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Nothing special - overpriced - cabins need overhaul
The good - Owner & most staff were friendly - the lodge itself (which housed the registration desk, restaraunt, gift shop, and a sitting area was fine. The setting is in a nice meadow-like area.
The okay - Food in the restaraunt was okay, nothing special.
The bad - Not happy about automatically having to pay a 15% gratuity to serve a group of 6 or more (this is a family - not exactly a "large group" - the service we received definitely wasn't worthy of a 15% tip). Cabin seemed clean, but was crowded & cheaply furnished. The kids all wanted to sleep in the bunk beds before we got there - were fighting about who DIDN'T have to sleep in them once they laid in them. We had no problem with having no tv or radio - but the lodging was way overpriced for what you got. I would stay at the Grand Canyon rim if possible - while their cabins were nothing fancy, they had a little character (they were real log cabins) - not a shed with interior drywall walls. While I wouldn't rate the place "Terrible", "Okay but some problems" is probably being generous.
Rustic and a Great Experience!
We stayed here for one night in Sept 2004. Great location about 12 miles from the park entrance.
After checking in, we drove around to find our rustic log cabin. It was small and very basic but had rustic charm. We ate in the main lodge and found the food to be good. Thoroughly recommend the breakfast buffet...great variety and lots of it!
The cabin was cold but had a heater which we turned up before going to eat in the lodge. It was literally freezing that night. We had an unexpected visitor in the early hours, when a little mouse started eating our discarded leftovers in the bin (rather noisily!). He visited and woke us twice before we put him out in the cold. It remains one of the great experiences of the holiday.
If you are expecting a 4 or 5 star hotel, then this is not the place for you however for the experience and location, we would certainly stay here again.
Fun - a great rustic lodge with beautifel views
Only stay here if you can get a large room (sleeps 5, costs $110). If not, you get a wooden closet to sleep in ($85). I'm not kidding. My walk-in closet at home is bigger than the first room (#25) we had originally booked. It measured out to 10' x 12' (though seemed much smaller). However, that included a low full size bed with an ancient thin bedspread, no headboard, a rickety desk & chair, another small table and chair, and all our luggage. There was no room to move. The bathroom had no vanity space at all. (Keep in mind, there are no TVs, radios, clocks, coffee makers, smoke detectors, hangers or carpeting in any of the rooms.) However, our vacation was saved by switching (before we unpacked) to the larger room (#15). Recently re-panelled with blonde wood throughout, new linoleum on the floor, two queens and a single bed (which you can throw your luggage on and have plenty of room left to walk around.) A very large vanity area outside the bathroom with sink, nice artwork, desk, chair and lamp in bedroom. New bedding. However, there is only one outlet in the whole room. That means drying your hair in the bedroom, at the desk, which has no mirror anywhere near it. We brought along a portable DVD player which worked out great. (We put in on a chair between the beds, plugged it into the light outlet and watched a good movie). The lodge was nice. We had dinner which was sub-par, although the hot apple cobbler desert with ice cream was huge and delicious and only cost $3.50. Great atmoshere, lots of wood and windows looking out at the landscape, real cozy. Enjoyed the breakfast buffet and would recommend it. The egg & sausage and egg & ham breakfast burritos were delicious. They also have fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, waffles, bagels, muffins, danishes, cereals and good coffee. Bought several items at the gift shop and ordered a few drinks at dinner. We had a great time and would recommend it as long as you bring some provisions for the room (a small clock radio would have been nice to have). The amount of stars at night is truly jaw dropping. Enjoy.
The low point of a long trip
This should be literally be your last resort if no other accommodation is available within 50 miles - that's the only reason we stayed there in September 2004 and we won't be back.
First, the price was a ripoff. We paid $133 - "because it's one of our new units", they explained. Sure, the fourplex cabin was new, but as stark and unwelcoming as a hospital emergency ward. No carpets, no pictures, no phone, no TV, and beds that moved about on rollers on the hard cold floor as soon as you touched them.
The new owners had compiled a 3-page welcome brochure in a tacky cover was unique in all our travel experience.
After moaning about how much it cost them to supply water, and asking us to "only flush when neccessary" (some people flush for fun?), the owners tactfully explained that they understood if guests were moved to take some of their fine furnishings and fixtures, but they would then automatically charge the cost of said stuff to the guests credit card after they left.
Then followed a multi-page list of every item in the room, from chairs to towels to clothes hangers, costed out at grossly inflated prices.
For example, clothes hangers would cost you two bucks each, despite being the cheapest plastic crap available at Walmart for about $1 a dozen. And if you were moved for some strange resaon to walk off with the plastic wastebasket it would cost you $30, even though there was still a price tag inside the thing showing it had been bought at Pier One Imports for only $10.
