If I were to rate the experience of Cedar Grove and not just the lodge, I would give it five stars.This remote lodging outpost is near the end of Rt 180 is deep in the canyon and an oasis for the serious hiker and backpacker. Getting there entails an exhilarating winding drive along the mountains edge with magnificent views of the canyon, finally dropping about 4000 feet before reaching Cedar Village. The property is throwback to another era and is nicely situated along the Kings River. The village offers a variety of services for lodgers and campers including rooms, camp grounds, ranger station and visitor center, laundry, showers and a store for provisions. The lodge is dated but adequately maintained and clean. We were told by management that this past spring of 2014, the lodge was taken over by a new management company and perhaps improvements are on the way. For our purposes (a hot shower and comfortable bed) it met our needs. There is no restaurant per se, instead there is the snack bar counter with menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is good and the portions are large. There is no TV and the wifi is horrible (as they describe it, “we barely have wifi”) so don’t forget to bring a good book and a deck of cards or games. The rooms over the outdoor deck can be noisy; if you like to retire early ask for rooms at the opposite end of the building. The basic room with 2 queen beds is a little cramped but comfortable; the pillows are a little flat but that is my only complaint. The staff is friendly and always helpful, they’ll feel like family after a day or two. I thought the price for the room was very fair. This is a special spot to visit.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cedar Grove Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Hotel Cedar Grove