First time in KCNP and wanted to do it in a comfortable way while in the great outdoors. Of course a stay in accommodations within any National Park is always going to cost you way more than a motel experience elsewhere. That’s the beauty (and the back pocket pain) of staying in a room with just a 'tad' more facilities than the outdoors. I think John Muir would approve of this low key, timber structure with the cosy interior and minimal looks.
We checked in at the gift/restaurant building (which we later dined in) opposite the Visitors Centre with a minimum of fuss and were given directions to the lodge. Parking is tight at the end of the day but you can always find a spot and no food or cosmetics etc of any type can be left in vehicles - it's the "bare necessity"! What you notice first are guests sitting on the bottom and upstairs decks just taking in the enchanting atmosphere of the surrounding forests.
There are no lifts so a bit of chore getting upstairs to our room because we had some heavy luggage. The corridors are plain carpet with stairs to the lovely lobby room at one end. Here you can sit and use the free Internet on your own device, read some books by John Muir and look at the fascinating photos of both KCNP/Sequoia NP, which he successfully lobbied to protect and bring together. Families often eat take out or picnic items here as there are no facilities in the rooms such as a microwave or fridge. The open fireplace would be a draw card here in the cooler months but at elevation this area cools significantly at night even in the summer.
Our room was basic however it was comfortable, extremely well kept and clean. We had a king bed with patchwork cover, rustic table and chairs, long side table which had the beverage area, a triple seat sofa, recycling bin, great wall pictures with expressions by John Muir and the window had a screen so you could open up for fresh air. The bathroom had an external vanity, overhead shower/bath and a small open closet area next to the door. Lighting was bit on the low side and not too easy to read by as the triple light intruded at head height sitting up in bed.
We loved it here and would come back in a heat beat. Sure there are a few over excited children running the hallways however there is a suggested curfew on noise between certain hours.
This worked until early morning when hiking or a trip to the Canyon/Sequoia was on guest’s agenda. It’s a very scenic drive to Cedar Grove via the canyon from here and the General Grant Sequoia is a hike or drive away from the lodge. All of it is simply breathtaking!
We stayed in the Wuksachi Lodge (separate review) in Sequoia NP which had loads more facilities and of the two we liked this simple lodge much, much more.
Enjoy your stay!
If carrying luggage upstairs could be a problem then ask for a bottom floor room.
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