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Yavapai Lodge
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Great place to stay in the park
User: meech2017 from: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Published Date: May, 19, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 5
If you normally like hotels don’t let the fact that this is an updated motel steer you away. These rooms are just as nice as most hotels, and the proximity to the Canyon, coupled with the economical price can’t be beat. The rooms are quiet and comfortable with very good mattress and bedding. The lodge dining and other facilities are very convenient. Overall great stay
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Grand Canyon stay
User: gershman2018 from: Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: May, 17, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
We enjoyed our stay. Check in was super fast and the front desk staff was very friendly. The gift shop was large and had a lot of cute items to look at. Our room was close to the main area so we could walk there. I liked our room and that we had Adirondack chairs outside to sit in. We could walk to the Grand Canyon in about 15 minutes, which we took advantage of. We ended up not eating at this hotel for dinner or breakfast when we stayed here. for breakfast the line was very long for the grab and go coffee shop so we walked across the street to the general store. At the lodge, they have a much larger cafeteria style area for dining, but it was closed for tour groups only. I would stay here again because the price was good

Great Lodging INSIDE the Park
User: Erin V from: Vancouver, Washington
Published Date: May, 14, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
This little lodge was the most perfect place for my husband and I when we visited the Grand Canyon. The motel is older, but quaint and clean- something you would expect while visiting the great outdoors. There is no carpet in the rooms and the walls are brick cinderblock. We spent very little time in our room as we were out exploring, but let me tell you! Those beds and pillows are amazing! I joked with my husband that I'm calling the lodge to get the brand and type of mattress that they have and I'm getting one for our home! The lodge is fairly centrally located to all the viewpoints and shopping/restaurants inside the park, and did I mention that staying INSIDE the park is the way to go? (Most of the tourists leave toward the evening hours and don't arrive until later in the morning.😉) Plus the bus picks up right outside the rooms on the main road. Easy, easy!
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Inside-the-park convenience with a side of haunted bathroom
User: nonstop-smash from: Chengdu, China
Published Date: May, 12, 2024
Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
We stayed in Yavapai East, a series of low-slung, traditional motel buildings that look straight out of a 1950s travel ad. The rooms are nicely updated with very comfortable beds, but our room had a mildewy smell remniscent of the condensation water that dripped off the window units that all motels in the 1980s were outfitted with. For my 10-year old, who'd never stayed in a motel before, this was a big adjustment. Also, there's only so much you can do to update the bathroom in a solid cinderblock building, so poor kid spent the whole trip convinced our bathroom was haunted. All that aside, we had a very nice stay and loved the convenience of being inside the park. We had breakfasts and dinners at the Yavapai Tavern, which at times had long lines because they were a bit short staffed, but everyone was extremely friendly and helpful and we were very appreciative of their efforts.
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Yavapai Lodge and Grand Canyon visit May 8, 2024
User: tomtijeras from: Tijeras, New Mexico
Published Date: May, 12, 2024
Travel Date: May, 1, 2024
Rating: 4
Lots of parking at Yavapai; friendly, if overwhelmed, staff. Had to take a bus to get to any restaurant except for bar food and the "grab and go" at the hotel and to see the canyon; buses scheduled to run (according to signs) until 10 pm but driver said they did not and that we had to be on bus by 8:30 to get back to hotel or had to walk miles in the dark. Food options at the hotel are dismal; only "grab and go" breakfast (burrito was not fully cooked and we did not finish them). Lines are long, only precooked food options and ran out of some option; very few staff for the number of people hungry at dinner time or in the morning. That said, we ended up having a bar pizza for dinner and it was good. Room was clean and quiet; nice forested location; elk roaming outside. TV incorrectly programmed and could not be changed; TV viewing options limited. Bathroom heater did not work. Online booking double charged but it was caught and corrected. Only justification for the cost of the room ($247) is that it is within the park. Due to the distance from either main canyon viewing site and from good restaurants (we were told parking near the canyon in the main village was limited), I do not recommend this hotel for first time visitors, especially if you want to see the night sky over the canyon. Buses are very convenient but not well marked for non-English speakers; I saw some folks take the wrong bus and were confused as to why it was not going where they thought. Even off season in early May buses were packed and we had to wait for another bus. Kolb studio is apparently closed due to lack of staff; the watchtower was staffed by the Grand Canyon Conservancy, not the park staff. Highly recommend stopping there and at most if not all of the viewing areas that the busses run to; there are some incredible sights at them that the official pocket map says nothing about; also great views to be found (and fewer people) walking on the South rim trail between some of the bus stops on the way to Hermit's Rest.
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