John Muir Lodge (or Grant Grove Village cabins on the same property) is an excellent location if you're traveling south from Yosemite to enjoy Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks - it's a convenient, reasonably priced home base for most points of interest in both parks - for trail info and maps, visit the NP Visitor Center that you drive past to reach the Lodge. The General Grant giant sequoia tree and Grant Grove trails are walking distance, and the northern part of Sequoia NP is a little more than 20 miles south, a mere 40 minute drive to the Sequoia shuttles.
In addition to the Visitor Center, the Grant Grove/ JM Lodge complex has a grocery, gift shop, and restaurant with excellent food (the apple pie!!) but S-L-O-W service. The Lodge itself has a picturesque, log cabin look nestled in the woods - in spite of the "Active Bear Area" signs, we didn't see any there! The Lodge common room is large and comfortable with free wifi (and a strong signal). Rooms and bath are adequate size, and the windows actually open. They have posted "quiet hours" (9 PM - 8 AM?) - good for a restful night.
Now for the lows. While the property was clean, the housekeeping was not as pristine and particular as it could have been. The 2nd floor porch and hall/ stairs did not appear to get daily sweeping. In our room, the baseboard had been removed and not replaced and some debris remained against the wall. Housekeeping also came very late - one day we returned after 4 PM and the room was not yet cleaned. The beds were made up with two flat sheets, and the bottom sheet wasn't even securely tucked. We wished for a small fridge too. Besides the slow restaurant service, that's it for the negatives.
Staff members were always very, very nice. Overall, it was a lovely visit and we would definitely return.
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- Also Known As:
- John Muir Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Hotel John Muir