Can't comment on the food. In the evening, we waited beside the usual notice at the entrance to the dining room which said "Please wait to be seated". The dining room staff totally ignored us despite a number of tables being empty. Eventually someone told us that we should have lined up to take a number, and explained the "waitresses were running behind". By then we were so ticked off we walked back to the cold comfort of our room, ate some food we had with us, and were relieved to put the place behind us at dawn the next day.
Stayed one night at the Kaibab Lodge, Sept 16th 2004, as there were no lodgings available at the North Rim. Check in was OK if a little slow but when we went to the room, which was a bit like a bunkhouse, a block of four with a porch at the front, we found a large bag of rubbish against the door. on going inside we found that the room had not been fixed up after the previous occupants. This was finally done after an hours wait, not what you want after a full day hiking in the canyon! When we did get into the room and had a good look at it we realised that it was a lashed up afair. It was generally dirty and the fixtures and fittings were of a very poor quality. The maintainace/repairs of the room seemed to have been done by Pa Clampet who obviously has very bad DIY skills. (the mirror, which you couldnt see through, was hanging on the wall on a foot long piece of string from a nail in the paper thin plywood dividing wall) I suppose we were lucky though as we only paid $101 + tax for the smoking room, we could have paid $156 + tax for the non smoking option. If you like to be close to your neighbours this is the place as you will hear them breathing through the walls. We left there at first light and wont be going back. Lovely location but shocking standard of accomodation for the money. My advice is plan ahead and book a cabin up at the North Rim in the park.
i stayed at the Kaibab Lodge on 3 separate occasions (1995, 1997, 1999). It is rustic which is part of the charm. It is clean. There is no TV, radio, cable, telephone, clocks, etc. in the rooms. Nothing to disturb the peace and serenity of the surroundings. Gorgeous setting and scenery. Staff very friendly. My family found the food at the lodge to be quite good. It does not have a large selection but it was more than adequate for our family (I will admit that all members of my family will eat anything. So if you are fussy about food, the limited selection may be a negative.) The price was reasonable, both for the room and food. The next time we go to the North Rim we will stay there.
If I had a couple million to spend
If I had a couple million dollars laying around, I might consider buying the Kaibab Lodge. Then I would burn all the cabins to the ground and start all over again. Honestly, I think it would be cheaper than fixing them from where they are now. We stayed at the Lodge 1 night in late August of 2003. The two room unit we had was in pretty tough shape. Uneven floors, mildewy smells, and marginal bedding were some of the best features we noticed. Not unclean necesarily, but really pretty marginal. If the pouring rain and thunders storms streaming across the north rim that night hadn't changed our plans, we definitely would have been better off sleeping in the tent.
The staff at the lodge were all very nice, but the dining service was pretty spotty. The food was also pretty spotty, and I'm still trying to figure out what the slimy stuff on my turkey was. And why they threw out the stuffing and cooked and served the box instead. Still, my wife insisted that the turkey dinner beat her burger hands down. My 17 year old daughter who will eat ANYTHING was equally unimpressed. All in all no bargain for About $35.00
All in all, any port will do in a storm, but next time I'll check the weather forecast.
This is the best!
Very rustic, very simple, very affordable. This is the best place to stay at the canyon. (Of course, this assuming you already know that the North Rim is the best to visit!) We stayed there in summer of 2002 (in Sam's cabin) and in 2003 (in Meadowview). I didn't want to leave. The restaurant is simple and food acceptable; the lodge is rustic and has a small selection of wine and beer. We loved our time there and it is the only place we will stay if we return to the canyon. By the way, no phone, no tv, no radio, nothing but my husband and 4 kids and I playing cards or sitting on the porch. They loved it too.
We stayed at Kaibab Lodge a couple years ago. My husband spent many a summer there when he was a young boy. His aunt was the owner at that time. My husband enjoyed sharing these wonderful times from his boyhood with me and I loved it. While the cabins are VERY rustic (and I'm rather picky), I found it to be just fine. Clean rooms (however the shower water pressure could be improved). The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed not having a TV in the room. We would sit out in the early eveings on our porch and watch the deer grazing in the adjacent meadow -- BEAUTIFUL. Plenty of board games, and TV for children in the main lodge which also has a fireplace, comfortable chairs and tables. The food served there was fine. The price for our room was good! We plan to bring our children and grandchildren sometime in 2004!
North Rim Kaibab Lodge
The North rim offers a beautiful national forest, open meadows, moderate temperatures, a variety of vistas, and less people. It was great! We stayed at the Kaibab lodge which is the closest facility to the park entrance, and it was great for our family! We found that the lodge inside the park was more like a Disneyland setting, nice but not "real". Kaibab was more rustic but it had open space, local ownership, and a sense of history about it. A wonderful experience!
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