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Thunderbird Lodge
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Utilitarian, feet from the grand caynon and the bright angle trailhead
User: clafr002 from: Houston, Texas
Published Date: Sep, 19, 2020
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
This is at the edge of the Grand Caynon. it is about 25 feet from the back of the building, tremendous views. The hotel is clean and very basic. Check in is at the hotel next door. Cannot beat the location to go hiking on the bright angle trailhead, maybe 6 min walk. All the hotels next to this one seemed to be owned by the same people (government?) so any of them will do. Get booze before you enter park. There is a gift shop/convenience store in the hotel next door but no alcohol. there is alcohol in the restaurant next door.
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Wow! Great location, clean room!
User: SBrentTippen from: San Francisco, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 17, 2020
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
We loved our stay here! We had a partial canyon view. The day and night walking was fantastic! The room was surprisingly new and clean! Bathroom was fine. Had nice products. Beds were fine. Overall really great experience. The food situation is weird because there aren’t a lot of options so plan accordingly. The lodge food needs help :)

Last minute
User: wanderingspec from: Chandler, Arizona
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2020
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
We’ve been to the Canyon many times but this was our first overnight stay. We booked last minute and got a great deal in the room. Our room had a view of the Canyon. The room was clean, somewhat quiet with a comfortable bed and decent shower. The only “complaint” was the location of the shower head. It was so low it was awkward to shower. Highly recommend staying here.

Its all about the location!
User: Julie W from: Simi Valley, California, United States
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2020
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
We had a rim view room which was very convienent to everything! Room was good, lots of food available around the area, all take out, except for El Tovar where we ate in. All protocals in place for COVID. Masks being worn. Felt safe. The pandemic gave us a positive experience for a change, not many people!
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Much better than the pictures look
User: lqs from: Huntington Beach, California
Published Date: Jul, 29, 2020
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
Spent 2 nights here end of June 2020 during Covid. Was really dreading this stay after seeing the online pictures and reading the reviews, especially since we tend to prefer high end hotels. However, we were pleasantly surprised! The rooms were much more updated than the dark pictures make it look. Bathrooms were just fine. Kind of reminded of the quality of a Hampton Inn in terms of bed/bath, but walls felt like dorm room. Great location at the rim of the canyon. With covid, there was plenty of parking everywhere including just outside our room and when we woke in the morning there were maybe 5 people out at the rim enjoying the view. Pretty great. Was very concerned about swamp coolers during 100 degree weather, as we're from CA and know how little those actually do vs traditional AC. Again we were pleasantly surprised and the room stayed wonderfully cool. BIG caveat - the swamp cooler turned off at night when you stopped moving around and this was super annoying as we like it cool at night and my spouse had to keep triggering it everytime we wanted it activated. Annoying! Of course, to stay in the park your options are limited and this lodge is literally on the edge of the canyon so location is awesome. During covid there's very little food available (good coffee only at a shop outside another lodge we had to drive to) so recommend bringing in a cooler with some snacks or knowing that you'll have to go out into the town for dinner. Also, the housekeepers don't seem sure what to do with the compost trash when you ask. Kind of gross to have to keep compost trash in your room for a couple days without someone taking it for you. Beware that there are lots of steps inside. We were on ground floor but you go up 3 steps, walk a few yards then down 3 steps then walk several yards, etc. Don't think I need to return to Grand Canyon so probably won't stay here again, but would recommend it to others wanting to take the trip.
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