Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
(Grand Canyon Area)
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Set on the quieter North Rim side, missed by most visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon Lodge is a terrific choice for your American adventure. Surrounded by a number of popular hiking trails, and with stunning views of the Grand Canyon itself so close by, there’s no better place to reconnect with the great outdoors than here.
From rustic cabins to comfy hotel rooms, the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim embraces its location wholeheartedly. Located within easy walking distance of the North Rim, each of the guestrooms here offer the quiet serenity guests seek in visiting this beautiful part of the world.
Serving hearty meals throughout the day, dining at the Grand Canyon Lodge is truly memorable; sourcing ‘all natural’ ingredients locally, the Lodge has an appealing menu of Regional favourites and 1930s-inspired cuisine. In the summer months, the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim host a good old American cookout – with live Country & Western music and an all-you-can-eat buffet, it’s an experience not to be missed.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- 24 hour front desk
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Name: Grand Canyon National Park Airport
- Distance: 349 kilometres
Bar and Restaurant
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Nearest Airport Name: Grand Canyon National Park Airport Distance: 349 kilometres
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 2241 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Western Cabin Partial Rim View
Stay Date: 09/2017, Eileen B wrote this review.
The cabin had two queen beds, a desk, table with two chairs and a fireplace along with a full bath. It also had another small room which had drawers, a place to hang clothes, an ironing board and iron, counter space, another mirror, a coffee maker a… See more
The cabin had two queen beds, a desk, table with two chairs and a fireplace along with a full bath. It also had another small room which had drawers, a place to hang clothes, an ironing board and iron, counter space, another mirror, a coffee maker and mini refrigerator. The partial rim view was not great but the trade off is that the cabin was not on a direct foot path so more peaceful to sit on the porch in the evening. The bedding was very comfortable after a long day on our feet. There was plenty of hot water. Be aware that sound travels with windows open so you can hear conversations from nearby cabins and people on the paths. Parking is a good distance away but the lodge does provide employees with carts to transport your luggage if requested. The fact that there is no AC was not a problem even with daytime temperatures in the high 80s. In fact the second night we were there we had to close a few windows due to wind. Cell service is spotty in some areas and the only wifi access is at the general store near the campground but that was not unexpected. Limited dining options is the reason for only giving this property a 4. Collapse
Uncomfortable Sleep and Poor Service, but Convenient with Decent Food
Stay Date: 09/2017, via_the_bee wrote this review.
The trails and lookouts near the lodge were wonderful, but our poor check-in experience and the uncomfortable night we spent in our "motel room" resulted in us leaving after only one night. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is beautiful and remote; … See more
The trails and lookouts near the lodge were wonderful, but our poor check-in experience and the uncomfortable night we spent in our "motel room" resulted in us leaving after only one night. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is beautiful and remote; unlike the South Rim, it does not benefit from gateway towns like Williams and Flagstaff. The most convenient option for staying at the North Rim, except for camping, is to get a room at the North Rim Lodge. There are several pluses to staying at the Lodge. You are steps away from Bright Angel Point and the Transept Trail, from which we had spectacular views at sunrise and sunset. The dining options at the Lodge are very good, and there is always somewhere to eat (the coffee shop opens at 5:30AM, and the saloon stays open until 11). I had a very nice espresso from the coffee shop, and the brisket and quesadilla served on the veranda overlooking the canyon were both very tasty (eating on the veranda was one of our favorite things to do at the lodge). The main reason for my lower score is that the motel rooms were uncomfortably and inexcusably hot. To save energy, there is no air conditioning at the lodge. This should not have been a problem during our visit: it only got up to the high 80s during the day and the air was cool, in the 60s, by the evening. However, the rooms seem to trap heat, and it is nearly impossible to ventilate them. We opened the window and the door to our room and it did nothing to cool our room. Instead of a ceiling fan, the rooms should have box fans or the like in the windows, which would probably use less energy than the ceiling fans and be far more effective. Service at the lodge was also hit or miss. When I asked about shuttles and various hiking options at the North Kaibab Trail, an agent at the front desk rudely asked: "Have you ever done a hard hike?" The agent seemed totally unfamiliar with the trail and the various turn-around points, and it was pretty shocking that they would instead choose to insinuate that a guest didn't know what they were doing... It made us feel most unwelcome. When we ate on the veranda, our waitress was just about to end service. Another group arrived a few minutes after us, and service had ended. When they asked about where else to dine on the property, the waitress just walked away without answering their question - she seemed to be in a hurry to leave. However, we had great service from the restaurant check-in desk and at the gift shop. I think that with better training and perhaps more staffing, most of these issues could be ameliorated. Also note that there is no WiFi anywhere on the property. I could get decent Verizon 4G signal from the veranda (enough to text pictures and browse the web). Since the lodge is the main hub for the North Rim, parking can fill up quickly around peak times, so if you are planning on stopping by for dinner, be sure to stake out a spot early. From the lodge, you'll have easy access to the trails and good dining options. However, until the hotel makes some improvements, I would spend as few nights staying at the lodge as possible. Collapse
Dining room review
Stay Date: 09/2017, Tom I wrote this review.
