There is no opportunity on TA to split a review for Chinle itself and the hotel so I will do both here.
Chinle - this is a scary place. It is not for tourists (and doesn't cater for). There are many beggars who confront you at accessible places such as petrol stations. There are no restaurants (other than Burger King!) apart from the hotel.
While the only attraction (great though it is) is Canyon De Chelley, this also has many warning signs at every look out to remove valuables and lock your car. There are vendors at several look outs who give a hard sell for their wears.
Hotel - don't expect a pleasant welcome! The lady who served us was monosyllabic, no smile or any pleasantries whatsoever. We put this down to the character & culture of where we were staying but you would expect at least a smile and an 'hello' from a hotel receptionist.
The hotel itself was great. The room was fairly big, wifi easy access and the restaurant was superb. The staff there were pleasant and attentive. The food was lovely. I had the trout and my husband had the rack of ribs - both meals delicious. The service was fast and efficient.
Canyon-De-Chelley was a site to see. You can do both North and South Rims in a full day. We took the White House Ruins Trail in the South Rim, that is definitely worth a trek.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly hotel in Chinle, Arizona is located at the gateway to the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the 2nd largest canyon in the United States! Just minutes from the canyon, you can tour the area with one of the local tour guides or you may do a self-guided tour of the canyon look-out points. The canyon has a total of 11 look-out points, all which have views of ancient ruins, petroglyphs, and pictographs. The hotel is a part of the historic Garcia's Trading Post located in the heart of the Navajo Nation Reservation. Enjoy a delicious meal in the Garcia's Restaurant which has a casual southwestern flavor. Or if you would rather enjoy a quiet and private meal, room service is available during regular restaurant hours. In our giftshop you can find beautiful Native American jewelry and southwestern works of art. For your convenience, vehicle tours into the canyon are available at the giftshop. At the end of the day, you can take a stroll through our beautiful courtyard or take a refreshing dip in our heated, outdoor pool(seasonal). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Canyon De Chelly Hotel Chinle
- Holiday Inn Chinle
- Chinle Holiday Inn