We enjoyed our stay here but there were pros and cons. You need to check in at the reception desk in the shop just as you turn off the main road (near the restaurant and post office) before driving up to the actual lodge building - they don't tell you that, we only knew from other reviews on Tripadvisor. The visitor centre was at the entrance of the site and the ranger was very helpful giving advice on ideas for trips. The room was big, clean, comfortable and warm. There is no lift so you have to drag your suitcases up the stairs if you get a room on the upper floor. There was a big communal room on the ground with log fire which we used when we wanted wifi but it didn't have much ambience, we felt like it was just a room with chairs and tables in it so it didn't seem to have any 'heart' for the want of a better description. The lodge is 5 minutes' walk from the shop/restaurant and you get a fabulous view of the stars as you walk at night. The restaurant was more like a diner and there wasn't much choice on the dinner menu - burgers and pizza was a bit basic/unimaginative - but breakfasts were much better. Service was friendly but slow so we would have eaten somewhere else if there'd been any alternative. There is a shop selling basic foodstuffs but very little fresh food. Overall it was a clean, comfortable place to stay for the price but we wouldn't come back, we'd go to Wuksachi Lodge.
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- Also Known As:
- John Muir Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Hotel John Muir