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“A charming place in Sequoia National Park” 4 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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Milan, Italy
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“A charming place in Sequoia National Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2006

We stayed one night at Sequoia's Wuksachi Lodge and found it a very pleasant experience. Reception was very warm by front desk personnel, with kind and accurate instructions to park and reach the room in one of the three buildings. The room was very large for 4 people and had style. Both room and bathroom were clean. The buildings' architecture is charming thanks to large use of wood inside and outside.
Both dinner and breakfast at the main lodge offered good choice and quality of food (except coffee...) and well-mannered service.
The lodge is very well positioned for a visit of the main areas of the Park within few miles.
We were very happy about this short stay and found it a perfect solution for a quick visit to the Giant Forest, much more convenient than any other accomodation outside the Park.

  • Liked — location and service
  • Disliked — no mini bar in the room
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2006

Wow, was I dissappointed with the Wuksachi. For $200/nite for a deluxe room (two queen beds), and the top rating in Sequoia NP, I expected more convenience and amenities than were available. We stayed here two nights, including our anniversary. Certainly the other TripAdvisor reviews previous to this describe the poor grounds layout, room accessibility, staff assistance, travel conveniences, and location of this hotel. They all left something to be desired. And they tore down enough forest behind the lodge to build a few more of these hotel buildings in the future as the tourist demand increases. If you are desperate to stay close to Sequoia Giant Forest, stay here; otherwise pick a property outside the National Park in the National Forest or a nearby town.

  • Liked — Beds were comfortable
  • Disliked — Convenience and accessibility
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2006

We spent one night at Wuksachi Lodge while on a 10 day California trip. Having just left Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (see that review), we were pleased with our accommodations at Wuksachi. While I would bascially agree with other reviewers that the lodge and the rooms are quite spread out, it was not as cumbersome or inconvenient for our family of 4 as I expected from the reviews.

For those of you who have stayed at other national park properties, I would say that Wuksachi's rooms are nicer than Yosemite Lodge but not quite as nice as Kachina Lodge at the Grand Canyon. We had the deluxe room with two queen beds (only time during the whole trip that we had queens instead of doubles). It was quite roomy and had a t.v. and a large refrigerator (or larger than Yosemite's). The bathroom had a large vanity (a plus with four people) and was clean and functional. Like Yosemite, it had shampoo and bath gel mounted on the walls to save the environment. Not my first choice but you get used to it.

It was warm at Sequoia the day we stayed but it got quite cool overnight. There is a ceiling fan and a desk fan and that worked fine for us (we never took our own box fan out of the car).

The hard part about Wuksachi is that it is a bit of a trek from the parking lot up to the rooms. We stayed on the first floor of the Sequoia building so we didn't have to lug bags upstairs (but we did hear feet until bedtime!). But you do have to car your things up a bit. And it doesn't help to "pack lightly" as you have to completely remove things from your car as this is bear country.

A warning: if you book online, be sure that you don't get caught buying the travel insurance that comes up after you make the reservation. Apparently I did, unknowingly, and the front desk was unable to remove the charge from my bill. Still working on that. Not a satisfactory response from the manager but I would still stay here again.

The restaurant was quite good, especially for dinner, and we had great service and great food (my husband's trout was the best meal he had on the trip). It was nice to have a buffet for breakfast although the hot items didn't look that great. If you stick to the continental breakfast (kids get either for $6.95) you'll be fine. And the morning waitress was so nice that she offered to bring my husband coffee in the lobby where he was using the wireless internet before eating.

Sequoia is beautiful--don't miss Crystal Cave! Wished we had stayed another night.

Wuksachi is not a place you want to spend tons of time in as there is no pool for the kids or other distractions; however, it was the perfect stopover for us. Bring cards or borrow their board games for an after-dinner fun family time in the lobby.

  • Liked — Roominess of room and Location
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Erfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2006

The lodge is one of the few places to stay right inside the park. Its central location, however, is the only real good thing about it. It appears that the management takes advantage of the lack of competition.

The room was acceptable, but nothing more. Furniture is very basic. There wasn't even enough room to unpack all the suitcases. Parking is a couple of hundred yards away from the building, if you are lucky to find a parking lot next to your building that is. So, get in training to carry you luggage up the hill!

As we found a small fridge and a coffee maker (in the bathroom!), we decided not to spend the extra money on the breakfast. We arranged a small breaky in the room for ourselves (nearest shopping opportunity is a small overprized grocery market 2 miles away).
First night we made the mistake to have dinner in the restaurant. We had to wait a little too long for the food and then it was entirely disappointing. The menue promised above average cuisine (at above average prices), but we didn't like the food at all. Only alternative is a very simple fast food type of place 2 miles down the road. This restaurant doesn't quite fit in the concept anyway. Everything is very basic and arranged to accomodate hundreds of guests and then there is this restaurant trying to be a posh place with candlesticks and all the rest of it, and they don't even get this done properly.

To summarise, the plus is the central location of the lodge right inside the National Park, but we felt that we paid too much for room and food. No major problems occurred but it was a bit of a rip-off.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2006

The Wuksachi is very isolated. It doesn't have a view and the grounds are sparse. The restaurant and lobby are in one building, and then you drive up a road to find one of the three hotel room buildings. It is a LONG walk from the parking lot up to the room. Once in the building, you find there is no elevator! We were exhausted by the time we got our luggage to the room, especially since there was no air conditioning.
The room was nice and clean, and the fan worked well to push the air around. We had a delicious dinner in the dining room, but skipped breakfast.

  • Liked — Good service and friendly people in dining room
  • Disliked — Big hill to room, no air conditioning
  • Tips/Secrets — Pack light!
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rockford, IL
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2006

We just returned from a 10 day family vacation. We flew to Las Vegas and then drove to Sequoia Nation Park, Yosemite, San Francisco, Napa, and Avenue of the giants. I took my two teenage children and husband. We drove 2800 miles in 10 days. We stayed at the lodge for one night. The rooms are a couple of blocks on the other side of the street from the lodge itself. They have a restaraunt but it's by reservation only and it's very expensive and has fancy food. So we drove to the market about 5 miles away and found something to eat. They also had burgers but they weren't very good-the hamburger was strange. There is no elevator where the rooms are and it's a good walk from the parking lot to the buidling up a small incline. It was very beautiful being in the park and it was 90 degrees and there is no air conditioning. It cooled off nicely in the evening and they had put a fan in our room as well as a ceiling fan. The room was basic but clean and had a TV. Threre really isn't much choice on lodges in this area and we drove a big distance so we were definately ready to settle down for the night. I was glad we had the reservation but wished we would have brought more food. One night was enough because they didn't have a pool or any activities for our teens. We stayed in Yellowstone so we were suprised that this lodge had TV's in the room. Yellowstone didn't have tv's. Hope this helps

Stayed July 2006
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Hemet
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2006

We loved this place for the following reasons 1) It is close to everything 2) The staff was extremely helpful and kind 3) Everything was clean and kept up nicely. The only drawback was the fact that there was no a/c. It was 84 degrees in our room when we checked in. We were on the third floor so that was part of it. They offered to move us to a different room but other guests were complaining so we stayed put. They offered to give us another fan. There were two in the room. The bar b q at Woverton was wonderful and reservations can be made here. We would stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No a/c
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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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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