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Grant Grove Cabins
kevan j from: Norman, Oklahoma
Published Date: Aug, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Just needed a cheap bed...nothing more!
Stayed in a tent cabin here one night when hiking in the park. It served all its purposes. Cheap, protection from the bugs, close to the action, and a good bed. It did get cold at night, but I was aware from other reviews of this so I brought a sleeping bag and slept very well. The staff at the lodge where you check in were also very nice. I will stay here again next time I come to the park.
slambert502018 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Mar, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Location, location, location.
The cabins I've stayed in are not as attractive as the photo but they are clean and warm. The bathroom facility functioned properly. The setting outside the cabin often includes roads and parked cars. What's so good about the cabins? They are close to one of the last natural areas that host Giant Sequoia groves. Excellent hiking trails are within two miles of the cabins. Decent park restaurants, groceries, souvenir shops and the Grant Grove visitors centers are all with walking distance of the cabins. The lodge is nicer but it quickly fills and costs twice the price. The rustic cabins have no electricity and you must hike to the shared bathrooms. The cabins are probably the best value, if the price doesn't rise next season.
Mary Pat F from: Merton, Wisconsin
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Wonderful back to nature experience if you're prepared!
My husband, son and I just spent 4 nights in a triple bed rustic cabin at Grant Grove. After reading reviews about lack of heat and rodents I was more than pleasantly surprised. It was 20 deg F out at night when we were there, but the heater and blankets kept us cozy. I brought sleeping bags just in case, but we did not need to use them. The trek to the bathroom is chilly and you need flashlights, but my son thought we were living in total luxury because the bathrooms were very clean and well heated. Even the floor of the shower is heated! The cabins are not totally crammed together, and there aren't many, unlike Curry Village at Yosemite. They are set in among the trees. Each one has a porch and a wood stove. There are nice rugs to keep your feet from freezing when you walk around. We enjoyed getting up and walking to the restaurant for a hearty breakfast and coffee. Other people were cooking breakfast over their wood stoves, but it was a little chilly for me. We did light fires at night for the requisite marshmallows. I also saw one woman at the sink by the bathrooms cleaning out her crockpot, and I took note that this would be an interesting option for very cold weather cooking. Others have mentioned that there is no WiFi at the cabins, only at the Lodge and the Visitors Center. We also had almost no cell service. But I can't think of a better place to be disconnected. This was just a great place to stay to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Kings Canyon and Sequoia.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
LifeAtlasTravel from: West Des Moines, Iowa
Published Date: Oct, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Better Than Expected
These cabins are well-maintained, the towels provided are nice, the sheets and bedding are clean and the cabin (we had) was spacious. Make sure you have a headlamp or other lighting to use in the cabin after dark. It was chilly the night we were there (low of 48), but the bedding was ample enough to keep us warm. There is wifi in the lodge nearby, but don't expect it to work in the cabin.
- Rooms: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
JenAzz from: So Cal
Published Date: Sep, 28, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
Good Place for Not-Quite-Roughing-It
Three of us stayed three nights in October 2018, in a Rustic with two doubles and a twin. The location is a convenient compromise for both Kings Canyon and the Giant Forest area of Sequoia, and the price is as affordable as you’re going to get without camping.
They’ve nicely overhauled the cabins since my last visit some years ago, with pictures, a floor rug, an iron and pine interior – the décor is now a little more “frontier” and a little less “depression”. With three beds, space was tight, but we still had a small table between the doubles (nothing near the twin), another small table with drawers and a shelf, a small rack with hangers and shelf above. Lights and outlets were decent considering the cabins’ age: two indoor lights and a bedside lamp, three double outlets. We did use our big camp lantern out on the patio, as a light was out. A determined raccoon could probably shake the door lock off, so think twice about valuables.
Service at check-in (at the John Muir Lodge) was a little incoherent. Very little – make that no information was volunteered, and we were so tired after a long drive and 7 mile hike that we didn’t think to ask some things. So we didn’t know how to turn the wall heater on, and found all the dust bunnies under the beds and potato chips under the heater while looking for a switch. For that first night we ended up plugging in a space heater (not sure if it belonged there or a previous guest left it), which did the job but was very, very loud. Happily we found the thermostat behind the curtains in the morning – the wall heater kept us just as toasty a lot more quietly. Next time I’ll bring my own broom; I’m still not sure whether or not there was daily cleaning.
Now the bathrooms were always spotlessly clean, both in the shower and toilet areas. I felt really bad for the campers – they’re no longer allowed to use them, so have nowhere to shower. However, cabin guests still must use shower tokens, which I think is ridiculous. They provided one per person per night (6 minutes each, it did feel longer) and you can buy more for $1. There are only three stalls, but we never had to wait long, and there was plenty of hot water. It was a bit of a job keeping all our stuff dry with the super high water pressure spraying everywhere – they need a few more hooks. The towels were very big and fluffy, but there were no face cloths or hand towels. Shower gel was provided, but bring your own shampoo.
There’s no drinking water near the cabins; there are bottle filling stations at the Visitor Center or Market, but they run slow. We bought wood ($10) and kindling ($8.50) for the patio stove – which, again, we hadn’t thought to ask how to get working, but we figured it out. Note, there was no poker or anything to stir up the coals or empty out the ash etc.
We brought our own food – everything kept fresh inside in a cooler, and we brought a camp stove for cooking breakfast and dinner and an electric kettle for coffee and cocoa. (There’s a big sink outside the bathrooms good for washing up.) It was *very* cold outside at night but we just huddled in our coats and hats and gloves and toasted our marshmallows anyway. :-) If you don’t want to deal with that, the new-ish Grant Grove Restaurant is a short walk away.
We spent a day hiking in Redwood Mountain, a day in Kings Canyon, and a day in the Giant Forest; we came back too tired to take advantage of a night sky program or anything else. But wow, the sky out here is beautiful, and the silence and stillness are rejuvenating. As long as you know what you’re getting, this is a nice little spot.
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 4
- Service: 2