We enjoyed the lodge dining room on a day trip to the North Rim. One day is enough here unless you are a serious hiker. The lunch menu was very good, service excellent and the view spectacular. Fun day.
We enjoyed the lodge dining room on a day trip to the North Rim. One day is enough here unless you are a serious hiker. The lunch menu was very good, service excellent and the view spectacular. Fun day. Collapse
I almost didn't post this review
Stay Date: 09/2017, Freeskier118 wrote this review.
Long story short: bedbugs. I almost didn't post this review. I thought the staff handled the situation really well and since it's really a national epidemic at this point, it's almost not fair to put it on the internet. On the other hand, well, I… See more
Long story short: bedbugs. I almost didn't post this review. I thought the staff handled the situation really well and since it's really a national epidemic at this point, it's almost not fair to put it on the internet. On the other hand, well, I have 14 bites on one hand and it's about a 5th of the number of bites I got. All my gear is in trash bags in the back of my rental car--just in case--and I left the Grand Canyon kind of devastated by my experience there. All this from a night on which I thought I was treating myself to an awesome historic cabin on my birthday rather than camping in the campground. Here's how it went down: I woke up pre-dawn for a hike in the canyon and noticed evidence on my pillow. I quickly confirmed by spotting a live bug. It was immediately apparent what was going on. At this point I have to emphasize that the staff handled things efficiently and effectively. I went to the front desk and was greeted by the manager, who listened to what happened and expressed a great deal of care for our situation. She advised that they would check the room out to confirm, then would most likely heat treat--a method with a good reputation for success. She offered to heat treat our belongings as well, and we accepted, though it's a 6-hour process. The hotel comped our room, and treated us to dinner at the expensive dining room while we waited for the treatment to finish. At no point did I feel that they were minimizing the issue, and they were extremely apologetic. If there's a right way to deal with a situation like this, I think that's how they handled it. None of the bedbug horror stories that you read about--denying the problem, blaming the victim, etc.--applied. So that all left me in a tough spot on this review. The hotel addressed my issue well, but it still kind of ruined my trip. I'm itchy, my innocence on bedbugs is shattered, and, although I have no real reason to assume that the heat treatment didn't work, I just ordered a $200 begbug oven shipped to my house so I can nuke my gear again when I get back. I am not risking thousands of dollars in extermination costs in bringing this problem home with me, and I think at this point that some light paranoia is justified. I'm not trying to be punitive to the hotel in posting this review--I just really hope that guests take steps to protect their belongings from getting infested in order to prevent further spread and protect their investment in their vacation. Collapse
Great meal to end the day!
Stay Date: 08/2017, keith1121 wrote this review.
We visited the North Rim late in the day and stayed until sunset. After I got all the pics I wanted, it was time for something to eat. We were staying at Jacob Lake and knew that meal choices would be very limited, especially late in the evening. We … See more
We visited the North Rim late in the day and stayed until sunset. After I got all the pics I wanted, it was time for something to eat. We were staying at Jacob Lake and knew that meal choices would be very limited, especially late in the evening. We decided to give the lodge a shot... we had got mixed reviews before going. We were expecting a wait, but were seated as soon as we walked up. The restaurant was very nice and dated to what we thought a lodge at the Grand Canyon should look like. We had done our homework on what to order, so only had to narrow down from a few choices after getting our servers opinion. My wife ordered the Elk Wellington and I ordered the Bison Short ribs. Both came with bread & oil, veggies and some of the best mashed taters that I have had in a while!! Everything was delicious!! The meat was so tender that you didn't even have to cut it. We did not feel one bit rushed, even though they were kinda busy. Our server was right on top of things and there when we needed her. After our meal, we enjoyed looking around in the gift shop and letting our food settle a bit before our lengthy drive back. I would recommend this place for a great meal after a long day. If you have a large group, you might all ahead for a reservation. Also, note that you can see the sunset from the dining room if a table near a window is available. Collapse
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