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“A bedroom in the forest!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wuksachi Lodge

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Wuksachi Lodge
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Novara, Italy
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“A bedroom in the forest!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2006

We had a deluxe room and it was HUGE! The furniture was a bit old, but everything was clean and comfortable, most of all the bed! The view was great because it looked directly in the forest. We had dinner at the restaurant and it was very good. The path to return to the bedroom after dinner was in the dark and my husband was afraid of bears.....but this gave a touch of adventure to the trip!! (and we didn't really see any bears). The gift shop in the lodge doesn't have a lot of nice things except for the sweet baby sequoias in the box! I wanted to buy one to bring it with us in Italy, but I was afraid to have problems at the airport. When I came back in Italy I found out that a friend of mine bought many of these little sequoias and didn't have any problem. What a pity! I wanted my own sequoia in the garden!
The big ones are an amazing spectacle.....
The position of the lodge is perfect because it's in the middle of this great park. We really liked wuksachi lodge.

  • Liked — room and position
  • Disliked — breakfast closed early
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2006

We stayed in the Sequoia building and it is the least accessible of the three buildings (silly me asked for a room with a view). As others have mentioned the trek from the parking lot is long and uphill via switchback paths and stairs. Then once at the building there are more stairs to navigate. Twenty years ago this would not have posed too big a problem for us, but now in our 60s we found ourselves huffing and puffing to get to our room. The room itself was lovely, bed very comfy and nice ammenities - coffee maker, fridge, tv. But this newer accomodation lacks the forest ambience of the earlier Giant Forest complex with its cabins and village atmosphere. There is nowhere to sit outside your lodge building or just meander around. Frankly I don't see how this facility can be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We ate 2 breakfasts and a dinner at the lodge restaurant as nothing else was open in October. The food was a bit pricey but good. We brought sandwich makings, fruit, cheese and cookies with us. The in room fridge was very roomy and also had a freezer so we could freeze our ice packs for our cooler. This allowed us to pack up lunches for our day trips.

Next time we will probably stay at Grant's Grove in Kings Canyon. Since we drove there and then continued on down into the canyon to Cedar Grove, it would be an ideal location between the major sections of the two parks. The old cabins from Giant Forest have been relocated there. Plus it has more of the forest village atmosphere with the cabins, market, restaurant, post office. There is also a newer lodge building that has convenient parking.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon are breathtakingly beautiful and while the accomodations may not be perfect, they shouldn't detour anyone from visiting. I would strongly recommend calling direct and speaking to park reservation staff if you have any special needs to consider.

  • Liked — Location, location, location.
  • Disliked — Not very accessable for many older people or others with disabilities.
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for the Stewart building if walking uphill is a problem.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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13 Thank TheMarmot
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Chicagoland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2006

My fiancé and I came to Wuksachi on a look-see trip for planning our Sequoia wedding. We had already read all the reviews here, and were prepared for the worst and the best. Since we had been prepared for the distance between buildings etc., we were unsurprised and reasonably content with what we found. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was how dark the paths are at night between the buildings. They have some lighting along the paths, but there are a few spots that are very dark. Luckily we had a small LED we could use, and we saw plenty of other patrons with flashlights. I suspect there would have been more than adequate light had we not been there on a new moon.

The staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in a ‘Standard’ room that was nice. It was a little warm, but the lodge installed ceiling fans and they also had an oscillating fan to help. It was comfortable with the fans on. The shower was good, and everything was clean.

The only ‘issue’ we had was that the desk lamp wouldn’t turn on because the bulb base was in the socket, but the bulb itself was broken off. We let the desk know after dinner (so it was late), and they practically fell over themselves to get it fixed. We told them to wait until morning since it was late and we weren’t planning on doing any reading.

The restaurant was excellent. The pines were beautiful. They also provide the option of packing a box lunch for the day. This is very helpful and the food is good. All in all, we were more than pleased with our experience at the lodge.

  • Liked — Location was beautiful, and perfect for anything in the park
  • Disliked — shortage of dining options in the area
  • Tips/Secrets — Order boxed lunches, bring small flashlight
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank tetchyPetitFleur
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2006

We stayed one night at Sequoia's Wuksachi Lodge and found it a very pleasant experience. Reception was very warm by front desk personnel, with kind and accurate instructions to park and reach the room in one of the three buildings. The room was very large for 4 people and had style. Both room and bathroom were clean. The buildings' architecture is charming thanks to large use of wood inside and outside.
Both dinner and breakfast at the main lodge offered good choice and quality of food (except coffee...) and well-mannered service.
The lodge is very well positioned for a visit of the main areas of the Park within few miles.
We were very happy about this short stay and found it a perfect solution for a quick visit to the Giant Forest, much more convenient than any other accomodation outside the Park.

