So today I checked the website to see if a room had opened up at any place inside the GC, and to my surprise, there were rooms available at the Maswik Lodge. (THANK YOU to all of you who suggested checking daily; I wouldn't have thought to do that...) We are coming in early April.
I ended up actually calling the reservation line instead of doing it online, and was told that a "partial view" cabin w/ log fireplace, etc., was available at Bright Angel; this didn't show up on the website. Of course, the price is about $100 more, with 1 queen bed instead of 2.
We are there for only 1 night, arriving early-mid afternoon after flying into, and driving from, Las Vegas. We will be pretty tired, so the thought of sunset at the rim, followed by cocktails in our room with a gas fire, sounded pretty awesome, so that's what I booked. We will be headed to Sedona the next afternoon.
I'm not sure the Maswik rooms are still available, but is the Bright Angel's proximity to the rim, or any other amenities, worth the price? The agent explained about the construction going on, but it sounds like that happens during the day and shouldn't bother us at night. He also made an issue of the BA being "historic" vs. the Maswik being "modern" (I interpret this as "rustic" vs "renovated?")
What do you think? I will happily keep checking to see if there are other openings; I'm so excited that we have a place inside the park.
Is Williams the best place to get liquor, mixers, snacks, etc, on the way there?