The lodge is very basic, but filled my needs. No TV in rooms or lobby which I appreciated. The rooms are nothing special and a little out dated, but still very clean and everything worked. No wifi or internet in rooms. Wifi is available only in the lobby. The lobby is a great place to hang out at the end of the day to surf the internet if needed, play board games, read, etc. No elevators in the lodge, so if your on the upper level you will have to carry your luggage up and down the stairs with you. Sometimes during the day, a forest ranger will set up a small show and tell display inside the lobby. A display of anything concerning the forest. Its fun for the kids and adults as well.
When you arrive, you do not check in at the lodge, you check in at the main building which is a short 10 minute walk from the lodge where the restaurant and gift shop is located. If your in need of extra towels, sheets, etc, you will need to look for the house keeping staff. There is no front desk personel at the lodge, so if house keeping is gone for the day and the registration desk by the resaurant is close, you will have to wait until the next day when they are working.
No problem parking during the day, but if you arrive back at the lodge late at night, the parking lot will most likely be full. You will need to park at additional parking between the restaurant and the lodge and walk back. A small road incline as you approach the lodge. I was dropping my family off at the lodge, go park by the restaurant and then walked back, but I did not mind, I enjoyed the walk back at night. The lodge is away from the cabins and tent camps, so no loud campers at night or traffic noise. The lodge is quiet and peaceful at night.
You want to consider purchasing snacks, food, etc. before arriving. The General store by the restaurant is expensive $$$$. If you forgot something, smores supply or what ever, your only option is the General store. No other stores in the area.
An outdoor theater/stage is located across the street from the restaurant. Forest rangers, historians, story tellers, etc. perform there. No charge for the entertainment, its free. I would recommend any of their presentations for the entire family.
Lots of hiking trails located near the lodge and giant redwoods in walking distance. I did see bears with cubs during my hikes. If you see a bear, don't panic, keep a safe distance, don't call them or whistle to them. They will just keep walking and ignore you.
There is a small history museum across the parking lot from the restaurant. Check it out if you get a chance. Its free and full of local history.
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- Also Known As:
- John Muir Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Hotel John Muir