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.
Even # rooms have the best views. Rooms closer to lobby may pick up the wifi signal in the room.
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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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