Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly
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... overlook was Tsegi which was a peer between the canyon walls into a rich forest of trees.
Canyon de chilly is our last stop point of our route. We drove down through Arizona to Gallup, New Mexico for a overnight stop at USA RV Park on historic Route 66. It's a very nice campground with a heated pool so the kids were able to go swimming.
We'll head out sometime tomorrow to begin our travel back east towards Baton Rouge.
... for money. It was all a bit overwhelming. We are used to seeing homeless people or others down on their luck asking for money, but have not had anyone so aggressively approach us before.
None of these experiences take away from the beauty of Canyon de Chelly, but they did not make us want to hang around. We spent an entire day visiting all ten of the overlooks and doing the 2.5 mile round-trip hike into the ...
... 13 donation haha. As we didnt need a tour to see the awesome rock formations where people had settled upon, we decided to give it amiss. Lucky we took plenty of photographs before we arrived!
We then got back on track, sitting on the old route 66 instead this time until we arrived at Gallup for lunch. It was so cold at this town that we made our sandwiches in the back seat. We went for a walk around town as it was meant to be a ...
... The Navajos had moved into this area around 1700, and they battled frequently with the Spanish and with other Indian tribes; this rock provided them a refuge against enemy attack. On a more peaceful note, D'von Charley greeted us with Native American flute music at the overlook where we first viewed the canyon.
... and insist on taking loads of pictures??? Once our pictures
were taken, it was on to Chinle. We are
staying at the Holiday Inn, a short distance from the Canyon de Chelly, which
is our destination for tomorrow but the town of Chinle seems a right dump. It consist
of a straggle of trailer homes along IS 191, with a set of traffic lights and
Indian Correction Centre and a supermarket with a Car Park
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.