John Muir Lodge

John Muir Lodge

86728 Highway 180, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Sunset on the porch, rocking chairs provided!
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The prices are reasonable and food tasted decent.
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#2 of 3 hotels in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

John Muir Lodge is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, a seating area, and a desk, and you can stay connected during your stay as John Muir Lodge offers guests free internet access.

The hotel features a gift shop and shops. Plus, John Muir Hotel offers a snack bar, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

While staying at John Muir Lodge, you may want to check out Grant Grove Restaurant (0.3 km) which is a short walk away.

Best of all, John Muir Hotel makes it easy to experience some great Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions like Grant Grove (1.2 km), which is a short distance away.

Enjoy your stay in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park!

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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid public parking on-site
Free internet
Restaurant
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Parking
Public wifi
Snack bar
Shops
ATM on site
Room features
Desk
Seating area
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Family

Location

86728 Highway 180, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93633
Getting there
Car recommended
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MsTravelBug1970 wrote a review Nov 2020
Redondo Beach, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The rating is for two reasons-location and front desk Casey. Yes it isn’t a “lodge” as we would normally think, but the website does state it’s not a 5 star accommodation. The lodge rate is because of the location, if you want to stay in the park this is one of the best options.

Our stay was very good because it started out great. When we got to the lodge early, though our room wasn’t ready, Casey was amazing. He said he would have housekeeping clean the room and gave us few places to go sightsee. When we got back, the room was ready. We were super concerned with Covid and this was our first hotel stay since covid started. The room appear to be very clean. Though we took our own precaution 😜 the room was clean. Yes the hotel can use some improvements, the sink was old and the shower pressure was basically zero but again if you want to stay in the park, this is one option. You can stay at their sister hotel which is more central inside the park but you will most likely pay double the rate and rooms are about the same.

