John Muir Lodge

Kings Canyon National Park, Kings Canyon and Death Valley

The hotel

John Muir Lodge is in an excellent location for exploring Kings Canyon National Park and giant sequoia country. A warm welcome awaits under the lodge's open beamed ceiling and in front of the stone fireplace, ensuring all guests get to feel right at home. Accommodation follows suit and you'll discover recently renovated rooms with hand crafted furniture and local artwork adding to the instant appeal. After a good night's rest there's nothing better than an early start to soak up the sun rising over the sequoias. Picnic supplies can be picked up at the general stores opposite the lodge and once you've packed up the fishing tackle, charged your camera and hit the trail, it's time to discover just what John Muir fell in love with way back when.

Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in Kings Canyon National Park. Just a stone's throw from the towering giant sequoias of Grant Grove, a short walk from the village visitor centre and a general store.

Hotel information

36 guest rooms. All with central heating, flat-screen  TV, telephone, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, iron and board. Standard Rooms with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Grant Grove Restaurant and outdoor espresso bar nearby (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Complimentary WiFi in public areas. Selection of board games. Gift shop, convenience store and visitor centre opposite.

*Denotes local charge.

One person must be aged 21 years and over in each room at check-in.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Too much noise

Jan 21, 2020 deirdreslat Castlemaine, Australia

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… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Cabins in the woods

Jan 3, 2020 Janelle P Bad Hersfeld, Germany

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… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quaint cabins

Nov 14, 2019 julyp78 Lesigny, France

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.… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay

Nov 8, 2019 147pauliinah Raisio, Finland

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.… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating a great experience with the right expectations

Nov 8, 2019 Patrick G

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… Read more
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. Read less