Jacob Lake Inn
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Labor Day weekend, and we needed a break from the Vegas heat. The camper had been stored since we returned from Yellowstone, and we ere eager to get the girl out on the road again. We got a late start out of Vegas, leaving at 5:30 PM, and made decent time considering the HEAVY Labor Day traffic we encountered. The pull was an easy 220 miles, with a …
Our stay in the Indian Trading Post hotel was a great experience being able to meet Indians and see some of the crafts. We had Navaho breakfast of egg and bacon sandwich and fruit, We thought we would give nachos with a fried egg a miss.
The gift shop was huge, unfortunately the baskets were made in Pakistan and the scarves in India. …
We awoke to a clear bright and fresh morning, we could feel another good day was coming. We headed out of Bryce Canyon land for Grand Canyon North rim, however we decided to make a detour up the Mt Carmel H'way and into Zion, just because we could and we were in the neighbourhood anyway. And oh what a road to enjoy twice over. Fantastic. The queues …
... to our destination of Hermit Rapids. The rest area of Santa Maria springs comes into view after close to two hours on trail and we stop for a more lengthy rest. Off come the packs and up go the feet as we enjoy this shaded rest stop and the tremendous views of the Canyon it offers. Snack, drink, rest and a quick check in with Linda and Les to make sure everyone is good to go and we are on our way. We pass a hiker coming out of ...
... from each, their were very few Navajo flags - most were US flags or Arizona state flags.
Stopped at the Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River before turning onto the Lee's ferry Road. Great drive along the valley with the sheer Vermilion Cliffs to our west. It's quite a specky drive!
Found and booked into the Lee's Ferry campground which is situated on a low bluff above and set back about ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jacob Lake Inn
My husband and I just retuned from staying at this wonderful place. Thank God we DID NOT believe all the reviews and decided to check out this place for ourselves. We loved the peaceful surroundings as well as the comfortable cabin. Every person who worked there, that we came in contact with, was friendly, helpful, and very pleasant. The young man and woman that worked the gift shop were helpful and very friendly. The waitresses and the one waiter that seved us were very nice and went out of their way to make our meal wonderful. The food was fantastic!!!! John Rich took the time to talk to us about the beautiful rugs, for which my husband and I will forever be grateful. The only complaint we have would be directed towards some of the guests who we found to be rude and unfriendly towards the staff. The staff went out of their way to make our stay one of the best vacations that my husband and I have ever had. By the way we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and will always remember the wonderful stay we had and the pleasent staff that we had the honor to meet. Thank you again!!!!!!
Rustic and rugged
This is a very rustic place. No A/C, TV or phone. Teeny, tiny bathroom. There are only so many places to stay at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and this was one of them. It was a VERY long drive from the North Rim. The room was clean, and the bed was comfortable, the people were nice and the restaurant was ok. If you like camping, you will like this place. For the prices they charged I was expecting something a lot nicer.
A True One-Of-A-Kind!!!!
Leave your pre-conceived expectations in the car when staying at the Jacob Lake Inn and you will be rewarded with a memorable experience. If you are a "Four Seasons" type, your adjustment to rustic cabin accomadations may be a little bumpy. Remember, there are no pretensions here...none! Just friendly, warm people who love their unique place in North Rim history. Like I said "One of a kind!"
The worst night of our vacation
Don't stay here unless you have no choice. The room had dozens of flies, dead and alive, the bathroom was small to begin with, but there was a hot water heater in it to boot. The shower is not separate from the toilet area. The bed was uncomfortable, and I woke up with bites that itched for days. I don't know what bit me. The staff seemed sweet but completely inexperienced and untutored. I don't think they had ever seen a hotel or a restaurant before arriving at Jacob Lake. If you can stay anywhere else, do.
If you can't get into the Canyon Lodge...
Basic cabin-style accommodation in a motel; not bad but not fantastically comfortable. The place itself falls eerily quiet around 8.30pm, so that we didn't feel we could sit out on any of the inviting porch areas any later than that. Service was quite good and friendly, with food much better than you'd expect. When we saw the Grand Canyon Lodge on the Northern Rim, though, we were kicking ourselves.
Pass this place up
My wife and I made the mistake of reserving a room at this place on Labor Day Sept. 6th, '04.
