I am hoping to get some guideance from those in the know.
I am planning an overnight trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. We will be travelling to the South Rim. This will be our first time visiting the GC. We are a family of four, including two teenagers 14 & 15.
Today I noticed that the Maswik Lodge has rooms available for March 28th. Previously when I checked the GCNP Lodges website they all showed full. I guess this is because there is a no-charge cancellation policy as long as you cancel prior to 2 days of your stay.
I know this question is subjective, however I am currently looking at a Standard 2 Queen South or Standard 2 Queen North room. The south room is $99.12 (tax in) and the north room is $186.39 (tax in).
The main differences appear to be the size of the room (although sqft are not listed on the website), small refrigerator (North only), alarm clock (North), iron/iron board (North), in-room safe (North), and ceiling fan & AC (North).
The refrigerator may be the only advantage that would be of importance to us. From what I have read on reviews, AC is not important (I would think less for the end of March).
Is their anything else I am missing for the price difference. Seems like a no brainer for the South room, but just want to make sure.
I see that the Maswik Lodge is renovating its dining facilities. Since we are only going to eat dinner one night at the GC, what would be the most memorable experience for us? Would this be the El Tovar Dining Room?
I am leaning towards the Bright Angel for breakfast or lunch on our second day.
If we choose to eat out rather than stopping at a store to get food for lunch, we would not require a fridge in our room either.
My kids have not seen the Hoover Dam so we will either stop there on the way to the GC or on the way back. Are there any advantages one way or the other? Since we would be traveling on Monday and Tuesday, would the traffic be less at the Hoover Dam?
Is there any other must see stops that we should consider in our trip to and from Las Vegas to the GC? Not sure route 66 would be worth taking.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.