We stayed in room 6834 at the Maswik Lodge and in hindsight think we were a misled about what to expect when we made our booking through the Xantera Central Reservations.
We booked in September for a November stay and when we did so were warned that we better book rooms, bus tours, hotel reservations etc. for fear of disappointment. When we got there we discovered that most of the lodges were vacant, the bus tours easily available, the wifi was not working (changing servers apparently), some cafeteria's closing for the season and other restaurants empty.
And it was cold! No wonder nobody was there.
Why the importance of pre-booking? Clearly the agents who advised us were more concerned with their commission than the quality of our stay.
Maswik Lodge itself was a ghost town, and was just a little bit run down; yes the rooms and bathrooms were adequate, with friendly housekeeping and all the items one would expect, but one should consider the South Rim itself at the end of season.
It seemed ten years out of date, and ten years overused. Tired, school campy and vacant.
El Tovar, their premier hotel and dining area, certainly seemed worth visiting for lodging and food - their breakfasts were amazing - but the Maswik Cafeteria reminded me of school lunches and the Bright Angel Restuarant was a bit like a roadside diner.
It was all rather un-inviting.
Thankfully when we asked to leave early, their cancellation policy allowed one to provided one did so before 11am of the day of checking out.
Next time we will try the North Rim... in the summer!
(Oh, and the Grand Canyon was unbelievable)
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