Biggest Lodge in the Park
We decided to go to Grand Canyon on a labor day weekend within the same week, on that Wednesday actually. I called every lodges in the park and none had a vacancy. Until I called Yavapai of course, not knowing that labor day weekend is the busiest weekend in Grand Canyon.
Yavapai turns out to be the biggest lodge in the park! Yavapai East has 198 rooms and Yavapai West has 160 rooms. We stayed in the east area where the rooms have in-room air condition and refrigerator. The rooms are pretty modern with all the amenities you can ask for in Grand Canyon. A lot of services are within a few steps as well. The Market Plaza is practically next door to the lodge. General store, bank, U.S. Post Office and the Canyon Cafe are ready to service your needs. The Visitor Center is less than 1/2 mile away. There's also a coin operated laundry within 1/2 mile from the lodge.
Very convenient for a lot of families to stay in this lodge. The edge of the rim is pretty close by. Shuttles can take you to places. Since the forest surrounds the lodge, you can see wildlife in action if you're lucky enough. We ran into a couple of elks while we were there. They're huge!
With all the facilities and amenities the lodge has to offer, I recommend this lodge. Although it is more pricey than the other lodges. We had a very comfortable stay here in Yavapai. Don't forget to wake up early enough to catch the sunrise. And then grab a bite for breakfast at the Canyon Cafe. A great way to start your day in Grand Canyon!
Unique Quality: Free wireless internet is available in the Canyon Cafe. When we were there, every employees that we met was from outside of the country! They were on a seasonal job. Met with people from all over the world. I thought that was neat!
Pretty good bog standard accomadation. Don't expect any luxuries this is as good as a regular chain hotel. Reserve way, way in advance because all the park accomadation get booked up well in advance. You get walk to the rim or take the bus. There's a cafferteria, gift shop, post office, supermarket.....pretty much anything you need is right here.
Grand Canyon, South Rim
My second stay at Yavapai Lodge. Location is less congested than the other lodges around the train station,packed with tour buses and cars.
Yavapai Lodge is a short drive /walking distance to view sunrise. Ample parking. A big plus is walking distance to the general store to purchase water,snacks, food. Also post office on site. Food at Yavapai Lodge is barely decent and expensive. If you have a car, it's worth to drive 1 mi outside the Grand Canyon for breakfast. Dinner at Bright Angel Lodge is reasonably priced. Trout was fresh and delicious. Must try their Apple Grunt or Chocolate Suicide cake.
The Lodge is spartan but very clean. Hairdryer, coffee maker w/ free coffee/ refrig in the room. No internet but there's a pay one in the lobby.
Need to book super early.
Unique Quality: Since lodge is away from the cluster of other lodges/hotels, you see more deers coming out to feed at the end of the day. Cayotes too.
Lodges/store/restaurant employees are visitors on working visa or within USA on seasonal contract. We met folks from Germany, Thailand, Japan, State of Washington etc.
Directions: 4.5 hours from Phoenix.
I have no pictures of this lodge, but there are additional tips by madamx under the Grand Canyon and also under Arizona Hotels and by coast2coast under the North America Page
As Close to the Rim as You Can Get !
Not knowing what our itineray would be like, we had not made any arrangements to go to the Grand Canyon during our Arizona visit. However, once we had landed in Phoenix and realized that it was only about 1 PM, we decided to strike out for the north. The hotel that we were booked into in Phoenix let us cancel our first night's reservation and they gave us the phone number of the Grand Canyon National Park so we could book ourselves a room in their Lodge at Yavapai. US$113 later we were on our way north for the 4-hour drive. The lodge itself is made up of a number of long double storey buildings, nothing fancy but very comfortable. There is a cafeteria as well or you can seek out restaurants or motel dining rooms in some of the nearby private establishments.
Maswik and other South Rim Lodges
Grand Canyon village operates several hotels in the National Park. The Maswik is located several miles west of the entrance and is not adjacent to the rim of the Canyon. But its affordable (relatively speaking)
Unique Quality: Other lodges at the South Rim:
El Tovar Hotel
Bright Angel Lodge
rates vary from about $80 to $220 per night
Directions: Follow signs to Grand Canyon Village
Nearby Yavapai Lodge
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Bright Angel Lodge And Cabins 0.1 miles away
Kachina & Thunderbird Lodges Grand Canyon 0.2 miles away
Desert View Campground 0.2 miles away
Indian Garden 0.2 miles away
El Tovar Hotel Grand Canyon 0.2 miles away
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Bright Angel Trail 0.3 miles away
Mather Point 1.4 miles away
Pima Point 2.4 miles away
Rim, South 4 miles away
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Yavapai Lodge Grand Canyon
- Yavapai Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
Address: 1 Main St, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, United States
Amenities at Yavapai Lodge
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
- Pets Allowed
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