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Kaibab Lodge
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for dinner only on our way back from the north rim. Lovely location, seemed a fair enough menu. Big mistake. The service was awful, to the extent, that I had to clear the table of our plates when dessert was brought out, our server came out asking what we would like for dessert even before we finished the main course, and he even totalled the bill incorrectly, undercharging us (we did correct him!).

The food was lukewarm at best. We ordered a turkey dinner, which consisted of a slab of meat, frozen steamed vegetables, that looked like they'd already been steamed before, some rustic mashed potato (not sure how fresh that was) and some green gloop which was supposedly gravy. My other glad had homemade lasagne which consisted of pasta, sausage, pepperoni, and mince, with copious amounts of diced tomatoes.

I understand that we were in the middle of nowhere, and it's not always possible to get fresh rather than frozen food, but some imagination and flavor would have gone a long way. Pick somewhere else. A shame, because the location was lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were there for just one night and it was a last minute booking so we didnt know what to expect. WE found the location very convenient about 15 odd miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Very scenic too. The room was clean, basic but a tad cramped (2 queen sized beds and a bunk bed). The lodge has a restaurant that serves fairly decent fare. The highlight of the place is the owner (Ellen). She was very warm and helpful. She was our guide on the ATV tour and she made the experience fun.
No wifi in the rooms.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A comfy stay, no TV nor wifi in the rooms...if you need those, don't bother going to the Grand Canyon. This lodge is about 20 mi N. of the N. Rim, so is a good place to stay away from the north rim and still have easy access. Modern rustic, cabins and lodge. Restaurant available bu we brought picnic food as the high end cabins have fridge and microwave. Early morning enjoyed seeing a deer grazing out our door in the meadow. Relaxing and welcoming. A bit pricey. Rez only available by phone not by internet. http://www.kaibablodge.com/map.htm

Room Tip: single cabin rentals are more costly - more amenities - but quieter than duplex, or lodge
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed in the Kaibab lodge, since the grand canyon lodge was full. We were quite happy with out stay. We stayed in the cheapest room (about $130 a night), 2 queen beds, a small bath/shower and not much else. But the area is majestic and beautiful. Right outside our door was a huge meadow and vast Kaibab forest. We frequently saw deer eating the grass. We hiked a bit in the forest, chancing upon lightning-stricken trees and lots of other cool nature. The workers in the lodge were all really friendly and helpful. Just being in the grand canyon north rim is an awesome experience alone.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a view of the meadow! There are nicer/more expensive rooms, depending on what yo...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

A bed and a bath were what we needed for the night after spending the day exploring the North Rim, and that was exactly all we got. The bathroom and sheets were clean, and the beds were fine. We had a good nights rest, and a very good breakfast in their restaurant. The lodge is very close to the Park Entrance, so the location is great! The entrance to our cabin was well lit, but those lights drew the bugs like crazy. We had to plan on opening our door to limit the invasion. Those lights also limited the view of the abundance of stars we from the East Coast never get to see.
The staff was nice and friendly. But with no refrigerator, TV, telephone, cell phone service, and very limited wifi, the location is all that we got for our $170 a night cabin. Would I stay there again? Yes. There really aren't many options.

Room Tip: Ask to see your room before you pay for it!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights, for the price charged we were very disappointed. We had an old cabin which was very dated inside. very basic although coffee maker was ok. Shower was only suitable for a slim person as very small. We were disgusted as there were dead flies stuck on the ceiling, the toilet was dirty, it was obvious women did not do the cleaning, when we saw 2 men going round on a truck cleaning the cabins. We complained to the man on reception, as the Manager needs to inspect the cleanliness.
No lighting outside so very difficult to see in the dark.
Suggest SOLAR LIGHTING?
The main reception and restaurant was nostalgic, the restaurant was good food although a little pricey.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

As part of our visit to the North Rim of the GC we stayed two nights in cabin 27, which is one of the newer cabins (two double beds). Normally, I wouldn't pay $125/night for a room, but you're in a pretty remote location with few options. It's not too far from the main entrance to the park. I opted for this over Jacob's Lake due to it being closer to the park and had better reviews. The biggest pain was trying to get a reservation, in that I had to play phone tag over a few days to secure a cabin. I understand they'll have internet reservations sometime next year.

I looked into staying in a cabin at the North Rim, but it was even more expensive, they had no availability for what we needed, and once we got there I saw that it very crowded (particularly the section with the newer cabins). In contrast, Kaibab is fairly peaceful with their small number of cabins.

Because we stayed in a newer cabin, my comments are based on that experience. We've stayed in yurts and cabins over the years without a shower or sink, so having a toilet, shower, and sink in the cabin was very welcome. We were okay having no TV, fridge, or microwave during our short stay. There is no A/C, but at ~8k feet altitude I'm not sure it's needed that often - we stayed in July and the temperature didn't get above 75 degrees. The heater did kick in at night. The cabin had a few weird nuances, like a very narrow shower, but nothing major.

If we were to head to GC North Rim again, I'd consider staying here again.

Room Tip: Cabins 26, 27, and 28 are a safe bet if you have party of 4 or less.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Kaibab Lodge

Address: Hwy 67, Jacob Lake, AZ 86022
Location: United States > Arizona > Jacob Lake
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Jacob Lake
Price Range: $50 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Kaibab Hotel Jacob Lake
Kaibab Lodge Arizona

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