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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Stunning views, adequate room”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We paid big bucks to stay in a rim view lodge. It was my wife's favourite accomadation of the whole holiday. As for me? Well, yes the view was stunning. We were lucky because from what I saw, not every porch faced the rim directly so that's something to look for when choosing your lodge, if, like us, you are lucky enough to be able to do so. Some lodges have a sideways view of the lodge, so our neighbours would have got a fantastic view of not only the north rim but of me and my wife.
The lodges themselves are typical National Park. In need of modernisation, in my opinion. Yes, they are clean, but they are also lived in. Our lodge had a bath and shower, a log fire and two queen sized beds.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surprise, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

My husband & I stayed in a partial view cabin of the lodge and had a great view. The patio had two rocking chairs which provided a perfect setting to celebrate my birthday. Just wish the patio had a small table to set a coffee cup or a champagne glass. Reservations for this room are very hard to get. We stayed in room 310. As a hint call the dining room at the lodge for dinner reservations in May. Only one dining room at the lodge and everyone wants to eat at the same time.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

If I had booked the room we ended up staying in, I probably would give it 3 stars as it was adequate; however, upon arrival we discovered that we had been down graded from a cabin with 2 queens to a cabin with a double and a single. We were only 3 so this room was adequate, but not what we were expecting. The front desk clerk was quite offended that I was requesting the room that I had a confirmation for. He was polite, but of no help. This is the first I have ever been downgraded! Additionally, the housekeeping staff, while very friendly, were not the greatest. We had a do not disturb sign out at 8 am and it was removed by 10 am and replaced with please service our room. When returning at 5 pm, our room had not been chambered yet so we stopped by the front desk and they said that because we had a DND at 8 am, they checked us off for the day - REALLY? As a hotel manager myself, I find this shocking. Also, housekeeping should be taught to close the bathroom door - the bathroom itself was pretty clean; however, there was a massive amount of hair and dirt behind the door. You should also note that lighting is very limited in the bathroom - no light at all in or near shower. On a bright note, there was a gentleman named guy who worked in the main lodge serving drinks and appetizers to guests on the patios and he is very friendly, efficient and hard working. The views from the main lodge really are quite phenomenal too and really make it worth the trip.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We stayed in a frontier cabin. Not only was it small with no place to put luggage, it was infested with bedbugs. My grandson was severly bitten by them. We complained to the staff and our room charge was refunded, but the damage was done. We now have to worry about bringing these bugs home. Supposedly they were going to shut the room down and do a heat treatment. However with the level of infestation, I have to feel they knew of this problem when they rented the room to us. The lodge itself appears very nice. However I would avoid the Frontier cabins.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Torrington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

This was our first trip to the Grand Canyon and we stayed at the North Rim because it fit into our travel plans. This historic lodge is wonderful. My first glimpse of the canyon was after walking through the main lobby and down the stairs to the large windows in the sun room. It was spectacular. There are two verandas overlooking the canyon with lots of chairs for sitting and enjoying the view. We were able to check in early and got a great cabin (#331) with a partial canyon view. I LOVED the cabin. We had a front porch with two rustic rocking chairs. We could see a side canyon off to the right - it was not a direct canyon view, but the overall view was lovely. The cabin had two queen beds with lovely linens. There was a desk, a table with two chairs - all rustic and just right for the setting. There was a stone fireplace (gas) in one corner. We had a bathroom and a small changing room area. I was under the impression these were sparse cabins, but they were not. We had a fridge, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, extra blankets, soaps/shampoos. The whole place was super comfortable and I wished we could have stayed more than one night. We had lunch and drinks on our porch. The place was quiet and peaceful and we thought about all those people who had done the same thing we were doing throughout history. We had neighbors on the other side of the cabin and could hear them talking, but it was not loud or disruptive at all. We took advantage of the verandas and sat and read. We attended ranger programs which were excellent. We ate in the dining room which was okay - a bit overpriced but expected and the food was just okay. I had a delicious salad...my husband had a steak that he did not rave about. But...we got a seat right by a huge window and enjoyed the view and the whole experience. We watched the stars out on the veranda at night and one of the volunteer park rangers had set up a telescope for everyone to look through. In the morning, we got up for sunrise and then went back to bed for a while. The whole experience was delightful and comfortable and I highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: We had one of the western cabins #331. I don't know what the other cabins look like, but this o...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Our cabin (#353) was a basic cabin. It was clean but the bed was uncomfortable and the pillows lumpy. The cabin was located just steps from Bright Angel trail and a fantastic 4k foot cliff. The best Western cabins would be 301, 305, 306 & 309. The dining room was excellent and the view was stunning. Breakfast was hard to wrangle from the Saloon each day. They were understaffed and we felt it!

