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Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge
LovemyAcura from: Phoenix
Published Date: Oct, 14, 2021 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
North Rim offers peaceful and serene opportunities to view Grand Canyon
I have been here several times over the years. There isn't as much to do here as on the south rim but has its own areas of tranquility that I enjoy. I love to sit on the terrace of the lodge, relax and enjoy the views. The viewpoints aren't as easy to reach as they are on the south rim. There is one walk from the lodge that is paved, Bright Angel Point. Know that it is downhill to the overlook but an incline back to the lodge - saw several huffing and puffing and stopping for a short rest. If you are lucky enough to secure a reservation at their reservation, be sure and request a table by the window. Good views into the canyon.
As with all federal buildings, a mask is currently required when you go inside.
E765HYkristyb from: St. George, Utah
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Oct, 8, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
We stayed in the frontier cabin. They are not updated. You can hear EVERYTHING on the other side of the wall. There are mice, woke us up in the middle of the night trying to get into our sack of food. We paid $200+ for this room, not worth $125.
AirplaneJoey from: Carmel, New York
Published Date: Oct, 4, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 3
The North Rim Lowdown
Disclaimer: The 2021 season for the north rim is almost over, so some aspects of our stay may not apply in 2022. But, here it goes: we are glad we came here once but probably wouldn't return. We had no complaints about our room itself (western cabin), save for one thing: the partial rim view that we paid extra for. Our room looked at, well, trees, with the tiniest view of the wall of a side canyon. I would call this nothing but an additional money grab of an already expensive stay. The much coveted full rim view cabins are next to impossible to get, and even they seem to have views obstructed by trees. In fact, one of them is awkwardly situated right next to the lodge's shared porch where you can get the same view for free. All of the western cabins have great private porches with rockers. The main lodge has no rooms; it just houses the dining and public areas, and sunset on the porch in an Adirondack chair sipping a cocktail is truly an experience to savor (and you don't need to be staying here to enjoy this). The 2021 dining situation is truly a disaster. We were sat for our reservation 30 minutes late, and had to wait forever for mediocre overpriced food, some of which had to be sent back because it was cold. Worse, checking in for dinner was beyond chaotic, with people crowding around in multiple lines, ordering takeout, and bribing the maitre'd (who had no organizational skills) to get a table. Worse, breakfast at the deli (the only option) was extremely overpriced, had barely edible burritos, and was missing common breakfast staples (like yogurt). I understand the challenges in the hospitality industry with COVID, but it could be handled so much better (in fact it IS handled better by their sister property at Bryce Canyon). Nonetheless, it is a once in a lifetime experience; you can't experience this kind of majestic scenery and historical ambiance just anywhere, so I would still recommend a stay here, especially after dining facilities are back in full operation. For us, we will try the Kaibab Lodge next time, which looked mighty inviting from the road into the park, and come here for sunset and drinks.
- Rooms: 4
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 3
Happytraveler655 from: Houston, Texas
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 1
Another reservation system fail for Forever Resorts
Online reservations opened this morning. Even though bookings were only offered for the month of June 2022, their reservation system was totally overwhelmed - again - and no June 2022 reservations can be processed until an unknown date in the future. I have loved Grand Canyon Lodge for many years, but can say nothing positive about the concessionaire, only the history and location. WHY does the National Park Service keep extending the Forever Resorts contract ?? I was just there in September 2021 and can testify to the sad condition of the cabins & lodge as well.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Cleanliness: 1
- Service: 1
Karwendel52 from: Crestview, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 26, 2021 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2021 Rating: 5
GREAT NPS LODGE; our favorite
This Lodge's services are contracted to "Forever Resorts." This concessionaire is doing a great job. We ate dinner here twice while camping in the North Rim Campground. The food and the service were excellent. "Fry bread" is an interesting and delicious dessert. We also had an excellent banana bread pudding. The concessionaire prepares all of the food on site.
We were surprised that T-Mobile service was actually quite good at the Lodge. We watched an award ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida via ZOOM for one of our sons-in-law, at our daughter's invitation, with no problems in streaming the video. Our T-Mobile service was very strong at our North Rim campsite which was site # 12. We were able to make calls, text, and upload and download videos and photos.
And best for last: Fantastic views of the Grand Canyon and particularly the Bright Angel Fault from the veranda at the Lodge, and similarly impressive views from Bright Angel Point which is very close to the Lodge.