I stayed in a frontier cabin at the Grand Canyon Lodge for three nights Memorial Day weekend, 2013. The Grand Canyon Lodge has four choices of accommodations: Western cabins, pioneer cabins, frontier cabins and motel rooms. The only cabin I could book in advance was a pioneer cabin and I paid extra for my cabin because it was "rim side". But because of the thick grove of trees between my cabin and the canyon, I would describe the view from my cabin like the obstructed view from a cabin on a cruise ship. It is really not worth the extra money, in my opinion, to stay in a "rim side" cabin. My frontier cabin had one queen, one full and two twin beds (bunk bed) and it was clean, but it was very small, especially the bathroom. Grand Canyon Lodge claims my pioneer cabin could accommodate 6 people, but it would be crowded with that many people in the cabin at the same time.
For my money, I would stay in one of the western cabins in future visits. They are larger than the other cabins and have a better location, located nearer to both the lodge and the canyon than the other cabins. Only western cabins have porches and some of the western cabins had views of the canyon. The western cabins are also closer to the parking lot too. The parking lot of the lodge is located a short walking distance to the accommodations. That distance seems longer because of the altitude (almost 8000 feet) and the downhill slope from the parking lot to the cabins. But there is a free porter shuttle service where a GCL employee will transport you and your luggage by golf cart. None of the accommodations have TV, internet access or A/C. Cell phone reception is spotty at best also. But I expected rustic accommodations at the Grand Canyon Lodge and I enjoyed my stay in my cabin.
The best views of the Grand Canyon on the Grand Canyon Lodge property are from the actual lodge itself. What a grand view it is too. Picture postcard views abound from the lobby, the restaurant and the outside terraces of the lodge. The trail that leads to Bright Angel Point, one of the better viewing places on the North or South Rims, begins near the lodge and you should not miss seeing it.
Remember if you elect not to stay at the Lodge and still want to stay and visit the North Rim, the closest decent accommodations are outside the park at Jacob Lake, located over 40 miles away. Staying at the Lodge means you will not have to contend with the daily long lines to enter the park, since there is only one Ranger entry station that all vehicles must pass through. The wait to pass through the Ranger entry station can last sometimes from 30 minutes to an hour.
If you do not expect fancy and modern accommodations, then you should enjoy staying a few days at the Grand Canyon Lodge. I
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Canyon Grand Lodge North Rim