John Muir Lodge

Kings Canyon National Park, Kings Canyon and Death Valley

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 629 reviews

The hotel

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 new carpets, hand crafted furniture and local art work 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 cable TV, telephone, mini-fridge, tea/coffee maker, 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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 629 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Did not keep their promise of a refund

Jan 9, 2019 trav3l-ag3nt

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… Read more
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. Read less
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Dec 18, 2018 olenabklyn Middle Village, New York

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… Read more
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. Read less
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Nov 21, 2018 Jeanette S Benicia

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 .
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Nov 11, 2018 bmase58 Los Angeles

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… Read more
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. Read less
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Nov 6, 2018 chriskca2016 Bothell, Washington

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,… Read more
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. Read less