It’s true what most people say about the Grand Canyon Lodge – no frills. The cabins are sparse, not a TV to be found anywhere, and if you manage to get a 3G signal you better not move!! But hey, that’s part of the charm.
Check-in was fairly quick, which sort of surprised me considering they don’t have a whole lot of people at the front desk. But hey, I wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth!! The woman who checked me in was super friendly and gave me a rundown of everything that was available to me. The part that is a drag is the location of the parking lot in relation to where the cabins are. You can’t park in front of the lodge when checking in, but there is a 20-min parking area near the cabins, which may or may not help you depending once again where your cabin is. Either way, plan on LOTS of walking!
I was in an ADA cabin which was a tad big larger than the other cabins. Once again, it’s rustic, but it did have a mini fridge which was awesome. I was expecting the cabins to be frigid, but once the heat was turned on it was hot! Kudos to the cleaning crew, I couldn’t get over how spotless the room was. I probably slept better there than any other hotel I stayed in during my trip.
If you want to grab a good spot to watch the sunset you’ll need to get there early…I mean real early. There aren’t a lot of seats and once they fill up you’ll have to either stand behind everyone or fan out along the numerous trails that surround the lodge which come to think of it isn’t such a bad thing.
There aren’t many choices when it comes to eating – there’s the snack bar which didn’t appear the greatest, the dining room in the lodge which serves good food, but isn’t very large and you may find yourself eating dinner at 9pm. There’s also the Village Saloon where you can grab a beer and some pizza, but both times I was there there was only one bartender and it could be a long wait for a beer if everyone in front of you wants a mixed drink. Remember, there isn’t much around so the bar can get rather crowded.
There’s no WiFi at the lodge, but you can get it at the Grand Canyon store two miles away. The connection is slow and at times you’ll want to pull your hair out, but if you need to check email or update your Facebook status, you can get a connection, albeit a slow one.
If you have the opportunity and your wallet is deep enough it’s well worth the stay, but remember, you literally are in the middle of nowhere.
- 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