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JCS11MCR from: Manchester, United Kingdom
Published Date: Oct, 26, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 2
Beautiful location, sorry state of a hotel
OK so granted, if you want to be in the best location, you’re kind of stuck with the US NPS and their hotels. Sadly, the Wuksachi Lodge really disappointed. And it’s not cheap. I paid USD $325 a night for 3 nights.
What did I get? A fairly large room on the middle floor (granted, given for ease of access with luggage as there are no elevators), but with paper thin ceilings, most of my time in the room was marred by what seemed to be a whole kindergarten upstairs. The view was ok; to the rear with the trees behind. Not amazing. Views are better on the top floor and request a room facing into the valley, not to the back.
The main thing is that this whole hotel needs an urgent update. Bathrooms are tired as anything. Showerheads from the 1950’s that barely do anything, which is less than ideal after a day’s hiking. Water was hot sometimes, cold others. The plastic bath/shower enclosures are vile, and they all need ripping out and the bathrooms fully redoing.
Bed/bedding was fine and comfortable. Less so was the tacky vinyl wipe-clean “sofa” in the room, which was just awful. Why can’t you get proper comfy sofas that people can enjoy after their long days in the park?
Rooms generally are tired. Old wardrobes and damaged lampshades, smelly curtains and filthy yellow nets. Really not great. Carpets are filthy in communal areas. Yes I get that people are mucky, but come on.
Prepare also to bring light luggage, as you have to haul it all up steep steps / a hill to get to the room. There are luggage trolleys, but with the damaged pathways and rickety entrance ramps to the buildings, you may as well just carry them.
Wifi was actually OK for me, fine for emails and instagram. But maybe download some films, as you can’t stream here.
A big bug bear of mine was lack of proper lighting when walking down to the main lodge. Various bulbs were out, and there’s not enough of them. It’s a bit terrifying. Make sure to bring a good torch!
Staff on front desk were all lovely and couldn’t do enough to help, so props to them. No issues there. There’s also a decent gift shop and a few provisions like basic drinks and snacks.
The restaurant however is a shambles. Again, management staff were nice and helpful behind the counter and I can’t fault them. However, there’s literally NOWHERE else to eat, unless you bring your own cutlery & crockery (there’s nothing in the rooms at all) and want to do a microwave dinner.
When you do eat there, prepare to use vile cheap plastic cutlery (come on, you’re a National Park, that’s never sustainable, get proper metal ones please!), and have all of your food served lukewarm. I repeatedly had to ask for things to be hotter. The annoying thing was the food was actually all quite tasty, but ruined completely by the shoddy presentation and temperature. No crockery at all. Plastic glasses and cups. Everything is in plastic or on paper plates / takeaway containers. Has crockery / dishwasher not been invented in Sequoia? It’s a joke. The dining room itself has no ambience or character, unlike Ahwahnee. All in all it felt like a sad, cheap, cafeteria like experience, which for $350 a night, should be and could be ALOT better.
Whoever runs this place really needs to look at their operation, and take a leaf or two from the Ahwahnee.
Have a proper dining room. Proper service. Glasses and cutlery and crockery. Not this basic excuse. It's embarrassing, and not fun for us. People are travelling a long way to come here, look after them. They are paying enough!
Whilst you’re at it, close each building one at a time and rip out and replace the sad sorry excuses for bathrooms, as well as replacing those hideous sofas and old curtains and nets. Improve the noise insulation too. Hearing everything from above and below when you’re tired is so infuriating.
Fortunately, one trip to here was enough for me.
My tip? Request / demand a top floor room, in the Silliman building. Go for the biggest room. Take light luggage. Oh, and metal cutlery for you to use when you go down to eat!
Oh and make sure to fill your car with gas/petrol at Three Rivers before you enter. Whatever you do don't enter on a half tank, as the altitude and slow traffic will drain your tank faster than you think!
- Value: 2
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
travelerfromsj from: San Jose, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 23, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
Pros and cons
Having stayed at lodges in national parks before, we booked the best room we could (a superior room), and crossed our fingers. The pros: lots of space with the addition of a little alcove that had a TV, mini fridge, microwave and Keurig- yes! Nicely appointed room, although the curtains were missing some parts, but they did the job. The bathroom was much nicer than in most lodges, with lots of counter space and eco-friendly soap dispensers. And the front desk staff was friendly and polite; no issues there. It was also an easy walk from our building to the lodge and restaurant for pizza and beer, although you’ll want to take a flashlight once it gets dark.
The cons: the big one for us was definitely the noise from the heater, which would come on intermittently during the night and make a noise that sounded like someone drilling. To make things even more interesting, the way the room was set up we could also hear our neighbor’s heater, so just as one heater quieted down and we almost fell asleep, the second heater would start up. The second issue for me was the location of our room, which was on a corner right near the building entrance next to the front door. It was a highly-trafficked area next to the walkway, so we had no privacy, plus the noise of folks wheeling luggage by our windows day and night. I would really appreciate it if there was some way to request a room above the first floor, which leads to the third issue: the lodge buildings are built on a small hill above the parking lot. This didn’t bother us because we were there to go hiking after all, but I can see how it would be very difficult for some folks to make it up the hill, or push someone up in a wheelchair. We would definitely have picked a second or third floor room if we’d been given the option, and left the ground level to someone who might need it, especially because the buildings have no elevators.
Finally, my favorite thing about this lodge is the location. Twice we saw deer nibbling on the bushes around our building, and the stargazing here is excellent! We walked just a few feet
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 22, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 1
The Location is great, and that's it!
Let's first talk about the positive, as there is little. The location is excellent, and that's it! The rooms are clean and spacious.
As for the negative:
The room prices are sky-high! The food is terrible, and so is the service. For the prices you pay, you would expect your food to be served to you and on an actual plate. Your $15 glass of wine gets served in a plastic cup, and you must pick it up at the bar yourself. Your $35 Main course gets served in a to-go container, and a buzzer will let you know when you can go pick it up, literally at the kitchen window. Lunch is served straight out of the refrigerator. The Coffee tastes as if it came from a Gas station.
- Value: 1
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 1
Barry V from: Pasadena, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 20, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 2
It’s a place to sleep that’s not a tent.
You’re not here for the accommodations. At least I hope that’s not why you’ve come to this spectacular National Park. The room is basic. Microwave; refrigerator that was so cold it froze everything in it. Loud ventilation system that runs non-stop. It’s what you’d expect from a motel at half the price, but you’re paying for the location.
Restaurant is dreadful. Do you like cold, damp pre-made airline sandwiches? For $18 a piece? You’ll love this. High School cafeteria-style spaghetti and meatballs? They’ve got you covered.
But you don’t have much choice here. Accept the fact that you’re a captive audience, the concessionaire knows that, and you’re going to pay way more than any of it is worth.
But in the end, Sequoia NP is so freaking beautiful you don’t care.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 11, 2022 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2022 Rating: 2
The rooms were clean and comfortable. However the front desk staff was mostly absent or slightly rude. There are almost no lights so you can’t see in the parking lot or on the path to the restaurant. Very dangerous when you’re in the middle of a park with bears. The WiFi has been basically non-existent, so spotty. The restaurant literally only offers salads, expensive pizza, or a sandwich, and wasn’t very good. So disappointed in what we thought was going to be a nice place.