The John Muir Lodge is located in the lodge and cabin area behind the Grants Grove Village and Visitor Center inside of Kings Canyon National Park. The Village is right off of Highway 180 which runs through the middle of the Village. The Lodge is so close to the Visitor Center and restaurants that you can walk there in under 5 minutes. The Lodge is also next to the small and windy road that leads to Panoramic Point.
The rooms are basic National Park hotel rooms so are a little rustic and have no TV sets. We stayed in a room on the first floor with 2 queen beds. The room was nice but has an odd layout with the sink basically in the entry way and has no place to put your toiletry bag. There is a large meeting room on the first floor where you can go to play games and put together puzzles. The lodge has a bunch of games and puzzles to choose from. This room was pretty crowded in the evenings with both kids and adults. At he end of each hallway is a deck with pine furniture to relax and talk after a day of hiking. These pine chairs and rocking chairs are popular so grab an open one when you can. I really enjoyed relaxing there. My wife and I enjoyed reading on the rocking chairs after a day of hiking. We also enjoyed the game room and tried to put together a tough puzzle (the puzzle was a picture of LOTS of old baseball cards and we never finished it).
I stayed here for two nights with my wife and we paid about $190 per night. We were on the 1st floor and it was quiet and the fans kept us cool at night. I read some of the negative reviews of the Lodge before leaving and warned my wife that the place would be really old and rustic. Since my expectations were low I was amazed at how nice the room was (I was expecting the worst). They had free Wi-Fi but I had a lot of trouble connecting. Check in was a little confusing as the Registration desk in not inside the lodge. We initially drove straight to the lodge and walked around looking for the registration desk before we figured out the lodge office is back by the visitor center and gift shop (right next Grant Grove Restaurant).
The John Muir Lodge is in a good location if you want to visit Grants Grove, take a day trip down into Kings Canyon and also drive 45 minutes to hike the trails in Sequoia National Park. The best feature of this property is its location inside the Kings Canyon National Park. The rooms are on the rustic side so you need to keep your expectations lower as you are in the wilderness and not in New York City. The prices are on the high side but what do you expect since you are in the mountains (where the demand for rooms exceeds supply).
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- Also Known As:
- John Muir Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Hotel John Muir