Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Grand Canyon National Park
The accommodation was reasonable (just) with small cabins offering the basic necessities . Just could be a little cleaner but hey, look where we are. The resort restaurant was a disappointment on the food and service side, meals inadequate and had to chase the service staff. The cabins could do with a spruce up, an extra chair wouldn't go astray.
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Stayed in a rustic cabin - very comfortable night's sleep before the rough descent into the canyon. This was back in 2000.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Grand Canyon National Park
My wife ate an excellent steak
First, excellent restaurant. Night in the wooden house ok (had to shout to make neighbours shut up). Price ok according to unique situation, far from everything. Internet reservation 5 months ahead : no problem. Dont speed on the road. June 2004.
They don't charge enough!
We stayed in a pioneer cabin for two nights starting on June 5, 2004. The little cabin was perfectly tucked along the rim on the side canyon. At night we could here the wind blowing through the trees. And it was dark. The deer would feed between the cabins in the early morning hours. It is a delight to know that such a place exists in our overly commericalized world. It is a place of outstanding beauty and solitude. This is not a place for a person who needs lots of stimuli of the electronic variety. The food in the resturant was really good after a long day of hiking. At first I thought it was expensive, but then I went to Las Vegas! The wait staff in the resturant were very good, and the view was worth a million dollars. I hope this place stays just like it is. Then I will always know there is a place to go to escape everything else. The hiking is first rate-- of course! It is a haul to get there, but that makes it even better. I will go back.
Avoid the Pioneer Cabins
Stayed 2 nights on the North Rim in a pioneer cabin 6-1 and 2, 2004. The cabins sleep 5 with 1 dbl. and 1 single in one side separated by a bath and 2 singles in the other side. It was hot in the day (hi 80's) and very-very dusty. The pioneers have no porch to sit on and we were cramped in the cabin with 3 kids when not out at the main lodge or hiking. As before, No a/c, tele., no problem. but the service vehicles kick up alot of dust which goes into the cabins with the windows open. But this is the only accomodations on this rim. Would have only stayed 1 night if I had to do over. The restaurant food was very good, better than El Tovar at night. Sights of course were breath-taking.
Nice overall, not that you have any other choice anyways.
Stayed in a western cabin for one night. Supposedly these are the best rooms in the park. Now if you didn't know, there are no other lodging facilities in the north rim. Either you stay here, camp out, or drive 40+ miles to the nearest alternative lodging facility. Nonetheless, the quality of my room was dated, but clean. Doorknob needed replacement and I was shocked they still use the old mechanical key style locks, very unsafe! Room was poorly insulated, so much so that I could hear everything next door (rooms are quadplex's). Thankfully there are no televisions in the room (not that you need one anyways). Really enjoyed how the western cabins were in a wooded area, near the canyon itself but no views possible from the room, though there is a nice private porch for each room. Staff here was more cheerful than what I experienced at Zion. Prices in the cafe were reasonable for a captive market (Eat there or no where). Now I've heard about some horrific stories on the other lesser steerage quality rooms but I have no comment since I never got to see any of them.
Give the Western cabins a try
After reading the descriptions of the Frontier cabins by other travellers my response is try the Western cabins. Although they too are in groups of 4 cabins together and you do get some neighbour noise (insulation poor so thankful there are no TV's) they are quite charming with gas log fires, very comfortable beds and cheerful decor. Although not big they are perfectly fine for two people. We stayed in one September'03 and loved it. At 119.00 US dollars this is good value.
Also in this lodge the dining room is quite spectacular and the food very good. We had a wonderful dinner with one of the best views in the world. Our server was very friendly as were others we met - pity the guy at the entrance seemed so officious. Also in the complex is a comprehensive gift shop and atmospheric bar - just the place to re-live your hiking experiences.
Great location, terrible night's sleep
My wife and I spent one night in a frontier cabin at the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge. These are duplexes which have to be shared with someone else. I wish we had taken earplugs because the noise from the people next door and from others walking outside made it impossible to sleep. The Lodge should put "Quiet please" signs on the paths that meander through the cabins because it is obvious that people don't think of this on their own. Even though the lodge itself is beautiful and is in a terrific spot, I will definitely not stay in a frontier cabin again.
