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John Muir Lodge
aoxiang83320 from: San Jose, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 16, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 2
Horrible Experience But Low Price
The two stars are for the lower price only. The service only deserves one star.
This lodge’s location is good, close to Fresno. However, the cleanliness and quality of service are horrible. The heater did not work during the cold night, and there was no hot water from tub faucet. We could not even have a comfortable bath after a day’s tired walk. Food outside was worse than those of other national parks. I cannot believe that all these happened in California...I would never stay in this lodge if any other choices were available...
ogol17 from: Joshua Tree, California
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Apr, 14, 2021 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021 Rating: 2
I was rather disappointed with this hotel. Service was friendly and the lobby was cozy, but otherwise - it is not worth the price. They charge a high price for being inside the park, but actually - most attractions of the Sequoia NP are an hour’s drive away, so you are far better off staying in Three Rivers, which is just as far but with more, cheaper and better options. The room was ok, but WiFi is only available in the lobby, and even there - it was terribly slow and completely impossible to use. I was lucky to find later a corner in the corridor where reception was better, but overall it was very frustrating. I would not stay here again - it is not worth the price.
MsTravelBug1970 from: Redondo Beach, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 5, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Inside the park..
The rating is for two reasons-location and front desk Casey. Yes it isn’t a “lodge” as we would normally think, but the website does state it’s not a 5 star accommodation. The lodge rate is because of the location, if you want to stay in the park this is one of the best options.
Our stay was very good because it started out great. When we got to the lodge early, though our room wasn’t ready, Casey was amazing. He said he would have housekeeping clean the room and gave us few places to go sightsee. When we got back, the room was ready. We were super concerned with Covid and this was our first hotel stay since covid started. The room appear to be very clean. Though we took our own precaution 😜 the room was clean. Yes the hotel can use some improvements, the sink was old and the shower pressure was basically zero but again if you want to stay in the park, this is one option. You can stay at their sister hotel which is more central inside the park but you will most likely pay double the rate and rooms are about the same.
Again a big shout out to Casey for making our stay a great one.
rcm-ca from: Santa Cruz, California
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
OK place, few alternatives
I was very disappointed in this place.
They call themselves a 'lodge' and charge 2x hotel rates, but it's more like a 1-2 star hotel.
The check-in receptionist was rude (every other worker we met was very friendly)
Despite all the Covid warnings, the receptionist allowed her nose to be exposed above her mask (why even wear one?)
You can hear every single step of the 2nd floor guests
Wifi only worked in the lobby
Coffee only available in the lobby
Shower head was 5' high, rather difficult taking a shower.
Sink only provides enough space for 1 person's bath items
Bath had a blue stain on it - drain cleaner?
No clock in the room
I've stayed at plenty of nicer places for half the cost.
The Good? - location and room was decent size
Unfortunately few alternatives to stay in the park, campgrounds were full or closed.
- Value: 1
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 3
RedRockLover2007 from: Temecula, California
Published Date: Sep, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Stay was slightly above average. Better than the Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia NP.
The location, like the Wuksachi, is the main selling point of this hotel. It is located between the junction between the CA-180 (which goes down the mountain) and the CA-198 (which comes from Sequoia Park), and the Grant Grove. The room that we stayed in was better than what we had at the Wuksachi, however it was barely above average. The hotel is a couple minutes' walk from the Visitor Center and village. In the village, we had some dinner at the cafe. It was slightly on the expensive side, but I thought it was good enough. In terms of WiFi and cellular service, neither worked well, I don't even remember if there actually is cellular service. To conclude, this hotel is quite average but has some redeeming qualities.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4