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John Muir Lodge
deirdreslat from: Castlemaine, Australia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 20, 2020 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Too much noise
If you want a heating system that roars all night, bed lights that don't work, an overhead room light you can't see under, staff that don't act on concerns, one single public space in which to sit, which also serves as a lobby, a reception area, a kitchen and eating area, no advance warning that you are on your own for food supply and preparation as the lounge didn't even supply a mug or a knife and fork, this is the place for you. All at an overpriced AUD $300 per night.
Janelle P from: Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Published Date: Jan, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Cabins in the woods
These cabins are so cute and a really great place to stay if you're going to the area. Check in for the cabins is done in the lodge. The cabin we stayed in had two beds, each with plenty of warm blankets. The heater did not work, but there was a space heater that really kept us warm. The patio area had a picnic table and a stove. We made a fire each night and sat outside to enjoy the cool mountain air. Bathrooms are not inside the cabins, they are just a short walk away. We brought some food with us, but there was also a camp store and a restaurant. If you want to eat at the restaurant, I would suggest going early since it is the only one around. It was really a perfect stay.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
julyp78 from: Lesigny, France
Published Date: Nov, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
We spend 1 night at John Muir Lodge in the fall. We chose a "rustic cabin". The cabin was indeed rustic but was well heated. Apart from the beds, table and rocking chairs, there is nothing else. No bathroom (toilets and coin 6-min hot shower are located in a separate common building). There is an outdoor terrace with fire pit for the brave ones. At first, as it was getting quite cold at night, upon arrival, we had doubts. But in the end, the cabin was perfectly fine. Super quiet. Lovely settings. Rustic in a good way. Perfect for a simple night in the woods.
147pauliinah from: Raisio, Finland
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 8, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We stayed at the “Rustic Cabin with Shared Bath” and really enjoyed our stay. Didn’t expect much as it is a cabin, but we were positively surprised how nice it was. Beds were really comfortable and the room was really warm (some comments saying that the heaters didn’t work). Staff at the front desk, restaurant, and elsewhere were really friendly. Will recommend this to friends and family.
Patrick G from:
Published Date: Nov, 8, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
a great experience with the right expectations
We stayed in the John Muir Lodge cabins (# 5) after a stay at Wuksachi lodge. They are significantly different experiences. As with any national park lodge, you simply cannot beat the location and near immediate accessibility to all that the park has to offer without traveling in from an off site lodging spot. We initially had a tent cabin reservation but with October night temps in the 20s and no heat or water in the tent cabins, we considered ourselves lucky to get a cabin reservation the week of our visit. The cabins are old and feel old, but they are quaint and definitely fine for sleeping and showering. Ours felt like it might be largely unchanged from its original state with some cosmetic updates. Some cabins in the property are newer, but short of calling the office, there is no way to assess such on the reservation site. A wall mounted heater kept the room warm. There is a very small deck outside the room for sitting. One bedspread definitely needed replacing but the beds were comfortable.
As is mentioned in other reviews, there is no phone or wi-fi accessibility outside of the main John Muir Lodge building, which was ok for us in a national park outdoor experience. Wuksachi does feel more attentive and well run, but we enjoyed our stay in Grant Grove and the Muir cabins very much.
The restaurant just a walk down from the cabins does have very slow but friendly service. Once the food arrives, it is good quality, just make sure that you have everything you need because the staff is not likely to be back frequently or until you request the check. A breakfast buffet is available. A well stocked general store and post office are on the grounds just next to the visitors center.
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 3