by Candyce H. Stapen
When we can’t get — or don’t want — a room at El Tovar, my family likes to stay at either of these lodges. If not in the mood for historic, we prefer the convenience of creature comforts such as two queen or one king bed, in-room coffee maker, small refrigerator, television and private bathroom. About half of the rooms at either lodge have a partial canyon view. From either facility, it’s an easy walk to the restaurants at El Tovar or Bright Angel Lodge.
Our Editor Loves
- Comfortable room accommodations
- Canyon views
- Easy walk to restaurants
My friend and I stayed here, primarily as we wanted canyon views from our room and El Tovar was unfortunately full on our dates (that will teach us not to plan in advance)
The room was lovely and comfortable, and the canyon views were spectacular. Thankfully it was lovely and warm as it was particularly chilly outside! The wifi was slow, so do not go expecting much in that department. Also it is a shame that at the price charged there was not any complimentary breakfast (Especially as it is quite far from anything else up here!) but I guess you cannot have everything.
Overall we enjoyed our stay!
by Penina K
We are so happy we decided to stay in the canyon for our recent family trip. The views from the window were spectacular. I highly advise guests to stay on the canyon side as opposed to the other side of the hallway. As I put the babies in for naps I looked out the window and still felt like i was at the canyon. Room is very basic but decorated well. We liked the brick interior wall and decorated tiles in shower.
While I knew check in was at El Tovar, I didn’t realize that there is no lobby in the Kachina building. We hung out in the El tovar and Bright Angel lobbies but it would have significantly improved our experience if there was somewhere else for us to be other than the room-without having to bundle up and brave the cold winter evening. Now that I know this I probably would have chosen Bright Angel.
Also, there was no crib sheet provided although I asked twice. Both times a full size sheet was brought to our door. It is unsafe to have a sheet that is too large for a baby’s crib.
We recommend Kachina lodge. Great value and very nice experience.