The sign on the structure reads "Cedar Grove Village" and goes on to list the various service offerings, the first of which states "Hotel." It's rather optimistic; Cedar Grove isn't much of a "village" and it definitely isn't a "hotel." There is the distinct possibility of a spelling error -- Cedar Grove feels more like a "hostel" than a "hotel." There is nothing wrong with any of this, exactly, assuming that prospective lodgers know what they are in for.
Cedar Grove Lodge is a utilitarian structure that was built in the late 1970s. The NPS and various local interests had long pushed for a massive "village" complex with hundreds of cabins and various shoppes and services to support a classic park lodge. For decades the project was stonewalled by the concessionaire, who claimed that Sequoia/Kings Canyon offered nothing to rival the wonders of Yosemite, and therefore required nothing more than simple canvas cabins. Once the old Kings Canyon concessionaire sold out, a new operator built a small, simple structure to provide groceries, a food counter, and a handful of rooms. Three decades later, it is virtually unchanged but for periodic modernizing and rehabilitation.
Notice the absence of the word "improvement." There hasn't been much; guests still complain about paper-thin walls and undersized bathrooms. Rooms are tiny and stark. No phones, no televisions, no coffee makers, not much of anything. No services after 9 pm in high season; 7 pm in early and late season.Patios (or decks if you will) on the south face of the building provide room to relax and chat with fellow guests.