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Cedar Grove Lodge
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All reviewskings riversnack barroaring riversmall bathroom with showerzumwalt meadowbeautiful locationlimited numberend of seasondo not disturb signcomplimentary coffeerooms are very basicmist fallsroad's endremote locationthe ground floorthin wallscomfortable stay
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Spent 3 wonderful nights in one of the downstairs rooms (room 19) exploring the area and enjoying the views and sounds of the river from our patio. Everyone here was so friendly and helpful. For us the food from the snack bar suited us fine, cost was reasonable compared to food in other parks. We will definitely be back next fall, most campgrounds are closed and the area is quiet and serene. This, I think, is the best time to visit and enjoy the park.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Registration is at the gift shop and market. Park outside the shop to check in and unload. Do remember to be ‘Bear Aware’ and unload all food and scented items. A bear was spotted in the parking area at around 9pm few weeks before. After that, you move your car to the car park nearby, very convenient. Check in was smooth. It was not crowded when we arrived shortly before 4pm. A very nice gentleman, Lamin, checked us in. Provided all the information we needed, and walked us to our room. We opted for a Standard room as we prefer not having anyone above us. We booked the room last year, requested for river facing room, and got what we wanted. We had Room 6, heard no noise from kitchen (as someone had warned). To fully enjoy Kings Canyon, this is the best place to stay for a few days, unless you choose the campgrounds, which appeared very popular as well. The market has the usual supplies you find in a national park. The Cafe next to it has decent burgers and sandwiches. You can buy reasonably priced beers from the market store and have it with your meals. The only downside was the thin walls, and our immediate next door neighbors who were slamming their door and chatting loudly all night long and resumed the next morning. We guessed they were traveling in a big group and had a few rooms around us. The room next to us must be their main 'summit' room where everyone gathered. Other then inconsiderate neighbors, we were happy with the stay as it provided a comfortable base for us to enjoy the area for a few days. Seeing that there seemed to be only one lady cleaning the rooms daily, we put out the ‘Do not Disturb’ sign to decline housekeeping. But it seems other guests have reported they do not clean your room at all. We sat by the beautiful Kings river beside the lodge and watched an angler fly fishing one evening while enjoying our IPA, dipping the bottle in the icy cold water to keep it chilled. Saw him caught and released some good sized rainbows. We were apprehensive after reading some recent reviews about the state of the rooms, but were relieved when we found the room clean and comfortable enough to stay the few days. Yes, there are torn areas on the blanket (Likewise for the most expensive room in Wuksachi), but it was clean. Room is basic, but good enough for the price we paid. Had basic amenities like shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. No moisturizer. Were not offered free laundry and breakfast like what others had reported. Only got complimentary coffee.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank ann c
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Cedar Grove is the last place to stay (besides wild camping), in Kings Canyon. Our room was on the ground floor, overlooking the river, a lovely sound throughout the night. It had a fridge and microwave. Upstairs in the cafe, you could help yourself to tea and coffee for no charge, just show your key.
The room was reasonably clean, but was only cleaned once during our 4 night stay. As a lodge guest you can use the very good laundry room free of charge, just show your key in the shop when you ask for tokens, there is no limit to the number you can have!

The room also has a heater, which is very useful if staying at the end of season,as we were.

The food in the cafe is basic, suited more to the less discerning eater, who needs filling up after a long hike or about to do a long hike.

It is not an hotel, it is advertised as a motel, there is no lounge and the only communal area is the cafe. The shop is well supplied, even at the end of the season. The staff are very friendly, pleasant and polite.

This is a great place for exploring Kings Canyon, plenty of walks, expect to see bears, deer and snakes.

Room Tip: One with a balcony/patio looking over the river.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Elizabeth K
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

We booked 3 nights at Cedar Grove Lodge and it worked out great for us. Yes, the rooms are fairly spartan, although you can book a patio room on the first floor and get a microwave and refrigerator. Yes, the place looks worn, but you get to sleep in a bed instead of camping on the ground. (Although stay away from room 6 as it is above the kitchen.) Yes, the food choices are limited, but you get free breakfast (of your choice) and free hot drinks (anytime). Yes, the general store is small, but you can get ice-cream and bug repellent. No, there is no grand lobby with fireplace, but what could be more grand than sitting in a lounge chair by the river? The reality is there are three choices once you make the commitment to visit Cedar Grove/Roads End in King Canyon...camping, staying at this limited amenities lodge or driving the 33 or so miles over twisty roads back to Sequoia National Park where there are more choices in lodging. For us, being away from the crowds in a somewhat secluded area of the park was worth every minute of our stay. Limited wi-fi was a nice respite from the fast paced world and we enjoyed the beauty around us instead....One warning: gnats!!!!

Room Tip: Even numbered rooms face away from the parking lot. Room 6 is above the kitchen.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kim P
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

The rooms are adequate but don't expect an luxuries. The location is the most remote area so if ur looking to get away this is it. The food options are limited and the only snack bar/restaurant was out of a lot of items. The counter girl not very attentive and hacking while taking the order. We stayed 2 nights and they never cleaned or serviced our room at all.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Debra T
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