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“A true highlight”
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The View Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monument Valley
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New York City, New York
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“A true highlight”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

The View Hotel may be expensive, but it is worth every penny. Monument Valley is a truly stunning landscape, and one of the ways that is has been able to remain so remarkable is that there has been minimal development in the surrounding area. Apart from Goulding's Lodge, which is a short drive outside of the tribal park, The View is the only hotel or restaurant for miles. Alternatives in towns like Kayenta are 30 minutes away from the park, are older and more outdated, and are rather expensive in their own right. The more you factor in the alternatives the better value The View begins to become.

The rooms are modern and fairly standard hotel rooms. However what clearly sets this hotel apart are the spectacular views from the private balconies in each and every room. It couldn't have been easier to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset at Monument Valley. I am by no means a morning person, but you have no excuse to skip the sunrise at Monument Valley when all you have to do is step out onto your own private balcony and enjoy the view. The hotel's restaurant was also quite good and very reasonably priced for the quantity and quality of the food. The Navajo dishes here were some of the best we had on our entire trip. The green chile stew and the red chile posole were standout dishes. We had one breakfast, lunch, and dinner here and all were good. The service was also excellent both in the restaurant and the hotel.

My only comment would be that since the Navajo nation is alcohol free there is no alcohol available at the hotel or restaurant. If you are interested in having a drink you can do what we did and buy a bottle of wine from wherever you are travelling from to enjoy on your own balcony during the sunset.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This hotel is simply awesome!!!! My husband liked it so much that he wants to live there!!!! The rooms are beautifully done, everything from the flooring to the bed covers were beautiful!! The views of sunrise and sunset are worth the price of the hotel stay. We ate at the restaurant and the food is ok but the views are stunning plus you have no where else to go. We had been to the surrounding areas before but always run out of time to visit Monument Valley. We were so glad that we made the time to visit. It's much better in person than in pictures. We will go back someday and stay longer! :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newtown CT
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

This place was great. The view was fantastic - literally - sunset, the stars and sunrise - all were terrific from the balcony. Hotel was great, restaurant OK, but good food. The colors of the sunrise and set set were great with the rock monuments black. Got very lucky with getting the room during Government shutdown. Need to book well in advance but got the one cancellation of the day.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our trip included a day in Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in AZ, followed by several National Parks in Utah. In almost all of the places we visited, the local businesses depended on tourism for survival. Monument Valley is in the Northeast corner of Arizona on Navajo land, and The View Hotel is one of only two hotel options near Monument Valley. The next closest hotels are about 30 miles away in Kayenta.

Monument Valley is a natural work of art, there is no disputing that. The hotel was designed so that every room has a balcony that faces East, with an incredible view of the Mittens. You can watch the sunrise from your own private balcony, or walk to the outdoor rotunda where they have Photographer's Point. You can also take in the same view at sunset to see the colors and shadows come over the valley, or walk to the front of the hotel, where there are balconies and chairs to watch the Western sky and the sun as it sets.

The rooms and beds are comfortable, and decorated in a Native American style, as you might expect. It was a chilly night and the Navajo blanket kept me warm without needing to crank the in-room heat. I remember that the bath towels were generously sized and soft, which is very unlike most hotels which use small, thin towels that are scratchy. There is wireless Internet, which the check-in attendant warned us would only work in the lobby, but we connected fine from the room.

There is a restaurant in the hotel, and this is where our experience was less than pleasant. First, it was incredibly crowded, and that's no surprise since there is little to no competition in the area. There was a wait to be seated even though there were open tables that were already set. Our section had less than 10 tables in it, yet there were 4 different waitstaff tending them. You might think that meant faster service, but service was quite slow and unattentive. This was not just our server, (who was polite, just unattentive), but our whole section. The couple next to us was clearly finished with their meal, and had to wait almost 10 minutes to ask for their check.

The restaurant menu claimed that the chef was trained from Le Cordon Bleu, which we were definitely not expecting. The quality of the food was anything but Cordon Bleu quality - bland at best, so something was clearly missing in the execution. I had fried chicken and the batter was uncomfortably crunchy. I gave it a few bites and then pushed the batter to the side. We returned for breakfast in the morning, namely because we didn't have any other options in the area, and got a discounted coupon when we checked in. It was fine, but nothing special. It was buffet style, so our only interaction with our waitress was to order drinks and then wait for our check. The staff seemed more interested in huddling and talking with each other than paying attention to their guests. One woman got tired of waiting and got up to search for the waitress so they could leave. We finished our meal, lingered over our tea, and waited for our check. And waited. After 5-10 minutes and no sign of our waitress, we went right to the cashier and then our waitress magically appeared out of the kitchen and produced our check.

I don't enjoy being critical, but wanted to set the expectations of future guests based on our experience. Considering the $200 / night rate for this hotel, the hotel and restaurant management pieces need some serious work. With those kinds of rates, The View should certainly be able to afford to pay for competent kitchen staff.

Room Tip: There are 3 floors to the hotel, so I suggest the top floor if available. There will be no one pote...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester Basin, Canada
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

My stay at The View Hotel was a definate hightlight of a Southern Utah roadtrip. The area is mystical, breathtaking. I travel on a budget and see little sense in over spending on accommodations on a trip of this nature but thankfully I listened to Trip Advisor reviews and opinions and spent about $ 170.00 a night for this hotel, very glad I did, money well spent.
The views are awesome and one of the best is right off your hotel balcony, I near had to pinch myself to be sure the whole scene was real. I booked a second floor valley view room which was just great, In all honesty I feel second floor was the best, can't see where the top floor rooms are worth the higher premium. I didn't use the diningroom so cannot comment on the quality or value. The giftshop is large and one can find some reasonably priced souveniers if you look carefully. You need to have your room card to make purchases here, strange but true and they do enforce this rule. The room was very clean and efficient keeping in tume with the Navajo theme, beds very comfortable, everything in good working order, a delight to stay in. I stopped at the local grocery store adjacent to Gouldings Lodge and bought my food and drinks and by doing so I was able to see the only other accommodation for Monument Valley, must say I'm very glad I dished out the extra bucks for The View, there really is no comparison. Remember the Navajo Nation is a dry area so do bring your own liquor, wine or beer if you are so inclined. Highly recommend The View Hotel. I'm quite certain I'll be back, magical location on earth.

Room Tip: reserve well in advance, enjoyed second floor room
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Badga
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

This stay was worth every Penny! it is simply amazing to see the sunset and sunrise of the Monument Vally. Nice bed and balcony. Need to know that the hotel does not serve alcohol. There is a discount for breakfast, although we were not too impressed with the food quality.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix Arizona
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

This hotel is well named. It is located high in Monument Valley with sweeping views across the valley floor. Watching the clouds and sunlight change is a delight and seeing the stars at night in this very dark place is amazing. All rooms have a patio with seating, so a good place to see the view. It is not necessary to get a premium room as all rooms have incredible views. There are also many areas inside and outside the hotel to take professional pictures, if that your desire. The rooms are typical of most nice chain hotels, but they are well decorated with a Navaho flair. The bathroom is quiet large and well-appointed. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The food in the dining room is fine. Don't expect gourmet, but there is a reasonable selection and the prices are not bad.

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Property: The View Hotel
Address: Indian Route 42 East, Monument Valley, UT 84536
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Location: United States > Utah > Monument Valley
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Monument Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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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