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“Great place to stop for lunch”
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Jacob Lake Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Jacob Lake B&B and Inns
Rome, Italy
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288 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Great place to stop for lunch”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We stopped here on a long rainy drive from South Rim to Zion National Park and it turned out a great, cosy place to warm up and have a yummy burger and excellent fries. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. It's a family-run business and you can feel the warm spirit, they also offer accommodation, their fire place smells like it gets used every evening and they also sell stunning photographs of the nearby canyons from a local photographer (family member?) that are absolutely worth looking at. I'm pretty sure it was the best option for stopping along the way!

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Thanks for the review! This is a family owned business, we have had Jacob Lake Inn since 1923. The photographer is one of the owners, Matt Rich, and living in this area his whole life has given him a deep love for the country around here and an insight into the spirit of the place. So glad you enjoyed the burger and hand-cut fries. Please come again.
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is a cute place up in the woods "near" the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I read the reviews posted by others and was expecting rustic accommodations. Reviews were mixed about cleanliness and service. I was here on an overnight visit with a friend. The cabin we stayed in was indeed rustic. Two rooms separated by a small bathroom. The beds were clean, the bathroom & carpets could be cleaner. That said, the cabin was good for our overnight trip although we opted to postpone showers until we got home rather than attempt the tiny shower in the cabin. As others have mentioned, there is a large gap at the top and bottom of the bathroom door that prevents you from feeling the bathroom is a private experience.

On a different subject, the meals at Jacob Lake were enjoyable. We had a late lunch in the dining room and also a fabulous breakfast the next morning. I particularly liked the Kaibab Style pancakes with tasty whole grains and dried cranberries added to the pancake batter.

All in all it was a pleasant experience for one night. If you have camping gear it may be equally pleasant to stay in the forest service campground across the street, save some money and still enjoy the restaurant and bakery (must try the lemon zucchini cookies!). If you lack camping gear but are open to a camping-style experience with a hotel price tag, this may be the place for you. If you are looking for modern hotel amenities for the hotel price you may be happier planning to spend the night in a nearby town (like Kanab, UT) and factor the additional driving time into your plans.

As to service, we had mostly positive contacts with the staff at Jacob Lake Inn, but don't plan to rush through. Things move at a slower pace here, we enjoyed it by slowing our pace as well.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Thank you for your review. We will check the carpet in the room you occupied. We are glad you enjoyed our food and hope you will come again.
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Xenia, Ohio
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My husband, family ,some friends and I stayed here while visiting the Grand Canyon area. The accomodations were very nice, the food in the restaurant was good and the staff was great. I would highly recommend Jacob Lake Inn.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
We are glad you chose to stay at Jacob Lake Inn and hope you will come and stay with us again when you return to our beautiful area.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Inn is located about an hour north of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at the junction of US 89A and State Route 67 (the road to the Grand Canyon). My wife and I stayed here after two nights at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. It was a wonderful place to stay. We stayed in one of their cabins. The cabins are rustic but very comfortable. The one we had, I believe, may have been the only one without regular stairs going up to the wooden deck outside of the door. In lieu of steps we had a stair step of rocks. This was a bit difficult for my wife who does not have a lot of strength in her legs, but not a real problem.

What really made this place special was the people. Everyone was fantastic; friendly and very helpful. The Inn has been family owned and run since it was built in 1923. It is open all year, but summer is obviously their busy time. The Inn hires a large number of young students for the summer. Everyone was extremely helpful. One of the family members, Matt Rich, is a fantastic photographer and he offers a free hour and a half lecture on photography.

The food at the Inn is great. It is very home style in its preparation but fantastic! For lunch the day we stayed I had their "leftover meatloaf sandwich." The best meatloaf I have had. It is made with jalapeno peppers, so it is a little spicy, but not overly so. That evening I had their pork chop. It was cooked with cranberries, apricots, onions, and carrots. Delicious!

They also have a great selection of Navajo rugs, paintings, and photographs by Matt Rich. The quality of the rugs and the art is wonderful and the prices seem very reasonable.

