Some of the wood-panel cabins here have heaters, electric lights, and private baths, but most have woodstoves, battery lamps, and shared baths. Those who don't mind roughing it might opt for the tent cabins. The Grant Grove Restaurant, a family-style coffee shop, serves American standards for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In winter, only the cabins that have private baths remain open.
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway in Grant Grove Village, Kings Canyon National Park, California, USA
Sep 24, 2012
Highly recommend this original, single cabin. In addition to its historical significance, the inside decor is comfortable and perfect for a couple to relax after a day of hiking. Private bathroom and small porch overlooking a meadow.
Nov 22, 2008
Overall I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone. We went in the off season (mid November) so it was cheaper and less crowded - VERY relaxing. The main attraction is definitely the giant sequoias and redwoods and the lodging/food is secondary. I don't think you would enjoy yourself if you stayed in the cabin and/or the village the whole time you were there, but if you get out on the trails then you will have a great time. Lodging:
We stayed in the bath cabins which were built in the 1920s and are really cute! I doubt there is much insulation in the walls, but there was a very powerful heater in room. Our first night there we couldn't get the pilot light to light the heater. One of the staff tried to light it to no avail. We ended up just telling him it was ok and that we could try again the next day, because I had brought a space heater (based on the advice from another review that said their heat didn't work and they had to move to the John Muir lodge). I was really glad we had the space heater and extra blankets from the closet, but it was still a bit chilly. It ended up snowing that night which is why I think it got so chilly in the room. The next day they fixed the heater and the cabin was very warm. The beds were comfortable and clean. We went and looked at the John Muir lodge to see if we were missing anything. It is cute on outside but looks like any other hotel on the inside. The lodge is not rustic or what I think of as a traditional lodge on the inside. (Definitely not rustic if that is what you are going for - which we were.) Staff: Overall the staff was very friendly and helpful. They have a coffee cart in the gift shop that was rarely staffed and when you wanted coffee, sometimes they seemed annoyed to have to come over and make you something. When we couldn't get the pilot light on our heater to light, the man that came to help stayed and tried to light it for 30 minutes. The next day someone came right over and when we returned to our cabin it was toasty warm. Food: There is a small market and a restaurant in Grant Grove village. These are your only choices unless you have brought your own food. The food at the restaurant is mostly like a diner - hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. for about $8 to $9 each, which also come with very tasty fries. They have dinner entrees which range from $10 (plain pasta) to $23 (nightly special) but most seemed to be around $15. Overall I didn't feel like any of the choices were especially healthy, but if you're doing a lot of hiking then you would burn off those extra calories. The market has a microwave that you can use if you buy any frozen items to eat. They also sell alcohol in the market. Overall I was satisfied with the food since we were only there for 2 days. If we were there any longer I would have become bored with the selection.
Jun 25, 2008
We stayed in a duplex cabin. Very rustic & old but clean. Beds were comfortable & altho there were several families camping in & around, it was quiet in the evenings. Beautiful place to just sit & relax in the evening after a day of hiking. Prices in the restaurant are high but food & service was good. Rangers are extremely helpful & the informational talks were informative. The man who portrayed John Muir was excellent. We would & hope to go again
& will stay in the cabins again.