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John Muir Lodge
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Harpswell, Maine
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170 reviews
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“Fits the Bill”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

At the end of May there are not a constant flow of tourists to this awesome area. The Lodge is centrally located to Sequoia Park and to Kings Canyon. Wandering day trips and lazy lounging both are accommodated here. Currently under new management the lodge has been given a sprucing up, remodeled in a budget woodsy feel and plans for wifi in the rooms are underway. As of this writing wifi is accessible only in public areas. That creates evenings of everyone privately focused in the public areas. :) There are some ranger activities and living history presentations here.
There are blissfully, no tv's. The rooms are clean, spacious and function well. It is not fancy. I wished for a balcony of which there are none. Staff is polite and fairly efficient. There is one restaurant which tries hard and meets the middle fairly efficiently. The market has unappetizing food and could make a better business with keeping current to food trends and flexibility. If you have high expectations of a luxury resort this is not for you. If your focus is this magnificent area and you want a comfortable clean place to stay consider JM Lodge.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the forest side. There are no elevators. Luggage must be carried up.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the John Muir Lodge. So thankful for my former boss referring this Lodge! The room was great and clean. Surprised upon arrival that there was no air conditioning, but called the desk for a fan and they immediately delivered one. With the window open and the fan going, we were very comfortable. Definitely glad to have had the breakfast price included in our stay (which is optional). Internet connections in the rooms would be helpful!

The location was great. We were able to tour all the areas we wanted in a timely manner.

Would highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Mendon, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

It is really about the location. If you want to see Kings Canyon in a timely manner then this is the place to stay. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Registration is at the Main road CA 180 along with the restaurant, gift shop, market, and Post Office. The lodge is a short distance from the main road in a very nice setting. Lobby is very nice with a fireplace and ample tables and chairs. The room we had (2 queen beds) was an adequate size. There were ample outlets with easy access for charging electronics. No safe in the room for storing valuables and electronics. No microwave or frig. Need a nightlight in the bathroom. The sink was separated from the rest of the bathroom. The towels were clean and thick. Housekeeping is OK but needs improvement. They missed a day of our 3 day stay, floors were not vacuumed, and the bathroom sink and floor were not cleaned. Sheets on the bed were clean but only a single flat sheet covered the mattress. The room needs more light and the table was very small for working. Cell phone access is limited as well as internet access. Internet can only be accessed in the lobby. However, renovations are in progress and more are coming. They are currently improving the sound proofing in the rooms as well as painting and replacing flooring. In the fall, the current restaurant will be taken down and replaced with a completely new building. I also saw the connection for cable behind the mirror in our room

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

Whilst the property is a little dated especially the restaurant, the food was good and the staff were friendly and helpful and the room was big, clean and well maintained. We only had two nights and needed at least another 4 to do the area justice. Great lobby with open roaring fire but need internet connection in rooms as only in lobby although that was OK for us. We were given good advice by the staff when we were suddenly confronted with snow. Gift shop need more merchandise - on better quality - all the sizes I looked at were for XL and I could find a warm top!.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Everyone is so incredibly helpful and wanting to make your experience memorable. The hotel is going through renovations and upgrades, but every attempt was made to make us comfortable.
We are looking forward to returning when renovations are complete.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Nice rooms, with rustic charm. Wonderful lobby with large fireplace and plenty of comfortable tables and chairs. Internet in lobby but not in rooms. Being newly renovated. Restaurant is within walking distance. Good food at reasonable prices. Don't miss the apple pie! Very nice special for Mother's Day. Wait staff is very friendly and give good service.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This might have been a nice hotel in the 90"s but that is 20 years ago. Now it is outdated and not well maintained. The first thing I noticed was a gaping hole of 4x4 inches in the bedspread, Housekeeping obviously does not care about things like that since the hole looked old. I spend al least 60 nights a year at different hotels all over the world, but I cannot remember when I had a room without aTV, Internet is only in the 'lobby' which has the atmosphere of a deserted youth hostel. The restaurant is the same, outdated and twice too expensive. I got the smallest glass ever with low quality wine for 8 dollars + tax and tip. If you do not need to be in the park don't go here. I had a hotel for half the price in Three Rivers (4 miles off the south entrance), witch a choice of restaurants nearby and with a better quality. This hotel just preys on tourists that want to be in the park, since there is no competition.

Room Tip: There are many hotels just outside the park in Three Rivers that are cheaper and better.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about John Muir Lodge

Property: John Muir Lodge
Address: 86728 Highway 180, Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93641-9765
Region: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — John Muir Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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