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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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“Way better than expected”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

I had originally booked us a frontier cabin and felt very lucky we could stay overnight on site.
A month or so before our trip, I chanced to read some pretty awful reviews of the frontier cabins--one reviewer mentioned that it would be more comfortable to lie on the ground in the campground than stay at this particular cabin--it was supposedly noisy and tiny and dank. So, I hovered over the availability calendar at all hours and finally, about two weeks before our trip, I scored us a Western cabin.
Even the reviews on the Western cabins are mixed, but I, who like to hike and kayak all day and 'camp out' at a Hampton overnight, could not have been more pleased with the accommodation.
There were two double beds. The mattresses were comfortable and the linens lovely. Having expected 'rustic' bedding, I was very pleasantly surprised.There was a small dining table and two chairs, a desk and a fireplace in the main room. The cabin had been designed in the 1930's, so the bathroom sink was hanging on the wall--no room for toiletries. The tile floor was retro. There was a full tub and shower combo. A dispenser of organic shampoo, conditioner and body lotion was on the shower wall and there was another with hand soap over the sink.
BUT--there was a third little room. It had a countertop going across, with a mirror on the wall, so there was space for food prep and toiletries. There was a coffeemaker in this room with organic coffees and a small fridge--very small--under the counter. One of the best parts of this cabin was its front porch with rocking chairs.
The screens on the windows were in good condition, important, because there is no air conditioning.
We were lucky to come early and get a parking space reasonably close to the cabins. Some folks had quite a walk from the parking lot. There is a little trolley that will take your luggage, but considering the ridiculous wait we had to check in, we didn't want to have to get on line for the trolley as well.
The wait is why I am giving this lodge only a four and not a five. The cabin was a ten.
We arrived at two. Check in is at four. We were told to come back and see if any cabins were clean at three. We ate lunch, hiked to the overlook near the lodge, returned at three, had to wait on line again, and were told that the person who had spoken to us at two had not made any notes (though he led us to believe he was doing so) so we had not been allotted a cabin; we were advised to come back at four.
We decided to hike to Bright Angel Point, which turned out to be a good idea, as it started raining later. Great hike--lots of wonderful photo ops. We got back around four thirty. The line to check in was out the door (and, no, this was not the line for the restaurant). Though there were two or three--it varied--people working the windows, it took almost a full hour to check in.
Once we got settled in the cabin, though, the rest of the stay was blissful.
We expected noise--there was none--peace and quiet reigned.
We viewed sunset from the veranda of the lodge and stayed for a ranger presentation, which was very nice.
In the morning, we hiked a bit of the rim trail, then drove to Point Imperial and on to Bryce.
There are an ice station and a water bottle filling station near the parking lot, both of which proved very handy.
Book early and get a Western cabin near the lodge and not on the main drag.
Being able to overnight in a cozy cabin right near the canyon, drinking a cup of fresh java in the morning, rocking in a chair on your porch, makes the Grand Canyon North rim Lodge stay an incredible experience.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Stayed in the rustic cowboy cabin. Clean and comfy. You stay here for what is outside, not inside. Food at restaurant was great, bison burger. I always love the North Rim. The stars at night are just worth a trip here.

Room Tip: Remember it is four hours plus to the North Rim.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

The Grand Canyon Lodge is a cool building. The views are outstanding. The people working there are friendly and work hard. It just seemed to me that the management wasn't organized. We checked in to get the keys to our cabin around 6pm, and there was a group of people at the lodge entrance doorway in a line. The line went out the door. After standing in line for a few minutes, I got inside and I realized that they were actually in line for restaurant check-in. I laughed then found the correct line to check-in. There only had one person working checkin, so I ended up waiting about 15-20 minutes. The restaurant was ok. You definitely need a RSVP for dinner. You can book online on the NPS website. The lodge is the only option for a sit down dinner. The deli is ok for a quick meal. Pizza seemed to be the popular choice. The saloon has coffee in the am, and a good breakfast burrito. AT&T has no service in the Lodge area. You need to drive one mile to the convenience store for free Wifi. Verizon seems to have better luck. Our friends with Verizon got three bars. There is a pay phone which only takes coins. A pay phone call is $1 for four minutes. Next to the parking lot by the visitors center, there are two large ice machines with free ice. You can fill your cooler.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Northern California
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

