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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
LSUTraveller from: Denham Springs, Louisiana
Published Date: Sep, 22, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Rating is for the Western Cabins not Lodge
These cabins are close to the Lodge and have no air conditioning. You may want to think about brining a fan for air circulation. The porches on these cabins face each other so they are not real private. They are nice with rocking chairs on them. The fireplace is nice except for the mouse visitor we had. They did not charge extra for him. The maintenance people did come to take care of it. The paths around the cabins are nice and well lit. Some cabins have better rim views than others. There are 2 queen beds and the ceiling fan and private bath is nice.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Kenneth_Mueller from: Prescott Valley, Arizona
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
The place to stay while at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Because of the Covid, the Lodge was closed. So all visitors, like myself and my family, must stay in a cabin. We stayed in a Western Cabin. It was neat, clean and had 2 queen beds, a small refrigerator, bathroom with shower, a desk and table, and a small table and two chairs. On the porch were two rocking chairs. The staff all wore face masks, and were polite, quick, and efficient. We had a special request and the housekeeping manager, Mr. John Black, came to our room to personally assist us. We appreciate his help.
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
mikemH5592IU from: Scottsdale, Arizona
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Great destination even during Covid times, but be aware some facilities are closed.
Hiked from the South Rim to the North Rim and spent two nights at the Grand Canyon Lodge. The rooms were very nice, although please be aware there is no air conditioning. We were there during a heat spell when temperatures reached 92 degrees. The main lodge dining room is closed. The "Saloon" is only open for carry-out (breakfast-dinner) and worked well for some hot food, but the menu is limited. Masks were prominent which was good throughout the lodge area. Fortunately, the scenery hasn't been impacted by Covid....it remains amazing. Safe travels.
- Value: 3
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 4
Justine S from: Tucson, Arizona
Published Date: Sep, 9, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
My favorite Grand Canyon Lodge
I love the serenity and peacefulness at the North Rim compared to the busy South Rim. The cabins are great considering how remote the lodge is, and the views of the canyon from the deck are just stunning. There are also a few nice trails that start right at the lodge.
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
RLphoenix from: Phoenix
Published Date: Aug, 23, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
North Rim in Pandemic Times—In two words, “GO NOW!”
This was our first visit to the North Rim, so we can’t really compare our visit to “normal” times. However, these notes might clarify current conditions.
• Few people
• Peace and quiet
• Good pandemic measures
• Mediocre food
• Lower service levels
If you like clean accommodations, basic amenities and very few people in your way, you simply must go before the season ends in October. It may never be like this again. If you’re hoping to be more pampered and have gourmet food in the Lodge’s spectacular dining room, take your chances next year.
We stayed for three nights (mid to late August, 2020). Lodging is limited to the Western Cabins which are larger and nicer than the Frontier Cabins or the Motel rooms. That said, we noted the “vacancy” sign was posted every day we were there. We had minimal difficulty making reservations for the days we wanted. We were constantly amazed at how uncrowded the trails were and how short lines were nearly everywhere. Staff wore masks and took the Pandemic very seriously.
Let’s get the roughest part out of the way first. OK, the food wasn’t inedible. It was sort of OK. In the morning, food comes from the Saloon. For lunch and dinner, orders are placed at the Saloon; you are issued a buzzer and you pick up food across the courtyard at the Deli. One bright spot is a good selection of beers on tap. Also wines and some mixed drinks.
Sadly, just about everything is right out of a can or bottle and is premade. Quality may suffer a bit, but the upside is service is very fast. Breakfast burritos are pretty good and might be made onsite. Salsa is in packets (sigh). The fruit bowls are very fresh and tasty, but the oatmeal is “pick one from the basket over there and I’ll give you some hot water for it.” The coffee is fairly weak and the cinnamon roll is break-your-teeth hard. I mean it.
While the brisket sandwich was very tasty, the potato salad was spooned directly into a cup out of a plastic container. The specialty Bison Burger was dried out and must have been on the steam table for hours. The cheese was laid on top cold.
The Elk chili was flavorless until I dumped in two packets of salsa and salt. Like the breakfast fruit bowls, the mixed salads were also fresh and tasty but… yeesh! packets of salad dressing! My wife enjoyed her bean and rice soup.
Bottom line is the food is fairly expensive and a mixed bag. It is moderately tasty if your expectations are held in check. One thing we didn’t try (and wish we had) is the pizza. They offer three varieties and it is reputed to be made to order.
Staffing is fairly light because they only have 20-30% of the normal number of guests and we were told they are having some difficulty attracting enough help. That said, everything is clean and well-maintained. Due to the pandemic, housekeeping will not enter occupied rooms. However, you can request towels and paper supplies whenever you wish. Everyone is super friendly.
Be aware that there is no parking next to your room, even in normal times. If you want, your luggage is shlepped by a porter. Since the parking lot rarely had many vehicles in it, we usually found a spot within six spaces of the cabin areas. For us, it was a 1-2 minute walk to the parking lot, so we did our own shlepping.
The Gift Shop is closed, but there are souvenirs at the General Store, which is next to the Campground, a 4-5 minute drive up the road. Although the Campground is closed the General Store is open daily until 5:00 pm. It carries a great selection of convenience store groceries, camping gear, drinks of all sorts (including bottles of wine) and souvenirs.
On the way into the General Store, there is a Full Serve Sinclair gas station. We got our tires aired up and filled up with gas just to say we did. The attendant is a kind older fellow who was very helpful and efficient.
Remember, the Western cabins are all upscale rooms. It appeared that each Western cabin has four guest rooms. Each room has a decent-sized bathroom with tub/shower and ours had two Queen beds. Also, each room has its own porch with a pair of rockers, utility room/closet with a mini fridge, and a 40” widescreen TV. Just kidding. THERE IS NO DAMNED TV HERE, so get over it. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to hear soft breezes, people quietly talking and laughing together and no modern tech noise.
There is no AC, so I recommend you bring a portable fan to stick in the window as long as daytime temperatures get into the 80s. You’ll appreciate it. If you don’t have it, the ceiling fan will be fine.
Not much here. I’m told the nearest cell tower is on the South Rim. We have Verizon and we could get phone connection and texts quite frequently. My wife and I exchanged texts while she was partway down the North Kaibab Trail and I was at the Lodge. Data is sketchy. It may be my imagination, but it seemed better closer to the South Rim. Occasionally we could get 4G data, but the bandwidth was barely enough to do a bit of Googling. Definitely no streaming of any sort.
We kept hearing about wi-fi, but I never found an access point, either at the Lodge or the General Store. It is still a myth to me.
You may never see so few people at the North Rim again. The place is clean, safe, orderly and very desirable. Hardly any traffic. Empty trails and outlook points. Go and enjoy now!
- Rooms: 4
- Value: 4
- Service: 4