The people at this lodge are fantastic. We pre-booked months in advance through the travel agent but when we got there, found they had booked and then cancelled it and charged us for the privilege. The people at the lodge sympathised and explained they kept back a room or two for emergencies and we found ourselves in one of the cabins mentioned. It was the best night of our tour, a real unexpected experience. All the things mentioned by the user in Melbourne and more. There were two amateur astronomers there when we stayed and their talk on the night sky outside on the hotel forecourt was truely amazing, the sky is so dark here and the view crystal clear-worth the trip alone. This really does give you a different perspective from the incredibly busy south rim. My only gripe was the resurfacing of the road down into the lodge which delayed us 30 minutes each way, but what a great place for a traffic jam. One day we shall return with a fully confirmed booking!
The way national park lodges should be
We recently stayed three nights in one of the Frontier Cabins (the "rustic" cabins previously mentioned) and enjoyed ourselves 100%! Yes, the log cabins are rustic and you could hear what your neighbor next door was doing much of the time, but they were also very peaceful and the absence of television encouraged people to be outside enjoying nature. We hiked the beautiful trails daily and spent afternoons playing board games at the lodge and evenings watching the sunset and talking by the huge fireplace on one of the lodge's porches. The cabins have basic amenities (they even provided shampoo and skin lotion), including a phone. Our particular cabin was only 30 feet from the rim, with the Transept Trail directly below on the rim line. It was a breathtaking sight to wake up to each morning! The stone lodge itself, with the gift shop, saloon and cafeteria, looked just as a National Park Lodge should look. There were fantastic views from every vantage point of the two porches and sunroom. The Dining Room with the huge glass windows also provided incredible views, and the food was very good. Staff were also exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Besides the Frontier Cabins, there were also Western and Pioneer Cabins and if I had to do it over again I would probably try to stay in one of these cabins (no "neighbors" sharing your cabin), but as they book up to two years in advance we were very satisfied to stay in one of the Frontier Cabins.
That's why they're called 'rustic'
Poor "Anonymous from Columbia". When confronted with an accomodation (Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim-Grand National Park, AZ), labeled "rustic", this traveler apparently was at a loss to comprehend the term. The cabins mentioned are Arts and Crafts style masterpieces designed by famed Union Pacific architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, and are widely adored for their clean lines and peaceful arrangement. Built in the 1920s, the imposing rough stone and pine log massif, and attendant cabins were designed to be a "getaway" from modern conveniences, distractions, and worries. The same thinking goes a long way today. I subscribe to five basic 'life rules', which give me a lot of spiritual peace: 1. Free your heart from hatred., 2. Free your mind from worries., 3. Live simply., 4. Give more., 5. Expect less.... As for the reviewer's interpretation of the 'ghetto-like' Indian villages found "in the surrounding area" (sic), the desperately impoverished residents of these far-flung outposts are making the best with what they've got, and deserve respect, not contempt. Traveling through the soul-stirring landscape encompassing the Navajo Nation is a valuable lesson in actively expanding long-held conceptions about what constitutes wealth. Some of the dirt-poor sheepherders along the highway that Anonymous from Columbia scorned as they flashed by at 70 mph probably looked upon them with pity for suffering through such an unenlightened, hollow existence, content in the knowledge that they live in the most breathtakingly beautiful spot in the southwest, encircled on all sides by the endless cerulean dome of the sky. Time to both do some serious introspective, meditative contemplation, and take a remedial spelling class, sport.
Rustic cabin concentration camp
The Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge - rustic cabins are awful! It resembles a log cabin concentration camp. Grounds are ugly, dirty, cabins are VERY small, no ac, no fan, no tv, not even a bathroom light switch - you have to pull a cord cahin to turn the ligjht on. Definiately not recommended if you are accomosted to nice hotel. Surronudning area is complrised mainly of Indian villages that are in very poor condiotn. Very ghetto like in appearance. Will never go here again.
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