by Candyce H. Stapen
Designed in 1935, this stone, timber and adobe lodge located near the canyon rim, like El Tovar, is a National Historic Landmark with a rustic western feel. Unlike El Tovar, the rooms at Bright Angel are more basic and, generally, smaller. Since most of Bright Angel’s rooms contain only one bed, this lodge is best for a parent and a small child able to share a bed or for families seeking two rooms. Although some units come with canyon views these rooms cannot be guaranteed.
Be aware that all of the units lack televisions and some rooms lack private baths. The cabins come with private baths and televisions. Meals are available at two lodge restaurants.
Our Editor Loves
- National Historic Landmark
- Great location near the canyon rim
- Smaller rooms with rustic western feel
- Children Programs
Our cabin was located just behind the Lookout Studio. It was spacious, very nicely decorated, and had a amazing shower and bath. There's heat, plenty of storage, a coffee maker and small fridge. We opted out of housekeeping during our 3 night stay and were left 2 Grand Canyon water bottles to thank us for saving water. We needed a new battery for our safe, and that was dealt with promptly. Front desk staff were pleasant and helpful. The history room was interesting. We ate 3 meals at the restaurant on site (not the steak house) 1 supper and 2 breakfasts, which were fine.
Beware if booking by credit card. We paid IN FULL for two rooms in February. All went well and we checked out with no problems. Days later, after returning to the UK, charged appeared on my credit card statement. We had no ‘extras’ of any kind. (Even if we had, these should have been mentioned and settled at check out!). I emailed numerous times, no responses. I then made a costly call to the hotel from the UK to ask them to explain and sort the situation. They apologised and promised to call me back. NO RETURN CALL RECEIVED. This hotel clearly keeps your credit card details and uses them with no authorisation. I am currently going through a lengthy procedure with my credit card company to sort this. BEWARE!!!!