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
by Laura v
Our stay started very unpleasant because of Jacob. During our check in, his tone was already unfriendy, very short in his questions and he gave us no furhter information. Our roomnumber was written down, but we couldn't read if the first number was a 4 or 6. We asked him. He told us that he couldn't say it loud, that we had it wrong, but that it was 'just ahead'. He send us away down some stairs. We were looking at different places but were not able to find it (tired en with heavy luggage). After I feld down the stairs en hurt myself, I wend back and asked again. He was very rude at me and acted like I was stupid en send me back again without helping. An other worker helped us finding our room en apologized for the behavior of his colleague.
The rooms have all been refurbished which we hadn't expected, and now have a lighter feel to them.
We've stayed here before end know what to expect and are more than happy with it. No wifi in room and limited in lobby, your food choice may lead to a walk to another accommodation block, and it can be very crowded the middle of the day. Hit and miss parking. So plan for this and you will be delighted.
Check in smooth and friendly (usually not till 4pm), lovely rim view from our cabin with two comfortable chairs, small fridge and coffee machine. Small bathroom. TV with a few channels.
We opted out of daily housekeeping and were pleased to be given two plastic water bottles. They topped up our coffee when asked.
Really good efforts being made by Xanterra to be environmentally friendly in this delicate environment. Just hope housekeeping staff aren't cut in consequence of the opt out but instead given a bit extra time to prepare rooms for new occupants and help them keep their lovely new appearance.
This is one of our favourite places.