Having read the TA reviews months ago, I opted to book one of the Pioneer (partial)Rim view cabins and got #73. It had two bedrooms, one a queen and one a twin bunkbed separated by a 3/4 bath. Also had a desk, mini-fridge, and coffee pot. It was as rustic as I expected it would be, but the screens were all tight so no canyon critters got in. (Sorta reminded me of some Northern Canada fishcamp cabins I've stayed in, but alot cleaner) Being a rimside cabin, there was only a single path that dead-ended at our frontdoor so we did not have the hoards of tourists constantly walking by our cabin like the several rows of non-rim cabins farther up the hill; which is closer to the parking lot and main lodge traffic. The west side of our cabin backended along the canyon with only a hiking trail several yards down the hillside, so made for quiet evenings. Since our cabin was not a duplex; we did not have the adjacent connecting room voices, noises, flushes, etc to contend with, so our stay was quite peaceful.
The North Rim main lodge is where you check-in (but what immediately grabs your eyeballs is the jaw-dropping view of the grand canyon thru the floor-to-ceiling tall windows in the lounge area below. The two huge side patios also offer spectacular views.) Luckily there were no 40-person tour buses trying to all check-in the same time as us, so the check-in staff were efficient and friendly. We requested a porter who drove us to the parking lot, loaded us and our luggage, cooler, etc on a golf cart and drove down the long hillside to our cabin. Gave him a well-earned tip for saving us several trips on our own.
The North rim had everything we needed foodwise. The Lodge dining room (another review). The Deli in the Pines for really good pizza & also salads, sandwiches(opens 7AM). The Roughrider Saloon which was a full-service bar on one side (open til 11 PM) with local microbrew drafts and a espresso coffee shop on the other side (opens 5:30AM) with giant breakfast burritos for sale. Theres also a large souvenir shop and postoffice. I was told the nearby campground has a laundry. You can book canyon mulerides at a desk in the main Lodge, something I highly recommend. Also some evenings park rangers/volunteers setup telescopes on the Lodge's patios to view stars, Saturn, etc.
I have been to the South Rim, which is breath-taking, but so is the North rim. The North's plus is it's less accessable, so there's fewer tourbuses, less congestion and alot more silence. The biggest negative was due to the remoteness, all the facilities seemed to be understaffed. Housekeeping, foodservice workers, waiters, bartenders, cleanliness of the deli dining area, public restrooms, etc. Example - there was only one poor bartender when 12 hikers came into the Saloon one afternoon all wanting Bloody Mary's; talk about a backlog in the bar.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Canyon Grand Lodge North Rim