We stayed in a Bright Angel Lodge rim cabin with fireplace for four nights 9/17 thru 9/20. I had booked this room 1 ½ years in advance. We checked in about sunset on Sunday evening with no waiting. The man at the front desk was very friendly and he chatted amiably about Cajun food (we hail from south Louisiana). He assured me we had one of the best rooms in the Canyon.
When I walked in the room, however, I wasn’t too sure. I found a weird smell permeating the premises, which my daughter-in-law later assured me was only the lingering odor of the fireplace being used earlier. She found the smell refreshing, but I needed to air things out. After opening windows and airing out, things were fine. The accommodations are very rustic to be sure.
The bathroom is very basic, very poor lighting, and no place to put your toiletries. We just left them in our bag on the floor the entire stay. The place was clean, but not what you’d call spotless. The room had a small fridge, color TV and telephone. We had a queen bed, two mission style chairs with comfy cushions and a coffee table. There was also a desk and chair along one wall. The bed was not very comfortable, but ok for 4 nights. There was just enough room for my son to sleep on an air-bed in front of the fire-place.
The location simply cannot be beat and we enjoyed every minute of our stay here. The fireplace was an added bonus as it got pretty cold at night, dipping below freezing. The lodge provides wood, etc. for starters. We had great view of the canyon from our cabin window. So close in fact, that several people walking along the rim trail were looking in our window. This became a joke with us, and we just told them hello when they peered in.
We could not hear our neighbors talking as some have reported on this forum. Our room shared common walls with two other rooms, but this was not a problem. There were two doors to the cabin, one leading out a hallway to the parking area, and one leading out the front to the trail. You can park right next to your cabin, but it is not reserved parking. We had a wait until later in the night after other visitors left to get a parking spot right outside our door.
We paid a mere $134 a night for this supreme location and cute cabin. It was just a 2 minute stroll in the morning to get a coffee at the lodge while walking along the paved rim trail (note there are no coffee makers in cabins). It was great to be right on the rim at sunrise. I recommend it unreservedly. There were crowds along the rim before sunrise, but quickly diminished right after the sun came up. That was my best time at the canyon. I had complete and utter solitude just beyond the trailhead of the Bright Angel Trail and all along the rim trail for about an hour or so. It was marvelous.
A couple of things to note: (1) Don’t plan on hanging out in the lobby of the Bright Angel Lodge. Very limited seating and much smaller than I expected. (2) No internet access in rooms and only a credit card kiosk in the lobby which was out of order during out stay; (3) Bright Angel coffee shop is hit or miss. We went for breakfast one morning when there were PLENTY of open tables, but weren’t seated right away because the server for the section they were seating us in already had too many tables working. OK, fine, seat us in her section but assign a different server to us. It’s not rocket science, folks. We went to McDonalds in Tusayan instead. However, our previous two visits to the coffee shop were very good. Nice servers and good food.
One more tip: It’s early AM and you just want a quick coffee and maybe a pastry. Go to the “cocktail lounge” just off the lobby. It changes into a coffee shop in the morning. You order and pay at the waitress station at the far end of the bar. You can get it to go or sit there and eat. I always got a large hazelnut coffee and enjoyed it sitting along the rim just after sunrise. That is the best!
In conclusion, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bright Angel Lodge. I would go back in a heartbeat!
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- Also Known As:
- Bright Angel Lodge And Cabins Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Bright Angel Lodge Grand Canyon
- Grand Canyon Cabins
- Grand Canyon Bright Angel