager to call for road conditions to make sure we could continue our journey as planned. The rooms were basic hotel rooms, but clean and what a view. We would definitely stay again. So much more reasonably priced than hotels in Yosemite.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We just came back from spending 3 nights in sequoia national park. We enjoyed our stay at the wuksachi lodge. The rooms are a short walk to the restaurant. The food is good. They only have a breakfast buffet, but you can choose either the hot or continental buffet for $12.95 or $7.95 which seems reasonable. The dinner was nice with good wine and a nice selection - we thought the prices were very reasonable, but we live in San Diego. You must make reservations for dinner since there is a limited amount of help this time of year.

The only thing I didn't like about our stay- the bed was not good, and the linens were very rough, but still better than camping! There is no place else to stay or eat in the area.

The hiking is great! The trees are amazing! If you only have time for one hike, take the "Congress Trail" to see Sherman's tree. Morrow Rock, which provides incredible views of the area, is also well worth your time.

There is road construction as you approach the lodge. The road is only open on the hour, and if you are not in line you must wait until the next hour to use the one way road.

We didn't see any bears, but the deer are like house pets, so tame. It gets really cold at night this time of year, but the days are beautiful!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We thought, with 3 nights here where there is no nearby alternative, that we might just be treated as a captive audience with a "take it or leave it" attitude. How wrong we were!
OK, so the room was fairly typical motel style with no view but the rate included an excellent help yourself hot breakfast. However the overall service was excellent and the dinners could not be faulted - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011 via mobile

After reading several reviews that range from terrible to excellent, I just have to say my peace. If you are looking for a modern hotel with luxuries then you should probably skip this place. If you want to experience a quiet trip in one of the most beautiful places in the world then this place will suite you just fine! It amazed me how many people were on their iPads and iPhones the whole time while we were here! People were so concerned with the Internet and cell phone service and frankly it made me laugh! PUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTERS PEOPLE and enjoy your surroundings!!! You will survive I promise! I quite enjoyed the fact that the tv, cell service, and Internet were unreliable. It's really nice to "unplug".

That being said, we were pleasantly surprised with the food, service, and the rooms. It is a bit of a hike to the rooms, so if you are not able bodied just ask the front desk staff for help when you check in! I heard them ask MANY times if guests would like help with their luggage. There are also phones located in the hallways of the hotels so if you get up there and decide you would like some help I bet you could call the front desk and get some help. (I believe the ext is 601? We had to call because we had trouble getting our key to work)

The restaurant was great! Yes you should make a reservation ahead of time because they are booked every night. We actually didn't have a reservation the first night but the hostess explained to us that she just needed to seat the reservations in the next block of time and then she could fit us in most likely. So we had a drink at the bar and got sat in about 20 minutes. Being a couple who has worked in the restaurant industry in the past, we greatly appreciated that.
The staff was friendly and we enjoyed the small dinner menu actually. This isn't an applebees! I had fish one night, chicken the next...husband had steak and a veggie dish. They even had a vegan dish on the menu which I thought was really nice for people who don't eat meat or dairy! This wasn't something I expected from such a remote restaurant.

My recommendation is for able bodied people who are looking for a beautiful and quiet vacation to visit this park and lodge. If you are looking for a super fancy hotel with modern amenities and a cheesy large dinner menu...go to a resort like sandals!

Overall, we had a great stay!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Wuksachi Lodge And Village
Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel
Wuksachi Hotel Village
Wuksachi
Wuksachi Village And Lodge
Address: 64740 Wuksachi Way, off Generals Highway, rte 198, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wuksachi Lodge 2.5*
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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