We stayed for one night in August 2013, end of the summer season. We were kindly offered an upgrade from the lodge down in Kings Canyon (cedar grove) at no charge, so we took the offer as we had originally wanted to stay here for a night but had a budget to stick to and summer rates ran $180 a night for this room. Rates here vary by season, and summer is the peak time of visiting of course.
The room we had was 110, first floor with a King sized bed and queen sofa sleeper. It was clean and comfortable. The bathroom is basic, with a small sink outside in the vanity area.
A few things to know: The hotel, being in a National Park, does not have AC. It does have heat in the winter. There is no TV. The wifi in the lobby is pretty weak, don't plan on being able to do complex things like download sizable files or get much work done- just checking facebook and email was challenging. The lobby is big and comfy with lots of seating and tables and a fireplace. There's an ice machine, and a soda/drinks machine. Beds were pretty comfortable, and I'm used to a 3 inch foam topper at home.
Bottomline, expect a room like a Motel 6. Clean and with a rustic/craftsman motif.
I wouldn't recommend this lodge unless you are staying in the winter or cold times of the year. If the park was covered in snow, I think I would have liked this place much more. When the weather was warm, the rooms are stuffy - you can open your window but that didn't help much. Even at night with just the sheets on, it was too warm (and I'm one who runs cold).
We had stayed our first two nights in a "camp cabin" adjacent to the lodge. We need beds for 5, and the camp cabins had an option for two double beds and a twin. We are not a camping family, in fact that was our first attempt and both my husband and I actually preferred the simple camp cabins sans bathroom to the lodge. We both agreed if it was very cold, then the lodge would have much more appeal. But in the summer months, I felt it took away from the overall experience of being in Kings Canyon/Sequoia.
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