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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

I was able to reserve multiple Frontier cabins on line within a week of our stay, the cabins were clean and had a small but modern bathroom with shower. A very relaxing and quiet stay, but who comes to the Grand Canyon to sit in a room?

A short walk from the Lodge, a deli and the Saloon were a plus!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

Very small and dark room, VERY poor soundproofing, very cold at night (the heating system was too noisy so we had to switch if off after a while working, so we could sleep).
The walls are thin paper, and you can hear EVERYTHING of the adjacent room. When your neighbors wake up at 4:45AM and decide to start talking that is not pleasant...
We had a double bed and a twin bed, but any of them were comfortable enough for 2 people to sleep together (and we are quite thin persons!).
I paid more here than I paid in Sheraton Park Anaheim or Westin at LAX, and the room was one of the worst that I stayed till now.
Obviously you are paying the location and the fact that they don't have any competition, as this is the only lodge inside the park! Having said that you can enjoy beautiful views from the veranda lodge. We took breakfast at the lodge (got a nice table as we arrived just before it opened) and it was nice.
I enjoyed visiting North Rim, though, and being part of the 10% that go there (from the people that goes to GCNP). It is very worth it to go there! Only the hotel is not good, but maybe other cabin options are a bit better...

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

We travelled here on a round trip. Our trip started in Vegas, then 3 nights at the South Rim then we arrived here for 2 nights, fortunately when we arrive we were well aware that the weather would change overnight so spent all the remainder of the day going round the main vantage points on the north side, this ment we arrive late at the Lodge to check in to our rim side cabin.

Although they were fully booked, there was plenty of room in the carpark, and from there it's just a couple of hundred yards to the Lodge itself. On getting the keys to our room we found a great young lady called Angela who drove a super little "golf buggy" she took us and our suit cases through the winding paths to our cabin, which as I mention was a rim side cabin the only down side is that it's a bit of a hike to get to the Lodge or the carpark.

With the assistance of our frendly Angela, the cases we deposited in our cosy cabin. As expected the cabin was a two bedroom cabin, which we were glad to have it gave us space for our lugage. As we were warned by the Park Rangers when we entered the North Rim that we could expect a few inches of snow, we asked for additional bedding to keep us warm overnight, which arrived very promptly.

Other than the Lodge main dining room ( for which you must book months in advance) which had booked for our second night, the food that is available is quite limited, we picked up a salad and pizzia and took it to our room, considering the Lodge had only reopened after the winter two days before the salad was of poor quality. We tried to make an international call from our cabin as our mobile would not work, (as expected), but could not get through - when I asked at reception they seemed as puzzled as us and couldn't help us.

Overnight the snow, wind, rain made sleeping a little difficult, but hay, what can you expect at 8800 ft above see level, and when you experiance a night like we did you can understand why the whole North Rim shuts down and only opens on 15th May!! We woke to snow everywhere, including under the cabin main door which was just 3ft from my side of the bed. With snow still falling we struggled out to get a bite to eat, and with a massive line for the buffet we again went to the cafe, planning to get breakfast burrito's to go --- guess what, they had no eggs -- so no burrito's and just muffins available.

With the weather being so bad and concerned that we did not want to miss our flights back to the UK the following day, we reluctantly left the North Rim early, again our lovely Angela took our bags back up to the carpark.

Overall I do understand that the North Rim only opened up 2 day before our visit, it did seem that the staff were all still learning the ropes, they need to order more eggs and train their staff on how the phones are suppose to work, as the instructions in the room are wrong. I would recommend they give our wonderful Anglea a position with the main reception as she was a pleasure to deal with.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

