BEST WESTERN Canyon de Chelly Inn
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Travel Blogs from Chinle
16th November 2013
Start: Days Inn, 2900 Cerillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Finish: 100 Main St, Chinle, New Mexico
Well today was a very scenic drive, that included many stops and many photographs. We started off the day around eightish, taking the 'Turquoise Trail, a.k.a …
We headed out the Monument Valley with new views of the valley in the morning sun. The drive to Chinle was quite scenic with canyon views along highways 160 and 191. This is also Navajo territory.
Once we arrived at the Canyon de Chelly National Park we learned the canyon has two routes to view; the north rim and the south rim. We took the south rim. Both routes have scenic overlooks into the canyon - however; the north rim takes you to ...
... was clean, but the one bathroom for the entire campsite and day use area (one toilet total) was pretty disgusting. Both nights that we were there, several cars pulled in to spend the night and were gone by morning. One night a horse from the farm across the street wandered through the campground. All in all, it was a creepy experience.
We went to Chinle one afternoon to do laundry. Chinle is on the edge ...
The government shutdown did not keep us from visiting Canyon de Chelly (pronounced "shay"), because this national monument lies entirely on Navajo land. The Visitor Center was closed, of course, but the National Park Service had thoughtfully left a box outside with a stash of the brochures that they produce so beautifully. Like Mesa Verde, Canyon ...
... at 4
Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico all join.
We were last there 31 years ago and took a photograph of me with a foot or hand
in each State and we felt the picture should be retaken. Just our luck, we
arrived just after a tour coach and there was a significant queue of people
waiting to take pictures in the 93degree heat. Why does everyone in the world
now possess ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Canyon de Chelly Inn Chinle
We were very happy with the quality, cleaniless and comfort of the lodging.
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Canyon de Chelly Inn Chinle
Don't stay here
Don't know where the other folks reviewing the BW stayed, but this hotel was marginal at best IMO, and depressing to us all. Indoor pool (main reason for us picking this hotel for our Canyon de'Shally tour) water was so green you couldn't see the bottom. According to the staff the pool "was safe", but there is a problem with minerals in the Navajo nation water supply casuing the color. The toilet and bath water appeared fine, and the pool water was opaque past the first ladder step, so I doubt it. Rooms OK, but a musty smell that set off my wife's alergies. Restaurant OK, but the wait staff was terribly unresponsive (may be a curtural thing.) The hotel was just recently converted from a smoking establishment, so make SURE you get a non-smoking room. Had to send back 2 rollaway beds because they reeked of smoke. Only hotel I stayed in AZ that didn't include breakfast, and it was $100/night. Most of the problems were the general location itself - within a very short walk to Juvenile detention (prison), a behavioral treatment center, etc. Chinle (and the Navajo nation itself) is extremely poor, and it makes one want to join a native American rights movement, but not what you want when you are taking the family on vacation. Bars were on the bathroom window overlooking a dirt paved and trashy alley - there were men n pajamas walking it in the morning. There were men drinking from bagged bottles in the complex.
If your plans include a Canyon de'Shally tour (which was awesome), I would definitely either stay outside of Chinle (but plan on an hour r more drive to Chinle), or stay at the Thunderbird Lodge, which looked less dingy on the outside (but still has the same location issues.)
Adequate place to stay...
an adequate hotel, on the Navajo Reservation near Canyon De Chelley. The rooms are adequate, comfortable and clean. The restaurant is ok. It needs an overall upgrade, not sure if would stay again.
Hotel ist good, staff is poor
The hotel has Best Western normal standards, the room was clean, but the staff at the reception is absolutly unhelpful. Nevertheless I would stay there again.
We stayed here for one night after visiting Canyon De Chelly. We had no problems checking in or with the staff, but the person in front of us was upset about not being able to open the door and then finding out that the bed was not made and the room was not clean. We ate dinner and breakfast the next morning at the hotel restaurant, Junction Restaurant. The food was good, the portions were large, and the price was low. There were a lot of local people eating there also. Overall, a convenient location and a good place to stay.
Very Nice Lodging
Stayed at this motel in July 2005. Paid $101.62 including tax for a standard room. Requested a non smoking room but was put in a smoking room. Sixty watt bulbs in the room made it hard to read and do desk work. Otherwise room was clean and nicely furnished. Junction Restauant located in the motel parking lot was very good and reasonably priced. This motel is located three miles from the entrance to Canyon de Chelly. Holiday Inn and Thunderbird Lodge are closer to the Canyon entrance.
A good place to stay
There aren't a lot of options for staying in Chinle, or really, anywhere near here, but this motel is a good choice. It's nothing special, but it's clean and comfortable and the rooms are a little on the large side for most motels. The pool is indoors and nice. The adjacent restaurant is a good place to eat and has good prices and food. Because there isn't a lot of competition, this rates at this motel are a little steep, but if you are looking to visit the area, this is a good choice for a place to stay.
Good hotel (and one of only three choices), but expensive
The Best Western Canyon de Chelly Inn is a two-story hotel located on Indian Route 7 in Chinle. The hotel is within three miles of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the main attraction near Chinle. Although the hotel is located on the main road that connects US 191 with Canyon de Chelly, the hotel is relatively quiet. The hotel has ample parking. Except for stray dogs, the hotel seems safe, too. The staff are courteous, but I did not interact with them too much.
The rooms are clean and very spatious. All the furniture is relatively new, and the decor has a slight, tasteful hint of the Southwest in it. The only problem is that the hotel rooms do not have internet access (despite Best Western's claims that all hotels have internet access).
The hotel encircles the Junction Restaurant. This family restaurant serves an odd combination of American, Navajo-style Mexican, and Oriental food along with Pizza Hut pizzas. The food, while unexciting, is decent. It is a good place for either families or tired travelers to eat.
The hotel does have both an indoor pool and a whirlpool tub. I did not use the facilities, but they looked very nice.
The only major drawback to this hotel is its high prices. Otherwise, this is a good hotel for anyone who is visiting the Navajo Indian Reservation, particularly Canyon de Chelly. Just be prepared to pay high prices for the hotel rooms.
OK for one night
One night was ok for this Best Western. The room was dark and needed updating, but very clean.
Clean rooms, great rates
Spent two nights here while in Chinle on business. Front desk personnel were super - friendly, helpful, and polite. My room was clean though not well stocked and very cold. The shower did not work on the second morning and they didn't replace the coffee packets when they cleaned the room so I had no coffee on day two. (No shower and no coffee - Ouch!) Honestly, the only saving grace was the staff - they were wonderful and even with all the issues, I would stay again because the staff was so awesome. There is a cafe on-site and the staff there was wonderful also! Just proves that customer service will compensate for a lot of things.
Good but no connecting rooms
The staff were friendly and very helpful. The rooms were clean and spacious. One big negative: there are no connecting rooms. We had rooms side by side, so with three kids, one parent had to sleep in one room with two kids and the other parent in the other room.