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Goulding's Lodge & Campground
Mickpr from: Melbourne, Australia
Published Date: Apr, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Great People to Deal With!!
My wife and I had a 2 month trip booked to Canada / USA starting August 2020. We had paid an accommodation deposit with Gouldings and booked a full day valley tour. Like many others we had to cancel our trip due to Covid-19.
Goulding were excellent in responding to emails, cancelling our bookings and provided a full refund without any penalties.
We look forward to actually visiting Gouldings once international travel out of Australia is again permitted.
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
doncha1 from: Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Published Date: Apr, 2, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
Very poor value for money
Room type: Two bedroom apartment (with rollaway bed) - located a short way from the main complex
The location is within the Monument Valley area, although a couple of miles outside the park entrance. There is only one other hotel in this area, which is inside the park itself. I was bitterly disappointed in our stay here, it was a stopover on a 9 week trip around the US and it was the worse accomodation of our trip. Our room was located to the back of the complex, I expected this as it was advertised as such, needless to stay it is important to be aware that these 2 bed apartments have no views and the area is very poorly lit. Other than a strip of grass in front of the apartment block the area is not at all landscaped and with a little effort and attention it would improve the guest stay so that you can enjoy the wonderful night sky.
The apartment is extremely dated and in a very poor state - totally unacceptable for the price paid. There was a large crack in bedroom window which were so dusty you could not see out of them clearly, the bathroom cupboards were damaged, old and worn as was the flooring, there were dark, miserable furnishings throughout and a poor TV reception. The kitchen facilities looked to be from the 80's and the whole room was quite depressing to stay in. We had booked a rollaway bed, we had to request this twice as it was not in the room, when it arrived it was an old rickety dirty frame and not much fun to sleep on! The staff were just OK, we were only booked for the night, thank goodness as I would have simply refused to stay any longer. This is probably the harshest accomodation review i've ever written as I like to give a balanced opinion, but I regret to say with the price we paid for one night i'm afraid i cannot think of one good thing to say.
Tips: If you do decide to stay here, pay the extra for a room near the complex where you have easy access to the facilities and at least views into the valley.
ashirtale from: Belleville, Canada
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Mar, 29, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Not worth the price
Along with a friend, we spent an amazing day touring Monument Valley. If you haven't been there you really must go!
That evening we checked into Goulding's Lodge ($149.00) The room had 2 queen sized beds. The decor could have been so much better....the wallpaper clashed with the bed spread which clashed with the drapes. The size of the room was decent enough, but then there was a really small tv on the far side of the room - binoculars would have been appreciated.
We went to the restaurant for dinner. Make sure if you are in the lower section of the hotel, drive up to the restaurant. We both are in fairly good shape, but honestly there should be at least one oxygen station available to complete the climb up all the stairs. The food was okay, but not worth the climb.
Two photos included are the view from our room of Monument Valley and looking from lower level of the Lodge up to the upper level.
Overall, we were not impressed enough with this hotel to ever stay there again. On our next visit to Monument Valley, we will book a hotel in Kayenta, about 35 minutes away.
AussiePD from: Brisbane, Australia
Published Date: Mar, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
You will not forget the view of Monument Valley at Sunrise & Sunset
We stayed here for 2 nights. We stayed in a self contained 1 bedroom cabin #451.
That gave us 2 x Sun Rises and 2 x Sunsets.
From our front porch the view across over the airfield to Monument valley was - spectacular.
The cabin was very good. Large double in the main area and a separate bedroom.
The half day of our arrival we went across to Monument Valley.
The full day we went up to the Canyon of the Ancients, Bluff and stopped both on the way out and on the way back at the Forrest Gump Viewpoint which is about mile 14-15 on the highway north.
Yes its out of the way but the drive is worth the effort.
I would highly recommend staying here. The hotel rooms are quite a bit higher so the view from up there would likely be even better
- Rooms: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
TJOBee from: Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Published Date: Mar, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Worth the drive...
After driving up from Williams, we passed through Kayenta. Just before the sign to Goulding's Lodge, the fog came in!! See previous reviews of mine on Williams and the Grand Canyon! Checked in after a while. We had booked months earlier on my brother and sister in law's recommendation. However, in the meantime our bank had given us another credit card with a different number and the reception staff would unwilling to accept this! How many people turn up here from 6000 miles away trying to blag a paid for room! We even had their e-mail confirmation and our valid passports! Eventually, the manager seemed appeased that we were one and the same! It was now snowing as well, as we hauled our luggage up the stairs to our room. We flung open the curtains to take in the view. We could just make out the railings on our balcony! Went to the restaurant for a truly exceptional meal. Too much for my wife. I manfully ate all mine. A quick surf around the gift shop and to bed. My wife awoke earlier than me and so had the pleasure of opening the curtains, walking onto the balcony and taking dozens of photographs on the sun came up. I was still asleep! Eventually, awakening I was amazed at the view. Back to the restaurant and then the drive to Monument Valley itself....
- Rooms: 4
- Value: 4
- Service: 5