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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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palm harbor fl
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“An incredible natural wonder!”
Reviewed June 27, 2014

The grand canyon north rim is totally different than the south rim. It is a bit more remote and less developed. There is one road in and we were lucky enough to be greeted by an immense herd of bison and calves. It reminded me of South Dakota!

The Grand Canyon Lodge- North Rim was declared a national landmark in 1987. The design is from the early days of national parks. It is reminiscent of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone. The views from he dining room and the patio are jaw dropping and not to be missed! The dining room is open for three meals a day and the food is good but a bit pricey. The only other food option is a small deli and the Rough Rider Saloon which does serve breakfast, appetizers, wings and beverages. Be aware you will not be staying in the lodge proper, accommodations consist of frontier cabins, western and larger pioneer cabins (remodeled in 2009), located close to the rim, as well as motel rooms.

Western cabins have two queen beds, sleep four, full bath and porch, nestled in pines. Rollaway beds and cribs are allowed in western cabins.

Pioneer cabins have two bedrooms separated by a three quarter bath and can sleep 6, no roll aways allowed, mini fridge and coffee pot, some rim side views.

Frontier cabins sleep three people one double and one single bed, standard views.

Motel rooms are quiet and private but far from the lodge, sleeps three max one queen bed and rollaway allowed, private bath. Very few of the rooms have rim views and you must book at least a year in advance to get those. All parking is in a main lot with the cabins arranged in a horse shoe shape around it, so it can bit a bit of a walk to your room. Registration is in the main lodge at the end of the road and there are normally only two people working the desk so it can get congested in the afternoon so try to get there early and make dining reservations early because food choices are limited. No TV or wifi at lodge and cell service is spotty.

The most impressive reason to visit the lodge is ...the canyon itself and don't miss the ranger led hikes. They are so fabulous. Only 10 percent of visitors go beyond the rim...don't make this mistake, get out there and experience the canyon. The canyon is an amazing collection of micro climates, flora fauna and geologic wonders and vistas. It is immense. If you don't know where to start check in with the rangers...this park has very knowledgable rangers, ask questions and explore! Take a drive, hike the trails or even take a mule ride...and be sure to catch the fabulous sunrises,sunsets and stars at night. The canyon is spectacular anytime of day!

Room Tip: Don't expect a rim view unless you book a year in advance. Be prepared for a walk to your room a...
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

This will be a little bit of a mixed review: the positives are tremendous and the 'less-than-great' aspects of the lodge are overshadowed by the view. We've enjoyed a 'rim-view' cabin on two occasions, having to reserve such a cabin more than a year in advance. The lodge is only open mid-May to mid-October, so you have a lot of people and tour groups trying to squeeze into that window. The views from the dining room, patio, and cabins are gorgeous and awe-inspiring. The dining hall is open for three meals a day and is quite good, although you're paying, in part, for that view. There's really no where else to eat, aside from a small deli with counter service that offers sandwiches, pizza, etc. There is the Rough Rider Saloon, also, which has light breakfast items, coffees and other drinks. The staff is super and the ranger talks are informative. It's nice to see lots of kids getting their first taste of the canyon vistas. The cabins are starting to feel in need of a makeover, although they are perfectly functional, with rocking chairs on the front porch allowing you to put your feet up and take in the scenery. They're a bit drafty, with the door not sealing especially well, so you'll get dust and wind blowing in when the winds kick up (and they certainly did while we were there). I should also mention that there is no TV or wifi at the lodge and even cell coverage is extremely spotty. We never had service there on our AT&T phones, but I did see some folks who seemed to be able to get a signal sometimes. You'll have access to nice trails and drives, mule rides, and there is a nearby campground, as well. Not all of the cabins are 'rim-view', so check out the options when you reserve. It's also pretty remote and only accessible by one road in from the north. Lots of foreign travelers add to the atomosphere.

