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“Best available, but needs work---” 3 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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“Best available, but needs work---”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2005

A good example of monoply lodging. Great location--no competion inside the Park, and it's an hour drive on 10 mile an hour curved roads to the nearest competion unless you want to camp. We visited for two nights in August 2005, and with no A/C the rooms were miserably hot and stuffy, with no way to get cool night air circulating. The mountain view is great, but in the summer, opt for ground floor, forest view--it's cooler. We had to keep the blinds drawn in the daytime to keep the room from going over 90 degrees all nignt, so the mountain view was not of much value.
The restaurant was overpriced at dinner for the quality of food. The chef had just left, and we got his apprentice. In a month or two, things might be better. Their is no restaurant alternative either--the Park Service needs to let some competition in!
Good wildlife viewing around--deer in the parking lot. Room size and quality was fine, just hot!

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2005

When we visit Sequoia Nat'l Park, we camp at the Lodgepole campground, about 2 miles away from the Wuksachi Lodge. But we get tired of cooking, so we usually treat ourselves by going to the Lodge for dinner the last night. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!

The menu doesn't seem to change, which is kind of strange. I mean, it's the same menu we encountered 3 years ago, not just last year.

Anyway, this visit, we had the sweet potato soup appetizer, which was wonderful. Very slightly spicy, with chiptole peppers, if I remember correctly.

Then, we both had the small spinach salad, which was quite disappointing. Only came with a few tasteless pistachios, and tiny stripts of tomato, with a bland dressing. (The spinach salad in a plastic box at the Lodgepole Market deli was a lot better than this one.)

Finally, we split the baked eggplant, which was frankly inedible. We should have sent it back, it was so bad, but we were still hungry and ate what we could. The pasta the eggplant topped was OK, not great, but the eggplant was simply not cooked completely, and came with the bitter skin still on. AVOID the eggplant unless you like it uncooked.

I was also upset that we were charged a $3.50 "split" fee for the $18.95 eggplant dish, even though we had both ordered separate appetizers and salads. I should have contested it, but by that point just wanted to leave such a disappointing, expensive meal.

IF I eat there again, because there are no other restaurants miles around, I will be more vigilant and send back poor dishes!

Stayed August 2005
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2005

We stopped here on 16th June 05 for 1 night. The rooms are contained in very large wooden cabins 7000 feet up! We had a standard room which was large and clean but very basic with coffee maker, fridge and simple furnishings. It had a good view and was right in the middle of the park so making an excellent base. Essentially it's the location you pay for here.

Breakfast was good quality and mid priced for a buffet, $10 plus drinks. Staff were helpful and knowledgable, there were Ranger talks and fact sheets around. Nice reception and dining area. Parking is free. There is a park entrance fee to pay.

Top tip : Don't arrive too late as we did as it was very very dark and there's no one around other than bears and deer. The deer casually step out of bushes pretending to be bears. Reception is open 24hours.

To put our review into context, this was part of our June tour of California and New York that included the following hotels, also reviewed on tripadvisor.

Sofitel - Los Angeles, Best Western O'cairns - Lompoc, Travel Lodge Monterey Bay, Serrano - San Francisco, Wuksachi Lodge - Sequoia Nat park, Yosemite View Lodge - Yosemite Nat park, Furnace Creek Ranch - Deach Valley, Aladdin - Las Vegas, UN Millennium Plaza - New York

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2005

The location for this lodge was beyond belief. Right in the center of the park. In the morning there were Mule Deer in the parking lot. Obviously they were accustomed to having their photos taken because they didn't even look up from grazing on the shrubbery as we photographed them.

The room had no A/C, but a fan was provided. After opening the window to let in the cool night air and positioning the fan to blow it over us, the temperature was quite pleasant.

The bathroom needed a bit of attention. The shower curtain was moldy and there was a line of mold at the entrance to the shower. After informing the desk clerk in the morning, the cleaning crew took care of it, but I would have expected it to have been done as a matter of course, not after a guest mentions it.

Stayed July 2005
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2005

We stayed here one night during our honeymoontrip.
The rooms are quite comfortable and clean.
Wonderful surroundings too; snow in May (!)
Best of all was the meals they were serving; definitely no complaints about that!

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2005

This was perfect if you're looking for a prime location in the Park. Price was okay considering location. Meals at their restaurant were okay also. We had a swarm of carpenter ants living in our room - probably 15 alone in one of the drawers in the armoire. That unnerved me as I don't mind those critters in the great outdoors, but, I don't want to sleep with them. I realize we were in the great outdoors but it just creeped me out. When I called about it, they basically said there was nothing they could do. I think, if nothing else they could have come and vacuumed up most of them. The room was adequate but nothing fancy and not terribly clean. Would I stay there again? Maybe - If I really, really, really didn't want to deal with the drive in and out of the park.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2005

We had a great time staying at Wukachi Lodge. The lodges themselves were very attractive and comfortable and the food at the restaurant was delicious - the best food we had all holiday! I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 #3 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 & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Wuksachi Lodge And Village
Wuksachi Hotel Village
Wuksachi Village And Lodge

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