It's very difficult to get a room in the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim. I managed to get a cabin on a weekday just a few days before my trip on the lodge's internet site (I was able to modify my stay at Zion to accomodate this change). It was not possible for me to get two nights. If you want multiple nights or the weekend during the peak season of summer, you better book several months in advance. When I got to the registration, the hotel was completely full. The North Rim deserves at least a night stay in order to appreciate the natural wonder (so you can catch the sunset and the sunrise). I drove from Zion National Park in the morning and got to the park right after noon. I was able to tour the Eastern part of the North Rim including a hike to Cape Final. I checked in and saw a wonderful sunset. The next morning, when only the lodge guests were present, I was able to have some nice quiet time at Angel's Point. The cabin I booked has a full bed and a twin bed. The cabin itself has two guest rooms; therefore, you can hear the noise of your neighbor guests just a wall away. Good thing is that most people go to bed early after a long day of hiking, so it was all quiet after 10 pm. The bed is comfortable with nice linens. There is a desk with a coffee maker despite the small room space. Due to the high elevation at the North Rim, there is no A/C in cabin. In fact, you have to turn on the heater because it gets quite cold at night (in the 30s during mid June when I was there). The bathroom is also very small but has all the essential items including a dryer. The cabins are located next to the transept trail. The biggest problem is parking, as you have to compete with other tourists who do not stay at the lodge when you arrive to check in. You have to carry your own luggage from the parking lot to the cabin. There is a golf cart service if you need it, but most move their own by parking in the 15 min parking area. The main lodge is truly beautiful architectural wise in the grand style of old National Park Lodging. The main hall is framed by tall glass with amazing views of the canyon. Outside there are two terraces with lounge chairs to appreciate the view. If you want to dine in the beautiful dining room, you better make a reservation before you arrive to the lodge. There is a sandwich/pizza shop at the lodge. Overall, I recommend the Grand Canyon Lodge as a quintessential experience for the North Rim despite the difficulty in booking and parking.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Stayed in Western Cabin 360 and found it to be fairly good overall. Located close to the restaurant and the Deli as well as the main overlooks and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

Stayed in both the Western and Pioneer Cabins. In my opinion, the Western Cabins are far superior to the Pioneer because they are in an area of shaded trees and don't seem as close together as the Pioneer Cabins. Also, the Western Cabins have a front porch with 2 rocking chairs. The only advantage I saw from the Pioneer cabins was that there were 2 separate bedrooms, so would be good for families that needed to close a door separating sleeping rooms. Also, each bedroom in the Pioneer Cabin had a door outside, so one could come and go without disturbing someone in the other bedroom. In June, the Pioneer Cabin seemed hot, yet the Western cabin didn't. (Keep in mind there is no TV or air conditioner.) Both had mini-fridge and dirty coffee makers. The showers in Pioneer Cabin are tiny! Both cabins were functional, but very basic. You are there for the view of the Grand Canyon, so the accommodations are functional for that purpose. Did not see Frontier Cabin or Motel room, so cannot comment on those.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

This was a staging stay in preparation for our rim-to-rim hike. We had two nights at the Lodge prior to the big hike, and had multiple experiences at the Lodge restaurant. The North Rim is such a contrast to the crowded South Rim, but options are very limited here. Our Frontier cabin was tiny and dark, but was really good rustic fun. Restaurant food was improved from last year, but still uninspired and a bit pricey. Overall a fun visit and worth the effort to get here.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Address: End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range: £147 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim 2*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The more remote North Rim offers up its beauty and solitude to those willing to make a little longer trek to cooler temperatures and greener vegetation of the Grand Canyon's less visited rim. Time means little here in this Nirvana for nature lovers…abundant forest beauty and wrap-around scenic splendor as sheer walls hold in the Colorado River a mile below. The only developed lodging within the National Park’s North Rim boundaries this historic treasure has cabins and lodging tucked into the trees and dotting the canyon edge. The historic dining room with wall to ceiling windows gives diners the unique opportunity to take in the Canyon's views and tasteful regional and sustainable delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended. For guests seeking a unique remembrance of their visit to this special place, there is a gift store and convenience store located at the North Rim. Authentic Native American handcrafts, jewelry and merchandise that is U.S.A. made by local and regional artists provide an array of gift items for guests to the Grand Canyon. Smell the pines, listen to the fluttering leaves of quaking aspen, and keep an eye out for a California condor, the largest bird in North America. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open from mid May to mid October. ... more   less 
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