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“John Muir Lodge Kings Canyon National Park”
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John Muir Lodge
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Moon Township, Pennsylvania
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“John Muir Lodge Kings Canyon National Park”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Not much choice for lodging in Kings Canyon, but this fit the bill. Very nice Lodge, set behind the visitors center and within walking distance to the main areas. The room was clean, but could use a little TLC, but satisfactory in all. No TV, no A/C so be advised. The wifi is located in the main area of the lodge were is is nice to congrigate and play cards, drink wine, and generally unwind. The dining area at the main visitors center needs some improvement in the wait staff and general service. The waitresses could care less, ate 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts there (not a whole lot of choices. Must wait for coffee and our breakfast took over 45 minutes, and was could. New Manangement is aware of this and would hope it will improve

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Great accommodations in a beautiful setting. Convenient location for exploring. The staff are friendly and helpful. I highly recommend the lodge. It is clean, comfortable and the decor is complimentary to the setting. It was great to sit on the balcony or front porch and enjoy the surrounding. The restaurant was disorganized and inefficient but the food is acceptable for the location and the staff were pleasant.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Good restful sleep, located among the sequoias and sugar pines up in the Sierra Nevadas of Kings Canyon. Lodge was unattended, though, not even coffee around. But that's because just as we left the crews arrived for the makeover. They had a display case of the drawings and photos for the new furnishings etc. The central lobby and rooms will be made over in grand vacation lodge style.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cartersville
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We drove along and did minor hikes off of King's Canyon Road. The Muir Lodge base was delightful. The common room was charming and enticed many folks out to mingle at the grand fireplace. The comfy furniture enticed many groups to use their computers, work puzzles or mingle.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Harpswell, Maine
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

At the end of May there are not a constant flow of tourists to this awesome area. The Lodge is centrally located to Sequoia Park and to Kings Canyon. Wandering day trips and lazy lounging both are accommodated here. Currently under new management the lodge has been given a sprucing up, remodeled in a budget woodsy feel and plans for wifi in the rooms are underway. As of this writing wifi is accessible only in public areas. That creates evenings of everyone privately focused in the public areas. :) There are some ranger activities and living history presentations here.
There are blissfully, no tv's. The rooms are clean, spacious and function well. It is not fancy. I wished for a balcony of which there are none. Staff is polite and fairly efficient. There is one restaurant which tries hard and meets the middle fairly efficiently. The market has unappetizing food and could make a better business with keeping current to food trends and flexibility. If you have high expectations of a luxury resort this is not for you. If your focus is this magnificent area and you want a comfortable clean place to stay consider JM Lodge.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Winter Park, Florida
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the John Muir Lodge. So thankful for my former boss referring this Lodge! The room was great and clean. Surprised upon arrival that there was no air conditioning, but called the desk for a fan and they immediately delivered one. With the window open and the fan going, we were very comfortable. Definitely glad to have had the breakfast price included in our stay (which is optional). Internet connections in the rooms would be helpful!

The location was great. We were able to tour all the areas we wanted in a timely manner.

Would highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Mendon, New York
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

It is really about the location. If you want to see Kings Canyon in a timely manner then this is the place to stay. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Registration is at the Main road CA 180 along with the restaurant, gift shop, market, and Post Office. The lodge is a short distance from the main road in a very nice setting. Lobby is very nice with a fireplace and ample tables and chairs. The room we had (2 queen beds) was an adequate size. There were ample outlets with easy access for charging electronics. No safe in the room for storing valuables and electronics. No microwave or frig. Need a nightlight in the bathroom. The sink was separated from the rest of the bathroom. The towels were clean and thick. Housekeeping is OK but needs improvement. They missed a day of our 3 day stay, floors were not vacuumed, and the bathroom sink and floor were not cleaned. Sheets on the bed were clean but only a single flat sheet covered the mattress. The room needs more light and the table was very small for working. Cell phone access is limited as well as internet access. Internet can only be accessed in the lobby. However, renovations are in progress and more are coming. They are currently improving the sound proofing in the rooms as well as painting and replacing flooring. In the fall, the current restaurant will be taken down and replaced with a completely new building. I also saw the connection for cable behind the mirror in our room

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Property: John Muir Lodge
Address: 86728 Highway 180, Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93641-9765
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — John Muir Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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