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Wuksachi Lodge
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Vienna, Austria
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25 reviews
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“THE BEST !!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This was probably the best accommodation during our 10 days travel through different national parks in California and Utah. We arrived very late and although the restaurant was already closing we were still given a table and got very friendly service. The restaurant had a wonderful choice of food - most unexpected in the middle of this national park and both dinners and breakfasts were excellent. Our room was in the Stewart building and had no problems whatsoever.
We liked it so much at Wuksachi that we extended for another night (luckily there was a room available, since it was not a weekend).
I do agree with other reviews that the layout and access to the rooms can be a bit confusing, especially when you arrive in the dark.
At checkout we had a little mix-up with room rates and restaurant bills, but the manager was quick to find solutions and everything worked out well.
That wifi is not available in the rooms and only in the lobby/restaurant area seems to be standard in all lodges of national parks - even hotels in some cities. Considering the location of the lodges I think it is great to have wifi at all !

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The room and location were excellent. However, while we were "guaranteed" check-in at 4pm, a room was not made available to us until 4:20. The Lodgepole hiking trail which starts at Wuksachi is a MUST--it was an easy downhill hike with absolutely stunning views. This short, 3 mile hike was the highlight of our stay.

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Indialantic, Florida
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We booked two nights, but left after one. We are from Florida, and maybe assumed some things, but we were disappointed. The web claimed this place was top notch, in fact it is average, but in a gorgeous setting. We arrived tired, and couldn't get in early, which was unfortunate, but understood. A fellow traveler posted that there were no elevators, so I requested an entry level room. We don't do stairs well. We found out that the lodges are literally over a hundred yards from the parking lot, all uphill. To be fair, the web sort of mentions this, but this is not a place for the out of shape. Pulling the luggage uphill just to get in the room was no fun. I believe they have bell service: use it. Even though it was early for their season, our room was quite warm. No AC! Surprise. That was not on the web. No wi fi in the room, just down the hill at the lodge. No cellular service. However, staff did what they could to help, comped one entree at dinner, and worked with Expedia for a refund of the second night. Although we were annoyed by some stuff, the setting is lovely. Just be forwarned about the layout and you won't be surprised.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We had reservations for three nights in room 303 of the Sequoia building of Wuksachi. The first night was uneventful at this over-priced location. The second night we got very little sleep as mice were running throughout the room and in our luggage. I discussed it with the staff at 6 AM and my concerns about hantavirus. We had visted Yosemite in 2012 when several people died after having been exposed to the mice-born virus so I am not at all patient when dealing with rodents in expensive rooms. When the manager arrived at 7 AM he promised a refund for the second night and also promised to cancel any charges for the third night as we checked out early. I will monitor my credit card statement to see if the promises are upheld and my deposits are refunded. If I wanted to deal with mice I would have booked a tent site.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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PropertyExecutive, Manager at Wuksachi Lodge, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
We take rodent reports extremely serious Huachucakid. We're very sorry that your visit to Sequoia & Kings Canyon was disrupted by mice. All reports trigger "exclusion" work to remove any rodents and any sign of rodents in any public or work areas people might have contact. We work with a national pest company on exclusion efforts to eliminate access to the spaces. In late spring there is a large population increase, and we increase our efforts accordingly. Being that this is a National park, poisons and bate stations (the most effective methods) can't be used. The danger of another animal ingesting the poisoned animal are too great. The good news is that the population growth season is short, so we're able to control the issue quickly.
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Mendon, New York
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

