There are really mixed bags of reviews on the Wuksachi lodge ranging from very good ratings to very poor, so it was difficult to determine whether we should even stay at this lodge. But, we decided to go and after everything was said and done, it's still a mixed bag - some things about Wuksachi were good and others not so much. So, please continue reading and see what you think...
I'll start with the good first because that's always easier!
The best thing about Wuksachi is that it is centrally located to just about everything. From the lodge, you can easily travel to the Giant Forest Village which has a wonderful simple museum that serves to educate the public, rather than push the sale of numerous retail items like many museums often do! This was a pleasant surprise because how many times have you entered a museum only to find that there are more retail items than facts about the site. Giant Forest Village is also a gateway to numerous trails such as Moro Rock, Huckleberry and Crescent Meadow trails. If you have more than a day, do spend some time at the village to take advantage of the museum, trails and wonderful sites such as the auto/tunnel logs, buttress tree and Tharps log cabin. Due to the close proximity of the village, it is very easy to reach the Lodgepole Center which is a visitor center containing showers, snack bars, a small market and many souvenirs readily available to buy. Wuksachi is also close to most campgrounds and it is reasonably close to Crystal Cave.
We found the accommodations at Wuksachi adequate because we understood that we were planning a trip to a forest and that most of our time would be spent outside. So, if you're looking for 5-star accommodations, then this and most of the hotels/motels in the area will not meet your needs. But, if you come to Sequoia expecting a rustic lodge which will meet your need to sleep and eat, then you won't be disappointed as the lodge interior is somewhat dated.
There were a few previous reviews indicating that the front desk staff were rude and the desk was unoccupied. We did not encounter this at all as we found the front desk staff were cheerful, helpful and courteous.
The cost of a room at Wuksachi is steep and it will burn a hole in most budgets! So, I suggest that you either plan ahead and save your money to pay for the high cost of lodging, or stay outside the park to secure economy lodging. However, the problem with staying in a budget hotel is that you may spend most of your time driving back and forth from your hotel to the park attractions; so it may be a better value to stay in a hotel/lodge that is centrally-located.
Food for thought...
If you stay at Wuksachi, the Peaks Restaurant is the only full-service restaurant in the area, so you won't have many dining choices unless you wish to leave the park or dine at the Lodge Pole snack bar/diner. Since the Peak has a captive audience, it has no incentive to cater to their guests. So, it's kind of a "take it or leave it" behavior by the servers as they are not very attentive to the needs of their guests. The Peaks appears to be understaffed so that contributes to the servers’ inattentive behavior. Also, if you do decide to go to the full-service breakfast buffet which is quite good, please be sure to arrive within the first two hours of the start of service! Arriving at the buffet anytime thereafter, you really take your chances as to whether popular items such as orange juice or cinnamon rolls will be replenished. Instead of replenishing these items, the Peaks simply removes the juice container and/or the bread platters, so there may be little variety for late comers. Fruit is another popular item which does not get replenished, so if you want to go to the buffet, then go early or not at all! We also tried the Peaks at dinner and the food was just ok and extremely overpriced! Our advice is to bring a stocked ice chest, avoid the Peaks, eat at the Lodge Pole snack bar/diner or outside the park!
We went in the latter half of the summer, so the weather was perfect. But, I could tell that if we had visited the park during the early to mid summer, then the room would have been stuffy and hot with an inadequate window fan. So, travel in late summer or early fall if possible to miss the heat.
I thought the lodge was nice, but it was overpriced. If you come here, do not expect the comforts of home as the room décor is basic, dated, but clean. Some rooms do offer a view of the forest if requested, but the mattresses are not extremely comfortable and the linen is worn. Our best advice if you do stay here is to not spend much time in the room or restaurant as you will be disappointed. Instead, spend the majority of your time enjoying the beautiful landscape.
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Dear Hottie2013, we greatly appreciate your well rounded response. We regret any inconveniences that you encountered during your stay with us, DNC as the concessionaire strives to offer the highest standards of service to our guests and clearly that did not happen with your visit. There are renovations and improvement plans for Wuksachi lodge, that we hope will exceed our guests expectations, and make it more enjoyable stay. We apologize your restaurant experience was not our best display of hospitality and we will share your review with our staff to ensure that better attention is paid to the guest and our services. We do agree with you on the fact that there is much more to see and do outside of the hotel and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the park and all that it has to offer. We do have packages and special offers throughout the seasons for our guests, you may find the ideal pricing you are looking for that combines activities, food & beverage, and lodging. Thank you again for your response and we hope to see you soon.
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