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“Renovated cabins steps from the Grand Canyon” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052   |  
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Arnold, Maryland
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“Renovated cabins steps from the Grand Canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

We were lucky enough to stay in two connecting Frontier cabins on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The single room cabins have a short double bed and single bed, but can connect to an identical room for families. This is basic lodging - beds, a bathroom, a desk and a shelf for clothes, nothing else. No air conditioning, but the windows opened and we did use the heater one night in June! However, the location is amazing. Stay here for the National Park experience.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

It would have been nice to have know in advance that you SHARE cabins - they are split into two or three units per cabin. We heard every word our 'neighbors' said well into the night, while trying very hard to keep our kids quiet as not to disturb others-- not very family friendly accomodations. We had been under the impression that we'd have our own tiny cabin, instead we had half of a tiny cabin!
The food offered in the Lodge restaurant is 'adult' food -- steak, artichoke dips, crab, salmon salad, brisket, etc. We ended up cancelling our dinner reservations and going to the deli to buy sandwiches and fruit cups. One CHANGE that they made that isn't posted is the price is REDUCED on the Chuckwagon ride and dinner. Adults are $35 and kids are only $11 with kids 0-5 free (was $22 per child last year). That's a fun experience for a decent price.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We spent one night in the Pioneer Cabin with a rim view. We loved it! It didn't have air conditioning so it was warm when we went to bed, but we had to turn the heater on when we got up. This was a great experience for our family!!

The only complaint I have is the bugs. I realize this cabin is meant to be primitive, but there were many spiders in our room.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quartz Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

It is definitely worth it to book a cabin with a rim view a year in advance. We truly liked our cabin. We had the frontier cabin and it sleeps 6 but we also put two little girls on the floor to sleep eight. Tight! but it works. The cabin has two doors. One opens to the living room with full size bunk beds and a double sofa futon. The other door leads to the queen bedroom. The small, but adequate bathroom is between the two. There is also another sink in the living room--very convenient. Once the futon pulls out all the space is used up in the living room. However, the queen bedroom is very spacious and the door locks! with windows on both side the room is very airy and very breezy. There is a fridge and a coffee maker to heat water and make hot chocolate in the morning for the kids. We enjoyed the Grand Canyon Cookout Experience--very worth it. Everyone there is extremely pleasant and the dinner show was outstanding. Everyone loved it. The food is plentiful and very good. The biscuits were huge! The cookout is located at the campground so one could walk the 1 mile trail that connects to the lodge easily and or walk it back after dinner as it is not quite dark yet. There is Wi-Fi at the campground store. We took the Cape Royal Scenic Drive and it was wonderful. I am glad we didn't miss it. It was a lot easier drive than I thought it would be and the views at the end was amazing and not to be missed. There is even a little nature walk getting to it that is terrific. Pack a picnic and just have a tailgate picnic where ever you want. We had packed a portable camping table and just pulled in right out when we were ready to eat. We had a great time and the lodge is beautiful. We did have dinner there one night. It is worth it to wait longer for a window seat and watch the sun set. The dinner was not as expensive as I expected and the kids meals were very affordable. Make sure to get dinner reservations in advance before you go as it gets very busy and there may not be any same day availability. It was well worth it to stay at the lodge and really necessary to see the sights here as there is not other place to stay aside from the campground. The next town is Jacob Lake and that is all the way out and back. We had a very fun experience and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christiansburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

Having stayed in many Nat'l Park hotels, this was exactly what I have come to expect, so was no surprise. Very basic room & fairly pricey, but if you want to be inside the park and close to the park activities (hiking, sight-seeing) then this is your only option, really. We stayed in the motel, which was quiet (no AC, but a ceiling fan), but had the tiniest bathroom ever. Food at the main dining room & the Deli were both definitely above-average.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

If you don't mind hearing everything... (I mean it when I say EVERYTHING) that the next door was doing and it goes without saying they're hearing what your doing too, then all else is fine. We stayed at the frontier cabin for 2 nights and I was so dumb to decide not to bring my ipod... I did not sleep for 2 nights, the next door people kept me awake... let me just summarize with these 3 verbs all night long... burp! fart! snore!
So bring a good earplug or put your ipod in the highest volume you can take or maybe you'll be lucky with your neighbor. But of course the "bad nights" experience was worth it if that's what I have to do to see the beauty of the north rim.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We stayed 2 nights at the North Rim Lodge. We stayed in the cheaper option and stayed in the motel which is an easy 5 minute walk to the lodge. It isn't cheap to stay there and I have read some reviews about the rooms, but it is definately worth staying purely due to the location. The motel rooms were adequate. The bed was clean and comfortable. There was a coffee/tea maker, hairdryer and fridge in the room. The walls between rooms were thin, you could hear talking and loo's being flushed, but likewise, when walking past the more expensive wooden lodges, I could hear the coffee machines and people inside brushing teeth, so there was no difference. If you are accepting that it is the location and experience that you are paying for, you will not be disappointed. Getting up to see the sun rise at dawn, walking and sitting at angel point was a highlight of my holiday, I loved every second of it. There are other food options within resort too, you don't need to book the restaurant for breakfast/dinner, which I found pricey. The wildlife was also fantastic, look out for the bison herd as you go past the payment lodge (oh yes, you get charged $25 for entering the national park which isn't included in your hotel price and we weren't expecting that!) Worth the cost just for the experience, I would go again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim 2*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The more remote North Rim offers up its beauty and solitude to those willing to make a little longer trek to cooler temperatures and greener vegetation of the Grand Canyon's less visited rim. Time means little here in this Nirvana for nature lovers…abundant forest beauty and wrap-around scenic splendor as sheer walls hold in the Colorado River a mile below. The only developed lodging within the National Park’s North Rim boundaries this historic treasure has cabins and lodging tucked into the trees and dotting the canyon edge. The historic dining room with wall to ceiling windows gives diners the unique opportunity to take in the Canyon's views and tasteful regional and sustainable delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended. For guests seeking a unique remembrance of their visit to this special place, there is a gift store and convenience store located at the North Rim. Authentic Native American handcrafts, jewelry and merchandise that is U.S.A. made by local and regional artists provide an array of gift items for guests to the Grand Canyon. Smell the pines, listen to the fluttering leaves of quaking aspen, and keep an eye out for a California condor, the largest bird in North America. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open from mid May to mid October. ... more   less 
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