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 one night in a double deluxe cabin

Jul 3, 2021 koabug Honolulu, Hawaii

I love the location of these cabins, which was close to the parking area to carry our luggage. You are surrounded by trees and the deer came out in the morning from the nearby meadow. We heard several breeds of birds, one which was a woodpecker. The bedroom and bathroom were quite small but there was a tiny closet, dresser, desk, and nightstand in… Read more
I love the location of these cabins, which was close to the parking area to carry our luggage. You are surrounded by trees and the deer came out in the morning from the nearby meadow. We heard several breeds of birds, one which was a woodpecker. The bedroom and bathroom were quite small but there was a tiny closet, dresser, desk, and nightstand in the room. It reminded me of my grandaunt's place from the 50's. Our ceiling light didn't work but there were 2 lamps in the room. Bath and Bodyworks shampoo and lotion were provided. The main issue is that the some of the windows and screens didn't lock. There is a small table and 2 chairs on the landing to enjoy the view. The restaurant, gift shop, grocery store, and visitor center are walkable. The grocery store has frozen foods and a microwave if you don't want to eat at the restaurant. water bottle fountain was working at the visitor center, and the gift shop had cute items for sale that I didn't see at the other national park shops. Registration is at the main lodge and the staff were friendly. Read less
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Jun 30, 2021 L88WJsusank

The cabin has to be the WORST place we have ever stayed in our lives. We paid for two nights and it wasn't cheap. We left after first night. These cabins need to be torn down. Wood rot inside on molding, floor slopes, dirty, old, falling down place. The beds have no boxsprings and are uncomfortable. The wall around the bathroom sink was filthy… Read more
The cabin has to be the WORST place we have ever stayed in our lives. We paid for two nights and it wasn't cheap. We left after first night. These cabins need to be torn down. Wood rot inside on molding, floor slopes, dirty, old, falling down place. The beds have no boxsprings and are uncomfortable. The wall around the bathroom sink was filthy along with the molding around floor. The windows above and beside each bed consist of screens that are hinged in the middle with 1/4" gaps all around. The door has a 1/2" gap under it. Plenty of room for every insect, small snake to come in. I had a spider crawl over my face, some other insect crawling on my arm, a mosquito stinging me on my head in the middle of the night. I have camped a lot throughout my life in a tent that comes with a secure fabric and a ZIPPER to prevent any unwanted insects or animals from munching on me at night. I didn't sleep a wink. I couldn't believe that we were charged a $150.00 a night for this miserable, crappy place. The whole place just made me cringe! Before going to bed, we watched a bat fly into a space at the screen window of our neighbors cabin. We don't know if it made it's way in or not. Buy a tent! It's cleaner, safer and much more secure with a price tag of about $50 to $65 dollars. The park is beautiful and the campgrounds look to be well maintained, if you are considering a stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It's Really Nice to be in the Park

May 14, 2021 Courtney W Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

Like other national park stays, the lodging isn't the best in the world but the location is strong and you're probably not here to spend much time in the room so it all works out fine. First, the good : staying in the park is great, it's near some attractions but quiet far from others (just the nature of the park design). The nearby breakfast is… Read more
Like other national park stays, the lodging isn't the best in the world but the location is strong and you're probably not here to spend much time in the room so it all works out fine. First, the good : staying in the park is great, it's near some attractions but quiet far from others (just the nature of the park design). The nearby breakfast is clutch--very convenient and COVID-safe. The front desk staff was kind and had good hiking recommendations, and was helpful in getting additional towels and toiletries. The less-good. : wifi is only available in the lobby and there's not enough parking in the front lot, so if you're hiking away daylight like we did, there probably won't be available parking when you return at night (we had to park down by the visitor center both nights). Housekeeping didn't come (unclear why, could be a covid policy they just didn't tell us about). Otherwise, this is a perfectly adequate and well-located, no-frills accommodation in the park. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Horrible Experience But Low Price

Apr 16, 2021 aoxiang83320 San Jose, California

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.… Read more
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... Read less
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Apr 14, 2021 ogol17 Joshua Tree, California

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,… Read more
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. Read less