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“Oasis in the desert”
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Thunderbird Lodge
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Oasis in the desert”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

The courtyards of grass and cottonwoods were a refreshing way to wake each morning. The older sandstone buildings and historic pueblo style buildings made me a little nervous that the rooms might not have immediate hot water, but the hot water come on immediately. I can see 100 improvements since the new owners took over, such as fresher and healthier food, renewed bathrooms, and a staff with new energy.

For me, the burger was the best, and basic eggs were best for breakfast, The green chili stew was a little weak in the spice.

Staff were wonderful at making recommendations of how much time to spend in the park (they aren't allowed to recommend a tour guide), what to see in the surrounding area, etc.

The gift shop also has collector level jewelry and artifacts. I bought a made=in-the-usa Stetson hat!

Room Tip: I would ask for a room that opens on or near a grass courtyard.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

The rooms at Sacred Canyon Lodge are very basic but we were pleased to be able to stay so close to the park. The beds are comfortable and the room was very quiet. The cafeteria has extremely basic food like Salisbury steak, canned veggies, but good burgers. Order the burger for the best food. The people who work at the motel are friendly.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Well, definitely dated and basic. Clean and comfortable enough. We really enjoyed the "being at camp" atmosphere, walking back and forth to the store or cafeteria. I was up very early, still dark, moon, stars and QUIET. Really added to our entire Canyon de Chelly experience.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

First the good bits. It had good towels and the bed and sheets were fine. The shortcomings, in our room at least (and some rooms may already be renovated) were : no coffee/ coffee maker, no breakfast, ancient plumbing, carpet and TV, no hair drier and smallish room. The main draw back though, was that it was well over $100 with tax, about twice the rate for better rooms we have had recently.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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156 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

A rustic facility in a beautiful setting & run by the Navajos. Ideal for Canyon de Chelley tour. Formerly the Thunderbird Lodge. Rooms are small & noisy due to thin walls. A saving grace is the oh so comfortable beds. Onsite cafeteria food was okay for breakfast. Seemed a bit expensive to us.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank NM_Bill
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Alberta, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Some reviews have said "basic", I guess they are from folks who normally travel in big city, high end hotels only. This is a motel, and it really is a long way from anywhere, if you are here it's to see Canyon De Chelley. The setting is great, not anywhere near a road, gas station or fast food joint. The rooms are large and clean, the bed had a foam topper on it which was very warm and comfy. As with all motels you have some noise from neighbors but this was a non issue for me. Cafe food was very good, both dinner and breakfast and at a reasonable price. Tv and wifi worked fine as well. As for the odor in the bathroom someone whined about, I didn't notice it, but I did smell well water, yep some people live off of well water! Overall I would stay here again and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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4 Thank Kev K
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

The Rooms are clean and comfortable, with cable TV and complimentary wifi. The staff are friendly and capable. The adjoining Thunderbird Cafeteria is just as good as the other local restaurants, with several Navajo specialties. It also stays open in winter later than some other restaurants. And being inside the canyon is magical. We can't imagine why anyone would want to stay in the town of Chinle. The Sacred Canyon lodge has very few visitors in February, but the weather is lovely. We had a wonderful stay!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 22, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area.

We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Property: Thunderbird Lodge
Address: Rural Route 7, Chinle, AZ 86503 (Formerly Sacred Canyon Lodge)
Location: United States > Arizona > Chinle
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Chinle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only accommodations inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument. ... more   less 
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