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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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“Wuksachi lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Room fine and although we are incredibly ancient and got help,to get our luggage to our upstairs room, the bell boyboy seemed surprised to get a tip! beds very comfortable, room large and clean and huge number of towels etc. Only grouse was that the fridge was not on and we had to move large cupboard housing the TV, to plug it in!!!

Wifi was only in the main lobby someway from our lodge.
Only one place to eat and a somewhat overpriced for dinner ( good choice of dishes) but good value for continental or full monty breakfasts

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We enjoyed our stay so much that we asked to stay another night. We had the suite overlooking the mountain. Beautiful room, comfortable bed, friendly staff. Great food in the restaurant for dinner and breakfast. Well worth the extra.

Accept their offer of help with luggage or use the luggage trolleys as it is quite a way to the rooms. Also please be aware they do not have laundry facilities for you to use. We had to drive to the village to do our laundry. The wifi is only available in the lobby which is quite a way away from the rooms.

Room Tip: No elevators so choose a ground level room or else you will need to lug luggage a long way.
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  • Stayed April 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We found Wuksachi Lodge to be clean, comfortable, full of beautiful vistas and very convenient as far as touring Sequoia National Forest. The rooms are pleasant, clean and serve their purpose, nothing noteworthy. Of note: there was no wireless access from our rooms, just the lodge - which did not bother us one way or the other. The restaurant menu looks better than it tastes, but it is not at all bad - the food is mediocre to good. The bar is mediocre to good. The staff are pleasant, but do not go far out of their way to help, except the bartender, who was exceptional. The breakfast buffet is good. However, when our family ordered the breakfast buffet and I asked for egg whites or Egg Beaters to be served to me as I get sick w/ egg yolks, I was told "we don't do that here". I was taken aback as this was NOT an inexpensive buffet and even cheap breakfast eatery buffets will do this without blinking an eye. When I met the server's response with my silence, he reconsidered then said "I'll check with the kitchen" and they did make me egg whites - I am happy to pay an upcharge for such and said as much. Anyway, I saw it as another example of the staff just really not being willing to go out of their way for paying guests. However, nothing was glaringly bad either, it is a pleasant place to stay.

All that aside, the scenery from and near the lodge is spectacular, the setting of the lodge is just beautiful. If you stay here, no time is wasted going to/from a place outside of the park. It is a perfect, beautiful play to stay on your way to Yosemite or to Santa Cruz, as we did, then continue down the Pacific Coast Highway. it is not a bad place to have on your intineray at all.

If you don't expect the sense of being well taken care of, you will not be disappointed and you will enjoy the beauty of the setting and the comfort of a clean room in a quiet setting.

We (our family) would absolutely stay here again, but we would be staying for the scenery, the relative comfort and the convenience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

As other reviewers have indicated, this probably is the best choice for those who want to stay within Sequoia National Park, rather than nearby. The park is very large, and winding mountain roads make travel slow, so the park's lodges, though pricey, let one enjoy nature to the fullest, and Wuksachi is the least spartan and newest of them. My wife and I were only able to book a premium room. It had 2 queen beds, plus a hideaway bed in a couch, in a separate space in an alcove at one end of the very large main room. This room can accommodate a family, and was really more than we needed. It cost (with tax) about $250 a night. The lodge rooms are located in three 3-storey buildings (no elevators) that are a long uphill trek from the parking area. Free luggage caddies are available, as well as assistance from the front desk if needed. The room was very clean and had nice views on two sides. There was an older tv (not flat screen or HD). Staff were all friendly and helpful--one offered us a ride to the parking area when he saw us beginning to walk there (it had started to snow--in May!). At a lodge like this tries to compete with upscale properties in urban areas, but can't quite measure up; on the other hand, staying within a national park can be priceless.

Room Tip: To avoid stairs ask for a middle level room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I can see why so many of the reviews of the Wuksachi Lodge are negative, but if you know ahead of time what to expect and what not to expect, I think you can make the place "work" for you. It definitely grew on me! It's a schlep to your room, but you can drive to the buildings and there are plenty of suitcase carts. True, there is no elevator...but it's two short flights of stairs. If there are disability issues, request a room on the first floor.

The dining hall and bar are actually very good with terrific views....one night during early dinner hours, a mother bear and her cubs were spotted from the dining room windows. Go for the continental b'fast which is plenty of food and much cheaper than the buffet. There's a good wine list of local wines and some good beers as well.

Sequoia is not a developed park like Yosemite. It is much more wild and open which can be very nice. There are good trails of varying lengths and difficulty...and they're well maintained. There's a big market not far from the lodge but it's not visible from the road. Definitely take food and drinks with you during the day as there are no concessions...at least not until after Memorial Day weekend.

True, the WiFi is only at the main lodge and it's slow....but you're surrounded by thousand year old trees!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed for one night at Wuksachi and enjoyed it. The staff were extra friendly and the reception area is really nice and comfortable, with a fire going in the fireplace. We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and both were very good. We chose the continental breakfast which was cheaper, and included lots of different things. The hotel has a small shop where you can get snacks, which can come in handy, as there is little else nearby.
The rooms were spacious, but could do with some remodelling. They are quite dark and the bathrooms are on the small side. Everything looks quite dusty and the hallways are particularly dirty. Overall, the rooms aren't that comfortable, but it is nice to stay inside the National Park, so it was worth it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We really liked this motel style lodge hotel in the heart of the Sequoia National Park.

This place is high (7000ft / 2133m) which made carrying two suitcases up two flights of stairs much harder work than it should have been!

The staff were amazingly helpful and friendly and really did seem to want to make our stay as good as it could be. The room was big, comfortable and clean. Even in April, I would say that it was a little stuffy at night even with the ceiling fan and windows open but we slept ok.

We stayed two nights and ate in the restaurant both nights as there wasn't really much alternative! The food and staff were excellent even though it was a little pricy compared to other places we at on the trip. The service was a little slow on both nights and I had to ask for a wine cooler 3 times before one turned up (almost half way through the bottle!). A minor point for an overall excellent stay.

One point on the wifi. There is no phone signal in the park so wifi would be handy. The wifi only worked in the main lodge building and even then was very very slow (I measured 0.02mbps which is bad considering you normally get around 2.00 mbps on a 3g connection). It was funny in the evening sitting in the bar watching numerous guests waving iPhones, iPads and laptops around trying to get a better signal!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wuksachi Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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

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