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“Awesome view, comfy cabin”
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Bright Angel Lodge
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Wailuku, Hawaii
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“Awesome view, comfy cabin”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I booked this cabin with trepidation after reading other reviews here on TA. I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and coziness of the cabin we rented at Bright Angel. Our bathroom looked like it was recently renovated. Everything was clean, the room was all warmed up when we got in, lots of amenities such as coffee, tea, shampoo, soap, lotion etc. Granted, the cabin is small, but we did not come here to stay in all day. It was more than adequate for sleeping and showering. I think a lot of people come here with high expectations and need to realize that these are RUSTIC cabins to provide shelter to see the star of the show...the Grand Canyon. I could not believe the view from our window. We had a unblocked view straight into the Canyon. It was a wonderful, unforgettable, romantic way to spend Valentines Day. My husband & I want to come back during the warmer months to do the hike into the canyon with our daughter. All the Xanterra employees we came into contact in were very nice and helpful.

Room Tip: Cabin 6146 has the best view of the Canyon.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arlington
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

If you're visiting Grand Canyon, you have to stay in Grand Canyon to get the sunset and sunrise views without the driving. You have to book way in advance to get the cabin right at the rim or you can keep checking Xanterra booking website as one might turn up at the last minute. The cabin with a queen bed was comfortable and clean, just a minute walk to the rim. There was construction going on in the park, but that should be done by now. Parking can be difficult. You'll just have to wait around for people to leave to get a spot rather than driving around to look for one.

We ate at the Bright Angel Restaurant which has good food and good service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gold Coast Qld
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Visiting the Grand Canyon in October 2012 we stayed for one night in one of the cabins along the south rim. The view and location is the reason for staying at Bright Angel lodge. The rooms themselves although an okay size are quite basic. The bed was the most uncomfortable bed we have slept in and the linen looked to be years old - not very appealing. The room had a gas heater which kept the room warm - not sure how you would go on a really cold winter night though... Bathroom was clean, bath and shower in one (no separate shower). Room was equipped with a bar fridge and tea/coffee making facilities, tv and two arm chairs if i remember right.
As said earlier the view and location is what makes staying in the cabins worthwhile - you are only metres from the edge of the canyon allowing for 24/7 viewing - sunrise/sunset & all day what more could you want.......If visiting the Grand Canyon again we would chose to stay at El Tovar Lodge instead as the location is just as fantastic but the hotel is much more comfy....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This place was interesting because it was something lot different then average American hotel. I loved the lobby, there was a big fireplace, big wooden desk and huge souvenir shop! The room was old style like. There was no TV or microwave but it had a fridge. I loved the bathroom because of the retro bathtub! The only negative thing was that you could hear totally everything from neighbors rooms. And lastly as the name is Bright Angel Lodge it is very close to the Bright Angel trail and shuttles.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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USA
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Obviously, the location is awesome.
Stayed in a room not a cabin.
Very adequate. Bathroom was very clean.
Staff is okay. Friendly enough.
Think the place would be better if they played up the historic element a little more. There's weird paint on the floor in the lobby (may be some sort of required warnings or something- floor is uneven) Looks like a place from the 1970s not from the 1920s
The dining room is horrible. We got to the entrance and had to turn around because of the horrible smell. Ended up eating at the hotel down the road for all meals.
Think this would be a great place for a trip with the guys. If you're hiking the Bright Angel trail or going to the Phantom Ranch (at the bottom) this is the place to stay.
Reviews of places in National Parks are always on a sliding scale. The hotel will never be as great as one in Manhattan... but you're on the edge of the Grand Canyon!

Room Tip: I'd go for the cabin if I stayed here next time. They have amazing views of the canyon- Keep in...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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newport beach, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

stayed here with a couple of girlfriends when we decided to do a last minute road trip to the grand canyon for a weekend. we were only here one night and it rained then snowed most of the time we were there. staff was friendly and helpful when we woke up and were informed that the roads were not cleared yet and if we wanted to make it back to california we better get going. from the little exploring we did do, the site is just awesome... right on the rim and with a neat boardwalk/path that connects in the other south rim properties. our room itself was in perfectly fine condition, big enough for the three of us, nice amenities, and scale of the property and rooms is quite charming. parking right next to our cabin was actually helpful in the morning when i had to knock all the snow of our car, and made loading up and hitting the road easier than it would have been if we had to schlep our stuff to a parking garage.

i most definitely want to go back and explore the canyon more thoroughly and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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south western ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed for two nights in late January. We were in one of the historic cabins that was a stand alone cabin, so no neighbours on the other side of the wall. We had a queen sized bed that was comfy enough, extra pillows in the wardrobe. The bathrooms seem to have been added on since the cabins were built and do not have space heaters on the floor. There was an electric space heater on the wall that blasted you with heat when it came on, but otherwise it was pretty chilly in there. It wouldn't be an issue in anything other than cold weather though, so don't let it deter you. Another thing that would be nice would be a closet area. There is a wardrobe but there is only room for one coat.
We loved the fact that the rim was so close with stunning views of the canyon. We were lucky enough to be there for a full moon over the canyon too - beautiful!
We found the staff to be all very friendly. This is a quiet time at the Canyon, and a great time to go if you don't like crowds or waiting in line. It almost seemed like we had the place to ourselves! You can also drive to the lookouts in winter with no worries about finding a place to park. There were at most one or two cars at each lookout we visited.
We ate in the Arizona Room and over at Maswick Cafeteria. In both places the staff were very friendly and the food was acceptable and good value (for a park).
All in all it was a wonderful experience, and I am very glad we chose to stay in the park.
One thing to note: They raised the price after our booking and we were not informed of this until we arrived. I realize rates increase, however we should have been notified prior to our arrival. I have sent a note to the management so perhaps I will hear back from them regarding this poilicy.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Bright Angel Lodge
Address: Highway 64, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Canyon National Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bright Angel Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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