That would be one of the 3.5 star reviews, as it is not great, but above average for sure. I gave it four to account for it's remote location.
We stayed for three nights over new years, and were absolutely delighted by the location, and when checking in the nice and warm reception area with a fire in the fireplace was very welcoming, putting us in high hopes for the rest of the stay. Getting into the room we were a bit let down, the buildings age shows, and the room itself looked worn. One of the bed covers had tear in it, which of course is not terrible, but shows off the general lack of attention to (seemingly small) details. Our room was also not thoroughly cleaned before we came, and also during our stay, towels left on the bathroom floor were not exchanged, as promised. The heating (which is necessary) is incredibly loud and leaves you with the choice of wearing ear plugs or freezing to sleep.
Hotel staff was generally friendly and helpful, but sometimes slow, and the bills of both parties had mistakes in the end, which took a long time to sort out. They clearly do not have control over the system to bill everything you buy at the lodge and restaurant to the rooms.
Getting the bad things out of the way, the best (and in such a place most important part to me) is the location. The whole area is laid out spacious, with lots of paths to stroll on, and the with just a few minutes walk you are deep inside the woods. The main building of the lodge is beautiful, and the restaurant has a great atmosphere (though there's lots of things wrong there, reviewed sperately), just a great place to stay. Another great thing is the boxed lunch the lodge offers (to be preordered the night before), which is plentiful and good, exactly what you'd need for a day out in the woods.
Plan ahead when you visit during winter, there is very few (essentially just one) place to eat, so stock up on food before coming of you want to avoid being forced to eat at the restaurant for every meal.
- 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 & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Wuksachi Lodge And Village
- Wuksachi Hotel Village
- Wuksachi Village And Lodge