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“Location, location, location....” 5 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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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
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“Location, location, location....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Beautiful setting. Separate buildings for rooms provide plenty of privacy from the main lodge foot traffic. The clientele includes lots of international travelers and families. Staff is friendly, if occasionally a bit harried. Restaurant service is only available for take out or seated dining, otherwise no negatives to mention. Room decor is simple and could be updated, but most importantly everything was very clean. The stunning views out of the windows more than make up for any lack decoration department. All in all, well worth the money to stay here inside the park and experience the Sequoias first hand!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PropertyExecutive, Public Relations Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Catherine. It’s great to hear you had a comfortable stay at Wuksachi and received warm service from our staff. We appreciate your comments and hope to see you again!
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our stay at Wuksachi Lodge was wonderful. The drive up 198 was the roughest road I’ve ever been on. There were so many switchbacks I did get carsick. I would recommend the alternate route via 180 (they way we left).

The staff was very friendly and the guy that checked us in was the best hotel employee we have ever encountered. He went out of his way to explain our options for exploring, as we were only there for one night.

The rooms were exactly what we expected after reading various reviews. The room was outdated but very clean with everything we needed for the night. The towels were a bit rough. We planned ahead and had dinner before entering the park and packed our own snacks since there is not anything close by other than the lodge to purchase food. We booked the breakfast package and it did not disappoint. It was a buffet style on the Monday morning we were there. The buffet included traditional items, eggs, frittata, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, bagels, yogurt, and fresh fruit. The potatoes were especially tasty. The restaurant was not at all crowded; we were there around 730.

Everything was open while we were there (second week of March) and the major attractions are all a few miles away from the lodge. There are lots of signs pointing you in the right direction when driving to Moro Rock, Giant Forest, General Sherman, and Tunnel Log.

We had a late lunch at the lodge after exploring before leaving the park. I had a decent caesar wrap (wished there was more dressing) and my husband had a good burger and sweet potato fries. I thought it was priced appropriately.

We were not charged for requesting a late checkout. However, our keys did not work when we tried to get back into our room but the staff was very accommodating at getting us back in our room. We also had a tire issue while there and again the staff was very helpful at recommending places outside the park to get it fixed.

Overall, it was a great stay the location is absolutely stunning and worth every penny. We cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PropertyExecutive, Public Relations Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
We appreciate your comments, Lisa. We are so glad to hear you had a nice stay, and thank you for your kind words for our staff. We are also glad to hear you were quickly helped with your room keys and tire. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we hope to see you and your husband for another trip!
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Yorba Linda, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Our trip to the Sequoias was limited since they had just received 3 feet of snow (first of the season and in April). All winter play was closed. The lodge though was beautiful. Located off of Generals Hwy. it was the perfect place to explore the park. The lodge was busy but the service was excellent. From the front counter staff to the waitress in the dining room, everyone was friendly and helpful. At one point we needed something to do even though the snow closed everything. The front counter staff advised us that the hike to Moro Rock would be beautiful. Great suggestion, we hiked through snow and were rewarded with solitude and beauty. They also let us check out a day early without penalty.

Meals at the lodge are good and bad. Dinner was great. Breakfast was bad. Cold eggs, cold oatmeal, broken pieces of bacon, but great muffins. Not worth 12.95.

The room is the worst part of the lodge. Overall it is just a standard room (even though we had deluxe). Old spotted bedspreads on the bed, cheap coarse towels, and the worst was the shower curtain. Stained and obviously never cleaned. Bed was so old that my husband and I kept rolling to the middle.

Because of the location and the great staff, I would recommend this hotel. Just know that the high price will not guarantee a clean room.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PropertyExecutive, Public Relations Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thanks for your comments, Edcoulter. We are glad to hear you had a fun and snowy stay and that our staff provided great service. We are sorry that you felt your room and breakfast experience could have been improved upon, and your feedback will be shared. Thank you again.
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The best feature of this hotel is the location. It is centrally located to some of the main attractions in the park like General Sherman Tree, Sentinel Tree, Giant Forest Museum, Lodgepole Market/Visitor Center, Moro Rock, etc.

