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“You don't have to stay here to enjoy the View”
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The View Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monument Valley
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We stayed here one night in May 2012. Had a ground floor "superior view room". This was the most expensive place we stayed in our two weeks plus of Northern Arizona, Colorado and Utah and you are clearly paying for the location, not the amenities. Though a nice enough hotel, if you are staying the night in MV, and the rates are less at Goldings, Goldings could be just as good a place to stay.

The only reason I can think of that would make the View worthwhile is if you absolutely must be at that spot for the golden hour in the am or for night shots to take pictures. It's pretty nice to take shots from the patio in your jammies.

Otherwise, you can drive up to the View (paying your Navajo entrance fee) and enjoy the daytime or evening view from the very large patio and viewing areas at the hotel.

Our room had 2 queen beds, very comfortable. The hairdryer kept shorting out until we cleaned all the lint and hair from it. The patio screen was off its track, and no matter what we did, it kept falling out, which made going in and out a challenge. The place was spotlessly clean

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

We traveled through a sand/smoke storm to get there. We opened the curtains to our hotel room and knew we had arrived someplace very special. Woke up to watch the sunrise over the course of a couple hours and have wonderful pictures and memories. Hotel was clean, beds good, restaurant Navajo fare good, even gym was okay. Service was spotty--not a lot of hospitality and prices in Navajo country inflated--that said --one night should suffice. Good memories/great px.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank napajoe
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

We only stayed one night as it's very expensive and there isn't much to do around there. The view is amazing and every room has a balcony that overlooks the valley. If you've got a 4x4 I'd recommend doing the circular off road drive to see all the rocks. Was a bit disappointed with the quality of the food in the hotel restaraunt.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank Katy378
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We paid more for this hotel than any other on our trip. But the view from your room is worth it. You can sit on your balcony and watch the golden pre-sunset light on the “Mittens.” But do note that they are in the shadow maybe 15 or 20 minutes before the actual sun set. When this happens go across the hall to see the sunset to an outdoor viewing area on the second and third floors that looks to the west. There were some clouds to make the sunset nice but the colors were never spectacular.

After the sunset we relaxed with a picnic style dinner with wine and beer on our balcony. Do, however, be very discrete and don’t dispose your beer cans in a clear plastic bag as we saw at the next stop on our trip. We used the microwave to heat up the leftovers from our previous dinner at the el Tovar dining room on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. So that saved us the cost of dinner and helped pay for the room although apparently the prices in the dining room aren’t as high as one might expect. We also ate breakfast in our room as we watched the sun come up.

I would definitely advise against the extra cost of the “Star View” room like we had. The building overhang still covers half of the sky directly above your balcony. It can get windy here once the desert heats up. I’m thinking that when there is wind it might be less of a problem for the ground and middle floor balconies. Also the shade from the balcony above would be good if you are on your balcony in the heat of the day. If you have a ground floor room you don’t have to deal with the one elevator that might have a traffic jam during peak checkout times. There is no view advantage for the upper level rooms because this hotel sits at the top of a 150+ foot cliff.

The rooms are in one long line going from north to south, facing east. The lobby, restaurant, and visitors’ center are at the north end. For some dumb, strange reason the restaurant juts out maybe 50 feet from the rest of the building toward the monuments. This probably would somewhat obscure the “Valley View” rooms view to one of the monuments to the north. The “Premium Valley View” are farther from the reception and dining and supposedly have a better view to the north and maybe worth the approximate $20 more. However these rooms are farther from the elevator Also farther from the dining room if that is an issue for you. It was inconvenient, time wise, to wheel our luggage the whole length of the building on the top floor to the elevator and then the whole length of the building in the parking lot to the only available parking space for our car. The fire stairs at the middle and the south end have signs telling you only to use them in an emergency. They were not alarmed when we were there so disregard the sign use them to get to your car. You use your room key for the several entrances from the parking lot.

The rooms were quite nice—better than what some reviews say. The bathroom is spacious and the shower bar is curved to give more space. The beds were comfortable. Also, unlike Gouldings, the rooms here are soundproofed from your neighbors.

We were glad we did get up early to see the sunrise. It was much better than I expected and maybe better than the sunset.

