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29th March - 31/2 HRS Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tehachapi Hwy 58/Mill St., 901 Capitol Hills Pkwy, Tehachapi, CA 93561, United States JUST PASS BAKERSFIELD some second hand stores here and antique stores
general sherman tree on …
Today we had one main objective, get to our planned Paramount Tour. We got up, avoided the hotel breakfast and went straight to Paramount Studios. We parked across the street from the visitor's where we were met by our guide, Rachel. She took us to where the rest of our group was congregating outside the studio gift shop. Since we were all starving …
... with our reservation ticket in the middle of the site, then set of along the scenic "Generals Highway" that connects Kings Canyon with Sequoia national park. It was a magnificent 1 hr drive, with about 5 stops to admire the scenery, before we reached "the forest of Giants". There we marvelled at General Sherman, the largest tree by "trunk volume " in the world! It was awe inspiring, still there after 3000 years, and made us all feel very small ...
... earth. Here we saw the General Grant Tree, the third largest tree in the World - 267 feel high (the height of a 27 storey building); 29 feet wide at its base, and 2000 years old. When Americans first came to the west and returned to the East with stories of huge trees, no-one believed them. Even when they cut them down and brought them back in pieces, they still didn't believe how big the trees were - it was called the Great Californian ...
... this tree is 27 stories high and weighs as much as much as 700 trucks! What I thought was really amazing was that if this tree were to be cut down it could make 40 houses that have 5 average sized rooms! I didn’t know how this could be possible because the tree didn’t look that big as I expected, and certainly not like the 3rd largest living thing. I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWuksachi Lodge Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
PROS: Beautiful lodge, large, beautiful suite, friendly staff, good food.
CONS: No elevators, no wifi, brief blackout, expensive meals.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Die Wuksachi Lodge ist eine recht neu erbaute Anlage aus mehreren Häusern mitten im Nationalpark. Klasse! Der Empfang war sehr nett, das Zimmer (2QS) mehr als geräumig und mit allem Komfort ausgestattet. Essen und Wein im beeindruckenden Speisesaal des Hauptgebäudes haben uns ebenfalls zufrieden gestellt. Nur von der Internetverbindung (kostenlos) darf man keine Wunder erwarten.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Wuksachi Lodge Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Not great value
The only hotel accomodation in Sequoia NP and, at almost $200 a night, pretty expensive for what you get. No air conditioning, no swimming pool, and fairly basic rooms. But it is well-located near the park's great attraction and the restaurant and lunge in the lodge reflect the nice park atmosphere.
Not worth the money
The Wuksachi Lodge is simply too expensive! We paid $184 a night and all you get is a standard motel room. Service is poor, reservations chaotic. If you want to eat at the lodge restaurant be prepared for unfriendly staff and don't take the entrees. The lady at the table next to us found the right term: portions are microscopic - but expensive.
Go for the burgers and sandwiches. The breakfast buffet (there is only buffet) is very very basic. My advice: stay at the Montecito Sequoia Lodge or in Three Rivers.
Excellent - shame about the price of wine
Went to the lodge in May 2003. Room was above average, however you should note that no tv or radio is provided. Quiet location and very dramatic scenery. Food in the restaurant was good and reasonably priced. Service was excellent. Wine, as is usual in the USA is grossly overpriced starting at $25 per bottle. This does ruin a perfectly good meal in most restaurant in the States. Over profiteering. I would recommend the lodge to anyone.
Nice, if you can sleep through noise
The hotel is essentially three separate buildings with what seems to be about 30 rooms each. There is a common "lodge" area, with a restaurant, sitting, and conference area. There are several paths for walking around in the nature area.It's located pretty well, where you can get to the main sights in Kings Canyon and Sequoia from there, such as the general grant tree, the general sherman tree, etc.The food seemed rather overpriced and the menu a little light, but that is probably to be expected given that the only business that the restaurant gets is for people at the lodge, and it couldn't support a huge menu. Plus, the stuff has to be trucked in from timbuktu. I'd give the food a b- in terms of food quality, but in context of being out in the middle of nowhere with essentialy no other choices in a 40 mile radius, I'd upgrade the food grade to a B +.THe people were friendly, the room reasonably okay.Some problems, however. The first one was significant enough that it belongs in the title of my review, is that it appears that the flooring was engineered to transmit every footstep in the building! Starting at 6:00 a.m. (given that the back to nature environmental crowd are early risers) there is a constant clump-clump-clump of foot traffic, upstairs, downstairs, on the stairs, on the walkways. We were at the bottom stairs; however, it wouldn't have done any good, because I listened from upstairs as well, you still had the clump-clump-clump. You here it anywhere in the building. You're basically not sleeping after 6:00 a.m. If that's okay with you, then go for it, for us, that was unaccceptable and we'd never go back.I'm serious, I've NEVER been at a hotel that had more noise from foot traffic.In addition, there's no A/C. It's pretty darned hot in the middle of the summer.There's no T.V. as well. Not to be a spoiled city kid, but it would have been nice if there was a T.V. While they couldn't get cable, they could have splurged a few bucks to get a DirecTV dish up on one of the tall trees.high-pressure sound and a clump (which you can also hear throughout the buidling) when flushing. I seriously have no idea where they had to search to get such lame toilets.I don't mean to say that it's a terrible place, it's really not that bad. It seems they're trying to tailor their place to people who want to be out in nature, but not live in a tent. That was us. It was certainly better than living in a tent.I can't say whether it's overpriced or not, we paid $160 per night, there's really no competition in the area, so who's to say it's overpriced. If it were in Bakersfield, CA it would be overpriced, if it were in Manhattan, it would be a steal.