The lodge is divided into 4 separate buildings : Registration/Lobby with the Restaurant, and 3 buildings for lodging. So the downside is the walking to and from these buildings. The restaurant is located in the Registration/Lobby Bldg so you will have to walk. It can get a bit dark when walking around the area because there's not enough lamp posts. If you have luggage, they do have luggage cart(s) in the parking lot that you can use to carry your stuff.

There is free parking and free wifi. However, the wifi was sooo slow when we were there. We stayed on the first floor of the Stewart building and we were woken up by a bear scratching the glass window at 6am. =) It also snowed on our second day and the place became so magical.

Service is very friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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34 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

After what felt like a long drive through snow and fog it was a huge reward to reach Wuksachi lodge. It is a very welcoming place. The great thing about visiting in winter is that there's few other visitors, which makes a visit feel all the more special. The hotel is in an incredibly quiet and beautiful location and matches its surroundings with subdued lighting and wooden structures. The restaurant is pretty classy in a quiet, cabin-in-the-woods sort of way with good food and great staff. The room was comfortable too, even if relatively simple for what you pay.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Big Bear Lake, California
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28 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I finally got around to visiting the park this month, after four decades of living in California. We came into the park via Highways 41 and 198, which is a tortuous route with many switchbacks, but at the same time very scenic. Those wishing to take an easier direct route should travel on Highway 180 from Fresno. We like to stay in traditional lodges when available and the Wuksachi Lodge, although more modern than say the Ahwahnee in Yosemite, nonetheless has the same ambience of "parkitecture" as the older lodges. We stayed in the Stewart building in one of the "superior rooms", as they are termed, which have a separate alcove with a table and hide-a-bed opposite a flat screen TV on a dresser. The alcove has sliding barn style doors which allow it to be closed off, so that someone working on the computer with the free wifi or watching TV won't disturb a sleeper in the bedroom. These rooms are all in a corner locations and are quite quiet, particularly in the off-season. The room was large, well-maintained and clean and we had no complaints. It's particularly a bargain in the off-season at only $135 a night! The restaurant in the main lodge has a variety of dinner entrees and specials each night and neither my wife or I were disappointed with any of our selections. While at the lodge I had my newspaper delivered to the post office at nearby Lodgepole and in turn the mail carrier delivered it to the front desk. One paper was lost on our first day there, but a word about this to David Hauswirth, the manager, was sufficient to make amends by a significant reduction in the room rate (Thank you Mr. Hauswirth!). His attitude was typical of the excellent staff, who bend over backwards to please the guests. The Lodge is really the only hotel in the park and thus has a monopoly, but guests are nonetheless treated first rate. The hotel location is also the great advantage in a visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Giant Forest, Moro Rock and the other sights at Sequoia are within easy driving distance. Likewise, the drive to Kings Canyon and the Grant Grove are within 40 minutes to the northwest of the hotel, with the entrance to Kings Canyon probably another 15-30 minutes further up 180. PLEASE NOTE: Other than the Grant Grove, the rest of Kings Canyon NP is closed until spring, even in the mild 2013-14 winter which California experienced, so plan accordingly. All-in-all, we had a great time at the Lodge and can't recommend it too highly.

Room Tip: We recommend the "superior room" (we had 111 in the Stewart Building, which is not only ba...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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PropertyExecutive, Hotel Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Dear Stan, thank you for you wonderful review. We appreciate greatly you taking the time to share your experience with us, and we are very happy to hear that you had the opportunity to visit both Sequoia and Kings National Parks. We will be sharing your review with our staff to let them know of your satisfaction with their efforts, it is our top priority to assure that our guests enjoy their stay. Thank you for your patronage and we hope to have you as our guest again soon.
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Le Mans, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

From San Francisco to Hollywood, how could you not stop to see the Sequoia's ? Glad we slept here, , ideal half way point in the National Parks. Friendly, clean and great value, good little food mart and bar too .

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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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
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