Kachina & Thunderbird Lodges Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Village, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023, United States
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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WOnderful view

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 12, 2010

In May I stayed two nights at the Katchina Lodge on the south rim. I booked ahead and reserved a room with a view. We were on the second floor with an excellent view. I would recomend at least a full day to tour the south rim. Sunrise and sunset are magic times at the canyon.

David

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Other Xanterra options

by written on May 16, 2007

I haven't stayed at either of these two lodges. This is the rest of the list of lodging that Xanterra offers. Both of these are along the rim. You would need to make reservations 6 to 12 months in advance. Possibly more.

Unique Quality: Popular lodging around and next to the rim.

Careful at the Lodges

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 27, 2005

The Thunderbird Lodge was the worst hotel we stayed in our entire vacation. It doesn't mean that it would be bad for everyone, but let me share our experience.

When we arrived in the room around 7:15 pm, the thermostat was reading 88 degrees and the AC didn't appear to be working. Since the temperature outside was 100+, I was concerned and called the front desk. They agreed to send maintenance over to check on it. Meanwhile, we left to watch the sunset over the canyon. Upon our return, we discovered that about $500 worth of electronics had been stolen, including our camera. (Hence no pictures of our trip.) When we reported it, the park rangers came to take statements, etc. They told us they were having problems with someone coming in through the windows. We were on the second story and there was a roof just below our window. The window was plenty big enough for someone to come through. Although the windows were closed, they were not locked. The maintenance had also come into the room while we were gone, so who knows what happened. The room below us had also been broken into.

In addition to the theft, our room never cooled down below 78 degrees even though the temperature outside went down to 56 that night. Even opening the windows to let the breeze in, did not cool down the room. Apparantly the breeze was blowing on the other side of the hotel that night. I only got two hours of sleep.
The lodge has agreed to reimburse us for some of our room cost. I'm not sure whether it will be a full reimbursement.

Unique Quality: The beds and pillows in the room were comfortable and it was clean. We ate dinner at the El Trevor Lodge next door and it was excellent. It was the best meal we had, our entire vacation. Be sure to make your reservation well in advance and before sunset. There is a beautiful view, when its daylight.

Directions: Between the Bright Angel Lodge and El Tevor

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Comfortable accomodations at the South Rim

by written on April 22, 2003

All of the accomodations at the very edge of the South Rim (and the North Rim, for that matter) are managed by the US Park Service. There are a variety of comfort and luxury levels, with the El Tovar being the nicest and priciest. Not consequently, the El Tovar is always booked wayyy in advance.

For a good family place to stay, good comfort and room at a decent price, I'd suggest picking the Thunderbird Lodge.

Unique Quality: Location can't be beat. :) And, on the South Rim, having a place with a really good air conditioner is definitely a plus.

The rooms are large enough to comfortably sleep a family of four, and there are several eating establishments within an easy walk.

And, like all the South Rim accomodations, the world's greatest sunset is only about 20 feet outside your door. Walk out there in the evening and watch the sun go down. There will be 100s of people doing the same thing, but when ol' Sol sinks below the horizon, painting the sky a thousand different shades and hues, you'll be amazed at how quiet it gets. :)

Directions: Just go to the South Rim and drive to the hotel area. ALL South Rim edge accomodations are at the same basic place.

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goodfish Dec 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

These lodges are inside the National Park - meaning a park entry fee is required to access them. This isn't a problem for travelers who are planning to visit the park anyway but worth a mention for those whose agendas only include Grand Canyon WEST or areas outside of the park boundaries.

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Address: Grand Canyon Village, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023, United States

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