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Cedar Grove Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633   |  
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“We Will Try Again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at Kings Canyon Cedar Grove Lodge - August 15th, 2014and had reserved the room for the 16th as well. The room is very small, somewhat dark and to our total dismay it was uncomfortably hot.

The electricity was out when we arrived around 5pm and so the a/c was not available. We were told it would be on around 6pm. Thankfully we had food stuffs with us, as the choices at the snack bar were very limited also due to the power outage. As the lodge manager explained they had to prioritize what amenities to funnel the power from their generator to.

We heard the compressor kick in around 6:30pm but it remained uncomfortably hot in our room. I called the office and was told that the fans that were supposed to push the cool air into the patio rooms had not been turned on. She said they had been turned on now and we would be much cooler shortly. It didn't get any cooler. It was an uncomfortable night.

The next morning I went to the office to express our dissatisfaction and asked if we could cancel our reservation for the 17th without penalty. Dianne Bland, the manager was quite nice and said of course we could and that we would get a full refund for the night they had already billed us for.

I tried to call the number Diane gave us for the manager, Brandon McCarter about 3 weeks after as we never heard from him but got an answering machine at one number and no answer at the other. Then Katherine called the 8th of September I believe it was and took care of the refund. She and Diane were so gracious and kind we feel like we would like to give Cedar Lodge a try another time. Kings Canyon is so very beautiful, we definitely want to go back and spend several days in the area. Mr. McCarter called a couple of days later and I told him that Katherine had taken care of us. I tend to talk too much... imagine that... but I tried to tell him that overall we're impressed with Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove has only recently been taken over by these folks and if they follow through its an awesome property.

The room does have a small kitchenette which is very convenient. The patio area outside our door was beautiful. I have to say that because of; Diane and Catherine, the patio, the lovely creek and the location I would put up with the small room dark room. We would love to stay there in the future if we felt confident the a/c would work. I am marking service very good because of Katherine and Diane... I'd have marked it excellent but I consider a/c a necessary part of service so just can't... Please do give this place a try. I do think they're going to get things fixed and while Cedar Grove is almost at the end of Kings Canyon... its just an awesome location.

Room Tip: I loved our patio room. There are only 4 rooms I think that open to the patio... so I'm loath t...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lumberton, Texas, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful view of the River. Great to sit out by it and enjoy a cup of coffee. Snack bar was very handy. Gnats were a problem at night. Our room had great view but ac didn't work. Some great trails in area. Make sure to see all the trails to the end of the road. Else wise it is an hour to Grant Grove and 2 hours to the Giant Sequoia Forrest.

Room Tip: Stay upstairs, not near water. You can still enjoy a nice deck to view the River.
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lodge takes a while to get to, but is very worth it. The accommodation is simple but clean, the food is basic but palatable and the location is out of this world. It's like another planet, so if you're looking for a real getaway, then this should be on your list. We met honeymooning couples, seasoned hikers and an amateur astronomer while we were there :). It is in the wilderness, so please be aware that you are in bear territory.

Room Tip: There are rooms on the ground floor which have their own private area, the rooms upstairs share an u...
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to stay right in the park and experience the quiet of the wilderness, then this is a great place! The accommodations were clean and comfortable, and the food at the snack bar was surprisingly good considering it was called a "Snack Bar". The store was also reasonably well-equipped considering the location. You could stay here for a few days without bringing a lot of food. The scenery on the way there is wonderful, so plan a leisurely drive there on the day you are to arrive, so you have lots of time to stop and take photos. In the evenings, you can walk right out to sit by the river or take a stroll around one of the nearby campgrounds.

Room Tip: Lower level rooms have a walk out to the river, on the other hand upper level rooms have a better vi...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I checked into our room and found old food in our fridge and leftover coffee in the coffee maker. It's one thing to have a basic dated room but it's something else when it's obviously not cleaned. We complained to the manager who was friendly and apologetic and she offered us another room but that one had unclean toilet. This completely put us off that we decided to leave and stay elsewhere. On a 2 week tour in Utah/Arizona/California National Parks, this is the only place that let us down. The standards are very low and the food in the sister King's Canyon Lodge is also really bad. It's such a shame because the setting is beautiful so either camp if you go there or stay in Sequoia or outside the park. I have no clue how this place got such good rating, we would not recommend it.

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lodge may not be very fancy, but it more than makes up for that in its gorgeous setting RIGHT NEXT to Kings River babbling past your window. On top of that, the staff are ever so friendly and believe it or not, even out at Road's End they make some REALLY great food at the lodge! The picnic-style grilling they do in the afternoons down by the river was probably the best meal I had during my two weeks in California. We really enjoyed our time at Cedar Lodge. Just don't expect to do much driving or coming/going after you arrive; the time and effort to leave the canyon make it difficult to use Cedar Lodge as a hub for your park visit. Cedar Lodge has a real vintage feel to it. Wifi was available, but not strong.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Martinez, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two nights at the Cedar Grove Lodge provided a wonderful opportunity to enjoy camping in Kings Canyon without having to sleep in a tent. The rooms are clean and comfortable with just the basics. There is no TV, cell phone service, or useable WiFi. Scenery is spectacular.Prices are reasonable. There was one incident which, while not serious, was mildly annoying. The room was not made up after the first night. The Front Desk said they do not make up the rooms for guests staying over unless they ask by hanging the "Service Requested" sign on the door. They said many guests like to go out very early to hike and then return to the room to sleep and they don't want to be disturbed. I have never experienced this "policy" in any other hotel. Ever. Housekeeping is usually knocking on the door in the morning, whether the Do Not Disturb sign is out or not. Nothing was said at check in, nor was there any notice in the room, to let the guests know that they have to ask to have the room made up.

Room Tip: It's a small hotel and all of the rooms are good. Ask for a river view.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: General's Hwy, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cedar Grove Lodge 2.5*
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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