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“Great Location and Nice Lodge” 4 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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College Station, Texas
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“Great Location and Nice Lodge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I'm surprised that the Wuksachi is rated a bit lower than the John Muir Lodge just up the road. We stayed at both and both were nice, but the Wuksachi was better. The room at the Wuksachi was more modern and had a TV. The staff at the Wuksachi was head and shoulders above that at John Muir, as was the restaurant. If you're visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and want to stay in just one lodge, I'd recommend the Wuksachi over John Muir. It is near the sequoia grove with the General Sherman Tree and the area is beautiful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

This was our second trip in 6 years and we had high hopes all would be good

We were not disappointed. Great service. Friendly staff. Lovely room

This place is in beautiful surroundings and feels special

All of the staff were friendly and helpful and gave great service and lots of tips for our onwards journey

Eddie the bear is a good presence and most welcome.

Housekeeping friendly and effective and made great towel art

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I was thrilled to be able to get a room at this hotel, as it was recommended in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die." It is located in a perfect location if you're spending time in Sequoia National Park. But after a day of hiking and being exhausted, we were disappointed with the hotel. The welcome lodge is beautiful and had friendly front desk staff. But we were told we needed to make a reservation for dinner (only one restaurant on site). The first available spot was 8:30pm...not good when you're tired and hungry. We had to cart our luggage up a hill to the Stewart Lodge (not a problem for our family but it could be a problem for seniors or families with young children). The room was spacious and clean but not as "fancy" as the welcome lodge. Kind of disappointing for how expensive a room is for a night. We had to wait for over 40 minutes to be seated at the "Peaks" restaurant. Once seated, the waiter gave us bread and water right away. Gave us enough time to review the menu and place our order (food is limited and EXPENSIVE for a family). But then he disappeared. We were not offered water again until our food was delivered about 30 minutes later. Portions were small for the price. This meal tarnished our stay at the Wuksachi. Just overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Beautiful location. Rooms are average hotel rooms nothing fancy or special. Would had been nice to have patios or balcony's to sit out on to enjoy the nice evening. The rooms do not have AC just fans in the window, which we were lucky with cool temps the two days we were there but i could see that would be a pain on those warmer evenings. For the nightly rate they are asking i did expect a little nicer rooms but you are paying for the location as they are the only non-camping place to stay in that side of the park.

This is bear country so every night we had to take our hiking packs and cooler from the car and across the parking lot and up three flights of stairs. After two full days of hiking that got a little old. But it is bear country. Overall average place as far as room and service, but you will pay highend lodge prices for the location.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I would agree with others that the main advantage of Wuksachi is its location. It is ideal for the close Big Forest , for Grant's Grove and King's River. But we were there in 87 degree and 75 degree weather. The facility has no air conditioning. The rooms have some exhaust fans which get the room near outside temperature by about 2 a.m. But the main lodge gets heated by a greenhouse effect and the lobby and the dining hall were sweat lodges. In addition the dining room is full of flies and the meal needs a lot of driving them off or swatting them. The meals were average to poor, an apple cobbler with five pounds of dough and five ounces of apple. The other food was OK, the rooms average. Grant's Grove Village and Lodge would be my next choice, air conditioning and really friendly people.

Room Tip: Do take advantage of the help with luggage to the room. It is a real hassle to do it yourself.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We booked this lodge as we wanted to avoid the long drives between Three Rivers and the National Park during our visit. We booked a superior room. The check-in was friendly and fast and we were given a top floor room no. 330 in the Sequoia Building. As this is bear country we had to empty our car and carry all the luggage to our room. We got hold of a luggage trolley and were able to this in two trips. It is quite a drag but we did not mind. The room was fantastic. It has a separate bed- and living room which can be divided by a sliding door. In the living room there was a fridge plus coffee maker. The TV was very old but then you are here to enjoy nature. From our room we were able to get WiFi reception, which is provided free. From our three windows we had a great view towards the woods. We even saw a bear with her two cubs directly from our window. Wow. The amenities in the bathroom were ok. They provide shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. The room was clean. The furniture was really outdated but thats ok. As there is very little lighting around the building it was dark (although we had a full moon) which we loved. The beds were comfy and we had 3 nights of good sleep. Next time we visit Sequoia NP we will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Book a superior room, it's really worth it as you get more space. Stayed in room 330 in the Sequ...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

First of all, in case you don't know, let me tell you that hotels in national parks are not plentiful and are expensive where they do exist. So the price for a room at the Wuksachi does not compare favorably with other hotels, so you mustn't expect it to. My family just returned from a two week trek where we visited 5 western national parks, and the Wuksachi compares favorably to any of the other national park accommodations we saw. We wanted to stay inside Sequoia but did not want to camp, so our options were slim to none anyway. So we were willing to pay the $270 or so per night for the largest room they have. I think it's called a superior room and consists of a large room with two queens, a table and chairs, and a huge closet alongside a second "living room" with a sleeper sofa, chair, tv in an armoire, and a fridge and coffee pot. The extra room was great for our family of four, and one of our sons didn't even mind that the mattress on the sleeper sofa was thin because it meant a break from having to share a bed with his brother. They boys loved having this space to themselves, so I'm glad I paid the extra for it.

So here are some good things about the Wuksachi. First of all, it is super peaceful and lovely to be sleeping in the woods with mountain vistas all around. If that appeals to you, you will probably like it here. We were on the corner of our building and heard zero sounds from the other rooms, and of course there are no traffic sounds to be bothered with. The room decor isn't fabulous, but the room is comfy, and we found the queen beds and pillows to be very comfortable. We all slept great here with just the windows opened a bit. There is no a/c but there was a window fan and another fan in the living room area as well as a ceiling fan. And with the superior room we were able to spread out. You are walking distance to the lodge restaurant and about two miles away from the Lodgepole area where there is a grocery store and deli, so while food options are limited they do exist.

If you have mobility issues, I would not recommend the Wuksachi as you do have to walk to the restaurant as well as up a hill to your room. The rooms are in three separate buildings that share a parking area, so you will have to get yourself and all your luggage up that hill and into your room. The front desk attendant offered to get us assistance if we needed it, but we pulled it off. However, a busload of elderly tourists stayed in the building next to ours, and lodge employees handled all of their luggage for them. We even saw folks in wheelchairs making it up the hill to their rooms as well as over to the restaurant, but I fear someone with serious mobility issues (or someone who just doesn't like to have to walk much) would be disappointed in the Wuksachi. The housekeeping staff, and all the staff we came in contact with, were very friendly, and our room was very clean, but there were stains on the bedspreads, which is terribly icky.

Of all the places our family stayed on our mammoth trip, the Wuksachi was one of our favorites because of the peaceful and beautiful surroundings. However, if you're looking for a luxury experience, you're bound to be disappointed.

Room Tip: The superior room is much larger than the other rooms and is located on the end of the building, so...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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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Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Wuksachi Lodge And Village
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