Again a big shout out to Casey for making our stay a great one.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris_23_11 wrote a review Aug 2020
West Hollywood, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the main building at the John Muir Lodge. The room was clean and comfortable, but could be updated/refreshed.
The staff were all friendly and welcoming. The hotel room rate was high, in my opinion, but you're paying for an amazing location with great hiking/walking trails from the hotel.
The front lobby area has snacks, for sale, and complimentary coffee in the mornings. There is a cafe/restaurant and gift shop a few minutes walk away, but they close at 8.00pm.
No issues with covid; hotel is abiding by necessary rules.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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koabug wrote a review Jul 2021
Honolulu, Hawaii
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: June 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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SeniorTravelerTF wrote a review Sep 2021
Fort Atkinson
2.0 of 5 bubbles
If there was a Best Western or Holiday Inn on the building you wouldn't have seen any difference. There was little rustic or national park style about the rooms or lobby, and amenities (pool, workout room, breakfast) were non-existent. The lodge is located in a village setting with the meal provider (very weak in COVID times), post office, grocery store, and camp store nearby. The concessionaire also offers cabins and tent cabins in the same setting, but having tried those as well I would not recommend either. The park office is also in the village, but its service was limited by COVID. Be aware that our room (all rooms?) adjoined another, so there is some lack of soundproofing in that connection. We had to unplug the small refrigerator in our room because it was so noisy we could not sleep. The shower stream was pitiful, so a long process after hiking. One plus, there was a places to read in the room, other than sitting on the bed. All national parks point out that phone and internet is limited - but there is no excuse for it in a lodge. Routers and points of contact can be set up easily, but are not an expense the concessionaires are willing to make (even though it would be passed on).
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Date of stay: August 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Maureen wrote a review May 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My mother and I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a 2.5 week long road trip through California's national and state parks. The location is absolutely fantastic. You're walking distance from the General Grant tree and lots of other sights and trails. You're also walking distance from a gift shop, restaurant and visitor center. The staff was super friendly. Check in was a little slow and they seemed a little understaffed but they still managed to get us checked in quickly (Tip: don't be a jerk like the guy in front of me at check-in, who was incredibly rude to the staff about the fact that his room wasn't ready 4 hours before the posted check in time, and wasn't ready when he came back 1 hour before the check in time.) The room was perfectly clean and the beds were comfortable. If you come in summer, bring a fan in case they run out because there doesn't appear to be air conditioning from what we saw in our room. Also, if you're taller than about 5'7, you may have trouble in the shower. The shower head was incredibly low. The hotel is definitely on the rustic side and may seem outdated, but from all our travels in the CA parks, this seems to be average for the price you pay here. We would still come back for another stay for the location alone. As busy as the parks get, it's worth it to us to pay extra to stay in the park and get to the most popular sights before the crowds hit.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Truth Teller wrote a review Jun 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Jeremy N wrote a review Sep 2022
San Marcos, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was pretty small, and it cost $260 a night. We stayed two nights and went to the General Grant tree and hiked the North Grove loop trail. The wifi barely worked. The hotel did have a central location, but I recommend camping or staying at a airbnb outside the park. I also recommend swimming at Hume Lake at Sandy Cove!
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Date of stay: May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: I recommend camping or an airbnb outside the park.
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Joan S wrote a review Sep 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room was like a sweat lodge during a recent stay. There is NO AIR CONDITIONING throughout the hotel. In room coffee maker was broken, fridge was broken, mattresses are thin and lumpy. The only thing this place has going for it is location…. But if you can’t sleep because it’s 85 degrees in your room - you’re better off in a tent with the bears.
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Date of stay: September 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Better to stay outside the park
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Kristina wrote a review Jul 2020
Thalina
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I booked a stay at the tents, but they are still not open due to Covid. At no charge, they upgraded us to the lodge. I’m not going to complain about getting my own bathroom and shower! Hot water, good pillows and linens. The hotel is a little dated but it’s not terrible. The restaurant has to go serviced based off of a touch kiosk, and the pizza was actually pretty good. The market and store have a good selection. Definitely take the road behind the lodge up to the scenic point, it’s really quiet and beautiful. I also found the park to be very low traffic in general, and it’s nice not having the place overrun. For what it’s worth, even number rooms face nature and not the parking lot.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Curious55905 wrote a review Apr 2024
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me start with the positive. Staff and employees were all kind, respectful, and helpful to the best of their capacity. Lobby is comfortable. Room was reasonably clean. Unfortunately, the negative is much longer. Chairs in the room all need to have better cushion. Sinking into one’s chair is not comfortable. Some people wouldn’t be able to stand themselves up after sitting in those chairs with worn out seats. The coffee was bad as though someone put their dirty socks in it. Those are the worst things about the room. Grant Grove Restaurant charges regular restaurant prices for the food but doesn’t give regular restaurant quality food. We ordered personal size pizzas the first night and the toppings were scarce even though we paid full price for them. The next morning for breakfast we ordered scrambled eggs, hash browns, and bacon and sausage. The toast was dry without butter having been put on it, the bacon was extra thin measuring about 1/16th of an inch and the sausage tasted like cardboard. Dinner that night comprised of hamburgers and a chicken sandwich. Sounds simple, right? They were all bone dry and lacking in flavor because of that. If you choose the possibility of going to the lodge I would recommend you call them and ask if they’ve fixed the problem with the chairs especially if you have mobility or flexlibility problems. Also, be aware that you are taking a chance with the food at the restaurant, or perhaps take some food from home and save yourself some money.
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Date of stay: April 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Scruffalugs asked a question Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia80 contributions6 helpful votes
Do the cabins have electricity?
Answer from 1980Sightseer
Glendale, California118 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi Scruffalugs, There are two kinds of cabins there on the campground. The rustic wood cabins have Electricity and the tent cabins do not.
L B asked a question Nov 2018
Tinton Falls, New Jersey775 contributions130 helpful votes
Is this marmot territory? Do we have to worry about them eating parts of the car?
Answer from Peter K
Hurricane, Utah834 contributions497 helpful votes
no marmot issue at the lodge
Portland, Oregon75 contributions43 helpful votes
Actually, our review indicated that cleanliness was not a problem. The hotel is dated and service is spotty although friendly. Please be aware that we stayed in the lodge itself and not one of the cabins.
BRUCE W wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go and enjoy! "
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MWIna wrote a tip May 2024
16 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay at least two nights ! "
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Eric Z wrote a tip May 2024
New York City, New York27 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The food at the restaurant is what one expects but a bit repetitive."
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Navigate39349044926 wrote a tip Oct 2023
San Francisco, California20 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you don’t tolerate coldness and like to have private bathroom, definitely book this John Muir Lodge instead of the cabin or tent/cabin."
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Martin W wrote a tip Sep 2023
Moraira, Spain4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try Wuksachi Lodge first."
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PRICE RANGE
C$360 - C$678 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
john muir hotel sequoia and kings canyon national park, john muir lodge, hotel john muir
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
36
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Frequently Asked Questions about John Muir Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to John Muir Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Grant Grove (1.2 km), General Grant Tree Trail (1.2 km), and Crystal Cave (2.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at John Muir Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at John Muir Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at John Muir Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at John Muir Lodge?
Yes, free parking and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to John Muir Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grant Grove Restaurant, Pinehurst Lodge, and Grant Grove Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at John Muir Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is John Muir Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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