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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
KansasCR from: Kansas City, Kansas
Published Date: Sep, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
North Rim visit
Location, location, location. Quite primative actually. While there is electricity, running water and hot showers, no tv and no wifi. Bed even felt tilted and squeaked. And with all this said, we loved it. Much more comfortable than camping in a tent, great location and with lots of charm! We booked 6 months out and could only stay one night due to availability. We woke up at 5:00 am, grabbed a cup of coffee and went to the lookout to watch the sun wake the canyon up. Staff was all very kind too!
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
JaxMahan from: New Bern, North Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Pioneer Rim Cabin for 2 Nights
Julie checked us in to Pioneer Rim cabin 10. One of the keys wasn’t the right one, but she exchanged it when we went back to the lodge. Views from this cabin are minimal (the cabin overlooks the Trancept Trail), but are better in the 300 section of the Pioneer Rim Side cabins. The 300 section also have small porches with rocking chairs. (Cabins 1-100 are close to the lodge, but don’t have porches with rocking chairs.) The motel rooms looked small, but comfortable, and are slightly newer than the cabins, but further from the lodge.
The cabins are quite old and “rustic”, with tiny bathrooms. No closets/dressers, so plan to live out of your suitcase. Only “natural” air conditioning (open windows), but quite a pleasant cross breeze and the ceiling fan worked well. Note that the cabin interior is dark with just a few lamps/an overhead light. They do have a small single-serve coffee maker, small refrigerator, and a hair dryer. Just a heads up that the parking is quite a distance from the cabins, so use smaller suitcases/backpacks as appropriate.
Turkett (from Istanbul, a seasonal foreign worker) was our cabin attendant. He was leaving the day after we arrived, but did remove our dirty towels that morning. He did not make up the bed.
Views from the lodge are INCREDIBLE, especially about 5:00 p.m.
The saloon serves good beers and a few artisan cocktails that are quite good. You can also get espressos, cappuccinos, and coffee there.
The deli has premade salads, pizza (slice/pie), soft drinks and soft serve ice cream.
Post office onsite (M-F), or ask the gift shop for stamps.
Bright Angel Trail is a reasonable 30 minutes with spectacular views. Not recommended for acrophobics/people who have difficulty walking. NO SELFIES unless you are standing against a railing; they’ve lost 3 people through the Canyon this season alone due to selfies on the edge!
Trancept Trail has limited views of the Canyon, but is interesting nonetheless.
We left EARLY (6:30 a.m.) to travel to our next destination. About 5 miles out, we saw a herd of Bison. And for 30+ miles, we observed cows and deer (several running across the road in front of us, so be wary near dawn/dusk).
kdkb from: Overgaard, Arizona
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great quiet place
I had only been to the south rim. I had no idea what a joy the north rim was going to be. Fewer tourists and totally different views. The Cabins were comfortable, but the walls were thin. If your neighbors are getting up at 5 to view the sunrise, so are you. Would definitely stay again. Never going back to the south rim.
A5591KWrebeccah from: Buffalo, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Mehhh, bad experience unfortunately
Nice location, but cabins not very clean. Dusty, dark, ...we also had problem with bedbugs..which wasted an entire morning of our two day stay. Housekeeping were nice, but shouldn't have had this problem if cleaning crew was trained adequately to identify. We had to pay to wash our own items, move to other cabin, and were not compensated ... Lucky we recognized it after one night do we didnt take critters home with us!! But what a nightmare! Ruined our stay/ opinion of this location to stay. Too bad because property in beautiful location and such wonderful potential to be a pleasant stay.
shelterform from: Santa Fe, NM
Published Date: Sep, 10, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
This is the place to be when visiting the Grand Canyon
This is the best place to stay when visiting the park. The accomodations while old and a bit worn are unique. Ever stayed in a real log cabin? We stayed in a Pioneer Rimside which has 2 rooms and a small bath with shower. The important thing here is these cabins are very convenient walking distance to the lodge. The lodge itself is a classic example of 1930's National Park Architecture. It has a really beautiful outdoor patio where one can have a really sublime experience watching the sun go down over the canyon while imbibing a nice wine or draft. That being said staying at this place you are captive to the lodge restaurant. There is no other place to eat. And this is a big negative because the food is overpriced and ranges from mediocre to bad to uneatible. Taking all into account, this is a way better place to experience a world class spectacular place without hordes of tourists that you will encounter on the south rim.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 3