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John Muir Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   86728 Highway 180, Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633   |  
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“Peaceful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Sitting on the beautiful deck in the rockers at night, you can see a million stars from John Muir Lodge. What a wonderful, peaceful hotel in Sequoia/Kings Canyon Park. The rooms are cozy and kept very clean. There is no TV or telephone, although we did have cell phone service. There is a large room downstairs with a stone fireplace which was lit during our stay. The quilts on the bed were just perfect and we found our room on the second floor to be very comfortable. I had requested to be on the second floor with a room that faced the woods and my request was accomodated. I would highly recommend staying at John Muir Lodge.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PRSocialMediaManager, Public Relations Manager at John Muir Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
2travelOhio, DNC is the new concessionaire at Kings Canyon and we greatly appreciate that you enjoyed your experience at John Muir Lodge. Thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us and we hope to have you stay with us again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Located in the Grant Village area of Kings Canyon NP, this lodge is not a bad deal in the off season. It is the lodging in the park that, in late October, is closest to the main Kings Canyon area, located about 30 miles away in the Cedar Grove area. Cedar Grove has a lodge but it closes in early October. The off season rates started the week we stayed (Oct 20th) so, at $80+, the rate was over $100 less than it would have been a week earlier. The desk clerk at check-in was minimally helpful in that he assigned us a room and gave us a key. Other than that, he volunteered no additional info such as room location or restaurant, gift shop, or market location or hours of operation. He was rather surly and unkempt, needing a shave and a fresh uniform. I understand that the concessionaire for the lodging and other services for the Kings Canyon park area has changed, effective November 1, so, maybe he was losing his job and I should be more charitable. In any case, hopefully, this problem has been corrected. Given that this is a National Park Lodge, the rooms were very nice. The lodge appears relatively new with clean rooms, comfortable beds, coffee maker, and fluffy towels but, of course, no TV and no A/C, though we did not need it in late October. There was a radio in the room but we could not control the volume on the one in our room and it was cranked up way too loud. We asked for a replacement, got one, but it didn't work at all. We gave up on the radio. The hairdrier, which also did not work, was not in the bathroom but on the wall next to the dresser in the main room. The water-saving toilet, while environmentally sensitive (a good thing), was vacuum operated and sounded like a mini explosion each time it was operated. Housekeeping made the beds each day and replaced the coffee supplies but did not vacuum the room or clean the bathroom. Best rooms would be the even numbered ones since I believe they would look out into the forest, not the parking lot as ours (#109) did. There is WiFi available, advertised as in the lobby and other public areas, but we were able to get a weak but usable signal in our room. Given the lack of other options and the promise of better management, we'd stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dear NationalParkHiker, We appreciate you sharing your experience with us. DNC has renovation and improvement plans over the next 1-2 years that we believe will exceed our guests expectations for staying in a National Park. The Lodge, Cabins, and Restaurant facilities will be receiving these upgrades and remodeling that we are very excited to see happen. We apologize for any inconveniences during your stay and hope to see you again soon to enjoy our lodging and the beautiful Kings Canyon National Park.
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Additional Information about John Muir Lodge

Address: 86728 Highway 180, Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — John Muir Lodge 2.5*
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