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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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Kansas City, Missouri
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“You're Up There”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

A 3 night stay up at 7300 feet elevation is so private at the Wuksachi. Reception and Dining building are seperated from the lodge buildings. It's a little walk between the 2 (200 yards). Rooms are standard and nothing fancy, but the mountain air will get your attention. Staff is friendly and attentive. At some times you'll think you are the only visitor and at other times you'll meet the people of the world before or after breakfast/dinner. A great place to stage your visit for Sequoia or Kings Canyon. Just ensure you fill your car before arriving at the park. Best views of Sequoia National beside standing near a Giant Sequoia tree.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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J David H, Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear Traveller,

We are extremely pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that our staff helped to make the experience that much more enjoyable. We certainly do hope to have you as one of our guests again, and please contact me directly if you want to make that reservation.

Thank you,

J David Hauswirth, Rooms Division Manager
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Houston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We really wish our first night in the Sequoia National Park, had been here. Every sight we came to see, was less than 40 min away. The food was good (Prime rib was actually only a Ribeye roast). All the amenities you expect from a resort hotel!! The view from the room was incredible. The service was top notch. Our trip started from the northern entrance... So we checked in to several places as we come south. 1st) Hume Lake. Abandoned paid room due to lack of amenities and horrible view. 2nd) John Muir Lodge. We stayed at John Muir once seeing accommodations at Hume Lake. Very nice place and well worth the money! 3rd) Montecito Lodge. UGH!! Paid for suite lodging. Beautiful view of lake. Dirty, broken down, door hanging from hinges, bugs... Food was horrible. Rice cooked so little, was like a mouth full of BB's. Chicken at room temp...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is in a fabulous location, as other reviewers have said its in the heart of all the things you want to see in the park.
The hotel is split into a main lodge and there are three buildings with the rooms in.
The main lodge is impressive looking in wood. This is also where the restaurant is. The food for the main meal was quite tasty but the service slow. Breakfast was a buffet but it was terribly organised. Lots of tables had been left covered in dirty dishes that had not been cleared and the buffet had not been refilled. The food that was there was not good. They just didn't have enough staff on to cope with the number of people who needed breakfast!
The room was ok. A bit tired but did the job, it could have benefited from decoration.

Overall, a great location but room to improve on simple things.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent a few days here for New Years and were glad we stayed in the park during the winter. Unfortunately this is the only lodge open during the winter due to the high snowfalls, but it was well worth it in the end, since the trek up to the sequoia's from anywhere outside the park is very long and takes alot of time. What you are paying for here is the location. The scenary around the lodge is stunning and you are within minutes from the giant Sequoia's and trails. Our room was very large for a standard King and very clean and neat. Nothing over the top but perfect for our needs. Everyone complains about how far the parking lot is from the hotel, but it is honestly not that bad. If you are coming to enjoy nature, you are not going to complain about a short walk in the beautiful scenary anyways. We went on an off time of the year, but I would recommend booking this hotel ahead of time and book dinner reservations at the lodge when you get there for the week. They have very limited dinner availability for reservations and if you can't eat there you are stuck. The food was ok, very overpriced but you are in the middle of nowhere. The breakfast buffet is very nice and offers plenty of food. If you go during the winter or when there is snow on the ground, I would recommend renting snow shoes down in the basement. They are very inexpensive and help you see several of the tree's that are limited by the snow on the foot trails. All around it was a very cozy and enjoyable stay and I would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The scenery surrounding the Lodge is spectacular, (I felt like I was in Middle-Earth), and is easily accessible to two of the most popular Park attractions: Giant Sherman and Moro Rock. But the Lodge simply fell short. The rooms--in three separate apartment-style structures--were spacious, but lacking a contemporary ambiance, and a tad too simple, (in our room at least, the television was in a separate room, so that you couldn't really watch it in the evening from your bed). If you like the rustic charm of a cheap ski resort, then you won't mind much--I did mind! Also Wuksachi Lodge is the ONLY semi-modern convenience in the area; you are left to the mercy of their very lacking snack and souvenir shop, with a staff that could barely speak English--and not very helpful. Worst of all, was the restaurant--and the only place to eat for miles away. The food was fine, although a touch overpriced. But what upset me was the amateurishness of the wait staff. The Wuksachi Restaurant tries hard to be a cutting-edge dining experience, but the waiters and waitresses are very young, and it shows. Like a great many customer service venues these days, the employees in the restaurant either didn't pay attention when taking an order, or simply didn't care, (likely their minds are fixated on the amount they will make in undeserved tips). One appetizer didn't even make it out of the kitchen, until after I complained about there being two appetizers, one for the each of us, and the response was: "Oh, I don't remember an order for a second appetizer." No apologies. The waiter's attitude was apathetic. Additionally when we tried to get the attention of the waiter after the meal, it was nearly impossible. Check finally delivered, credit card charged, and not so much as a "thank you" for our patronage. The next morning we ate breakfast in the same restaurant. The same waiter was there, (did he sleep in his waiter's uniform?), and didn't so much as acknowledge us--a little recognition would have been nice, since we left him $20 on a $100 bill from the previous night. In conclusion, if you are not demanding, and like things simple, then by all means this is your place. But for a one-night stay, with a total bill, (with the dinner), coming in at $300, The Wuksachi Lodge should have been so much more! Too bad there weren't other options.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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J David H, Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear readyrr,

We are sorry to hear about your less than positive experience with us. We certainly do not want any of our guests to have that kind of experience with us. Please note that all responses and feedback are taken very seriously and have been sent to the proper departments. We would like to be given the opportunity again to have your business, and so please contact me directly the next time you are coming up to Sequoia, and I will take care of your reservation personally.

Thank you,

J David Hauswirth, Rooms Division Manager
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simi valley, ca
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We enjoyed our stay. From the rooms to the restaurant everything was nice. We enjoyed the lit pathway to and from the restaurant, the nice thick walls that insulated us from hearing our neighbors. The parking is a bit far from the rooms but well worth the view. Cozy and Lodginess envelopes you in this beautiful wilderness.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Cincinnati, OH
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Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed here to maximize our time in Sequoia National Park and minimize our time spent driving. The location is favorable. The rooms were ok, and the price was a little steep, but the lodge is in the middle of a National Park (location!). Parking was plentiful. Due to the low amount of light pollution we were able to see the stars very clearly at night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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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