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.
- 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