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John Muir Lodge
Bargainhuntress from: Ojai, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 18, 2019 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
John Muir Lodge Cabin w/ Bath
Earlier this month, we rented a cabin. We were thrilled to get one with a bathroom. The cabins are very old and have had a hard life. Deferred maintenance on the exterior is shocking, the floor had a 2 degree slope and the beds had seen better days. On the plus side, the interior was well made up by the maids who have to hike up the hillside to do their work. Were it not for them (and the kind staff at the Lodge), I would rate our cabin stay poor. What the websites don't tell you is that if you are a retiree of a certain age, you will be hiking, huffing, puffing, and lugging all of your stuff up a hill on a poorly maintained walkway from your car parked at the bottom. We watched other "oldies" like us stop to catch their breath and ask each other why on earth they booked a cabin. We were happy to have the opportunity to sleep over in the National Park, but were very pleased to leave.
- Rooms: 2
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
Ngiculela from: Coventry, United Kingdom
Published Date: May, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
We stayed here as part of our trip through CA. Very beautiful surroundings and really enjoyed our stay here. A little bit frustrating that there was no WIFI or signal and nothing seemed to be done about fixing it. There was also no coffee in the room, there was a note to say coffee was available in reception but every time we went to get some there was not any there and we were told to walk the 15 minutes to the restaurant. Not the best. I understand it is very remote but was still frustrating. The visitors centre was more helpful.
lkr15 from: Webster, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 28, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
The Muir Lodge was one of the few options within the parks, and was well located for touring both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. The mountain setting under the treetops was beautiful. The lobby was attractive with a fireplace. We loved the outdoor porches at each end of the building. The rooms were large but dated, and in need of some repair. The mattresses seemed worn, soft, and uneven and the sheets wouldn't stay tucked in. Towels were plentiful and we appreciated the in room refrigerator. While basically clean on the surface, the room was in need of a thorough cleaning of edges and corners. The staff was pleasant, but there didn’t seem to be a culture of customer service, probably because they know they have a captive audience. For example, we asked for the in room coffee promised in the list of amenities and the answer was that none of the rooms had any. By the second day you might think that could have been remedied. Still, given the setting, room size, convenience, and porches, I would most likely return.
Mom_of_Alex from: Los Angeles, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
We enjoyed our recent stay at John Muir Lodge. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and because it was still winter, it was relatively uncrowded and peaceful. The only negative was the internet wasn't working and I did have a bit of work I was expecting to get done, but it was nice to be completely off the grid for a while.
- Rooms: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 3
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Where to start, upon check in we confirmed we require our room to be serviced as we have young children, on the first day we leave for the day and leave the maid service sign on the door and return to find the room untouched. On the second day as we left for the day we informed reception we would require the room to be serviced, only to find it again untouched when we returned late in the evening with two day old nappies in the bins and no clean towels to use.
Perhaps the worse part was finding blood from a previous guest covering the bottom of the toilet seat, absolutely disgusting. Not much better was the carpets not reaching the wall and small nails sticking up in the air ready for our 1 year old to stand on.
The WiFi still isn’t working, as mentioned by others. Perhaps this is a good thing if you want a quiet retreat but it should not be advertised as part of the hotels offering in that case. You will need to drive a long way to get any cell reception.
We tried the restaurant twice, once they completely forgot one of our orders and got another one completely wrong, the other time they gave our table to another family and kept us waiting for 30 mins for another table to be ready.
We don’t expect a lot from a hotel of this rating, but basic cleaning is a minimum for anywhere.
On a positive note the location is fantastic, great to explore the two parks, but I would prefer to drive further to avoid staying in such a place.