The icing on the cake was on our way out we stopped at their service station. They had signs that sail "Self" like "back in the day;" however, they do give you service. I probably beat the young man to the pump, but he came out and washed the windows and offered to check the oil and tires. What a pleasant surprise.

Bottom line, definitely a place to stay, but if you cannot stay worth eating a meal. If you do not have time for that, stop in any buy some of their cookies. They are delicious too.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
What a great review! We are so glad you enjoyed what Jacob Lake Inn has to offer- good, friendly service by people who genuinely want to help you, good food at reasonable prices, excellent cookies, outstanding Native American merchandise, interesting presentations on photography and Navajo culture and a clean, comfortable place to stay. We have been here since 1923 and are deeply invested in this beautiful are and in doing our job well. Please come again.
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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is one of only 2 or 3 places to stay or eat within an hour of Grand Canyon's North Rim. This is not luxury or fine dining, but it is clean, neat, and friendly. The room had (weak) WiFi and a TV and a balcony, which is more than I can say for our cabin at the North Rim. The restaurant has good food and a typical (small) American menu. It is less fancy and less expensive than Grand Canyon lodge, which was actually better for my family. There are fresh baked goods, basic groceries, and a good selection of Grand Canyon and Native American gifts for sale. You can take a walk in the woods next to the rooms, watch humming birds in the fountain, and let your kids play on the playground. Several nights, there was a speaker about nature or Native American stuff.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
We appreciate your review and are glad you enjoyed staying in the forest and were able to see so much bird and wildlife. It is also nice that you realized that our rooms compare favorably to those at the North Rim lodge. We hope to have you as our guests again.
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I loved Jacob's Inn but I had no expectations going in - it was just a stop on our way to hiking north to south rim. it was a surprise to stay at such a true 'lodge-y' feeling place. It had a nice campy-family road trip feel. The main lobby with café, bakery and gift shop was right out of a 1970s vacation: loved the counter service (zinc bar with stools) the Indian gift shop (I saw an Navajo grandma come in to sell her rugs) and the delicious bakery with awesome cookies! There was a huge group of wholesome Mormon college kids working at Jacob's Inn for the summer, while they weren't the best trained or efficient - they were very nice and earnest and added to the overall appeal!
Yes as others mentioned the rooms were VERY rustic especially the bathrooms - so there is no luxury involved but completely fine for the night.
Overall the food and room were overpriced for the quality but it was the high season and they are the only hotel on the North Rim outside of the Park's accommodations which you have to book a year ahead.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thank you for your review. We are glad you felt the friendly, open spirit of Jacob Lake Inn. We hope you will come again.
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Cedar Hills, Utah
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We made a spur of the moment decision to stay here for the night and see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset (my husband had never been there) rather than push ahead and drive to Flagstaff on our way home from visiting family in Utah. They had a cabin available for less than the price of their hotel room. I knew the cabins were quite old (they warned us it was "rustic"), but the inside was in better condition than I expected. The room was clean and comfortable and it was nice to be in the woods. It was quiet the night we were there. The Grand Canyon was beautiful and we are so glad we stopped to enjoy this wonder. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't comment on that. If we had been there longer it would have been frustrating to be without wi-fi or cell service, but for just one night it was ok. It was a bit more expensive than a stay at a chain hotel in a more populated area, but I know the costs of running a business are more when an owner has to bring things in from a long distance. We would stay here again.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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JacobLakeFamily, Owner at Jacob Lake Inn, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
We are so glad you stayed with us at Jacob Lake Inn. The cabins are, as advertised, rustic, and are clean and maintained. This is a great place to stay and be in the beautiful, quiet forest. We are constantly trying to get better service with things like Wifi, but getting companies to invest in infrastructure in places as remote as this is difficult. We glad you took the time to just relax and enjoy nature. Please come again.
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Property: Jacob Lake Inn
Address: US 89A & AZ Hwy 67, at State Route 67, Jacob Lake, AZ 86022
Region: United States > Arizona > Jacob Lake
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Jacob Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jacob Lake Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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