Wuksachi lodge is an interesting place. Some things are great, and others could have used some help.
To start with the good. The food and cocktails are really more than I would expect from a national park lodge. The menu was interesting and dishes at dinner were well-prepared. While it wasn't what you might expect in the city, it is a step above many hotel restaurants. We had wonderful short-ribs, a great pasta dish and a well prepared steak. The bar actually serves craft cocktails, including a delicious lemon fizz thing with freshly muddled basil! All was served up by great staff who were willing to share their extensive knowledge of the park. Breakfast was a bit boring, but nothing to complain about.
Now for the not so good. Wuksachi was recently built, so don't expect one of the beautiful old national park lodges. The impulse was correct: get the lodge out of the endangered groves of sequoias. Unfortunately, not enough attention was paid by the architects. The guest rooms themselves are in buildings that aren't much better than a Super8, despite being spectacularly sited. Why not put some really big windows in to take advantage of the views? The architects clearly tried with the main lodge building, using big beams, and nice windows, but the space doesn't flow well and really isn't very pretty. Too bad with all the amazing out doors they could have taken advantage of.
Overall, this is still a good choice if you want to really take advantage of the park by staying inside of it. It is great to be the first to arrive at the sites and the last to leave. You won't be disappointed by the service, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Every national park has its top lodge, the one place to stay that reflects all the park stands for. The Wuksachi Lodge® is Sequoia’s signature resort, a striking stone-and-cedar mountain lodge situated in the heart of the park and surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Open year-round and located with the best access to Sequoia's awesome attractions, the Wuksachi Lodge was built in 1999 in a spectacular alpine setting at 7,200-foot elevation. Nestled amongst the tall timbers in Sequoia National Park, Wuksachi Lodge offers the perfect respite for anyone looking for a place to reconnect with friends, family and the great outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wuksachi Lodge And Village
- Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Wuksachi Hotel Village
- Wuksachi Village And Lodge