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“Ok for a quick stop.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thunderbird Lodge
Danbury, Ct.
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100 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Ok for a quick stop.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is a motel style operation just inside the entrance to Canyon de Chelly Park. This are no views or scenery near the lodge. It is just a convenient stop over for park visitors. Our room was large and clean, but with some maintenance problems. There was a TV in the room, but there was no Wi-Fi available. The only restaurant on the property was a cafeteria style operation with a very limited menu. We arrived about 7:30 pm to find that it was already closed for the night. There are two other motels in Chinle just outside the park. Each has a restaurant and if you are lucky you might find one of them open on any particular night. If not, there are a couple of fast food operation in town.

The park itself is very beautiful, particularly along the south rim before sunset. The only way to enter the canyon itself is by horseback or jeep tour. We had an 8 am jeep tour scheduled, so needed to stay nearby. The only alternatives for many miles are those two other motels in Chinle. The jeep tour into the canyon was amazing and well worth the time and money.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank gordon475
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

After driving through the somewhat run-down town of Chinle, it was a breath of fresh air to book into this modest but comfortable and tranquil lodge, immediately abutting the main road that runs along Canyon de Chelly. The fact that it is Navajo owned and run adds an extra feeling of authenticity. Make sure you read the notes by the manager in your guest handbook. It gives interesting insight into the Navajo, and the enterprising manager who is managing to bridge the gap between two cultures. The lodge has a restaurant, Thunderbird Cafeteria, a large comfortable space with, again, much of interest to look at and reasonable, affordable food. The gift shop is stocked to the hilt with authentic locally made handicrafts, including excellent pottery and Navajo jewelery.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Hursto
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Our room was very large and included a sitting area, which was nice, and it was clean and comfortable. The food at the cafeteria was good, with some interesting Navajo dishes. A very peaceful location that was convenient to all activities in and around the park.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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Sedona, Arizona
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143 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

We chose this accommodation because it's actually in the park, although the nearby Holiday Inn is also conveniently located. It is an historic building, and quite adequate for our needs though even with the change of name (used to be Thunderbird Lodge I think) it could do with a facelift. We had breakfast in the restaurant, which was o.k. The room was standard motel lay-out but beds were comfortable and the staff was quite friendly.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank LindaWanderer2013
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lodge during our visit to Canyon de Chelly. It is the only lodging available inside the park and we found it to be quite comfortable and clean. We did not experience the water temperature variation that the shower sign indicated. The adjoining Thunderbird cafeteria serves 3 meals a day and we also found it to be good food at reasonable prices. We opted to take the canyons tour and that was one of the highlights of our trip. Jerold John was our tour guide and we found him to be knowledgeable and pleasant -- highly recommended. All of the staff were friendly and pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bobbwacs
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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Southampton
Level Contributor
23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

We really enjoyed this accommodation as was different from other run of the mill hotel/motels. We found the staff really helpful particularly when we had booked 3 nights and decided to move on after the second night as it was raining and were happily reimbursed with our third nights charge. The accommodation we found to be very comfortable, warm and clean and the restaurant on site had a good menu choice at a very reasonable price. Very peaceful area.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank JillyLangley
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
49 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

This hotel is in Canyon de Chelly. The staff was very friendly. The room was spacious and clean. The bed was comfortable. The WIFI worked well, but no reception for my AT&T cellphone. There is a sign in the shower warning that the water goes from hot to cold and back again and it really did happen. There is no swimming pool in deference to the water shortage in the area.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank brealjs
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, 5 days ago
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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Additional Information about Thunderbird Lodge

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):
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