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John Muir Lodge

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lodge was lovely. Food was an unexpected fine dining experience! everything that our party of three ordered was fresh, creative and delicious! We personally complimented the manager and chef for the wonderful meal and suggested they could easily raise their prices fit such biggest food. T hey are lucky to have this wonderful chef!

We stayed in one of the rustic cabins rather than the main building. Lots of history to this place. It is very convenient to the visitor center, restaurant and convenience store. You can easily walk between all. The location allows you to go into Kings Canyon immediately to the north. The road trip without hikes is about 2 hours round trip. From here you can also go out of the southern entrance of the park from ere very easily. The cabin is rustic. No TV, etc and very limited area to plug in electronic devices. Great choice though if you are here to see the park.

My husband and I with our daughter went to the John Muir Lodge . The customer service was UNMATCHED!! Front desk staff and maintenance were so helpful!!!! I can't thank them enough !! We stayed in the Tent Cabins and had a blast ! Rustic, basic but so affordable!!! Like tent camping but with a bed and shower ! We really had a relaxing and peaceful stay.

Spent a single night at the John Muir Lodge while visiting Kings Canyon. The lodge is in a lovely location and close to the recently renovated visitors centre, shop and restaurant. Rooms are reasonable though not the largest for a family (although I'm not suggesting there is much they can do about that!). All quite comfortable although I think the failure to include some breakfast provision in the lodge is a shame. The nearby restaurant is OK but has something of a captive audience approach to pricing!

Stayed here for only one night. Great welcome, but do not arrive after 8pm as we arrived at 8.30pm to be told that the restaurant probably wouldn't be happy if we went for dinner as they close at 9 pm! Hence, we had to go to the shop before 9 to get what was left of their sandwich and salad selection! Room was basic/rustic, but beds were good and clean sheets and bathroom clean. No AC, but window was half open with a fan on so room was nice and cool. A very peaceful nights sleep.

We enjoyed our 2 day stay at John Muir lodge. The location was beautiful - right in the National Park - and was secluded and quiet. The room was lovely and clean with a fridge and large television. The wifi was good and fast and staff were very helpful. The nearby restaurant had delicious locally produced food with friendly service. There was no air conditioning, just a fan, which is probably due to their commitment to a greener planet. I totally support this but we had to sleep with the window open and then were woken before 7am by the rubbish bins being emptied. There were no balconies and little space in a double queen room for 4 people to eat, so breakfast had to be carried outside to the tables provided in common areas. Some plates would have been nice as we ate off tissues! Overall a great place to get away from it all.

We truly enjoyed our stay at the John Muir Lodge. Spent 4 days there in mid-July. The location was great, central to traveling through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Upon arrival the staff was very helpful in getting us settled and making our reservation for dinner that night. The lodge is tucked away down the road from the Grant Grove visitor center. Quiet and peaceful location. Rooms were good size, clean and had a mini-fridge. No A/C in the rooms, and it was hot in July, so we would open the windows at night and use the fan provided. Water pressure in the shower was a little low, but okay. About a 1/4 mile beautiful walk to the Grant Grove Restaurant, recently opened. We especially enjoyed the second floor balcony of the lodge, and would sit up there and relax. Convenient water bottle filling station in the lobby was helpful. Would definitely stay there again!

We stayed here because of its location - its in the middle of the 2 parks. One day we went north into Kings Canyon NP and the next day we went south into Sequoia NP. The location is about the only positive thing to say other than we saw no live bugs in our room! For starters we never had our room cleaned in the 3 days we were there. After the 1st day, after being done for almost 12 hours, we came back and the bed covers were just pulled over but the bed was not made, the trash was not emptied and still had our breakfast banana peels etc, no towels were replaced, the room was never vacuumed (even after I went to the front desk and asked for the trash to be emptied and room vacuumed). For another starter, the rooms have nice big flat screen TVs but no air conditioning. I never once touched the TV - I am here to see the park not watch TV - money should have been spent to upgrade these rooms with modern AC/Heat and not TVs. In July it was in the 90s every day and the rooms were baking hot by the time you get back to the room. *** Knowing there was no AC before I went, we took out our fan - I suggest you do the same if you are driving from home! *** There is a fan in the room that oscillates but having a 2nd fan with windows opened late was still barely enough to cool the place down. The trash was emptied the 2nd day but still nothing else. I asked for towels every day. The towel bar was about to fall of the wall. The toilet had poop stains in it - at 1st I thought it was just marks in the old toilet but after they were gone the 3rd day, I was really grossed out. The fixtures in the tub were about to fall out of the wall. The shower water pressure was so low it took 20 minutes to just take a shower. The room was never once vacuumed so all our hiking dirt / dust remained the whole time. The floors had stains both in the room and in the hallways. Close by was the Kings Canyon Visitor Center, a very small grocery store (with very limited supplies), the only restaurant to eat at (food good, service was deplorable - see separate review of that) and a separate Gift Shop.

Close to all amenities groceries, food, visitor center, trails and trees. Comfortable beds and great shower pressure. Loved the challenge to take a less than five minute shower. Slept with the windows open and needed covers. Perfect for a short stay.

Stayed two nights at John Muir Lodge located at Grant's Grove. The greatest part of the stay was how convenient to park entrance and both King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. We enjoyed the gift shop, market, and full service restaurant within walking distance. The lodge features a large comfortable fireplace lobby with sofas and chairs. Rocking chairs on the porch and wifi in public areas. Private rooms with full bath, mini fridge, and in room coffee. Would definitely stay here again.

86728 California 180 Kings Canyon National Park CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Hume within a mile (2 km) of North Grove Loop Trail, John Muir Lodge is within a few miles (5 km) of Panoramic Point. This 36-room hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant and conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. In a national park, the hotel is also close to Big Stump Trail and Kings Canyon National Park Big Stump Entrance.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Grant Grove Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning off right with cooked-to-order breakfast served for a fee.


The 36 rooms have an array of amenities, including iPod docks, coffee makers, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and desks.

Property features

Guests staying at John Muir Lodge enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and a fireplace in the lobby. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Friendly staff can provide tour or ticket assistance, and also offer advice about sightseeing. Additional amenities include a gift shop and an ATM.

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 506 reviews