Room Tip: If you really want to increase your odds of a room with a good view, find out the exact date that th...
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed one night in a Pioneer (family) cabin while visiting the North Rim. I wish we could have stayed more nights, but that was all the availability they had. It was wonderful being right there on the rim and within walking distance to the lodge, its amenities, and hiking trails. The Pioneer cabin included 1 bedroom with a queen size bed, refrigerator, and bench; the 2nd bedroom had log bunk beds, a futon, and a sink. The two bedrooms were connected by a full, but small, bathroom. Both bedrooms had heaters, but bring additional pillows if you don't want flat, single pillows. The cabins were cozy, clean, quiet, and set among the trees. The views are incredible from the lodge living room and deck. We ate in the café instead of the dining room. Food there was pricey and ok, but a more affordable choice for us than the dining room. My husband and I had evening drinks in the Saloon; I had the Prickly Pear Margarita, he had the Canyon Stout. Registration is in the main lodge, and they usually only had 1-2 people working so things got backed up near dinner time. Try to check in as early as you can to beat the crowds. Also, parking for all of the lodging is in the main parking area so it can be a bit of a walk to your room, although they do have a 15 minute loading area. I would definitely stay here again. You can't beat the location!

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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

Back in February this year we decided to visit several national parks in June. Of course it was too late to get reservation for in park accommodation. For Zion and Bryce, it was easy to find hotels nearby but not GC North Rim. We were lucky enough to get one night stay for a Pioneer cabin with rim view on June 10. We reserved that immediately and plan our itinerary around that date. I have mix feeling about this stay in the park. The experience was good because we could see the sunrise and sunset and the dark sky with stars. The cabin is very rugged. One bedroom with a queen bed, refrigerator and coffee maker. The other bedroom has a bunk beds, a futon, a desk and a small sink. The bathroom is between the two rooms with a toilet, shower and sink. For the first person who took the shower, you need to wait for a while for the water pressure to build up to have the water. We almost call the front desk about shower without water! It is worth to pay a little more for a rim side cabin if it is available but don't expect to really have a rim view. First of all, the pioneer cabins are not facing the same side of canyon as the lodge. They do not have any front porches. The trees are blocking most of the view. However the benefit of a rim side cabin is privacy and quiet. Some of the non rim side cabins are right by the parking lot or main walkways. It was a great experience to stay in the park but one night was enough!

Room Tip: We had cabin #18 with a blocked view but quiet location. Avoid #3 and 4 because they are near a publ...
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were really, really surprised at the 'quality' of the cabin.... And not happily! #1. It is really tiny. Once you bring in your luggage it is basically impossibly small for three adults. There were spider webs all over the walls and the carpet was literally Caked with grime. The curtains were barely attached to the rod... Sort of half on/ half off. While they have water conservation toilets, you have to run the hot water for at least 5 min. Before it even starts to get warm. Bring a flashlight because even with the lights on it is pretty dark. The bed was comfortable enough. While we were there the wind was gusting at an unusually high rate... Sort of cool to listen to it coming up through the canyon etc... We were only steps away from a really nice view! Not cheap considering the quality, but location, location, location fantastic!

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Zachary, Louisiana
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

I booked a room at The Grand Canyon Lodge ~ North Rim nearly one year in advance, desiring to stay in this remote location. The lodge was rebuilt 1937, after the original was destroyed in a fire. It is a beautiful step back in time with amazing views. The Park Rangers were very friendly, they shared local information and history with us. Its a must to see a sunrise and sunset while at the canyon, either from the lodge or one of the many trails. The lodge dining room serves great food and the Saloon has good iced coffee. Our motel room was small and very basic, no TV, A/C, or internet service. However, It was clean and the bed was comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Corner motel rooms have two windows, cooler at night!
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Sonora, California
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Camping nearby, we cleaned-up for a nice dinner at the Lodge one night. It is all about the ambience and the lovely setting of the Lodge, though, not the food. Uninspired, but acceptable, and served professionally. Not too terribly pricey.

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Property: Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
Address: End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2 star — Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim 2*
Number of rooms: 219
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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