Room Tip: Western cabins 301, 305, 206 & 309 are the best!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

we just came back last night from our first viist to the North Rim since moving to AZ over 30 years ago. Other than being deterred by riding 6 hours in the car with young children, we really have no other excuse. Especially now that they're grown!
That said, we LOVED the North Rim and the "lodge" is in an amazing spot with great views of canyon and ability to have 3 meals/day in sit down restaurant if you want. There are a wide variety of hiking options, and readily available fresh spring water to take with you on hikes coming right out of 3 taps near the lodge. The views are breathtaking and I'd say overall that after numerous visits to the South Rim, the quiet and less traffic/people on North Rim make it very attractive. I think it's easier for many folk to see the Canyon from the South Rim as there is a tram that rides along a long part of it, offering you on and off ability to see all the vantage points. None of that at North Rim, you're walking to all of it yourself, and/or also taking your car and driving from one vantage point to another....with some decent walks to the actual rim on many occasions. So, if you're fit and active, the North Rim poses no challenges...if you're not, then consider the South Rim.
Also...the altitude on North side is about 1,000 feet higher, and takes about a day to adjust to the difference. We have a place in Flag at 7000' and we still found ourselves huffing and puffing a bit doing climbs the first day. The other thing lacking at North Rim is a rim trail like what you find at South Rim. You can hike for a little bit along the side canyon near the lodge, but if you really want to see the canyon, you hop in your car and head towards exit from park and hit the vantage points off the road to the right which takes you to some amazing vistas. Here are some
Scenic drives

Another great thing about the North Rim is that you don’t have to be a seasoned Canyon hiker to enjoy some of its best aspects.

Cape Royal: From Grand Canyon Lodge, go north on Arizona 67. To the right (east) about a mile beyond the well-signed North Kaibab Trailhead is the road that crosses the Walhalla Plateau to Cape Royal and Point Imperial, two don’t-miss viewpoints. Follow it about 5 miles to a “T” intersection. Turn south and go about 14 miles to Cape Royal, one of the Canyon’s premier viewpoints. A fairly short, flat, easy trail begins on the southeastern side of the parking area and leads out over Angel’s Window, a huge natural arch that juts into the Canyon.

Point Imperial: Point Imperial is just 3 miles north of the “T” intersection. At more than 8,800 feet, it is the highest point on either rim and offers unrivaled views, especially of Mount Hayden and Saddle Mountain. An easy, 2-mile trail leads north from Point Imperial through an area burned by the Outlet Fire in 2000. The trail officially ends at the park boundary, but you can continue on to the Nankoweap Trail and Saddle Mountain area.

Vista Encantada: This overlook, several miles south of the “T” junction, offers impressive views of the Painted Desert to the east.

Walhalla Glades Ruins: These prehistoric ruins, believed to be almost 1,000 years old, are on the west side of the road a mile or so north of Cape Royal.

Go in autumn

If school schedules don’t force you to take vacation in summer, visit in September or October

LAST NOTE ABOUT ACCOMODATIONS: our only option, going in August instead of Sept or Oct as we now found out is best...was to stay in Pioneer cabin. I'd have preferred to stay in a tent, on a foam mat...the bed was that horrible. Hard, and old...and the cabin (supposedly to sleep 6, was so tiny you almost fell onto the bed when you opened the door. Also, I've had bigger showers on very small cruise ship cabins and RVs than this one. If you drop the soap, the shower curtain is going to be your best friend. Ugh.
So...we saw one of the WESTERN CABINS as we were getting ready to leave as one was being cleaned. WOW! HUGE difference...MUCH bigger, REAL beds with REAL mattresses...and a full tub/shower and has a nice fireplace, a PORCH with rocking chairs...just amazing difference. I would NEVER stay anywhere else than these WESTERN cabins. if you book a PIONEER cabin you will REGRET the choice.
Have a great time and enjoy the amazing scenery on the ride to/from the Canyon as well. A special surprise is seeing a BIG herd of BUFFALO right by the road on the way near the entrance to the park. They even crossed the road right in front of us! we also saw mule deer and other smaller wildlife, including a great fly-over by a condor!
:)
CJ Z in AZ

Room Tip: WESTERN cabins ONLY...if you pick anything else, you'll be sorry you did. if you're lucky...
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  • Stayed August 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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