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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
Kirk H from: Burnsville, Minnesota
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
It's a walk to your motel room, and get a dinner reservation when you book
This review is for the motel, not a cabin. For either, you cannot park near your room, so realize you are going to be lugging bags to your lodging. Our motel room was spacious and relatively clean, but the shower was small. The lodge staff were not very pleasant. It was the end of the season, and I guess they're tired dealing with tourists, but that's your job people. We came in at 2 and asked if we could check in yet. The front desk person looked and then snapped at us, "Check in isn't until four, your room's not ready". Hey, we were just asking. Then we asked about a dinner reservation--they were booked, the dining room can't accommodate all the people in the lodge apparently, so your other choice is a take and eat deli. The North Rim is beautiful, and so much more peaceful than the south, but don't expect luxury or great service.
- Value: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 2
ask_SPowers_ from: Mesa, Arizona
Published Date: Oct, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Always a Favorite
We made our first trip to the North Rim 28 years ago. This was our sixth visit. It was the 3rd time we took others with us. While the North Rim doesn’t have the number of vistas as the South Rim, the quiet beauty of the area is a must see. We have stayed in the different types of lodging available, and the Western Cabins are our favorite. There is no TV in the rooms.but who needs a TV when you can sit on one of the large porches of the lodge and look out over the beautiful view. Dining in the lodge is always a pleasure. Reservations are not always easy to come by as the North Rim is only open from May 15 to October 15...but we always tell people to go there..it is worth it.
NorCal4Me from: Walnut Creek, California
Published Date: Oct, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Beautiful Canyon, Horrible Cabin
We stayed 2 nights in the Pioneer Cabin. The worn out carpet had dried grass on it when we arrived. Housekeepers do not vacuum the carpets, they sweep them off with a broom.
FRiDGE & COFFEE: Upon our arrival, the mini-fridge contained an unopened can of warm Budweiser and a half-open bottle of warm Pepsi. The fridge was unplugged, & the K-pod coffee maker sitting on top of a refrigerator cabinet had a cord that was too short to reach the outlet on the floor. I moved the coffee maker to a side table & plugged it in, then cleaned out the mini-fridge & plugged it in. One of the wire shelves had been removed and left on top of the mini-fridge, so I slid that back into the mini-fridge.
BEDS: We had a double bed in one room & 2 twin bunk beds in an adjoining room. The sofa in the bunk bed room is too uncomfortable to sit on, much less to sleep on. The cushion was completely shot. Both nights, the bottom flat sheets on the beds pulled off, and we woke up in tangled bed linens & bare mattresses. The furnishings in the rooms are too cramped to pull the mattresses out & secure the sheets. The covers on each bed consist of thin, very old blankets sandwiched between top & bottom flat sheets. The 1-inch gap underneath the front door lets in cold air all night, so be sure to use the wall heaters located in each room. The wall heater in the bunk bed room is located underneath the writing desk and is not easily accessible. Overall, very uncomfortable beds & sleeping accommodations.
BATHROOM: There is one tiny full bathroom between the 2 rooms, plus a wall sink in the bunk bed room. Housekeeping is spotty. Our room was not cleaned on the first day, and only one bed (the double) was made up on the second day. Bathroom towels were not changed out either day, and our wet linens stayed on the floor in the bathroom both days. Upon our arrival, we noticed that a washcloth from the previous guest was draped over the shower curtain rod.
There is no bar soap. Instead, there are pump dispensers of liquid hand soap, lotion, shampoo & conditioner. Our shower was missing a soap dispenser altogether, so we left a note & asked for a replacement. They put one in, but the pump was broken, and it was useless. We had to buy a bar of soap from the gift shop. There were tissue (Kleenex) dispensers in each room, but the one in the bunk bed room ran out and was not replaced.
OTHER: The front door stayed locked, even when the turn-key latch was unlocked from the inside of the cabin. You have to remember to have your key on you at all times, even if you just step out onto the porch.
INTERNET: Internet reception is best at the lodge, spotty everywhere else. You can charge your phone in the main seating/viewing room at the lodge.
FOOD: Breakfast at the lodge was okay, basic breakfast fare. They were out of breakfast tamales both days we were there. Despite the phenomenal view of the canyon, dinner at the restaurant is not worth it. The food was not good & the servers were snarky. Slices of pizza, chili & packaged salads were better at the deli, which is closed in the mornings. Don't waste your money on mixed drinks at the saloon at night. Truly awful. You can get decent take-out coffee at the saloon in the mornings, along with limited breakfast foods (fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, breakfast burritos).
The canyon is amazing, so enjoy that part of your visit. The cabins are uncomfortable & not worth the price.
- Rooms: 1
- Location: 5
- Service: 2
Kay64 from: Montreal
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Corner Room in the Motel Section
prior to staying I had read lots of bad reviews. As advised on TA, I asked for corner room, and it was perfectly fine for dh and I. We stayed 3 nights prior to a Rim to Rim hike, and after 3 nights on the South Rim, we stayed a final night, again in a corner room.
It was spacious enough and clean and comfortable and had what we needed. The shower head is low, which is perfect for us since we're not tall. The room heater worked great. there's a coffee maker and a small fridge. And yes, the luggage needs to be brought from the parking lot across the street. Our first stay was in the corner room farthest away from the services at the rim, and it was about a 6 minute walk. Check in was easy and staff was pleasant.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
If it's not on your bucket list then rewrite the list!
We booked two nights in a Rim Side Pioneer Cabin. Now the first thing to say is that a Rim Side cabin gives the impression of an unobstructed view of part of the canyon. Ours being a Pioneer didn't have that, and although it was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest, even if it did have we would still have spent most of our time on one of the two terraces either side of the lodge. The views are spectacular!
The cabin was ideal with two bedrooms and separate toilet/shower. Prices in the deli,saloon and restaurant were quite reasonable given that they have a captive audience so to speak.
Definitely a place to visit at least once in your life.