We were on our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and were told (incorrectly) that there was no lodging inside the park itself, so we stopped and asked for a room for the nite. It wasn't ready at the time we arrived and wanting to see the canyon before dark, we paid for the room without looking at it, big mistake. The cabin looked good from the outside, at the time we didn't know that each cabin was divided into two separate rooms. Also the clerk does not tell propestive customers that they do not have a television or a radio in the half-cabins. What you get is a 8' x12' room with an attached bathroom and closet. It also included one lamp under which both my wife and I attempted to read in the evening after our below average dinner in the lodge. An added bonus was the dirty towel left on the bathroom floor, all for a total of over $81.00.
I asked for a refund upon veiwing the room for the first time but the clerk behind the desk said it was against their "policy". Rooms are scarce in that particular area, I will agree but take the extra half hour and stay in Kanub or inside the park and pass this place up.
Ethel and Fred stayed here
This place was adorable!! Like Fred and Ethel Mertz would have stayed in, while travelling with Lucy and Ricky. It was little log cabins, surrounded by woods. Very basic, but if you want more you have to go to the nearest resort area, Kanab Utah, quite a drive after seeing the National Park. I thought the food was good too, and lovely Native American crafts for sale in the restaurant.
The Jacob Lake Inn is a tourist check-point on the road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Inn is actually a conglomeration of cabins and motel-style rooms that are fronted by a gift shop and restaurant by the same name. The gift shop has a wide assortment of native-American crafts and curios. The restaraunt, which is lavishly decorated with items available for sale in the gift shop, serves American cuisine without fanfare. The young staff were uniformly friendly and helpful. We stayed in one of the motel-style rooms behind the main building that houses the gift shop and restaurant. The wooded setting is very peaceful and relaxed. A kind assessment of the room would be that it is unpretentious and clean. I think the Smithsonian Institute should have a room from the Jacob Lake Inn on exhibit in its Museum of American History, for they are a perfect embodiment of the type of motel rooms that were built in the mid-20th century to serve tourists visiting state and national parks. The room was spartan with no amenities such as telephone and TV, the latter of which was unnecessary because nearby is one of the great natural wonders of the world. There were two electrical receptacles in the room, neither of which was near the sink. The bathroom was a marvel in space management. A 30-gallon hot-water heater, toilet and shower were contained in the same space as you would typically find in the clothes closet in most motels. The room was very clean. There was no air conditioning; opening the ancient casement type windows was sufficient to naturally cool our room. The mattresses on the two double beds were soft and mushy; no one in my family slept well and my back was sore the next morning. Ironically, we paid more for our lodging at the Inn than any of the five other motels/hotels we stayed at in Arizona. In terms of comfort, I would place the Inn about a notch above camping in one of the nearby campgrounds.
A Trip Back In Time!
A trip back in time! My husband works for the airline industry and has seen much of the United States. We've vacationed in every major city in the Western United States! He now wants to see the road less traveled. He purchased a motorcycle about a year ago and we've truly enjoyed seeing 'Out The Way Destinations". We recently spent a night at "Jacobs Inn". It was great fun for us! It's not the Hyatt or the Hilton. ( But, hey!,They all look the same.) We stayed in a cabin in the woods. They describe the cabins as rustic, that means they are cabins, not motel rooms with a 50ish/60ish camp look about them. They also offer motel accommodations, but I'd choose the cabins. They have a restaurant, it's not high cuisine, but the food is fine! The inn employees mainly college students for the summer months. They were friendly, polite and helpful. Out first choice for accommodations was at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at" Kaibab Lodge". However, when we visited the North Rim during our visit we were very pleased we were at "Jacobs Inn". The cabins at" Kaibab Lodge" were close together and there was not much privacy. At "Jacobs Inn" you can sit on your cabin porch, listen to the wind in the trees and imagine that you're a kid again at camp!
Jacob Lake could stand some maturity
We spent a long weekend at Jacob Lake two yrs. ago and was very impressed with it. It is managed and operated by college students doing their internships in bus. management and hotel management. This past summer though we went back up there and it was so much different. The attitude of the students were more of a laid back, don't care, party type. It was hard to get service in the restaurant (which has a very limited menu) and the rooms left a lot to be desired. We came in one night and had no electricity and almost never found any one who seemed to know what to do. The staff seemed to want to stand around and talk with each other rather than wait on the customers. We will definitely be going back to the North Rim but will stay at Kaibab Lodge instead, this is where we ended up eating the rest of our meals and was very pleased. The breakfast at Jacob Lake Inn was not even cooked all the way through but when we complained all we got was "sorry".