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“Good location – nice room” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Good location – nice room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

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).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I enjoyed staying here with 3 senior citizen family members on our trip to Kings Canyon/Sequoia. It was a simple, quiet place with basic rooms. There is a nice common space for reading or playing games. The 2 complaints I have is that there are no refrigerators in the rooms, which would be super useful since food options in the area are very limited, and they don't have someone to assist guests (there is no "front desk"). Overall it was good for our short trip, but as someone who likes to bring their own food, no mini-fridge is a bummer and I therefore wouldn't stay for more than a couple nights.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Where to begin about this experience? This lodge is ridiculously expensive for what you get. The operators are definitely price-gouging as it is the only place to stay in this area of the national park.
We paid around $180 a night and didn't get much for it. The lodge itself looks nice from the outside. There is a communal area with a log fire which is quite cosy. But from there, it is all downhill! The lodge is like a place you might stay for a school camp. The room was basic, the furniture very worn (there was an old stained sofa), the pillows were extremely thin ... and the NOISE was incredible. We could hear people in the rooms on either side of ours, and we could hear people in the corridor, walking past, closing doors etc etc. If you want to a peaceful sleep, do not stay here! You can't even select a room at one end of the corridor in the hope of getting away from the noise, because there are stairwells at both ends of the corridor
We had camped for 2 nights prior to staying here, and wish that we had just kept camping.
Also, the restaurant is atrocious - took an hour to get our meals, and the food was only just passable for food - see my review for Grant Grove restaurant.
It absolutely outrages me that this lodge gets away with charging what it does. That's monopoly in national park concessioners for you.
Oh yeah, and the front desk staff took an extremely long time to check us in and out.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs. Rooms are noisy.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a winter weekend at the JM Lodge. I've never spent so much ($170) for so little. The walls and ceilings are extremely thin so be prepared to listen to lovemaking, kids screaming and couples bickering. There is no TV to help drown out the noise so bring earplugs. The bed was terrible and you could easily feel the springs. The carpet felt dirty. There was no small table in the bathroom and only one hook, so be prepared to dress outside the bathroom, or to drop all your stuff on the floor. The lobby area with its wifi and crackling fire, was nice. The restaurant food was ok, but pricey (to be expected) and service was very slow (understaffed). I recommend camping if you visit in the summer, or picking another park (or private accommodations) if you want a winter experience.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We went into this not knowing what to expect and were very pleasantly surprised. The lodge is new - built around 2000 and is still in very good condition. The lodge itself is set up away from Grant Village, but it is a very short walk. That is nice because it means the lodge is very quiet. The room we had was quite clean and had everything I needed. There was no AC or fridge, but I had no expectations. The Internet was not working at the time we were there, but we were there to unplug, so that wasn't a problem. If I were to return, I would absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PRSocialMediaManager, Public Relations Manager at John Muir Lodge, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
travelizzy, thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The lodge and restaurant facilities will be undergoing renovations this upcoming year and we are excited to invite our guests to come back and enjoy the improvements along with all the wonder and beauty that Kings Canyon National Park has to offer throughout the seasons.
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Duarte, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We spend two nights here and really enjoyed our stay. The room was comfortable and "felt" like a national park lodge. The furnishings were rustic but still comfortable; not "high end," but clean and more than sufficient. This is not a high end lodge, so there's no real "luxury," but the amenities were good. My husband said the in-room coffee was great! The lobby was magnificent; we sat by the fire for over an hour and read and surfed the net. Very peaceful and relaxing.

Jerry Hagen (?) who checked us in made us feel like honored guests and his best friends, all wrapped together. We felt so welcomed! Also, the two men who built the fire in the fireplace of the lobby and kept it burning brightly were friendly, genuinely concerned that we were having a good visit, and a pleasure to speak to.

Three places for improvement: 1. We were in room 202; if the lodge had been full, the noise from the stairs (next to the room) could have been bothersome. 2. The shower head was 5 1/2 feet high; we're both 6' tall, so taking a shower required some early-morning gymnastics. ;) 3. The sink was separate from the room with the toilet and bath/shower. It would have been good to have 2 bars of soap instead on just 1. But other that those somewhat picky things, everything was great and we plan to return to this lodge.

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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 10, 2014
Thank you Pamela B for your great response! We love letting our staff know that they made someone's stay special. Thank you for your stay and come see us again soon to enjoy our facilities as they will be renovated over the next 1-2 years.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

The lodge was beautiful and comfortable. Conducive to meeting fellow travelers with a beautiful common room where guests could meet, play games, read, etc in front of a beautiful fireplace. Be prepared for no tv, internet, phone in the rooms, but after all, isn't getting away from all that the point of a place like this?

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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PRSocialMediaManager, Public Relations Manager at John Muir Lodge, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Dear Julie W, we appreciate you taking the time to share your stay with us at John Muir Lodge. A lot of people really do enjoy taking a step away from technology and the fast pace of everyday life to enjoy what our beautiful National Parks have to offer. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable visit with us and we hope to see you again.
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 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*
Number of rooms: 36
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