Spectacular setting, certainly worth a least a day trip. Lodge itself a little iffy. Coffee shop has limited offerings, cook looked like she was 80 yr old, short hours for breakfast and supper, during late season lunch served only on weekends, Unless you bring your own food (and you can't cook in the rooms), no other eatery within a 45 minute drive. In late Sep 2011, washed out bridge adjacent to lodge was under construction -- jackhammering and other noise kind of ruined the ambiance. Be careful of the three "patio" rooms (20-21-22, I think) downstairs: While they do have small patios (separated by wood lattice) and open onto the Kings River only about 100 ft away, the only opening to the outside in these rooms is a 3 ft door with windowpanes and no screen door. No windows or other source of ventilation. No air conditioning in those three rooms. Right under the coffee shop, so a certain amount of "tramping around" noise inevitable during their "open" hours. Upstairs rooms have through the wall unit air conditioners. Upstairs rooms are about average for Forest Service/Park Service concessionaire facilities: Adequate, clean, not fancy. Small General Store type shop adjacent to snack shop. Good for a family trip or for the purpose of seeing the canyon. If you're looking for five-star food and accommodations, this ain't it. .
Upstairs rooms most likely to be quiet. All but rooms under snack shop have through the wall air co...
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