As mentioned below, this facility has undergone a renovation. The design is a pleasing southwestern one. It’s definitely much better than what it apparently was before as is evident in the recent versus older reviews.
The temperature in late May had a high of about 90 degrees. Although the air conditioning was off when we entered the room, it was relatively cool—fortunately. That is because the through-the wall a/c unit, made by Amana, was absolutely the loudest one I’ve ever encountered. The fan made so much noise and seemed to run at a very high speed even on the low position. It would be quite annoying if it were in a store. In a room where you sleep, it would make sleep nearly impossible unless you used ear plugs and took a sleeping pill. I mentioned this to reception when we checked out. Happily it cooled off as the sun set so we didn’t have to run it at night. Other than this problem, the room was quite comfortable. Since no one else has mentioned this problem, maybe it is limited to the room we stayed in—room 107 if my memory is correct.
Also, don’t stay in the room next to the back gate. The metal gate makes a loud clang when it swings closed. They should be able to correct this issue.
As mentioned in another review, the water has been “softened” so it feels like you can’t wash off soap. This is just a false sensation and not a problem if you understand this effect. It probably isn’t a good idea to drink this water because I think sodium is used in the “softening “process. I don’t think the water in the restaurant has been “softened.”
The sink is at the far end of the room along with a closet bar and hangers for your clothes. The bathtub and toilet were in a small room next to this. I think this a more efficient arrangement but it wouldn’t work well for anyone who is obese because the bath/toilet area is quite small.
Although we only occasionally turned on the TV, when we had one during this trip, on this particular night there were some ABC programs we enjoy. The TV only displayed a blank screen when turned to that station while all of the other stations worked. They did a listing of what was on each channel and that is something I really appreciate and apparently the list was correct.
I believe the only other choices for lodging in this area are Tuba City (1 hour), Winslow (1.5 hr.), Ganada (1.5 hr.) or Chinle (1.5+ hr). If they would fix the air conditioning noise this would be a quite good place to stay.
The restaurant has also been recently renovated. It looks like a new Denny’s done in a nice southwestern style. They had some native American selections on the menu. We didn’t try any because they were all very carb laden. Many local Hopi were eating in the restaurant. The high carb diet was very evident in the shockingly large percentage of locals being morbidly obese. One can understand the epidemic of diabetes in this population. This is likely a result of no longer having to carry water and everything else up and down the mesas. That and now having a plentiful supply of food. Even some of the young children were significantly overweight and were eating portions of ice cream that would be large even for an adult.
I believe the only other places to eat are in Tuba City or Keams Canyon. The wait staff had been trained well and gave good, efficient, friendly service. Their professionalism was obvious in how they spoke to the customers and how they served the food.
They did have a meager salad bar but I think I was the only one that took advantage of it in this popular restaurant. The food we had was good/average. They claim to have a chef with a good culinary background. The apparent consistent decent quality of the food might reflect this but the food is nothing memorable although the prices are generally low.
We took the walking tour on First Mesa and it was quite interesting and covered the basics of the Hopi native religion and yearly cycle of rituals. Although they say that the first tour is at 9 am and the last at 3 pm it might only be 10 to 2. There were only 2 other people on the tour besides us. It was a very windy day and that might have warned people away. Only about six villagers here had things for sale. Some had interesting “modern,” non-traditional versions of Katchina dolls.
The next day we took a walking tour on the Second Mesa. It was as fascinating and started with an exceptionally well done DVD movie. They didn’t appear to have it for sale but you might ask them. Dorothy who narrated the movie was our guide. There is an effort to make sure the Hopi traditions/religion and language is regained and preserved while living life with more creature comforts than earlier generations.
We also parked at the edge of Old Orabi at the gift show and walked to the other side of the village where we could see the ruins of the Catholic church that was hit FOUR times by lightning. People still live in this village without running water. They aren’t connected to the electrical grid but they do have solar panels that, I believe, power TVs and some refrigerators
The prices are somewhat less when buying directly from the artisans than in the good number of shops along route 264. But I understand that the prices here are less than in any shop off the reservation. We experienced few artisans in the villages. A few artisans come to the Hopi Cultural Center parking so check that out. We bought a beautifully painted boomerang-shaped “rabbit stick” for $20. I don’t know if this was authentic to the Hopi but I think it is really nice and a steal at that non-haggled price.
This is an area that is well worth visiting. Do some reading about the Hopi culture before you come and your visit will be much more meaningful and enjoyable. Check out the experiencehopi and hopiculturalcenter websites for more information. I hope to visit this area again sometime.
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Thank you for staying with us and noticing the recent renovations. The renovation is still not complete but it's looking great so far! We're sorry about the AC unit and are replacing those as well. The back gate has been brought to my attention when walking the grounds and have our personnel taking care of the issue. The water is soft but it is filtered in the restaurant and both are suitable for drinking. Upon your return, I'm sure you'll notice a few changes on the menu as we are also in the process of updating it. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know. Thank you and we look forward to your return!
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