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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

Dump. In our two week road trip I had the worst night's sleep here. I did have high expectations for our rim side Pioneer cabin, but when we walked in and there was no view they started to sink. Then my friend and I started killing the bugs: several large mosquitos (and I mean LARGE), some weird green thing, a 1.5 inch cricket, a spider, and countless other critters. The room had not been cleaned, in fact the comment card from the previous tenant had been left all filled out!! I realize there is no other place to stay in the park but if you have to then get the cheapest room possible, then you won't feel like you are being ripped off so much. I am not picky, but I couldn't sleep at all because I heard noises and spent the night wondering what was crawling next to me. Yuck.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

We stayed in the mid range cabins. These have one full bed, one twin, a small desk, and tiny bathroom. The beds and pillows are awful, it is very noisy, but the location is good. It was a big disappointment after staying at Zion lodge. I would just camp in a tent or skip the N rim completely. S rim is more scenic and comfortable, though (WAY!!) more crowded. The only significant hike is shared with mules much of the way. No TV, internet, and marginal mobile signal (all of which could be considered a positive by some).

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2010

Difficult because we all have different taste, but our experience: Terrible! (We don't like camping.)

The lodges are noisy, hot and you can hear the people next to you.
No amenities, little rooms with bad lighting, could shower.
Remarkable: the weren't using energy saving lights for example, something we would expect in a NP. Our most expensive night of 21 in the States, not worth the costs.

The views at the lodge are not as beautiful as the view at Angels Window at the Walhalla plateau. The changing lights at sunset are breathtaking and not to crowded. Our tip: stay outside the park and drive to Angels Window directly.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sweeetypie
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

We stayed 2 nights in a Frontier cabin in end of June. These cabins have been very well-described elsewhere in these reviews. We were quite happy with the cabin and the price. They are quite small but adequate. We were in Frontier cabin 56 and we were only a 2 minute walk to the lodge, the restaurant, the deli and the saloon. Price was reasonable. Location superb and the lodge itself was rustic and delightful.

Unlike the other two cabin types (Western and Pioneer), the Frontier cabins are duplexes. While the walls are made of thick logs, the door between the two cabins is half or three-quarter inch wood. Not at all sound proof! We could hear our neighbors the first night but they were thankfully pretty quiet. We all had a nice night's sleep. The second night was a different story. Our new neighbor was a major league snorer. He was so loud that starting about 11 p.m. he was waking us up continuously. The snoring got louder and louder until by around 1 a.m., we could not sleep at all. It was so bad that we started talking loudly ourselves and finally we were shouting out to please be quiet. This stopped him for a while but it continued until the morning.

Our advice: North Rim is not to be missed, lodge and trails are fabulous, but avoid the Frontier cabins - pay the extra and get a Pioneer or Western cabin if you can to eliminate the possibility of losing a night's sleep in this wonderful, place. If you have to take a Frontier cabin or the motel, then bring highly effective ear plugs and hope you do not get a heavy snorer.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

Coming up with an overall rating for the Grand Canyon Lodge is tricky, as it has many very different features to consider, and the lodging competition is a fair distance away, outside the park. Without a doubt, staying for at least a couple days at the north rim is an exceptional experience - the views of the canyon are stunning, the historic main lodge perched on the rim of the Transept is awesome, the volunteer and ranger programs are wonderful, the rim hikes are beautiful, and the mule rides are fun. Even if the rooms and dining were of poor quality, everything else necessarily assures a high rating and strong recommendation for the overall experience.

Fortunately the cabins and dining room are indeed satisfactory, but visitors should have modest expectations compared to some other National Park lodges.

For the second time in three years my family visited the North Rim, staying in a Pioneer cabin (two bedrooms, a queen in one and a set of bunk beds in the other). We had had a good overall experience the last time, and were very curious to see how things were going under the new management (Forever Resorts just took over the concession). I'm happy to report that since our visit three years ago, the cabins appear to have been spruced up. The furniture in our cabin was relatively new (and of an attractive rustic peeled-log style). Beds were much more comfortable, and there was a very nice couch in the room (something we hadn't had previously). Bedding and towels were much nicer than before. There was a refrigerator and a coffee maker, but of course no TV and no wifi in the rooms (cell coverage a little spotty as well as i recall). There's a second sink in one of the bedrooms (the one with the bunk beds). The cabin 'shells' were unchanged, naturally: small but adequate, with the same old semi-functional windows and meager lighting (and in our case, a rodent access hole in the wall). Overall, we found our room more comfortable this time than last. Don't expect views from rooms; in general the Pioneer cabins don't have any, and only a few of the other cabins do (and those have the constant foot traffic of the Bright Angel trail passing in front of them).

Service seemed fine, though I was annoyed when the room cleaning service went around knocking on doors before 8 AM.

Anyone who hasn't stayed at the Lodge cabins before may be surprised by the distance between parking and their room. Although we didn't mind hauling our stuff a couple hundred feet (though one feels it at over 8000 ft elevation), the lodge does provide a porter service if requested.

While the room was nicer than before, the food and service at the main dining room have suffered a bit since three years ago. Of course, the change in management and the difficulty of staffing a seasonal resort present understandable challenges, but it was a disappointment nevertheless. Still, it's a cool place to eat dinner, and you should make reservations well in advance since it really books up. (Hint: the view from the dining room is better an hour or two before sunset, before the walls of the canyon become too shaded). For breakfast/lunch we preferred to eat at the Deli.

In summary: the North Rim is "must see" and the Lodge is a pleasant and convenient way too experience it. Just be prepared for somewhat rustic accomodations, and a dining room that is visually stunning but only OK in terms of the food itself.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

The Lodge compound is made up of a Grand building that includes restaurant, lecture room, sun room, and 2 side porches. Immediately surrounding the Lodge are the store, saloon, US Post Office, Park welcome center, and a casual snack bar and public bathrooms. The guest rooms are in log cabin condos. Those on the right or west side where we stayed are known as frontier or pioneer cabins. The frontier ones are closer to the road than the pioneer ones. We were in a frontier cabin with one double bed and one twin bed. Room had a great little wall heater which we really appreciated - lows in the mid 30s and highs in the mid 50s while we were there. There are also 2 motel units further from the Lodge. We have also stayed in a cabin previously that was on the east side. It was bigger and roomier than our frontier cabin which was all that was available in January when we booked for June. The camp ground has a nice camp store where we bought fruit & wine, sandwich fixings, & breakfast foods, using a cooler we'd picked up in our airport city. The restaurant serves decent food and the speed of being seated has much improved. Maybe the addition of a barbecue buffet in the campground with transportation and entertainment included has helped to reduce the crowding at the restaurant. The view at sunset is spectacular! The Lodge sits right on the canyon wall edge! Shop had some warm clothes at a decent price! Bathroom was quite adequate, though once the hot water was not. Cellphone internet did work.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

We were not sure what to expect at the North Rim and The Grand Canyon Lodge, but we had a great time. We stayed in a western cabin that was very comfortable. We has a gas fireplace which came handy as the temperature was in the 40s at night. The lodge was a beautiful building with great windows overlooking the canyon. We ate in the resturant - food was good - service was great. However, reservations are needed asap if you don't want to eat late. We also had a pizza from their deli which was good also. Highly recommend the lodge and the North Rim Lodge. You don't experience the crowds that the South Rim gets.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range: £151 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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