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“Great adventure in the Old West on Historic Route 66”

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Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
Reviewed June 10, 2011

What a fun adventure we had at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn! It is a blend of the "Old West", exploring the Caverns, and the nostalgia of the Historic Route 66. On the Cavern Tour, the elevator takes you down 21-stories beneath the earth to a HUGE Cavern, 220 feet below. On this well-light & easy-to-walk path, you explore unusual rock formations through a series of tunnels connecting each cavern opening with the help of a knowledgeable guide. After the regular tour, my boys LOVED the Extreme Caving tour where you need to crawl through tight spaces to explore the new openings they recently found 280 feet below the surface.
We loved the old west theme especially with the Horseback riding for only $35 per hour. Our family had a guided Horseback tour for the hour with a REAL Cowboy named Jimmy, who shared stories of how he has been a cowboy all his life. The views on the ride where beautiful and enjoyed all the wildflowers in bloom.
The hotel staff where so nice and helpful. They even let our group of families have a Bon-fire up at the RV Park to roast marshmallows for our Smores. The stars are so unbelievably clear out there.
The hotel room was clean and well kept, just large enough for our family of four to fit comfortably. The hotel room has everything you need: coffee maker, cable TV, iron, blow dryer etc.
I highly recommend anyone traveling on Highway 40 on their way to the Grand Canyon to stop for the night at the Caverns Inn and enjoy an adventure in the old west on the Historic Route 66.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

The motel was OK for a "vintage" stop, but better old motels were available 22 miles east in Seligman, and just a few minutes west was a very nice new motel.
The restaurant was all there was in the area, offering a buffet, and a menu. The dinner buffet had been high price, low quality, so the next morning we asked the lady at the counter for a menu. She asked the cook who looked at us as he told her< "Hell No!"
The cave bragged about accessibility w/ elevator. They did not tell you about the steep up and down ramps and steps once you were down there. Nor did the guide wait for elderly or a family w/ small children.
IF you stay here, make a reservation. No discounts were available on their "walk-in-rate"

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

First of all, understand that this is an older motel, though they have done some upgrades. Nadine greeted us at the counter when we arrived and she was so down to earth and friendly! We immediately liked her. She put us in Room 38 which was clean, had good AC, hot water, and comfortable beds (and linens). It's not a Hilton, but it doesn't claim to be....you stay here for the Route 66 experience. And yes, we were on our way to Supai, and this is about the closest you can get.

Internet service was available in the lobby, which is separate building from the motel units...and it was free and open. I couldn't quite get the signal in the room. Cell phone service was available, but a bit weak in the room. It was fine outside, a bit closer to the road. Tip: free internet is also available a mile away at the Grand Canyon Caverns Restaurant, where the caverns tour starts.

All in all, a no frills and pleasant stay. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

So it isn't the prettiest motel, or the best kept, but we had the best night here drinking in the bar with the locals who were all so friendly, we had a real laugh and they didn't let us buy a beer all night. We hadn't even heard of the Cavern itself (although the Inn made the tour book the Caverns didn't - guess the author never actually stayed at the motel!). Everyone told us we should see them and they were indeed great (don't bother eating at the restaurant by the Caverns though as it is dire). We definitely recommend a night at this motel and although the rooms are old they are very clean and well kept - what more do you need for a stoppover? The local hospitality made it one of my favourite nights during a truly brilliant holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

We spent one night in the caverns suite, sleeping in the main cavern in a fully equipped room. You can't imagine how unique this experience is. Well worth the trek down Route 66. This has to be one of the most out of the ordinary place to stay in the world. The stay comes with a private tour, (thanks Stephanie!) and your own caretaker for the evening, (thanks Nadine) who sleeps up top and is there for anything you might need. The room is fully stocked with movies, games, drinks and treats as well. We watched movies and stared at the cavern ceiling most of the evening. It is so strange to wake up in the morning and realize you are 22 stories below the surface. What a great adventure. We would reccomend this to anyone. It was a truely unique opportunity. Thanks to everyone on staff. You really do a great job. We really felt welcome and enjoyed our stay at the Grand Canyon Caverns Suite! It is a 40th birthday present my husband will never forget.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

It was a dark and windy night in October of 1998. It was midnight and we were all tired from the long drive. In the distance a beacon of light beckoned us to a sign that said The C-Vern Inn. As we pulled into the parking lot we noticed that the A bulb was burned out, but so were we. We had no reservations. The motel seemed unusually quiet and empty then out of nowhere a lady appeared at my car window and said "need a room, we have a NICE, QUIET, LITTLE room for y'all at the END of the building?." We all nodded yes, but as soon as she went to get the key we all looked at each other, broke out laughing and agreed that we were in fact at the Bates Motel. Our room was a step back in time circa 1955. I'll spare you the details. No it wasn't the Ritz, or even a Howard Johnson's, and no it wasn't as clean as it could have been, but it was a place to land for one night and it was BIG on character. if you want to feel like you've stepped into a David Lynch movie, you've hit "pay dirt" with this place. By morning things weren't so spooky looking, so we all got ready to hit the road on our Havasupai adventure. But, as I checked out of the Cavern Inn the lady proprieter who had come out of nowhere the night before said to me "you know we have the SAME LAST NAME, MAYBE WE'RE KIN ." (Insert Twilight Zone music here). I thought," man, this trip is getting better all the time." This was 12 years ago and I must say that it warms my heart to hear that the Cavern Inn has maintained its character and integrity as the creepiest, little motel in Arizona. The Cavern Inn is the stuff of which unforgettable road trip stories are made of. I wouldn't stay in Seligman if you paid me. My daughter says that just saying Seligman reminds her of being sick and having a throat full of phlegm. Go ahead, try it and see!

We love you Cavern Inn and will never forget you!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 23, 2010

This was my 2nd trip to this place and we got there early on a Saturday night before hiking to Havasupai the next day. The bar was open and had $1 beers, which suited us just fine. There were 15 of us in our party, so we supplied the party as there were only a handful of locals around (but there arn't many "locals" in this area -- very remote).

I cannot believe some of the negative comments about this place. If your the type of person that takes pictures of cracked tiles and worries about cell phone service, then you're not the type of person for this remote place (not even sure why you'd go there). But if your an adventuresome type that likes the off-beat, and all you care about is a friendly welcome, a comfy bed and a hot shower, then this throw-back place is for you. You can't beat it as a jumping off point for Havasupai. And, as advertised, its the only place in 100 miles that does not have train noise. It's a remote retro motel that makes you feel like you're back in the 50s, just like most of the other places on old Route 66 -- frozen in time.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Mile Marker 115, Route 66, PO Box 180, Peach Springs, AZ 86434
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Location: United States > Arizona > Hualapai Reservation > Peach Springs
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Peach Springs
Price Range: $105 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Grand Canyon Caverns Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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