My fiancé and I stayed here twice in the same trip - the night before our 4 day backcountry hike, and the night after. We really enjoyed our experience here, but it is what it is - both the good and the bad - and you have to take it for that. It's many steps up from camping in a tent, but not a luxury spa. There's no air conditioning - just a fan, but there are good people, unbeatable views and you're in the park at a very reasonable price sleeping in a bed at the far end of the park. There's no internet or television. You're in nature, silly.
The good: I would recommend taking your time while you eat, watching the hummingbirds use the feeders outside, taking in the view of the mountains, and listening to the owner tell his tales of the park. He has a rich history here, and we learned quite a lot. The room itself was quaint, clean (with the exception of one wayward old bottle cap) and exactly what we needed. We even had a table and chairs in the back where we watched the sun set. You can hear the crickets chirp out the window, and not too many cars go by at night. There's the oldest working gravity gas pump here. The milkshakes taste damn good.
The (not too) bad: The bathroom was tiny, and the sink is basically in your face as you are using the toilet. The hot and cold faucets in the shower were reversed (but there was plenty of hot water!). The soap they offered crumbled on opening. The back screen didn't close all the way, so it was impossible to leave the back door open without letting bugs in. I bravely drowned a spider in our shower.
Yet despite these faults, I still gave it 5 stars because I left feeling happy, refreshed, fed and good about being in nature, ready to take it all in.
- Also Known As:
- Kings Canyon Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park