If you want to see Sequoia National Park then this is the place to stay. Driving distances because of the winding roads makes is necessary to stay inside the park. It is about 2 miles from Lodgepole Village and Visitor Center that has a market, laundry, gift shop, and cafe. The main lodge is beautiful and contains a gift shop, restaurant, and conference rooms. It is the only place that has internet access if you want to call it that. What internet access is available is poor and it is non-existent in the rooms. In addition, there is no cell phone access. However there is a TV in the room with no tv guide. We had a deluxe king room that was ample in size in a beautiful location. There were not enough outlets in the room and access to existing outlets was very limited making it difficult to keep electronics charged. The bathroom had a large vanity area and there was a clothes line in the shower. Like some other National Park properties this also had liquid soap and liquid shampoo in the shower--Not good. There was a frig, coffee pot, no microwave, and no safe in the room for valuables, closet space was good. The room was clean as well as the towels and bathroom. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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San francisco
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Considering this is one of the only hotels in Sequioa with not much competition it's a very comfy stay. The restaurant is very solid and affordable and room rates are pretty reasonable. The only cons I can think of are very thin walls and you think your on a jet when you flush the toilet. It's hard to be unhappy about anything in this beautiful setting.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We're Brits and we found the Sequoia National Park website extremely unhelpful so hopefully this review will be useful! If you want a few days of big trees then the Sequoia bit of the park is plenty. You won't make it to the King's Canyon or the other bits unless you’ve got more time - the distances are too great and the routes too inaccessible because of the altitude. Once you've picked that bit of the park, the route in and also out is from the village of Three Rivers. There are lots of motels here but they are a good 90 minutes' drive from the park proper. Inside the park you can either camp (we didn't) or stay at Wuksachi Lodge. Booking directly was much more expensive than using Expedia in our experience. The lodge is 7000 feet up and surrounded by beautiful forest. It takes a good hour to reach it by car from the entrance to the park because the road is so steep. It costs 20 dollars to enter the park or else you can get an annual pass covering all the national parks for 80 dollars. I thoroughly recommend Wuksachi Lodge. The rooms are hotel style, so very comfortable, all mod cons, good quality hotel level rooms. They are in buildings that are separate to the main lodge, where there's a small gift shop, a bar and a restaurant. There seemed to be meeting rooms and things too which we didn't use. The restaurant does breakfast, lunch and dinner all at set times. The food was fine, not amazing, but very reasonably priced and a really wide range with plenty of healthy options. Two buffet-style breakfast options - cooked or continental, both offering pretty much everything you might expect in either category. The staff were all very friendly and very helpful. The lodge is a great base to explore the various walking trails round about and the staff will give you maps for trails of different lengths and difficulties. You will need a car to get to many of these interesting sites, but you're only looking at a ten minute drive each time. Slightly further down the mountain is a shop for the campers stocking many more gifts and lots of food items. The Sherman tree is also nearby. The car parks at each of these sorts of sites have basic toilets (bring your own hand sanitiser!) and bear lockers for food. There’s no cafe in the park though which is surely something the National Trust would remedy in no time! We went in late April 2014 and we really couldn’t tell from online information what type of weather to expect. For most of the winter everything is covered in snow and you need chains on your car but apparently this year wasn’t very bad for snow so there was only the odd patch of densely packed snow under the trees here and there. The roads were completely clear. The temperature was near freezing in the early morning but there was blazing sunshine by the afternoon, probably up to about 20 C. We were expecting to need cold weather coats and shoes but we didn’t at all. We may have just got lucky though.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wuksachi Lodge
Address: 64740 Wuksachi Way, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262-9604
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Region: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wuksachi Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Every national park has its top lodge, the one place to stay that reflects all the park stands for. The Wuksachi Lodge® is Sequoia’s signature resort, a striking stone-and-cedar mountain lodge situated in the heart of the park and surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Open year-round and located with the best access to Sequoia's awesome attractions, the Wuksachi Lodge was built in 1999 in a spectacular alpine setting at 7,200-foot elevation. Nestled amongst the tall timbers in Sequoia National Park, Wuksachi Lodge offers the perfect respite for anyone looking for a place to reconnect with friends, family and the great outdoors. ... more   less 
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Wuksachi Lodge And Village
Wuksachi Lodge & Village Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Wuksachi Hotel Village
Wuksachi Village And Lodge

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