Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
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Upon leaving Pagosa Springs, we had wanted to make it all the way to just outside the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately I was getting tired and Randy was as well. Our goal was Tuba City, but we had to settle for Kayenta, which was the first city in Arizona that looked habitable. Leaving Pagosa Springs was a bit curious because it seemed like we were …
We arrived in Grand Canyon in the afternoon and drove straight to the airport for a scenic flight. As we flew over the Grand Canyon you just cant imagine how big it is till you are flying above. When we got back to the airport we drove to our Accommodation in which was the best scenic place I have ever stayed in. Our room was …
A bit overcast with some dust storms but got some good views of Monument Valley.
... Went to Susie Yazzie's Hogan, a mud and wood shelter housing entire families. Susie is now 98 and appeared in some of the old cowboy movies. She demonstrated how they used to clean and weave wool. Carol took us to lots of neat ...
... Yes, we had seen that....it was just a load of sand with some little picnic tables in it, on the side of a main road. But we were only planning on staying to watch the sunrise so I figured we should go see how much it was. I came off the road to head through the gates to the notice board, and quickly realised we were stuck in the sand. Not a little bit stuck. Fully absolutely horribly stuck. We had to be rescued by a couple ...
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Just dined there
Did not sleep there but at the Hampton Inn. We tried the restaurant for a change and it was a bad idea. Much more expensive and less good than Hampton Inn.
Stay Away from the Restaurant
We arrived in Kayenta late one evening in October and the other hotels were booked so we decided to stay at the Holiday Inn. Though we were a little concerned that there didn't seem to be anyone else staying here (just a few cars here compared to full parking lots at other hotels), we didn't have much of an option.
The hotel is fine for a one-night stay but I wouldn't want to stay much longer. The hotel was pretty clean but that's all that I can say about it. The very loud air conditioning unit kept us from keeping it on and the less-than-soundproof rooms let us in on everything that was going on around us in the morning. Not to mention the housekeepers entering the room despite the Do Not Disturb sign on the door.
As I said, the hotel is fine to stay at but the restaurant should be avoided. With no other options for food when we arrived but the fast food restaurants, we opted to eat there. This had to be one of the worst meals that either of us had ever had so we barely ate what we had on our plates. It has now become an adjective in our vocabulary if something is bad...'that was so Kayenta.'
Though the room was fine for an evening, I would suggest trying one of the other hotels in the area. Or, better yet, continue on to another destination. We were not offered much in the way of service at any of our stops in Kayenta and there is certainly not much to see/do in the immediate area. Continue on to Goulding where the scenery is fantastic.
We were due to spend one night in September at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta on route from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon. We arrived early and asked to check in. Although the hotel looked virtually empty we were told that there was no way we could check in before 3. I then asked if there was some visitor information locally. The unfriendly receptionist directed us to a empty shack. At this point we decided that we didn't want to hang around any longer, forfitted pre paid room and drove onto Flagstaff.
We opted to stay here after seaching the internet and finding all other accomodation booked. 25 miles from Monument Valley which was awesome, especially at sunset and we drove around the 17 mile route in our normal hire car (Not 4 x 4). There is no need to take the tour, you can do it yourself, its easy to do.
The hotel was clean and tidy and the rooms very good and our pre booking went without a hitch although the receptionist was not the friendliest of people! However, the staff in the restarant were excellent and I would thoroughly recommend ordering the good sized packed lunch and a very reasonable price for your drive the next day.
Whislt Kayenta itself isn't up to much what do you expect in the middle of no where! It was an experience.
Worst service ever - anywhere in the world!
Booked over the internet back in March, arrived with confirmation only to be told there was no booking. After much effort (on my part, staff couldn't care less) I was told it was my fault as I had requested a type of room which they didn't have. When I pointed out I had a confirmation, and showed it they said this was still my fault but they would ALLOW me to stay. They couldn't even get that right - they booked us in for one night not two and we had to endure another trip to reception to resolve this next day. Pool was closed, when we asked why (as hotel guide advised open until 15th October) I was told it was winter (23rd Sept and over 80 degrees), treated like I was stupid and staff discussed me behind a door. I will never return to this hotel, would not recommend to my worst enemy and was stupid enough to have dinner there one evening - the food is appalling and extertionate. Just drive on right by this hovel to the Hampton Inn, I sure wish we had
6 of us stayed here (3 rooms) for 3 nights in April. We booked here because it was a convenient location for Monument Valley. Because, presumably, we were still in the off-season, we found that there was a lot of work going on around the hotel. All guests seamed to be placed in the same block. We had problems with nosy air conditioning units (and I mean NOISY) from the rooms on the floor above on our last night there which made sleeping almost impossible.
The most off-putting aspect of our stay was on the morning we were due to check out. In spite of having 'do not disturb' notices on the door we were all disturbed by contractors who wanted to get in to lay new carpet. We pointed out that we were checking out and that we'd be gone in an hour but that did not stop them trying to force us out because they felt they had more right to be there than we did.
Staff at the front desk were less than sympathetic. Over all they were a miserable bunch anyway, so we expected nothing less!
I guess this place would be OK for a night, but really move on after that! Oh, and don't bother using the post box at the front desk. Postcards we placed in it were not actually mailed until 2 weeks after we left.
A bit disappointing
Very handy for a visit to monument valley. This motel looked quite promising from the outside. Nice reception, pool area, fitness room and restaurant however the staff generally lacked the enthusiasm and keenness to please we had come to expect in American hotels. The room was adequate for an overnight stay but the soundproofing was terrible. There was a lot of noise when the people above went to bed at 1am and we were woken up by a teenage boy in the next room who put his TV on at 6 am and then sang loudly and shouted to his mum in another part of their suite. This went on for some time and we could hear every word. They were clearly packing up to leave and carried on their shouting to each other outside as they loaded up their car. All this before 7.30am!
Monument Valley is worth the trip
Not many choices in Kayenta, but this Holiday Inn was fine. The room was clean and the pool was really clean. Great for one night.
We booked a Navejo Mini Vacation (not always on thw website, just ask) for $89 which included $15 each towards dinner and $6 each towards breakfast. This made the hotel price quite reasonable. Hotel is quite large and spread out so you may be some way from reception?restaurant. Food was excellent and quite cheap allowing for the vouchers. Rooms excellent. Nothing much in Kayenta, just an overnight stop after visiting Monument Valley.
A huge disappointment
Having researched where to stay for months, we opted for this hotel and really wished we hadn't. Located about 20 minutes from the actual Monument Valley with no actual view of it at all, just a view of a highway and an industrial site to the back. Although the room was adequate, the staff were lets say unenthusiastic and had no regard for the guest. We had the misfortune to hole up here in the middle of a sand storm which not only covered the whole of the parking lot but got into the room through the a/c. The staff clearing the doorways in the morning had no regard for shovelling the sand in our face and didnt even apologise. The breakfast was ok but again served by people who really didnt care and chose to ignore us in preference to a large coach party. We left no tip suprisingly. So be warned don't stay here and don't stay in Kayenta, in my opinion stay at Gouldings Lodge if you want authentic or failing that stay at the Grand Canyon and fly over the place. The tour of Monument Valley by Indian guide was $35 each with more expensive options available..what a con, drive it yourself we did and we didnt have a 4 wheel drive, it was hot and you do need to concentrate, but the scenery and the experience will stay with you forever.