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“Think Motel Not Lodge” 3 of 5 stars
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“Think Motel Not Lodge”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently took an extended trip through California and Oregon visiting National Parks. I like to stay in the actual park and not try to “commute” from outside the park. For Kings Canyon, I chose John Muir Lodge.

John Muir Lodge met our basic needs but was not one of my favorite locations. Our rooms were clean and nicely decorated in a “sanitized” rustic style and up to date. But, the place just had more of a motel feel than a lodge feel. I am very aware that National Park concessions are run by management companies and are high volume, highly used facilities. Some manage to balance that fact with some feel of rustic but John Muir errs on the side of motel rather than lodge. The openly visible, rodent catchers were a necessity but a little off putting in plain site everywhere.

The access to the room from the parking lot was perfect for our low impact, minimum “baggage” travel logistics. But if, you have to travel with many large suitcases, coolers, etc then the transport from the parking area to the lodge is always a hassle for one night stays. Every location we visited was enforcing a “bear aware” policy so all coolers and food containers and luggage containing scented items (deodorants, etc.) have to be removed from the car and stored in the bear proof containers or taken to the room. So I recommend that you prepare for that reality when traveling to western parks and pack a smaller suitcase to carry back and forth to lodgings like John Muir.

There is no food service in the Lodge but the restaurant adjacent to the Visitors Center is walkable and an excellent “down home” choice.

It gets warm in the daytime and cold at night in the mountains and in the desert. We encountered only one lodging out of 10 that had AC. If your visiting time is spent in your lodging room, then the fans are no substitute for AC and it will be warm during the day. If your lifestyle is to have a lot of day time room time, then researching AC should be a priority. We were very comfortable at night with windows open and the small fan running. I suggest booking on the first floor and not the upper floor as it will be much cooler during the day.

The location is adjacent to other Park housing choices. If you want a more “authentic” park lodging experience, then consider the wood structure historic cabins located just down the hill. I recommend the ones in the more wooded setting and not the more utilitarian cabins which are in an unwooded and stark field.

Remember that it is KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK and not GRANT GROVE NATIONAL PARK. By that I mean that allowing a full day to drive to “end of the road” in the Canyon is what the park is all about. If you are not visiting Sequoia, then Grants Grove is also a must for a second or partial day to soak up the ambiance of the Big Trees.

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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a corporate organization like Delaware Northern, they seemed have done a good job. They did a good job in scheduling their staff people employed at Sequoia, They solicited this response after asking us to comment on Travel Advisor our thoughts on our stay.. I do want to say t heir survey was one-sided, i.e., their survey was to meet their needs and not the needs of
their guests. I may be our needs coincided but it still has an elem4ent of pandering to those who met their high rating of our stay at their lodging,John Muir Lodge. I don't' know if our rating wasn't to their liking would they have asked us to rate their lodging on Travel Advisor. Took us a half hour to plow through their survey. Again, the survey meet their needs and not ours as a guest at the John Muir Lodge. Our survey would have rated John Muir higher except we felt the food offerings and their qualify were less than what we would have expected for this lodging. The so-called bottom line is we do recommend this lodging.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lodge isn't cheap, but it's the nicest in-park lodge I've ever stayed at. I think it's less than 15 years old and it shows. It's modern, clean, and comfortable with a TV, phone, and fridge (not common in park lodging).

There is wi-fi, but it's only in the lobby (and probably in the rooms closest to the lobby, too).

My only small complaint is that my room didn't have a fan. It wasn't hot, and I didn't miss not having A/C, but a ceiling fan would have been nice since the room was a bit warm with just the window open.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owosso, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip was wonderful. Loved the scenery and all the tall trees. Took cave tour and it was really nice. The mountains and valleys were beautiful. Wished we would have seen some wild animals. Did see some deer one morning while having coffee outside the lodge.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived here after a long trip and hike in Sequoia national park.
We got checked in by a guy who seemed to be in a hurry and didn't have time for us.
At that moment we got told we even had to pay for the showers, but oh well.

When we got to the cabin, we noticed it was a little old wooden house, which seemed romantic from the outside.
Inside though, it was really dark, spiders and Mosquitos everywhere and the wood was cracked in each spot you looked. We were basically still standing outside. The door didn't close properly either.
The cabin smelled like old stuff, like someone died in there.

Outside we met some other guests and had a look in their cabin, which was actually painted and didn't have holes in the wall and a door that would close properly.

We weren't happy with this at all, especially for the price we paid, so we went back to the office.
We had a chat with the manager, who didn't seem to know what the cabins looked like from the inside, but managed to change us to another cabin.
The other cabin wasn't much different, so we decided to go back to the office.
The manager told us there was only one room in the lodge available for 250 dollars, which was more than double the price of the cabin! She couldn't do anything else for us.

In the end we got a refund and left.

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in one of the 8 cabins for 1 night. Cabin looks a bit ran down from the outside but is clean and well maintained from the inside. It has a small porche and in the morning i daw deer running around. There is a restaurant onsite with decent food . Wifi doesnt reach the cabins.

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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western australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent one night at the Lodge. It was a clean room simple but everything you needed was there. The buffet breakfast was quite good and there was fruit to take with you as you left. A pleasant experience.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 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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