My husband did his homework many months in advance of our USA road trip so we knew that we were going to stay in this popular (but expensive) hotel. The main reason to come here is for the stunning view right out of a John Wayne wild west film: the director John Ford used monument valley as a location for several films and in the evenings, the hotel shows one of these films projected onto the outside wall (brilliant!). We had a room on the ground floor but it had as good a view as any other so I'm not sure why you would pay any extra to have a 'premium' one on the second floor. The view outside our window was surreal, especially at sunrise and sunset, and the colours on the rocks were incredible. All you want to do is sit there and stare! The main downside here (apart from the Navajo nation being 'dry' in alcohol terms) was the incredibly noisy air-conditioning which is really quite intrusive, especially at night time. However, that was the only negative for our room so bring a set of ear plugs. The restaurant is surprisingly well-priced considering there is a captive audience but as other reviewers have noted, the food is good not great. We were given vouchers for a discount off breakfast, which was OK but the fruit typically ran out very quickly. You need to order hot food (bacon etc) and drinks from the staff but otherwise breakfast Is a self-service buffet. In the evening, there are Navajo specialities on the menu so it was good to try some different foods. Be warned, most of the portions are typically very large! The trading store gift shop is hugely expensive and whilst the products are lovely, they are massively overpriced. You can get some great turquoise/silver jewellery much cheaper from the Navajo stores at the end of the road.so make sure you check these out (the locals are very friendly and keen to share their culture). We went on a Navajo Spirit Tour in the valley with a guide called 'Don' one evening. He was simply awesome and it was an amazing experience, so I heartily recommend that activity. Our teenaged daughters also went on a 1hr horse riding trip, booked from just outside the hotel. Again, it was Navajo locals who led the activity and my daughters loved it - the first time on a horse for one of them! We found the staff here very friendly and if you're going to visit Monument Valley, book early to stay here a couple of nights - you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The View is the only hotel inside the Monument Valley Tribal Park. Every guestroom has a private balcony with a view of the iconic formations of Monument Valley - so close that you feel like you can reach out and touch The Mittens! Guestrooms feature flat screen TVs, coffee makers, refrigerator, microwave, and wireless Internet. Enjoy the panorama of Monument Valley while dining in The View restaurant with views to the rising sun and the sunset as well. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- View Hotel Monument Valley
- The View Hotel Monument Valley, Utah