Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
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Went to the Snowflake Temple for the 10am session, then back to the Heritage Inn to change and be on our way. While there we noticed most of the ordinance workers going in to La Cocina de Eva for lunch... last time we were here we were at the Subway in Taylor after our session and saw a bunch of them going there. Must be tradition...
19/10/2009 - We left Santa Fe in the morning to head on to our next destination of Canyon de Chelly, in Chinle, Arizona, which took us around five and a half hours. Our route took us west along historic Route 66 (most of which is now the I-40) to Gallup and then north to the heart of Navajo Country. Although the drive was mainly along a busy …
Day 19 Head em up and head em out. That's cowboy lingo for we are on the road again. We made a "thrilling" stop at the 4 corners. I stood in Utah; Dirinda in Colorado and Jan was in New Mexico. That cost us $3.00 a head to get in. Been there done that now, don't need to do it again. We then headed south to Canyon De Chelly (De Shay). We arrived …
... also abandoned around 1300AD.
Again it is just an amazing structure all built by a people using only stone
We then did a 45 min open bus tour to overlooks of other
cave dwelling, one of which was called Kodak House, so named because the 1891 archaeological
expedition stored their camera equipment there. Then back on the road for the 3
hour drive to a town called Chinle in Arizona. On the way ...
... a few times, until I got back on I-40 and remembered our interstate highways are in the same shape! The rough road was made a lot easier by KYVA Radio from Gallup, NM. KYVA plays classic hits, as well as a few new ones by a Native American blues/rock band called Indigenous--I could hear this station almost everywhere in the Four Corners area. BTW, did you know people from Gallup call ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly Chinle
Wonderful hotel with wonderfully clean and bright rooms with excellent facilities perfectly located for the two canyons. This was by far and away the best value on our 17 day trip around Arizona. The whole place could not be faulted - the rooms, the service, the staff - everything. We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was superb - a little more pricey than elsewhere but compared to UK prices for eating out about half what we would pay at home. Would definitely stay here again.
Loved room, hated restaurant
Stayed here one night while visiting Canyo de Chelley. The hotel is very attractive and the room was big, clean and comfortable. We went to Garcia's restaurant because we heard it was the best around. It was not good at all. Lots of confusion. Felt like amateur night.
The hostess tossed our menus on a table and then just walked away.
Steaks were not Prime or Grade A -- had a gamey taste to them. Mashed potatoes had been sitting around the kitchen for far too long. When our desserts came, the waitress did not clear the entree plates, even though we were obviously finished. Cheesecake was frozen.
Cashier did not ask us how our meal was or even thank us for eating in the restaurant.
No manager in sight.
What a pleasant surprise. I would never choose to stay at the Holiday Inn, but took a chance and was very happy. Nice room, clean, surprisingly good restaurant. Two minutes from the Canyon. Nice lady in the gift shop. I would stay here again.
Good value for the price
Stayed here in Sept 2004 whilst visiting Canyon de Chelly. Rooms are very spacious and typical Holiday Inn Decor. Location can't be beat except by the Thunderbird Lodge - It is right at the park entrance. Restaurant serves nice mexican food and a buffet breakfast for a resonable price. Front desk are a little unhelpful (took 3 hours to get extra sheets & even though they say yes they change travellers checks they do not have access to a change drawer to do so!) All in all good value and we would stay again when in the area.
I stayed in this hotel with my family when visiting Canyon de Chelly.
Though you don't have much choice of lodging in Chinle (there is only two other hotels), I believe this hotel may be the best deal among them. The rooms are nice, big, there is also a pool. The hotel also has a restaurant, nothing special though.
When planing to stay there, make sure you book early enough to take advantage of the early booking discounts at Holiday Inn.
Friendly Staff who go above and beyond
We had a great stay here- the location is perfect, just a 1 minute drive to Canyon de Chelly. The staff was friendly, and truly went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable.
The rooms were nicely furnished and everything was spotless. The food in the restaurant was very tasty, and obviously prepared with great care.
We plan to stay here again on our next trip.
It was a good choice
Well situated (not in Chinle). Room quite comfortable. Nice looking and well managed hotel. Very good restaurant. Swimming pool is small. Price is fair, taken into account isolated area and 14% tax.
Stayed here for one night in May 04. Room was spacious and clean & food at the resturant was pretty good for this kind of place.
Arriving late afternoon after a long drive, we were disappointed to find the pool closed - it was due to open again for Memorial weekend.
Not Your Normal Holiday Inn
We don't normally stay at Holiday Inns, but this one, located on the Navajo Reservation, is not your regular Holiday Inn. We stayed on a "Navajo Nation Mini Vacation," with great rates for room and breakfast/dinner. The room was clean and quiet. Little patio opened onto the courtyard. The restaurant was excellent. All the staff were pleasant and helpful. (Watch out for free-roaming horses on the sidewalks of the town!)
I have stayed at Thunderbird and at this Holiday Inn. Holiday Inn is a chain I usually avoid because many of their hotels are drab has beens, and the kids-eat-free deals are worth it only if your kids are small and will order off the kids menu. Rarely is the food very good. This hotel, however, breaks the Holiday Inn mold. I have stayed here and at Thunderbird, and Thunderbird is more charming to be sure, and the cafeteria at Thunderbird is better than the restaurant at Holiday Inn, but neither of these justifies the high prices at Thunderbird. Stay here. You are hardly a mile from the park, and if you are going to do the Whitehouse Ruins trail you will need to get in your car anyway.