  • Liked — location and service
  • Disliked — no mini bar in the room
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank fabiobol
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2006

Wow, was I dissappointed with the Wuksachi. For $200/nite for a deluxe room (two queen beds), and the top rating in Sequoia NP, I expected more convenience and amenities than were available. We stayed here two nights, including our anniversary. Certainly the other TripAdvisor reviews previous to this describe the poor grounds layout, room accessibility, staff assistance, travel conveniences, and location of this hotel. They all left something to be desired. And they tore down enough forest behind the lodge to build a few more of these hotel buildings in the future as the tourist demand increases. If you are desperate to stay close to Sequoia Giant Forest, stay here; otherwise pick a property outside the National Park in the National Forest or a nearby town.

  • Liked — Beds were comfortable
  • Disliked — Convenience and accessibility
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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7 Thank Fredbunch
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boston
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137 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2006

We spent one night at Wuksachi Lodge while on a 10 day California trip. Having just left Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (see that review), we were pleased with our accommodations at Wuksachi. While I would bascially agree with other reviewers that the lodge and the rooms are quite spread out, it was not as cumbersome or inconvenient for our family of 4 as I expected from the reviews.

For those of you who have stayed at other national park properties, I would say that Wuksachi's rooms are nicer than Yosemite Lodge but not quite as nice as Kachina Lodge at the Grand Canyon. We had the deluxe room with two queen beds (only time during the whole trip that we had queens instead of doubles). It was quite roomy and had a t.v. and a large refrigerator (or larger than Yosemite's). The bathroom had a large vanity (a plus with four people) and was clean and functional. Like Yosemite, it had shampoo and bath gel mounted on the walls to save the environment. Not my first choice but you get used to it.

It was warm at Sequoia the day we stayed but it got quite cool overnight. There is a ceiling fan and a desk fan and that worked fine for us (we never took our own box fan out of the car).

The hard part about Wuksachi is that it is a bit of a trek from the parking lot up to the rooms. We stayed on the first floor of the Sequoia building so we didn't have to lug bags upstairs (but we did hear feet until bedtime!). But you do have to car your things up a bit. And it doesn't help to "pack lightly" as you have to completely remove things from your car as this is bear country.

A warning: if you book online, be sure that you don't get caught buying the travel insurance that comes up after you make the reservation. Apparently I did, unknowingly, and the front desk was unable to remove the charge from my bill. Still working on that. Not a satisfactory response from the manager but I would still stay here again.

The restaurant was quite good, especially for dinner, and we had great service and great food (my husband's trout was the best meal he had on the trip). It was nice to have a buffet for breakfast although the hot items didn't look that great. If you stick to the continental breakfast (kids get either for $6.95) you'll be fine. And the morning waitress was so nice that she offered to bring my husband coffee in the lobby where he was using the wireless internet before eating.

Sequoia is beautiful--don't miss Crystal Cave! Wished we had stayed another night.

Wuksachi is not a place you want to spend tons of time in as there is no pool for the kids or other distractions; however, it was the perfect stopover for us. Bring cards or borrow their board games for an after-dinner fun family time in the lobby.

  • Liked — Roominess of room and Location
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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7 Thank ccrosner
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Erfurt, Germany
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2006

The lodge is one of the few places to stay right inside the park. Its central location, however, is the only real good thing about it. It appears that the management takes advantage of the lack of competition.

The room was acceptable, but nothing more. Furniture is very basic. There wasn't even enough room to unpack all the suitcases. Parking is a couple of hundred yards away from the building, if you are lucky to find a parking lot next to your building that is. So, get in training to carry you luggage up the hill!

As we found a small fridge and a coffee maker (in the bathroom!), we decided not to spend the extra money on the breakfast. We arranged a small breaky in the room for ourselves (nearest shopping opportunity is a small overprized grocery market 2 miles away).
First night we made the mistake to have dinner in the restaurant. We had to wait a little too long for the food and then it was entirely disappointing. The menue promised above average cuisine (at above average prices), but we didn't like the food at all. Only alternative is a very simple fast food type of place 2 miles down the road. This restaurant doesn't quite fit in the concept anyway. Everything is very basic and arranged to accomodate hundreds of guests and then there is this restaurant trying to be a posh place with candlesticks and all the rest of it, and they don't even get this done properly.

To summarise, the plus is the central location of the lodge right inside the National Park, but we felt that we paid too much for room and food. No major problems occurred but it was a bit of a rip-off.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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5 Thank Suppiluliomas
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Property: Wuksachi Lodge
Address: 64740 Wuksachi Way, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wuksachi Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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