We did a tour in an open jeep with Sacred Monument Tours. We arranged well in advance to meet our guide to start just an hour after sunrise. We had much to do that day as we were moving on to Canyon de Chelly. Apart from this we were glad we started so early because the wind and dust were really picking up by the time we were done with our tours. I decided to take the 2 ½ hour tour of Mystery Valley followed by a short break to use the toilets at the visitor center adjacent to the View and then a 2 ½ hour tour of Monument Valley and the Back Country. With a private tour for just the two of us we didn’t have to wait for others and could set our own pace. We felt we had adequate time. For about the first 45 minutes at the beginning there were a few clouds so the landscapes in the cloud shadow were not so brilliant. But then the clouds burned off. A few early morning clouds is probably rather frequent.

The two tours were a bit different. We were glad to have done both but the Monument Valley and Back Country is the more spectacular. Even though they might be a bit cheaper, definitely don’t take a tour where they use a flat bed truck with seats mounted on the back. Other reviews might explain this. When we were there the sunrise was about 6:05 in late May and we started our tour at about 7:00. By the time we returned from the second part of the tour the wind had picked up and the visitor center parking lot was nearly full with tour busses, RVs/camper vans, and vehicles for other day trippers. We were glad to have an open Jeep but if it is windy a closed vehicle would be more comfortable. Although it was sad to leave Monument Valley it was nice to get away from the newly arrived day-tripper mob. The place is quiet at sunrise and sunset.

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5  Thank AllenDC
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We stayed in their highest priced room- a suite furtherest away from the Lobby that claims to have the best views. It really didn't because when you are at the end of the bldg you are also overlooking parking and some garbage containers. It was a big room with a pullout sofa which would be great if you have kids with you BUT this place is clearly overpriced. The interior of the rooms resemble a Holiday Inn and quite frankly you can get just as good a view by not staying overnight and watching the sunset from the porch off of the restaurant.

Service was poor for a room in the high $200 price category. We arrived around 8:15 PM and the dining room was closing at 9PM so I called the lobby to confirm that if we walked in 15 minutes before 9PM we would still be able to be served. Her answer was "Probably"!! Then the next morning I called to ask if they had complimentary coffee in the lobby before the restaurant opens at 7AM. The answer was yes I have about 2 cups left . To which I replied well do I have to run down now to get those 2 cups or will you be making another pot. Answer: Not making any more coffee we have to stop before the restaurant opens. But it was 6:05AM and the restaurant opens at 7AM!!

The only really good reason to book a room at Monument Valley View is if you are meeting a guide there early in the AM for a personal tour; that way you just walk down to the lobby and start your tour w/o having to drive about 30 minutes or so in from the nearest town. We did that and had a wonderful 3.5 hrs tour in an open air vehicle with Shea from monumentvalleysafari.com. This tour was the real deal and we were taken to areas that those not on tour cannot go and Nate the tour company owner is totally responsive to calls and emails. We learned so much from Shea that was interesting. Highly recommend Monument Valley Safari tours. As for the hotet, next time I'll book an afternoon tour and drive into the hotel for dinner after th tour and watch the sunset from their many available public decks.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank kokindaboat
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

The View was a fantastic experience. It is the only place to see both sunrise and sunset over Monument Valley from your balcony. The room was very nice, not fancy and quite comfortable. We enjoyed the Navajo fare available in the restaurant. The food and the view were both quite enjoyable. The place is expensive, but what do you expect? It is worth staying a night or two.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

If you want to see monument valley this is the place to stay. You are right on the reservation and you basically have the valley to your self in the morning. The hotel walls are a lttle thin and the windows are too small, but i is not bad.
Restaurant is good, but note that there is no alchohol served on the reservation.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Indian Route 42 East, Monument Valley, UT 84536
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Region: United States > Utah > Monument Valley
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monument Valley
Price Range: £120 - £265 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The View is the only hotel inside the Monument Valley Tribal Park. Every guestroom has a private balcony with a view of the iconic formations of Monument Valley - so close that you feel like you can reach out and touch The Mittens! Guestrooms feature flat screen TVs, coffee makers, refrigerator, microwave, and wireless Internet. Enjoy the panorama of Monument Valley while dining in The View restaurant with views to the rising sun and the sunset as well. ... more   less 
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