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Beth P from: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Published Date: Jul, 22, 2023 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Great location, lots of comfort
Best place to stay for a visit to North Rim Grand Canyon. Lovely drive to and from the canyon, past a big herd of bison. Main lodge room big and comfy. Bar, big leather chairs and couches, tables, games to play. Restaurant offers buffet breakfast and lunch, fair priced, good food and plentiful. In the meadow you can watch amazing dark night sky. Ask for a room that looks onto the meadow or on the other side toward the woods. Staff cheerful, friendly, easy-going.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Kimbabites from: Los Angeles
Published Date: Jul, 18, 2023 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2023 Rating: 4
Rustic but Clean and Cozy
We stayed here for a family road trip to the North Rim and weren't expecting much based on the reviews, but there was no other choice. The NPS lodge was closed due to a break in the pipe that supplies their water. 6 of us stayed in Sam's Cabin and 2 couples stayed in 2 units in the 4-plex cabins. Sam's Cabin was clean but was pretty small for 6 people. There are no doors between the sleeping areas, so unless all the guests are pretty close, the lack of privacy might be an issue. The bunk beds are right next to the door to the bathroom and my daughter said she could hear everything if someone was using it. The couples that were in the 4-plex cabins said the walls were very thin and they could even hear someone unzipping their suitcase in the next unit. If you are a light sleeper, I would recommend getting a stand-alone cabin. Otherwise, the bathrooms were a bit dated and worn, but clean enough and the hot water was plentiful. The sleeping areas were cozy and welcoming and the beds were comfortable. We weren't expecting wifi in the cabin, but 2 people staying in Sam's Cabin that had the room closest to the lodge were able to get some service. The area is very remote and peaceful and the meadow next to the property is very pretty.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
y2000k from: Boston, Massachusetts
Published Date: Jun, 29, 2023 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
Next best alternative for GC North Rim
Originally we were supposed to stay at the Lodge at Grand Canyon North Rim. One month before our trip, we were informed they had to cancel due to water main break at the Lodge. I must admit I was both surprised and relieved to find there was still space available at Kaibab Lodge (although choices were limited). We ended up booking the EastView Unit for one night.
Kaibab Lodge is the closest alternate location to stay for the North Rim. It is about a 15-min drive to the entrance. The staff at the main Kaibab lodge was very friendly.
Our room was on the upper floor of C building (EastView). It is cheery and bright, but otherwise fairly small and basic. It has no fridge, no closet. Bathroom is fairly small with a small shower area. It has a strong smell of cleaning agent when we arrived; as well as quite a few flies. We got rid of the flies and there weren't additional ones that appeared.
Our room also only had 2 double beds; some rooms have Queen + double, so make sure you read the description clearly prior to booking.
We had the buffet dinner at the Lodge that night, and buffet breakfast the next morning. Both have normal fare but decent, and the staff is super nice.
The main lodge is super cozy, with good wifi. After dinner we hung out on the big sofas in the main lodge for a while, and the staff actually started a fire in the fireplace. Even in June, it goes down to the 30s and 40sF at night.
The *best* part of our stay however, is the balcony from our room. That night we sat out on the balcony in our PJs to view the night sky. Having been to Bryce Canyon a few days prior, I must say the sky is darker here than at Bryce. We were able to see several constellations as well as the milky way just from our balcony (facing East)!
I am still disappointed that we didn't get to stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge, but this alternative ended up working well anyway.
- Value: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 5
JazzGumbo from: London, United Kingdom
Published Date: Jun, 20, 2023 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
We booked here once they'd had to close the Grand Canyon lodge. its about 15 miles from the rim of the Grand Canyon so not quite the location we'd hoped for but that's no fault of the lodge. Cabins are a little basic, rustic & in need of attention, cosy instead of luxurious, no fridge however was a little bit of surprise. We had to fill a bin with Ice from the store across the road. The staff were kind & friendly as well as being extremely helpful too. We had a buffet meal for dinner and it was expensive for what it was, but well cooked. Nice views over a meadow & Bison roam freely up the road toward the Grand Canyon which is a special view to behold.
- Value: 3
- Location: 3
- Service: 4
christina b from:
Published Date: Jun, 11, 2023 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2023 Rating: 1
Rude front desk lady. Don’t walk run!!
Older blonde lady at the front desk was extremely rude and passive aggressive. We were scouting for a family reunion for 30 people. We didn’t tell them that. I just came in to see if I could use their wifi due to horrible signal in the area and the lady at the front kept asking me where I was staying. (We were dispersed camping). When I asked to borrow a pen she asked me again and said I was pushing the limit… because I borrowed a pen? Don’t give these people your business!!!!