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701DavidD from: Westchester County, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
What a view!
The Grand Canyon was right outside our window! The lodge was clean, warm, not fancy, but who cares! Steps from some of the most breathtaking sites. Grab a reservation if you can! Fine restaurants in the El Tover are only a short walk away. What a place!
joaniemaria from: Eldridge, Iowa
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Location, location, location
We loved the location of Kachina lodge directly on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Handy for sunrise, sunset. The room was clean, comfortable, and had a Canyon view. It is convenient to El Tovar lodge, Bright Angel Lodge and Kolb Studio, the Lookout, and shops, restaurants. Everything is an easy walk. There is a nice lounge with huge picture windows overlooking the canyon on the first floor. It is quiet. Wifi does not work well in the rooms, you will need to go to El Tovar lobby to access. TV reception also is not good. Bright Angel Trail is nearby if you intend to hike it. Book Kachina Lodge early, as it fills up. I recommend booking this if you can snag a room.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Room with a view!
Kachina offers an additional perk on top of the usual hotel amenities, a great view of the canyon! The place is quiet. Bed is firm and comfortable. Pillows are plush. Bath and toilet are clean. Location is excellent; it's in the heart of the village. Will stay here again. Tip: Book at least 12 months ahead. Pack light I didn't see an elevator.
Mrharley from: Dunedin, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 4, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
I never expect much out of the lodging in Grand Canyon but this time I was pleasantly surprised. Had a room right on rim with two beds and good TV and it was clean and maintained well. Kachina Lodge is right next to El Tovar. Parking is at a premium but there is a lot right behind it but can fill up quickly. Need to make reservations far in advance.
LynnCactusWren from: Sun City West, Arizona
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 26, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Excellent location on South Rim of Grand Canyon
My husband and I stayed here two nights. We paid extra for a view of the Grand Canyon (rather than the parking lot) and it was well worth the extra expense. During the more than 30 years we have lived in Arizona, we have stayed in all the lodges/cabins within Grand Canyon NP South Rim. A second (or third) floor canyon view room at Kachina Lodge is now our favorite. (A similar room at Thunderbird Lodge next door would probably be our second choice.)
The view from our room was incredible, as you can see from the photos. Also, very importantly, the lodge is extremely quiet. Nobody has a reason to enter into this lodge unless they are renting a room there.
Contrast Kachina (or Thunderbird) with the iconic historic El Tovar Lodge. Everybody who visits the South Rim visits El Tovar to see the lovely architecture, sit in the two-story lobby, visit the great bar (which has a back patio), the fine dining restaurant, the gift shop, the public restrooms, etc. Noisy tourists (including my husband and myself) are constantly traipsing through El Tovar. (Don’t consider a first floor El Tovar room if you don’t like hall traffic). Also, most rooms at El Tovar look out at a parking lot or a lawn, but not the canyon. I am sure if you book a year in advance you could get a canyon view room at El Tovar, but you would not be as close to the rim as at Kachina or Thunderbird. (We booked our Kachina canyon view room 11 months in advance.)
Our room at Kachina was comfortable. It might have been a tiny bit dated. El Tovar rooms are probably fancier. The room was not large. We had two queen beds, a desk, a somewhat-padded desk chair, closet, fridge, Keurig coffee maker with coffee and tea, glass glasses etc. We did not have a sofa, loveseat, or easy chair.
The wall lamp between the beds should have had individual controls not one master switch. To change the bedside lighting you had to click to get the right light on and the left off, click again for the left light on and right off, click again for both lights to be on, click again for both lights to be off. The small rotating switch would not be good for people with arthritis.
Kachina has a lovely sitting room on the first floor with comfortable cushioned furniture, and large picture windows overlooking a lawn and the sidewalk along the edge of the Grand Canyon. Two young women (possibly staff) were playing chess with the complimentary chess set. Nobody else stopped during our 90 minute visit. We wish we had discovered this lovely lounge earlier. The lighting was good for reading. It was quiet, peaceful and scenic.
Kachina is a couple minutes walk to the best restaurants in GCNP South Rim: El Tovar dining room, the Arizona Steakhouse, and Bright Angel Cafe (all with table service) and the Bright Angel ice cream shop (no tables). Kachina is also a couple minutes walk from the bar at El Tovar (which also serves appetizers) and the Bright Angel Saloon.
Kachina is located just up the hill (a 5-7 minute walk) from the train station and the shuttle bus stop. Kachina is located within easy walking distance of Vercamps, Hopi House, Lookout Studio, Kolb Studio, the Bright Angel Trailhead, the Hermit Road busstop.
If you take the shuttle bus from the Kachina Lodge, you can get to Maswick Lodge (which has a very good pizza/beer pub) plus an average restaurant without table service or the shopping plaza containing the grocery/general store and the Yavapai Lodge which has two average restaurants (both without table service) and a bar with an outdoor patio.