John Muir Lodge

Kings Canyon National Park, Kings Canyon and Death Valley

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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location but mismanaged property

May 22, 2019 BradJill Hong Kong, China

We recently spent two nights at the John Muir Lodge in the Grant Grove Village of Kings Canyon National Park. Unfortunately our stay was plagued with property deficiencies and shortcomings that forces one to question if Delaware North are up to the task of managing this lodge. Reservation was made around 6 months in advance directly through the… Read more
We recently spent two nights at the John Muir Lodge in the Grant Grove Village of Kings Canyon National Park. Unfortunately our stay was plagued with property deficiencies and shortcomings that forces one to question if Delaware North are up to the task of managing this lodge. Reservation was made around 6 months in advance directly through the park website. Email confirmation was received immediately. Check-in was a rough experience. Arrived at 4pm. Our room wasn't ready so we had to wait just shy of an hour before we could get into our room. The lobby was neatly decorated but not maintained well. There were game toys and puzzle pieces on the floor throughout our stay. Fireplace was nice, enjoyed sitting in front of the fire on one evening during our stay. Finally managed to get into our room around 5pm. Quickly noted that there were no soap bars and the hand soap was almost empty. Asked house-keeping if we could have a soap bar. Was told they were out and to try and manage with the limited amount in the soap dispenser that was in the room. Really? Ok! Shortly after, wanted to make a cup of coffee in our room and found no coffee packets. Asked at the front desk and they said that the hotel was out as well. So I went downstairs to buy a coke from beverage machine. Unfortunately, the machine as sold out as well. This didn't change during our stay. Discovered that the wifi at the property as not working. Front desk informed it had been out nearly a week and they had no timeline for when it would be repaired. We were simply informed that we could go down to the Visitor Centre if we needed wifi access. As for our room, this is a motel style unit with common design, furnishing and decor. It wasn't a bad place but did not warrant the high room rate being charged - especially with the many problems we were running into. Space is fine, bed comfort was just ok. Fair amount of closet and drawer space. Bathroom was basic. Shower pressure was weak but plenty of warm water. Overall, our stay at the John Muir Lodge was a strange and poor experience. There were just too many issues to make one happy with this property and the high rates they charge for basic rooms. As a result, we would avoid the property if we were to stay in the Kings Canyon National Park area again in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating John Muir Lodge Cabin w/ Bath

May 18, 2019 Bargainhuntress Ojai, California

Earlier this month, we rented a cabin. We were thrilled to get one with a bathroom. The cabins are very old and have had a hard life. Deferred maintenance on the exterior is shocking, the floor had a 2 degree slope and the beds had seen better days. On the plus side, the interior was well made up by the maids who have to hike up the hillside to do… Read more
Earlier this month, we rented a cabin. We were thrilled to get one with a bathroom. The cabins are very old and have had a hard life. Deferred maintenance on the exterior is shocking, the floor had a 2 degree slope and the beds had seen better days. On the plus side, the interior was well made up by the maids who have to hike up the hillside to do their work. Were it not for them (and the kind staff at the Lodge), I would rate our cabin stay poor. What the websites don't tell you is that if you are a retiree of a certain age, you will be hiking, huffing, puffing, and lugging all of your stuff up a hill on a poorly maintained walkway from your car parked at the bottom. We watched other "oldies" like us stop to catch their breath and ask each other why on earth they booked a cabin. We were happy to have the opportunity to sleep over in the National Park, but were very pleased to leave. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful location

May 1, 2019 Ngiculela Coventry, United Kingdom

We stayed here as part of our trip through CA. Very beautiful surroundings and really enjoyed our stay here. A little bit frustrating that there was no WIFI or signal and nothing seemed to be done about fixing it. There was also no coffee in the room, there was a note to say coffee was available in reception but every time we went to get some… Read more
We stayed here as part of our trip through CA. Very beautiful surroundings and really enjoyed our stay here. A little bit frustrating that there was no WIFI or signal and nothing seemed to be done about fixing it. There was also no coffee in the room, there was a note to say coffee was available in reception but every time we went to get some there was not any there and we were told to walk the 15 minutes to the restaurant. Not the best. I understand it is very remote but was still frustrating. The visitors centre was more helpful. Read less
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Apr 28, 2019 lkr15 Webster, New York

The Muir Lodge was one of the few options within the parks, and was well located for touring both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. The mountain setting under the treetops was beautiful. The lobby was attractive with a fireplace. We loved the outdoor porches at each end of the building. The rooms were large but dated, and in need of some… Read more
The Muir Lodge was one of the few options within the parks, and was well located for touring both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. The mountain setting under the treetops was beautiful. The lobby was attractive with a fireplace. We loved the outdoor porches at each end of the building. The rooms were large but dated, and in need of some repair. The mattresses seemed worn, soft, and uneven and the sheets wouldn't stay tucked in. Towels were plentiful and we appreciated the in room refrigerator. While basically clean on the surface, the room was in need of a thorough cleaning of edges and corners. The staff was pleasant, but there didn’t seem to be a culture of customer service, probably because they know they have a captive audience. For example, we asked for the in room coffee promised in the list of amenities and the answer was that none of the rooms had any. By the second day you might think that could have been remedied. Still, given the setting, room size, convenience, and porches, I would most likely return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice Stay

Apr 14, 2019 Mom_of_Alex Los Angeles, California

We enjoyed our recent stay at John Muir Lodge. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and because it was still winter, it was relatively uncrowded and peaceful. The only negative was the internet wasn't working and I did have a bit of work I was expecting to get done, but it was nice to be completely off the grid for a while.