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John Muir Lodge
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Great location, comfortable place to stay
User: tad10s from: Orlando, Florida
Published Date: May, 6, 2022
Travel Date: May, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
The location is great. You can walk to the Grant Tree on an easy trial, about 1 mile. There is a super efficient restaurant where you can eat outside or inside (without a server)-the food is reasonable and pretty good. Cute gift ship and information center. The staff was always friendly and helpful. The room itself is basic, a little old, but sufficient. Comfortable bed and pillows. The bath is just ok, very low shower head with a very low flow shower head. Overall if you plan to hike most of the day and enjoy nature this a a good place to stay. It's about what we excepted for a National Park lodge.
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Great location, worth the price
User: Mokelca from: Knoxville, Tennessee
Published Date: May, 2, 2022
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
My mother and I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a 2.5 week long road trip through California's national and state parks. The location is absolutely fantastic. You're walking distance from the General Grant tree and lots of other sights and trails. You're also walking distance from a gift shop, restaurant and visitor center. The staff was super friendly. Check in was a little slow and they seemed a little understaffed but they still managed to get us checked in quickly (Tip: don't be a jerk like the guy in front of me at check-in, who was incredibly rude to the staff about the fact that his room wasn't ready 4 hours before the posted check in time, and wasn't ready when he came back 1 hour before the check in time.) The room was perfectly clean and the beds were comfortable. If you come in summer, bring a fan in case they run out because there doesn't appear to be air conditioning from what we saw in our room. Also, if you're taller than about 5'7, you may have trouble in the shower. The shower head was incredibly low. The hotel is definitely on the rustic side and may seem outdated, but from all our travels in the CA parks, this seems to be average for the price you pay here. We would still come back for another stay for the location alone. As busy as the parks get, it's worth it to us to pay extra to stay in the park and get to the most popular sights before the crowds hit.
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Lodge Living
User: Nicki P from: Evans, Georgia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 22, 2021
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
We visited the park for three nights in early September and staying in the John Muir Lodge. We had two rooms with 2 queen size beds. I had never stayed in a national park and did not know what to expect. The rooms were very basic, but very clean. We were pleased with the accommodations and the staff was very helpful. There was a small refrigerator in our room, coffee maker, and a microwave in the lobby. We had brought breakfast and lunch to make and were able to eat in the lobby at the tables. It was so nice to stay inside the park. Would definitely stay again.

A lot like any chain hotel - without the breakfast
User: SeniorTravelerTF from: Fort Atkinson
Published Date: Sep, 6, 2021
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021
Rating: 2
If there was a Best Western or Holiday Inn on the building you wouldn't have seen any difference. There was little rustic or national park style about the rooms or lobby, and amenities (pool, workout room, breakfast) were non-existent. The lodge is located in a village setting with the meal provider (very weak in COVID times), post office, grocery store, and camp store nearby. The concessionaire also offers cabins and tent cabins in the same setting, but having tried those as well I would not recommend either. The park office is also in the village, but its service was limited by COVID. Be aware that our room (all rooms?) adjoined another, so there is some lack of soundproofing in that connection. We had to unplug the small refrigerator in our room because it was so noisy we could not sleep. The shower stream was pitiful, so a long process after hiking. One plus, there was a places to read in the room, other than sitting on the bed. All national parks point out that phone and internet is limited - but there is no excuse for it in a lodge. Routers and points of contact can be set up easily, but are not an expense the concessionaires are willing to make (even though it would be passed on).
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one night in a double deluxe cabin
User: koabug from: Honolulu, Hawaii
Published Date: Jul, 3, 2021
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
I love the location of these cabins, which was close to the parking area to carry our luggage. You are surrounded by trees and the deer came out in the morning from the nearby meadow. We heard several breeds of birds, one which was a woodpecker. The bedroom and bathroom were quite small but there was a tiny closet, dresser, desk, and nightstand in the room. It reminded me of my grandaunt's place from the 50's. Our ceiling light didn't work but there were 2 lamps in the room. Bath and Bodyworks shampoo and lotion were provided. The main issue is that the some of the windows and screens didn't lock. There is a small table and 2 chairs on the landing to enjoy the view. The restaurant, gift shop, grocery store, and visitor center are walkable. The grocery store has frozen foods and a microwave if you don't want to eat at the restaurant. water bottle fountain was working at the visitor center, and the gift shop had cute items for sale that I didn't see at the other national park shops. Registration is at the main lodge and the staff were friendly.
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