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John Muir Lodge
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 8, 2019 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Did not keep their promise of a refund
I booked this hotel for a 2 night stay on 1st and 2nd January 2019, through a wholesaler for some valued clients of mine who were flying from Australia and very much looking forward to showing their children the sequoia trees. Unfortunately the President of the United States had initiated a Government shutdown and Sequoia Park was closed.
After discussing their disappointment with the girl on reception at John Muir, it was agreed that the clients would stay one night and the second night would be refunded to them (and the clients would move on) - the clients only needed to ask me. The clients messaged me and asked me to get the ball rolling. Since that time, the hotel has declined the refund to my clients, claiming the conversation never happened.
olenabklyn from: Middle Village, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Dec, 18, 2018 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Location location location
The lodge is simple, comfortable and just want you need for a base. We stayed in December and got a great rate, so I can't complain about the price. I can see how if you paid over 225 a night you may be upset with the stay. I think of it as, you are paying for the upkeep of the national park service, not fancy amenities. The restaurant is a nice walk, which was nice to feel the crisp night air and see the stars on the walk from dinner.
Not the stay, but at the restaurant
Staff was great but The dinner was very disappointing, maybe bc its offseason and they don't have fresh meat on hand, the burger was a frozen patty and not as described on the menu.
The soup was tasty, but I would come prepared with your own food. There is a fridge in the room and a microwave in the main lodge area.
- Value: 4
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 4
Jeanette S from: Benicia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 21, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Among the giants
We had a great stay. The lodge staff were welcoming and helpful, the rooms were well appointed and comfortable, and the location was beautiful. The only problem was the restaurant down the hill—not good. So just enjoy the trees and views and canyons .
bmase58 from: Los Angeles
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 11, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Stayed 2 nights with wife and 11 month old while doing several hikes in the area. Staying at the lodge made the trip very easy. There is a visitor center with detailed maps on site, restaurant and gift shop all in walking distance. If you are feeling more adventurous there are also cabins and tents. Restaurant was better than expected (get the chili). Make sure you do the Panoramic Point trail, Buena Vista Trail and North Grove loop (all trailheads just a short drive from hotel, plenty of signs and parking lots). No cell service on hike but "AllTrails" app worked fine with just GPS.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 4
chriskca2016 from: Bothell, Washington
Published Date: Nov, 6, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Better than expected
We stayed at the lodge for two nights in early Oct 2018, part of a swing through a few National Parks in central California. We had read that the lodge had recently been renovated and it did have that recently renovated feel about it. The room was on the 2nd floor (note, no elevator). The room had two queen size beds, comfortable, clean linen, a table, a chest of drawers, a new-ish flat screen TV, free wifi. Our room had a small sink/vanity, an open closet space and there's a door that separates it from shower/bath/toilet room. Not a bad for accommodations. The lobby is roomy and has a large fireplace (and better wifi reception). There are balconies at the end of the hallways on each floor.
The lodge has vending machines. The restaurant is about a quarter mile back by the Grant's Grove Visitor's Center complex. There is handicap parking available at both the lodge and the visitor's center complex.
Overall, these park accommodations alway seem pricey for what you get until you consider their location in the park. While the lodge is very close to its signature grove of giant sequoia trees, it's actually quite far from the main part of KIngs Canyon NP, a 30 to 45 minute drive (longer if you stop at every turn to take pictures, like we did). While King's Canyon can't hold a candle to neighboring national park, Yosemite, it does have its appeal and is worth the trip at least once. There is a lodge in this part of the park, Cedar Grove. We visited the gift shop and ate at the short order cafe. The gift shop was stocked for campers. The burger at the cafe was very good.
Just a word. These accommodations are quite remote, expect and be prepared for very minimal services. There is a gas station on the way to the adjoining Sequoia National Park, and there are other 3rd party accommodations not far from the park's entrance.