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Lake Powell / Wahweap
Lake Powell is an artificial lake, which becomes its water from the Colorado River after building the Glen Canyon Dam. Lake Powell is about 185 miles long, storing 24.322.000 acre feet (30 km³) of water when full. The purpose of the lake and dam is to provide water storage and to generate elctricity. The lake is named for explorer John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869.
Coming from Kanab (Utah) it was quite a surprise seeing the azure blue Lake Powell (just behind Big Water !!) after two weeks of mesas, buttes, canyons, spires, arches, bridges, dust, desert and badlands.
We were on our way to Cameron, but couldn’t resist making a stop at Wahweap. This settlement on the shores of Lake Powell is located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which means you will have to pay an entrance fee or to show your “America the Beautiful Pass”.
Wahweap isn’t a real village and exists of a hotel - Lake Powell Resort - and a lot of (water sport) facilities like boating (including boat cruises), swimming, water skiing and fishing. We had a cappuccino at the resort enjoying the views of the lake and surrounding canyon landscape. The resort also has a (gift)shop.
We continued along the Lakeshore Drive and made a couple of stops at overlooks, with views of Lake Powell and later the Glen Canyon Dam. I think when travelling or staying in this part of the southwest you should make a ‘detour’ to Lake Powell.
Excellent view, comfortable room, service only fair
My lakeview room at Lake Powell Resort was comfortable and clean, with a refrigerator and microwave, and had a spectacular, full panoramic view of Lake Powell. Absolutely choose lakeview rooms or you might as well stay somewhere else with better service. We enjoyed gorgeous sunrise and sunset views of the lake from our nice balcony while rabbits fed on the lawn right below.
The resort was busy, and as other reviewers have mentioned, the hotel service leaves a lot to be desired. Aramark, which runs the hotel, needs to improve its customer service training program -- the staff just isn't especially helpful. They do the minimum and that's it -- they do not see being nice or treating you as a guest as part of their job. Because this is a large resort and often busy, expect some noise, like kids playing in the pool, a few loud guests on cell phones, etc. But we did have sufficient quiet in the early morning and late evening to enjoy the serene, other-worldly beauty of Lake Powell from our balcony.
We chose room service over the restaurant because it just looked too crowded. We received our food promptly, and it tasted very good. No Internet at the resort, but you can drive into Page and access Internet through PCs at the public library for $3/half hour.
You can arrange boat tours through the resort -- we took the Rainbow Bridge tour, about 8 hours, which was excellent. Be dressed for the heat, wear plenty of sunscreen and absolutely wear a hat. Also wear good walking shoes for the short hike up to Rainbow Bridge. The tour guides provide water, lemonade, and coffee throughout the tour, a bottle of cold water for your hike, and a good box lunch.
I highly recommend a tour of Antelope Canyon during your stay at Lake Powell -- choose the outfit that takes only 8 people at a time, not the one that takes 18. This is an excellent, short, easy 1.5 hour tour of an exquisitely beautiful slot canyon on Navajo lands -- suitable for families with small children, senior citizens, anyone. The most rugged part is the really bouncy jeep ride to the canyon, but the walk through the canyon is all flat ground, cool, beautiful, fun and easy -- very worthwhile.
Overall, Lake Powell Resort is an excellent value for location with spectacular views -- you won't be disappointed if you don't expect much from the resort staff.
Not what I remembered Waweap to Be
Just returned from our summer vacation and stayed two nights at the Lake Powell Resort. (Formerly the Wahweap Lodge)
My husband and I had fond memories of the Wahweap Lodge where we spent 2 nights on our National Parks Tour 15 years ago.
The Wahweap - now called the Lake Powell Resort is not what I remembered it to be.
I always read Trip Advisor before booking a room - so I did request a newly renovated room on the first floor. That was very good advice. The first floor offers the view of the Lake and allows you to walk right out onto your balcony and to the pools/grounds.
The room is nothing spectacular - but it was clean and updated. The Wahweap was very similar in that respect when new. I definately know we would have been dissatisfied with one of the older rooms.
What really concerned me was the way the resort is now being run.
The front desk is in need of management - even the supervisors and managers are in need of management. The resort is not being run properly - from reservations to services to attitude.
We had a very unfortunate experience eating at the Rainbow Room. Again we had fond memories of dining there 15 years ago. The dining room is again nothing spectacular however does offer beautiful views.
My husband and I became violently ill after our dinner. I was literally lying in the bath tub after dinner because I was so sick!
We had made reservations to rent a boat (which cost us $500.00 for 8 hrs.) to take out to the Rainbow Bridge the following day and it really spoiled our outing because we were still very weak the following day.
The next morning I asked to speak to the dining room manager, figuring someone should know. The manager passed the problem to the chief who was insulted and convinced that it would take 12 hours for anyone to get sick from anything they injested because "he had studied these things"! He did say he would inform hotel management and asked for our room number. No one ever took the time to call. That evening I asked to speak to the hotel manager and was directed to some "supervisor" who faked being concerned and said he was sorry.
