I don't think reviews should be based on a view, which seems to be the case with most here. Anyone can see the view here without staying in the hotel. With that said, they have designed the hotel to take advantage of the view, which is, obviously, the whole point of staying here.
I hope whoever designed this place isn't a professional hotel designer because it is very poorly designed. The only part you see in the photos is that back that overlooks the valley and it is very impressive. The rest of the hotel is totally incoherent. There is only one elevator for the whole place and it is sort of stuck in a closet behind the front desk. The lobby is attractive, but the rest of the hotel is very basic and has an institutional feel to it. There are weird afterthoughts sort of stuck in odd places. For example, there is an aluminum ladder to the roof bolted to the wall in the elevator lobby on the third floor.
You have to go outside to get to the restaurant and there is minimal signage to direct you. We're good at following directions and figuring things out, but we weren't sure we were in the right place until we walked in. You can't charge anything to your room, so I'm not sure why they need a credit card for "incidentals", but whatever.
The rooms are fine, but anywhere else these would be less than $100 per night, not $270. The decor is sparse and sort of tossed into the space with no thought at all. The drapes do not block sunlight which shines directly into the rooms at dawn, so you have no excuse to miss the sunrise over the valley. A/C is set to a minimum temperature of 74 degrees, but it wasn't hot when we were there, so it didn't matter. The Navajo blankets used as bed covers are a nice touch. We didn't hear any noises through the walls and only the usual sounds from the corridor. Bathrooms are large and very clean. In fact, everything in the hotel is clean, which is a big plus.
The food in the restaurant varied from terrible to average. It isn't as overpriced as you might expect in a place like this. Service was always friendly, but disorganized. Stick with the Navajo dishes for best results. Breakfast is a buffet that isn't even up to the standards of the free breakfast at most motels. They charge $12.95 per person for it, which is outrageous. Hotel guests get a coupon for $5.00 off, but it is still too much to charge for something so basic. At the rates this hotel charges, breakfast should be included. Here's a tip for you: The hostess stand in the morning says "Seat Yourself" and "Please Wait to Be Seated" at the same time. Seat yourself and a waitress with bring juice and/or coffee and offer a choice of bacon or sausage. The hotel does not serve lunch. There are pre-made sandwiches in a cooler by the cashier, but stock up at breakfast because they often sold out by noon.
We were told wi-fi is only available in the lobby, but we were usually able to connect in our room at the far end of the hotel. It is free.
The road into the valley starts from the parking lot, so it is very convenient. You don't need to take a tour. They tell you all over with signs in red bold print that the road is rough, but it seems to me they mostly want to sell guided tours by scaring people. We saw many regular cars do it with no problem. Only the first mile or so is rough and requires care to maneuver, but the rest of it is a normal dirt road. It is very wide, so no problem stopping to look at whatever you want.
This hotel is the only choice if you want to stay right in the valley. Goulding's is a couple miles away across the highway, but still close enough. There are chain motels in Kayenta about 45 miles away. If you can afford it and are willing to put up with the quirks of this hotel, then I'd say go for it at least once.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The View is the only hotel inside the Monument Valley Tribal Park. Every guestroom has a private balcony with a view of the iconic formations of Monument Valley - so close that you feel like you can reach out and touch The Mittens! Guestrooms feature flat screen TVs, coffee makers, refrigerator, microwave, and wireless Internet. Enjoy the panorama of Monument Valley while dining in The View restaurant with views to the rising sun and the sunset as well. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- View Hotel Monument Valley
- The View Hotel Monument Valley, Utah