I want to get the worst over with first because our trip was really fantastic. The Thanksgiving dinner was the worst I've had in 68 years of participating in Thanksgiving dinners. The menu said Julienne Carrots - there were none and when I asked, it took 20 minutes for them to cook up 4 mini-carrots, but no one else got any. The beans were nearly raw (and I like crisp veggies). But, I was really upset with the turkey: it looked liked turkey hash. There wasn't one - not one - slice of meat; it was all that left over stuff that one scoops up with a spoon. My granddaughter didn't get any white meat at all and the dark meat was crisp and dried out. Her dad gave her his one slice of white meat. My husband had stuffed tomatoes (go figure) and the pasta filling was crunchy. My grandson loved his meal - it was a plate full of brown stuff and he just poured the brown gravy over it and chowed down. I complained to two waitresses and then asked for the manager who made me feel like I was complaining without reason. After a 10 minutes conversation, he offered to comp my meal and I accepted. The bill came and the comp wasn't made - so I had to call over the manager again to fix that.
BTW, it snowed on Friday night! That was absolutely wonderful and the beautiful setting was even more amazing and awe inspiring. Of course, we had only tennis shoes - but still went on many walks, had snowball fights, did some sledding, and thoroughly enjoyed our winter wonderland. Our rooms were excellent - except the scrunchy pillows were hard to mold. I had one of the superior rooms - huge with a separate sitting room with the TV and a pull down couch. This gave us room for the entire group of 9 (in standard rooms) to play games, watch football, and eat homemade sandwiches.
Travelers should know to arrive at unfamiliar places during the daytime. This road is curvy - took an hour to go 23 miles, but it was well marked. And, I agree with some - bring your own food especially for lunches. We had an ice box and 3 bags full of sandwich things, snacks, drinks, etc. I don't agree about breakfast, though. I thought it was wonderful. For $6.95 I could have had multiple helpings of fresh fruit, oatmeal, bagels and breads, dry cereals, all sorts of pastries, yogurt, cottage cheese, juices, and coffee. And, this was the continental buffet. The hot breakfast was $12.95 and that is also inexpensive for what you got - at least in comparison to prices where I live in central California. And do make sure to make dinner reservations on busy nights especially if the children in your group can't wait until 8 to eat.
The pathway to the lodge was like walking through a beautiful forest. It actually was more like a road - not dirt and rocks. It had lights all along the way and all of our group, ages 7 to 71, loved walking out in the fresh air for two minutes - that's all it took - to get to the lodge.
Customer service is NOT a foreign word at Wuksachi (except for that restaurant manager). I had staff offering to help me walk to my room, extremely patient waiters, front desk people who answered all questions with a smile, the guy in the gift shop who described some wonderful trails suitable for kids, and "bellboys" who moved luggage for us.
Now to the Internet. This is not a generational thing because I am tied to my computer. I go into withdrawal when I can't use it at least 3 or 4 times a day. But, heaven sakes, this is a national park and one of the reasons for going to a remote place is to get a change of scenery. I laughed when I saw the main room of the lodge about 8 pm. Every chair taken and everyone with a laptop. Including me.
Finally, the location can't be beat - minutes from one of the most fantastic natural settings in California - maybe the U.S.
- 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 And Village
- Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Wuksachi Hotel Village
- Wuksachi Village And Lodge