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.
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- National Historic Landmark
- Great location near the canyon rim
- Smaller rooms with rustic western feel
- Children Programs
If you want to stay within the park and avoid waiting in queues to enter the part in the morning, I would recommend this hotel. The room was clean and comfortable. Although there was no air conditioning in the room, the ceiling fan was adequate when we stayed at the end of June. Although there is a restaurant there, the hotel is a short walk from the Maswik lodge cafeteria. The free shuttle bus has bus stops next to the hotel.
by Phil A
Having visited the Grand Canyon several times, we decided this time we would stay on and witness sunsets and sunrises over this beautiful place. The property itself is located within the Grand Canyon National Park and is one of several building located on the south rim at Grand Canyon village. Outside the main lobby/check in area, there are several parking bays available for those checking in. Once checked in, we followed the little diagram/map we were given which detailed the location of our rooms. This was just off the access road and approx. 1 – 2 minute walk from the canyon itself. Parking close by can be a bit of a lottery, and a better chance at gaining a parking bay closer to your rooms would be after sundown when ‘day visitors’ have departed. The room itself is fairly well equipped with fridge, table, alarm clock (with USB sockets), tea / coffee machine, shower/WC, closet, safe deposit box, and of course a bed.
Just up the corridor was an ice machine, and also additional ladies and gents toilets. Access to the Grand Canyon is literally through the building and about 20 yards along the pathway. Wow, what a location. It would have been wonderful to have had a canyon view from our room, but we were close enough to have not made a difference. As we were only staying for 3 nights, we had opted at check in to defer the daily housekeeping visits and simply picked up fresh coffee supplies at the reception desk when needed. The main reception area also has additional toilets and shower facilities, and more importantly a water dispenser.
Grand Canyon Village does have several places to eat, whether you’re wanting restaurant’s, pizza/burgers etc. although you may need to make use of the free shuttle bus to get around.
Staying at the canyon overnight did allow us afford us the option of watching sunsets and sunrises, and also being able to enjoy the ‘dark skies’ over the canyon. Oh wow, what a sight. Living in a populated area with so much light pollution you become used to seeing the sky at night with only the brightest of stars. Standing in almost complete darkness, the sky was almost illuminated with a carpet of stars. Simply beautiful.
The simple question of would we stay at Bright Angel Lodge again would be a resounding yes. It's the perfect place for an early start to enjoy the Grand Canyon as a peaceful and reflective experience without all of the 'day' visitors. To sit overlooking the canyon as the sun comes up, or sets with fewer people around is just so relaxing and gives you time to appreciate the view without distractions.