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Thunderbird Lodge
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Great view, nice hotel
User: CandiTravels from: Indianapolis, Indiana
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: May, 15, 2021
Travel Date: May, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
Overall the hotel is nice. We had a room on the first floor that had a canyon view which was amazing. The bathroom was smaller but very clean and decent counter space. We got a rollaway bed for our daughter which was much nicer than I expected. The room was spacious with desk and two chairs. Parking was hard to find and checkin at another lodge. Also no elevators that we found and even first floor had to multiple levels with a few sets of steps.

Great location
User: OhioTrav42 from: Ohio
Published Date: May, 13, 2021
Travel Date: May, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
You cannot beat the location, as it is right at the top of the canyon. It is very convenient to be so close to the canyon so you can take short walks and return to your room for rest. The lodge is not fancy but is fine. We had a canyon view room, but it was not worth the extra cost as we were rarely in the room.
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Basic but clean and excellent location.
User: Ge0m0m from: Seattle, Washington
Published Date: May, 2, 2021
Travel Date: May, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
Pricey, but you are paying for the location. The hotel is on the rim w view of canyon and easy access to Bright Angel for the "fountain" (breakfast burritos/coffee in morning and sandwiches for lunch) and to El Tovar for dine-in bfast (walk-in, no reservations) and lovely dinner (reservations needed in advance). Walking distance to Bright Angel trail into the canyon (awesome!) and the Trail of Time (also awesome--along the rim, all the way to the Geology Museum if you want). No dedicated parking--it seemed all spaces were full, but somehow we always managed to find one for us! Wifi was very strong, and it worked well all over the village. Mini fridge and "pod" coffee maker in room but no microwave. Check in at Bright Angel. They can keep your luggage for you if you have checked out and still want to hike that day--there is a locked closet for this. Very convenient! The lifting of covid travel restrictions this month has changed things--lots of people, but services still not back to normal. It's easy enough to drive to Tusayan for restaurants if needed. Still worth staying in "The Village".
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Nice rooms right on the Rim but Covid restrictions were challenging
User: Danise W from:
Published Date: May, 2, 2021
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021
Rating: 3
Rooms are nice & on the rim although ours did not get cleaned the second day & I had to go in search of coffee for the next morning. With Covid parking is a problem. Only of a few of the buses are running and this makes the parking a nightmare. Also dining in the park is very limited if you do not make a reservation to dine your only choice are a few snack bars with very limited choices & limited hours. The little stores didn't have any food either. I am gluten free so this was a problem for me. The front desk recommended leaving the park but that was a 20 min drive each way & with the limited parking you would never find a parking space when you got back. Stop & get food before entering the park if you don't have a reservation.

All you need when staying on the edge of the South Rim.
User: Waterloonie from: Santa Barbara, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 21, 2021
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
Our room was comfortable and provided everything we needed. Walk outside and you’re right on the rim. Check-in is in Bright Angel Lodge, a few minute walk. That’s also where we had dinner at the Fred Harvey restaurant. Very nice place to stay, park, and stroll/hike.

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