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Thunderbird Lodge
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User: MrMCNY from: Coram, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 17, 2018
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
If you are booking the Thunderbird, you are doing so for the location, the room itself has all of the atmosphere of a jail cell. But it was clean and has the basic amenities (heat a/c fridge coffee maker bathroom and tv) WiFi is spotty as with most of the Park. The location is what makes it great. You can walk to the blue (village) and red (west) shuttle. You must take the blue to the orange (east). If you are hiking the Bright Angel trail the trailhead is 400 feet away. Staying on the rim trail makes seeing everything much easier Two notes: 1)You must check in and out at the Bright Angel Lodge next door 2) Bring a flashlight. The rim trail, walking paths and streets in the village are real dark at night Also, I have read some reviews complaining that the view was not as nice as they had hoped. These pictures were from our hotel window. The room was on the 2nd Floor.

Basic but clean and beautiful view!
User: Valerie P from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 15, 2018
Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
Clean and quite basic. if you go to the Grand Canyon for the view, then it is it! Book ahead of the though as it was very busy in Veterans' Day weekend! Lovely sceneries and we had champagne in the next door hotel to warm us up.
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Wonderful hotel on the rim!
User: Nancy R from: Landing, New Jersey
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 9, 2018
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
This is a very nice hotel right on the rim of the canyon. The rooms are nice but really you will probably just be sleeping there since you will want to be viewing the canyon at all other times. You just can't ask for a better location but book early! There are no dining facilities but you could go to the next door El Tovar for dinner like we did.
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Under Our Eyrie at the 'Bird
User: Terry S from: Wollongong, Australia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 5, 2018
Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
Our room was at ground level and only a cricket pitch length away from the canyon rim. We were blown away, firstly because we travelled to the park 'on spec' that we could find a room somewhere, and secondly because this room had the 'stigma' of a room for the disabled; it had a rail in the shower, a sliding door into a 'largish bathroom', more space around the queen sized bed than normal (is this a problem?), and it was at ground floor level, looking straight out over the 'Rim Trail' to the canyon rim. And it was less expensive than some more distant upper level rooms with no views. To us it was a no brainer, even though the decor was simple, outdated and not to our taste. On that point, the Thunderbird Lodge is both architecturally and aesthetically a total national park disaster, so the best place to be to not see it is inside looking out. Highly recommended.
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Close to the rim
User: Altrichter from:
Published Date: Oct, 23, 2018
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018
Rating: 3
We stayed there for one night on our USA trip. As we had booked a room with canyon view we expected to have a real view of the canyon. But we were disappointed because we got a room in the ground floor which lies deeper than pavement level. The only thing we could see were hundreds of visitors passing our window. So we had better book a room opposite canyon and save money.

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