My husband and I stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge within Sequoia National Park for four nights because we didn't want to camp. We used it as a base for our four days of hiking in the park. We requested a top floor, 'deluxe' room with King bed. When you book, you are asked whether you would like a forest view or mountain view. Depending on where your room is located, saying "mountain view" is a stretch of the imagination and most of the mountain view rooms will also have a view of the parking lot. I would recommend the forest view rooms plus the top floor for the most privacy.
Wuksachi is the only accomodation available in the national park unless you want to camp. Nevertheless, we found the rooms to be quiet and provided enough space. The complex consists of three individual buildings for accomodations and a separate building where the restaurant, conference rooms, gift shop and a sitting area were located. However, the sitting area felt more like a hotel lobby than like a comfortable, inviting area to sit and relax. In addition, simple amenities such as newspapers were not available in the gift shop.
The biggest problem with the lodge is the restaurant. Meals are overpriced and barely edible. For example, a hamburger with fries cost $16.95 plus $.75 extra for cheese. And that was one of the cheaper items on the menu! The price of the breakfast buffet was about $10 but did not include any beverage! The only other place to eat outside of the lodge is the Lodgepole Visitor Center snack bar which is 2 miles away. However, after Labor day, the snack bar is only opened on the weekend. After our first meal in the Lodge's restaurant , we simply ordered large salads (costing $10) rather than throw our money away on poorly prepared, overpriced food. If the Lodgepole snack bar were opened, I would certainly recommend eating there instead. A hamburger at the snack bar cost $5.50!!
In speaking to the restaurant/hotel manager, we were told that the restaurant was struggling to find its niche and that they were having problems with staff turnover. Interestingly, there was no suggestion box to write comments.
Other than the restaurant, Wuksachi is a nice, comfortable relaxing place to stay.
- 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