I was hesitant to stay here due to some of the reviews I have read, but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. The town of Chinle is quite small, and Thunderbird Lodge is just up and out of the town a little ways. The rooms were clean, but do not expect high tech and completely updated (the sign in the bathroom actually does warn you that the plumbing his "HISTORIC"...) but it was a peaceful place to stay.
The cafeteria leaves much to be desired if you're looking for a restaurant, but it serves it's purpose. Also, it has coffee in the morning, which is usually top priority on my list. Regarding the staff, they were not the friendliest when I came to visit. They weren't rude, but relatively disinterested in taking care of any questions or checking me in.
We also took the tour that was offered from the Lodge. It looked to be the cheapest, and it really was wonderful. You're in a large open air truck which allows for stunning views of the sites. OUr tour guide DJ was really wonderful, and I would definitely do it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only accommodations inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thunderbird Hotel Chinle
- Thunderbird Lodge Grand Canyon