The cabins are rustic, though some are newer than others. The essentials (roof, plumbing, etc.) were in good shape, but the room was small and basic. Ours was an ADA cabin, but it is not clear why there was no closet or its equivalent, or shelves or bureaus, or even hooks except one on the bathroom door. A small desk was the only storage space other than the floor. But to be so close to the north rim makes up for a lot; we spent most of our days outside drinking in the scenery and hiking on the many trails reachable out the door or within a few road miles. If we return, we will stay here because of the location; but we will book way in advance since the choices narrow early at this very popular spot. (The same is true for dinner reservations at the lodge restaurant.)

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Don't take any notice of any of the negative reviews on the site. We stayed for 2 nights in a basic cabin and loved it. Sure the cabin is small and a bit musty and dusty but that is not what this place is about, It was full of atmosphere, the beds were surprisingly comfortable and the cabin was nicely done out. Shower is fine - although not much space in the room. We were lucky to get a cabin close to the main lodge - you should bring a torch just in case. If i booked again i might pay extra for the cabins with the outdoor seating - only a couple had canyon views and I'm not sure they are worth paying the extra as, although very nice, were not very private and you can get the same views from the terrace or lodge. We didn't have any trouble getting a seat on the terrace and had a fantastic dinner in the dining room which was made all the more special by the charming waiter who made a real fuss of my 7 year old daughter and made her feel like a grown up!
You do need to book the dining room as I saw a lot of people walk up and get turned away. If you don't book then the options are limited - a basic deli, not great coffee shop or the cowboy cookout.
The cowboy cookout was quite fun but all over very quickly and the food wasn't that hot. I also would have expected dessert for the money paid - we were in and out in an hour. Woody and Cleda Jane provide the entertainment and our daughter was entranced - even making us buy the CD after! it is fun to get on the train there also.
Best of all about the lodge though is its location and the proximity to so many great trails etc to explore the canyon. I have been to the South Rim before and think there is no comparison .If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon you must stay here!

Room Tip: Book at least a year in advance to get a canyon view room. If not, then ask for a cabin close to th...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Herts England
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Having visited the South Rim 3 years ago we had decided to try the much more remote and quiet North Rim.
Long drive from Phoenix, but very much worth it as the Lodge and setting are stunning!
Our 2 interconnecting "Frontier" Cabins each had a double and single bed. Decent bathroom, clean and less than 5 minutes from the Canyon Rim at the Lodge. Rustic log cabins set away from the parking area so very quiet. Being single-storey also good as you are not disturbed by people above getting up for sunrise etc.
Bonus of WiFi in the general store was unexpected!
Restaurant OK ( except my wholemeal pasta was like trying to eat cardboard) friendly staff. Takeout pizza from the deli were good. good info centre/ souvenir store.
Wonderful terraces/trails by the Lodge for sunrise/sunset

Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Falls Church, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed two nights in a "Pioneer Cabin" just a few steps from the Lodge. The cabin was a rustic log cabin. It had a small refrigerator, two beds (double and a twin, I think), a desk and chair, and a large bathroom. This was one of the ADA cabins so the bathroom may have been larger as a result. There was a ceiling fan but no air conditioning. We stayed in early August. Not only was the lack of A/C not a problem, the first night we actually turned on all three of the wall mounted electric space heaters! Our cabin (#5) was quite close to the Lodge but, as a result, was a little bit noisy. Other cabins, further from the entry road and closer to the rim, would no doubt be a bit quieter. The only issue we noted with the cabin was a mild smell of sewage in the immediate area of the cabin. We never pin-pointed the source and it was not noticeable within the cabin but we noticed it every time we approached the cabin.

The North Rim is lovely and the Lodge is really amazing - big windows with great views and a veranda on either side. The large dining room has some amazing views as well.

We were extremely disappointed in the dining room. We felt the service was fair and the food was poor. I realize they have a captive audience (there is no option within 15 miles) but it would be nice to see them try. There is an on-site deli and the Lodge offers an alternative Cookout up at the campground as a dinner option.

Beware there is very limited cellular service. Apparently Verizon cell phones may work. AT&T phones do not. There is also very limited WiFi - the general store at the campground has good WiFi so we were able to call out using Skype from there.

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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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