The Bad and Good of Wuksachi
The atmosphere at the Lodge is wonderful. You cannot ask for a better view and surroundings.HOWEVER, we had several problems. GET YOUR ROOM RATE IN WRITING BEFORE CHECKING IN.One problem was the room rate. It kept changing depending on who you asked. The first gentleman I spoke with quoted us a $110 per night rate. Two days later, when I went to check on the rate, the woman quoted me $123. When I asked why, she replied that was the rate WITH tax. Then, when we got the bill, they had charged us $89 per night for the first two nights, and a whopping $160 per night for the next two nights! They then said that the average of the rooms was $110. I don't know where they were educated, but that rate does not compute. Also, on the third day, when we were being charged $160, we had NO MAID SERVICE and had to have the bell boy bring us fresh sheets, toilet paper, etc. and we had to make our own beds.The restaurant, however, was delightful, and you CAN get a good meal for under $10.
Wuksachi Was Worthwhile
Sequoia National Park is a national treasure, and we timed our visit perfectly (mid-April, during the week before Easter). The park was nearly empty, and we had wonderful powder snow for our 6 year old to play in, yet the road crews kept the roads driveable. The trails were not really open except for the most determined, but for a 2 day visit, we saw all that we wanted.The park had boasted of an "accessible" trail that we had hoped to use as a family, with me in a wheelchair, but it was only a level footpath tromped into the snow, and I ended up waiting in the car for the others to take the hike. Accessible in the summer, I guess they meant.The Lodge was pleasant and comfortable, but we were disappointed not to find a big fireplace to spend winter evenings in front of, at the main lodge building. Instead was a small wood stove; warmish, but not inviting. The wheelchair accessible room was roomy, with lots of windows with beautiful forest views, and equiped with a roll-in shower stall, but the only accessible light switch was in the bathroom, all the others required assistance by someone not in a wheelchair. And the room door's automatic closer was not adjusted properly, requiring a hefty shove by a walking adult to open; even my 6 year old couldn't manage it, and she's strong.The restaurant at the Lodge was very good but not for the budget minded, and was the only place in the park to get a meal if you weren't camping out. 25 miles to the park entrance for the nearest alternate restaurant! But if you can handle $25/pp dinners (and $10/pp breakfasts), the meals we had were wonderful. The dining room seemed small, and might be difficult to get seating during the summer season, although we had no trouble off-season.
Love everything about it!
Wuksachi is new, very well planned, and offers a very relaxing retreat from the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all very good! If you like going to nice restaurants for a fancy dinner, this fits the bill. If you go at the right time, you can even watch the deer grazing outside...not to mention the gorgeous view from the dining room. For dinner you need to make a reservation, but we've never had a problem getting one. It's just a short walk from the lodge/restaurant to the rooms. I highly recommend Wuksachi!
Bring a radio!
Wuksachi Lodge's off season rates were good ($69). It's in the middle of the beautiful Sequoia National Park, which is well maintained and worth the trip. But what the Lodge website doesn't tell you is that the room does not have a TV or even a radio. I think they ought to mention that on the website so you're prepared. Had I known that I would have brought a portable radio. Since I went during the winter it gets dark very early and there's not much to do in the park after dark. So bring some entertainment of your own (we had board games, etc). The lodge itself offers very little in the form of group entertainment in the evening. The only place to get grocery items (besides the very few overpriced things they had in the gift shop) is the nearest town, Three Rivers, 25 miles away. Moral of the story...bring something to do when you're not out hiking and enjoying the outdoors!
Best Lodge in all National Parks
We had a great time in Sequoia. The Wuksachi Lodge is awesome - beautiful setting, tastefully decorated, and the food was by far the best "Park" food we've had in ages (better than the Ahwahnee).
The staff was friendly and fun - We highly recommend it!
Wuksachi Village Lodge
The website displays false advertising. The food is disgusting and over priced. Dinner costs between 16.00-25.00. My sister got sick from having breakfast lunch and dinner there, since they are the only restaurant in the 30 mile radius. We would never eat there again. The rooms were clean but we didnt get what we asked for. We requested a room with two beds and got one with one bed and a fold out. They replied by saying "oh our website is wrong".