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Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I spent one night on my way home from the Grand Canyon, and will be going back again to stay for a few days.

My room was clean and well appointed, and had wifi. It was quiet and good sized. The facility fits nicely onto the mesa and contains gardens, a restaurant and gardens. Many of the local artisans set up their wares in the parking lot, and I met several well known carvers there. There is also a shop on the premises, and a restaurant.

Room Tip: This is a fairly small property and I imagine all of the rooms would be similar. There is a Hopi Sui...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The hotel is the only one on the Hopi reservation. It was adequate; we didn't have any problems but on the other hand, pretty much all of the desert motels we stayed in on this trip had more personality. The staff were very friendly and clearly were trying hard to do a good job. We did not experience the long waits other people have reported in the restaurant, either at dinner or at breakfast. With all due respect to Hopi culture, the lamb and hominy stew I had for dinner was among the nastiest stews I have ever had -- watery, a few flavorless bits of lamb, and undercooked hominy. I always try the local cuisine, but I'd strongly recommend that you stay away from that dish. The breakfast was fine.
We were hoping for a tour of the First Mesa village, but the desk clerk at the hotel couldn't locate anyone doing tours that day and when we went up to the village it was a real disappointment. A few older buildings, lots of newer cinderblock style houses, and the tour office was closed. I admire the locals for trying to keep their culture from being erased by tourism (the Navajos seem to have gone the other way) but it might be more honest to just say the three villages are off-limits. Also, note that no alcohol is allowed on the reservation, which is no problem for me, but some visitors might find the policy a problem.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The Hopi Cultural Center is much more than a place to lay your head. It is a chance to spend some time among the Hopi people- as warm and friendly a people as you'll find anywhere. Open yourself to their engaging conversation and storytelling and you"ll find out about the spirits Kachinas" that visit them from paradise and whose likenesses they carve into dolls and dress up as during ceremonial dances.
The inn itself is clean and pleasant. Don't expect anything fancy as your Hopi hosts live a more basic and spartan life and their lifestyle spills over into the quality of the furnishings. Our bedspreads were clean even with a hole or two. The mattresses are comfortable but not new or plush. The pillows are somewhat lumpy and have had better days. There was no toilet seat cover and towels are well worn white cotton and a bit rough. The TV was small and of a vintage I have not seen for at least 15 years. On the plus side, the modern air conditioning unit worked well and
kept us comfortable all night and the furniture was pleasant. The carpeting, as with all other aspects of the room, is clean and well maintained.
The grounds of the HCC and inn are simple but there is a spiritual and warm feel to its arrangement. You feel the Hopi connection to the spirits and nature in every little corner of the modest interior plaza- from the corn and melon plantings to the signs that expains why each thing you see is there.
The HCC restaurant is part of the same adobe complex of buildings that contain the inn and visitor center. The wait staff are very friendly and eager to please. However, like everything else in this perfectly imperfect spot, don't expect five star dining. The wait for food is ridiculously long- we waited for almost an hour for our family order of buffalo wings, Hopi tacos and a Hopi Combo platter, The buffalo wings were good, the tacos quite good and my combo dish OK. Our waiter Drew was very apologetic about the wait but there wasn' t much he could do about it and after about 40 minutes he stopped coming by to apologize since it was geting a little ridiculous. There isn't another restaurant in town so your best bet might be to order 45 minutes before you want your food and then cme in to dine then.
Overall, though, you get the sense your Hopi hosts really care about you and your experience and are trying their best. Even if they don't always meet the standards many of us have come to take for granted in our travels, if you open your minds and hearts to them, you will come away with an unforgettable experience among people who still live life in a way we left behind long ago- in many ways to our detriment. Our family will treasure our time with the Hopi up in the mesas.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

I have been to the cultural center twice, and enjoyed both experiences at the Center. Prices seem fair, and as others have noted, the only deal in town-- in fact, within a good range!! The Second Mesa setting works well, with beautiful places to watch the sunset (like the picnic table very close to Prophecy Rock!). Don't miss the "Spider Grill" across the street, food is not special, but fun to watch locals pour into the place in the evening. I was with a group- and there was a problem with our reservation- but it was resolved, thankfully. They even offered entertainment in the evening-- a group from Columbia and dance troupe from San Francisco. Please remember in Hopiland to respect all local traditions, limits on photography, etc... those of us who are not Hopi want to continue to be welcomed into their land and sacred locations.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you are in a rush, it is probably quicker to drive all the way to Keams Canyon or Tuba City to eat than to wait for your meal here. But if you do you will really be missing out. The Cultural Center complex is one of the most laid back timeless places I have visited and that is a good thing. Order, then go to the Arts stores and head back to your table when you are done because dinner probably will still be a few minutes even when you get back. The other thing I liked was the artists outside with tables under the trees who will engage in conversations about their work and make you feel like they really want to chat to YOU - you aren't just a dollar sign to them.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Well worth the driver if your seeking peace. Very interesting place high on top of Indian Nation. There's a constant breeze that completely relieved me from all my stresses. Very clean simple room. Double bed. Great shower. The restaurant is a place I would like to eat many Hopi meals. The roast beef was very good. No alcohol or smoking allowed in the room. You can smoke outside but absolutely no alcohol on reservation. Loved the Hopi radio station...Hay Yo Hay Yo. Just double check your reservation. Wish I was there now!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

No complaints. Yes, it is isolated and the facilities are basic but rooms are comfortable, the staff are accommodating (they moved us to a larger room on request for no fee), and if you do need to be "in town" on the reservation, which is an hour's drive from - anywhere else - this is convenient! Everything works which has to be an achievement in such a remote area. AC, internet, etc - all perfect. Relatively inexpensive as well. Rooms with bright adobe walls are laid out around small courtyards planted traditionally by the Hopi with crops like corn. The restaurant is a notch above the accommodation and serves 3 great meals a day with salad bar and many Indian specialties - Hopi tacos - the blue corn frybread is particularly good. Would recommend this place and would definitely stay here again if we are in the area again.

Room Tip: There are rooms with 2 queens for the same price as rooms with one....
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Address: Route 264, Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86043
Location: United States > Arizona > Kykotsmovi Village
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Price Range: $110 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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