Stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge for five days in late Sept just before the gov’t closed Sequoia Natl Park. First a little about the layout. This lodge consists of multiple buildings on terraces carved into the side of a mountain at 7,000 feet. On the highest level are the three bldgs that contain the rooms. The next level down are the parking lots and at the lowest level is the lodge itself. So when going between the rooms and the lodge, there’s a steep elevation change that has stairs and/or switchback ramps that have minimal lighting so bring high quality bright flashlights for after dark. It is also quite problematic trying to move suitcases from the parking lot to the rooms. Each of the terraces is about 30 feet higher so moving heavy items is difficult. They provide a dolly but it’s better to ask for help at the front desk. One of the staff will come with a van and bring your luggage to the room….it’s a free service. Each of the room lodges has multiple stories with no elevator so a room on the entry level is desirable.
As for rooms, they are accommodating, but the best is to reserve one of the superior double queen rooms that have an extra alcove room that contains a sofa bed and easy chair and makes for a more comfortable stay. The TV (which only has a few channels) was also located in this room along with the fridge and the coffee maker. The two rooms can be separated with a pair of sliding glass doors. The extra charge for the room is well worth it. There are not many of these rooms so reserve one well in advance. This would be a perfect option for a family with children.
Now for meals, the lodge has a B&B package that includes the breakfast buffet, or you can just be a walk-in. The buffet has a continental offering ($7.95) including such items as cereal, oatmeal, sweet rolls, toast, yogurt, etc. or a full breakfast offering ($12.95) that includes such hot items as eggs, pancakes, sausages, bacon, etc. plus the continental items. The B&B package includes all items and you receive little “chits” when you check in that cover the breakfast each day.
If you plan on hiking, lunch can be problematic as there are not many options in the area. There’s a market near the Lodgepole Visitors Center that will provide sandwiches to go, but they are only open sometimes. The day we went, the sandwich place was closed and there’s very little else in the market. Turns out, however, the lodge itself will provide a box lunch (~$12.00) that contains a sandwich, fruit, granola bar, drink and a bag of chips which you can order off a form in the room or at the lodge itself. This turned out to be the best option for us as we could pick up the box lunches at breakfast and be on our way early. The lodge does offer lunch in the dining area. We never explored this option.
Dinners at the lodge were great. Be sure to make a reservation and you will be seated promptly, without a reservation the waits on the weekends could extend to 45 mins or more. We made our reservations a couple of weeks in advance and experienced no difficulties. The dinners are upscale including many choices of appetizers, salads, entrees ($20-$30) and desserts. There was a fixed menu that included seafood, meat and poultry. In addition, each evening they had two special entrees such as scallops or duck or even prime rib. The food was prepared very well and we enjoyed the five nights we ate there. The salads are huge so we ordered one and shared it. The wine selection wasn’t extensive but more than adequate given that you’re out in the middle of the high sierras with a long trek (probably 30-40 mins) to the nearest restaurant or full service grocery store.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wuksachi and highly recommend it.
- 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 & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Wuksachi Lodge And Village
- Wuksachi Hotel Village
- Wuksachi Village And Lodge