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MarieinParis from: Claremont, California
Published Date: Nov, 1, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
I was happy with the wheelchair accessible queen room
I stayed in the wheelchair accessible room with two queen beds and a bathtub. The ramp to get from the parking lot to the room isn't the best, but the room had a set up that worked well for me (see photos). There were grab bars in the bathroom, and there was a shower chair.
I thought the bed was comfortable. I knew ahead of time that there wouldn't be a coffee maker in the room (due to COVID19), so I brought an electric tea kettle. There was a refrigerator, but that's it as far as appliances.
My only real complaint was that the shower curtain smelled awful. It seriously needs to be bleached or replaced.
COVID19 note: I was relieved that mask-wearing was enforced in the dining hall (while in line/getting food) and on the shuttle buses.
I was happy that I decided to stay on the park ground this trip. It was MUCH easier to get to the Grand Canyon in time for sunrise than when I stayed at a hotel off site. I would definitely stay here again.
- Rooms: 4
- Value: 5
- Service: 5
Rideap8nt from: Santa Rosa, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
The lack of food options is a huge problem
I booked 4 nights through the national parks reservations page. I was quite disappointed to see reservations available on booking apps for more than $100 less per night than what I paid. I inquired at check-in if they could adjust my rate but they said they were unable to do so. Alas, we paid $275 a night for what would best be described as a clean Motel 6. The big plus is that you’re able to walk 5 minutes to the rim and the Bright Angel trailhead.
Room: clean and stocked with basics. No coffee so we brought our own coffee pot. Sadly the beds were not very comfortable but again it was clean. Mini fridge kept our drinks & food cold.
Food situation: here’s the big issue right now. Very limited food offerings are available and if you don’t eat “fast food” type food (hamburgers, pizza, etc.) your choices are even more limited. We waited 2 hours for a table at El Tovar restaurant which was good but not exceptional and certainly not worth a 2 hour wait. There were two cocktail servers going around trying to service those who were waiting for a table but they just couldn’t keep up. When we were finally getting seated, they were telling people a 3 hour wait for a table. Thinking we would have better luck at the grocery store we tried there. We were able to buy a bagged salad mix and some precooked chicken, but the shelves are pretty picked over and there aren’t a lot of choices. No bars or lounges open anywhere in the park.
Bottom line - if your typical diet is based on fast food you’ll probably be able to survive more than a day here. If you’re focused on a whole food diet (paleo, vegan, etc) you’re going to be really disappointed. Had we known, we wouldn’t have made the trip or at the very least we would have brought our big ice chest and our single burner camp stove and made our meals on the tailgate.
CaribbeanSoul59 from: Summerfield, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Overpriced. Not worth the money
For what we paid we should be at a 4 star hotel at least. This is maybe one step up from motel 6. Should have driven back to Sedona. No coffee pot, really no services except snack bar type food near by. No walkable access to amenities. More than a little disappointed. Weather is great though.
hitomi12 from: Kuala Lumpur
Published Date: Oct, 13, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
We got Spruce lodge #6896 with sliding door facing the woods. Moments after checking in, we were greeted by a family of deers (or was it elk we are still not sure) right in front of the lodge! Our stay in the Grand Canyon this time was made special because we stayed here and it was PERFECT so go ahead and book it.
The lodges are spread out maybe 50-200 feet from the main counter, parking was easier after the day trippers leave the park. Our room with 2 queen beds provided enough space for us, didn’t feel cramp or anything like that. Fridge is provided, bathroom is clean and i love the extension plugs and everything is working. Do came prepared as there are no kettle nor microwave, no tidbits nor drinks in the fridge - I brought our drinking water, ice, snack and kettle so our stay pretty much smooth sailing.
The line at restaurant for dinner was long after sunset, so we didn’t eat there except for breakfast. Food, service management for Covid is all good. If you can arrive early, it’ll be better because we arrived 2 hrs early, room not ready yet so we went for a hike then came back to pick up the key. Oh boy got lucky didn’t have to queue up.
So thank you Maswik Lodge, it made leaving Grand Canyon very hard this time!
WCT57 from: Leawood, Kansas
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 11, 2020 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Quick easy check in to this historic old lodge. Very limited food service due to covid issues. Great location with clean room, good tv and patio. Wifi in the rooms is pretty spotty. Nice to be able to walk from car to room if you ask for first floor. Just call desk for check out.