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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
Gembrook, Australia
2 reviews
“An average stay”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

As part of our tour of the National Parks, one of our last stays was at the North Rim. The main area and reception was rustic and old worldly and has retained its charm, even if a little dated. The accommodation are cabins away from the reception which would make it interesting in inclement weather. During our stay it was blowing a gale. The cabins are old and dated with basic facilities. There was only one chair in a room that sleeps 3 (?) and the room was small and dark. We left the door open to get extra light and had to contend with inquisitive woodchucks coming in for a visit. The bed was comfortable but with one side pushed up against the wall made it annoying if you needed to get out in the night.

All meals were in the dining room/restaurant or snacks at the cafe or bar (the bar ran out very quickly). The restaurant was a disaster, poor service, expensive food and not very good at that(dinner and breakfast). A captive audience I suppose. We ate out one night at a cowboy evening down the road which was a welcome change. We would rather go hungry than back to eat there.
There were a number of Ranger activities (talks etc) that were interesting for history and geology and there was plenty of information given regarding walking tracks around the rim.

Room Tip: there are some rooms with balconies which may be more spacious and give views of the canyon.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

There is no other place really to stay than at the North Rim Gd Canyon Lodge if you wand to stay inside the park.

And the Lodge is great, the porches, the panoramic windows, the dining room, the reception desk tellers, it's like being in a time warp. The lodge is a landmark that you have to check out if you can.

Food at the lodge is good too, but the restaurant can get busy at times. We had a 30-minute wait despite having reserved well ahead.

Unfortunately, the cabins are a a little ramshackle with their grimy brown carpet and tiny little bathroom. The location makes up for it, along with the friendly cleaning staff always happy to engage in a little chat and cracking a joke. But it would definitely be a good thing to give the cabins a good overhaul.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Capitola, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

In some national parks one can easily stay outside the park and enjoy a better accommodation at a lower price. This is not possible with the North Rim. The view from the main lodge, which is an easy walk from any of the rooms, is not to be missed and can be enjoyed from early morning to sunset to star watching at dark. We stayed in a "pioneer cabin" with 1 double and 1 single bed. The cabins are duplexes and share a not-so-insulated wall with other guests. I could see light through the cracks in the other room and hear the people. The bathroom is tiny, but functional. There is no A/C and one must leave the windows open all night to sleep comfortably which removes any privacy. BUT...the rim is a few steps away and it is well worth it to stay there. The staff is all very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helena
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed in Frontier Cabin #2. The advantage was that it had a double bed , nice bathroom and it was a real log cabin. This cabin was close to the lodge, the Canyon Rim, but also the sewer system. The stench was horrible. We opened all the windows, which helped, a bit. The next morning at 7am a delivery truck from Sysco Foods idled less than 50 feet from the cabins until 9:30 am. When we complained at the reception, the staff was friendly, but admitted this was a problem that a lot of people complained about. When we asked if it was possible next time to reserve a cabin that wasn't on top of the sewer system, they said it wasn't possible to guarantee this.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed in a Frontier Cabin (double bed, twin bed, desk, rod to hang clothes, re-done bathroom). There were a lot of them close together - I likened the grounds to an ant farm, but the sense of classic log cabin/history is great. You can see that electricity was added later (by the visible wiring), but the bathroom was updated and quite adequate. Yes, it was small. And dark. But it's a log cabin - what do you expect?

We've been to the South Rim several times, and this was so much better - less "urban", if you will. The downside is that you are a captive audience. Want a sit-down meal? The Lodge. There's a Deli, a Breakfast/Evening Saloon, and a store in the campground. That's it. You're stuck. The good news is that we found the prices in the dining room quite reasonable. (Unlike your average overpriced bad food in a hotel restaurant, EEEEK!!! ) The food was pretty good and the service OK.

If you have to have wifi, it's available at the Campground Store (about 1 mile from the lodge).

It's not luxury, but it's exactly what is needed in that environment! Loved it.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

The best thing by far staying here is the location. We were steps away from the rim in a totally cute cabin. We watched the sunset on the patio by the lodge and it was beautiful. There was a server that brought us chips and salsa while we sat outside (and had a menu for some other eating options which looked reasonable alternative to the expensive sit-down restaurant). Our "western 2 queens" cabin was the perfect size for our family of 5. We had a rollaway for my son which was great. Since it was July, we did not use the fireplace or the heater. There was no A/C in our cabin which was one of the only bad things. It would have been nice to have at least a fan. We opened all the windows and we were still too hot, so we opened the door. We had lots of laughs when the squirrels came in the open door and ate some of the gummy bears that my son had left on the nightstand at 4 am. We made them leave and closed the door and just stayed too hot. The cabins are close together and we could hear other people, but for the most part everyone was pretty quiet and respectful of each other. The Saloon is the only alternative to the restaurant for breakfast. The coffee was great but the only other options were some overripe bananas, breakfast cakes or a very flavorless breakfast burrito. The deli was open later and had lunch sandwiches and those salads in a box. There was a small refrigerator in the cabin, but no cooking allowed. I would have brought something in our cooler to eat--like some fresh fruit or a nice salad. Of course, we brought our own beer and wine and it was great to drink on the patio. We hiked around the lodge and took great pictures. Since this was later in our vacation we did not choose to do an all day hike, but the little simple rim walk was fine. I would suggest asking a ranger or other mom to take pictures of your whole family or group as these were some of the best pictures I have. The staff were very nice and the whole place had a nice feeling of serenity and happy people.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This was our first trip to the North Rim. MUCH better than our visit to the South Rim years ago. We love this place. We were very lucky to get cabin 306. Right on the Rim with exceptional views! The room was very nice for a national park cabin, and we have stayed in quite a few. The price is for the location, but the room was very well done and comfortable for our 2 night stay. The dining experience in the Lodge was very good...good food, good service. Everyone we dealt with, from the front desk, to the guy who helped with our luggage, were friendly and helpful. Weather was not too warm considering we were there in July; but the sun can get you hot. We did the widforss trail, which was mostly in the shade. It has several stunning views of the canyon, but will feel longer than the 10 miles stated as you do go up and down a good bit.

Room Tip: Cabin 306 was fantastic!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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 #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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