The Cedar Grove Lodge is in a beautiful location, it can't be beat with the river rushing by, and it's because of this that it gets the rating it does. The room itself was rather clean, beds were okay, however the outside areas, in particular the walkway ramp to second floor needed some attention with quite a pile of mouse droppings alongside the building...signs that make you wonder! Decor appeared to date back to the 70's, so the place is overdue for some reinvestment for an update! The walls are very thin and you can hear activity and children running around from the hallway. Also know that the people next door to you will hear you and what you are doing! We did not enjoy hearing the small children next door, nor the parents later after children were sleeping (sorry, TMI!).
The food at the snack bar was pretty good overall, we ate there often given there is nothing else near by. Staying at the 'lodge' is very convenient for exploring Kings Canyon and I think this is why it gets the business it does. We did do laundry at the facilities during our stay. The staff rules it with an iron fist. You must buy tokens from the store to utilize the washers and dryers and the hours are limited, I believe 7am to 7pm. Now, after a day of hiking and once it is dark, I think that would be the time to waste doing laundry, eh? No,not at Cedar Lodge - they won't even sell you the tokens if it is 6:30pm and not enough time left! I think that is a bit ridiculous. The washers and dryers were clean.
Some of the staff were friendly, others not so much. The store is well stocked having a little bit of everything - I think we restocked on beer and bread, and bought a few souvenirs.
We did get to see one of the patio rooms, small but nice with the river right out front. However because of the location, there is a lot of foot traffic with other visitors milling around to enjoy the area.
- Also Known As:
- Cedar Grove Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Cedar Grove Hotel
- Hotel Cedar Grove
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a glaciated mile-deep canyon, Cedar Grove Lodge is located in the heart of Kings Canyon National Park at Cedar Grove Village. Open May through October, this quaint lodge is an ideal location for travelers looking to explore some of Kings Canyon’s most alluring wilderness attractions, including North Dome, Grand Sentinel and Zumwalt Meadow. ... more less
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