The following day when we checked-out I disputed the room charge for the meal that almost put the 2 of us in the hospital and they agreed to remove the charge. I figured it was the least they could do. Even though the meal was only $50 something I was not going to pay for a meal that made us that sick.
So my reccomendations: Don't eat at the Rainbow Room, make sure you get a first floor, newly renovated room, reconfirm your reservations , don't expect alot and you'll be okay.
If you do not care about being on the Lake - the Courtyard by Marriott in Page is pretty nice.
Also, Lake Powell is very low and the view is not as fabulous as when the water is up.
Lots of conveniences in the middle of nowhere!
We stayed 2 nights at Lake Powell Resort as part of our National Park tour in August '05 and had a wonderful time. We easily made our room and skiboat reservations online. A few weeks later we were emailed about an offer to upgrade to one of their newly renovated lakeview rooms for a reduced fee, which we ignored. But, to our pleasant surprise, we were given one of their renovated rooms at no additional cost. The exterior of the buildings do have a "military barracks" look to them, but they are in the process of renovating, trying to go to a more "santa fe" style. I found the rooms to be very comfortable and attractive (copper sink, wrought iron patio furniture) with gorgeous views of the lake. We chose to be on the second floor with a balcony, which turned out to be a good thing as there were a lot of families on the ground floor with the kids all running around, playing on the grass in front of all of the ground level patios, so we were fortunate to have the kids playing below us, instead of playing right in front of our patio, blocking the view of the lake and making a lot of noise. We had just completed our stay at Bryce Canyon, so we really enjoyed the luxuries of cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, swimming pools, jacuzzi, etc. at the resort. I found it wonderful to have all of these luxuries, yet we were surrounded by such a remote beauty. Check-in at the marina for the skiboat went smooth....check-in girl did not seem real happy in her job, but the man running us through the boat checklist was great, advising us on different parts of the lake and where we should go depending upon what we wanted to see or do. The boat operated well and we really enjoyed tubing and exploring Navajo Canyon, with its 150-200ft high rock walls. If you don't care to go into the water, the resort does offer boat cruises through the Navajo Canyon, so you can enjoy the same views without renting your own boat. Much of the time we were boating, we had no one else around us and we felt truly isolated. If you go boating, you have to be very careful as there are a lot of hidden rocks along the edge of the waterways and some debris in the water, and you would certainly hate to lose your prop in the middle of nowhere. We never dined in the Rainbow room, because we opted to go into Page the first night and just loved a restaurant there called Italia Family Buffet....the food was great, the price was awesome and the service could not be beat...so we went there a few times for meals. We did eat once at the resort deli which was ok, and did get coffee and a muffin at the coffee bar which was good. I would also encourage people to take the free Glen Canyon Dam tour....it was a good 45 min tour that takes you to both the top and bottom of the dam, even showing the turbines in action. The dam is about 5-10 mins from the resort. Even though we visited during the hottest time of the year, we lucked out and had mostly overcast skies which really kept the temperatures down, yet the water was warm. The resort overall is a great little oasis in the middle of nowhere and offers a nice change of pace during a tour of the national parks.
Was pretty pleased with this. It's a big hotel, with the rooms arranged in 2 story blocks parallel to the lake shore (but well back from and above the water). Pay a bit extra to get a lake view - it's worth it (otherwise you look out at the car park). Room was comfortable and well furnished, bathroom was small but fine. We had a balcony (all rooms get some outside space).
The hotel is just across the state line in Arizona, which means it has a bar (don't knock it - no bars to be found in Utah hotels). The restaurant served pretty good food and had an interesting menu that went well beyond the 'steak and chicken' staples that you'll be eating for much of the rest of your regional tour.
We were in the quiet season, but there were a few coach parties which slowed things up in the restaurant. I wonder if you might end up queuing for a table in the high season?
The hotel is in the marina (not in Page itself) so is very convenient for water based activities and less convenient for going out in the town (not that we saw much to do in the town - but maybe we weren't looking in the right place).
Don't expect this to be deluxe - it's not a 5* resort of the sort you'd get in Phoenix etc. But it is a better than adequate place to spend a few days, with decent rooms, a nice pool, pretty good food and a nice bar. Unlike many of the motels you need to stay in when visiting Bryce or Zion, this is somewhere that you could stay a few extra days and is a bit better than just 'a place to sleep while visiting the lake'.
Location, location, location.
You're paying for location here. The hotel is right on the lake. The restaurant just off the lobby was surprisingly good and pretty darn reasonable. It's not a quite a family restaurant atmosphere or menu, unless you throw down some coin for family meals anyway.
Rooms are adequate, but not much better than you'd find in a national economy chain like Motel 6, Super 8, Econolodge, etc. Really, don't expect too much here, because you won't get it. Do request a lakeview room. It's a bit more, but if you're spending a few extra bucks to be close to the lake, you might as well catch a sunrise/sunset from your balcony.
There's a hotel "fun spot" on the lake that allows you to take out plastic kayaks and jump off a raft in the lake. Be aware that Lake Powell is a reservoir and levels change in the lake from year to year, which means beaches can be more exposed or less exposed than expected. As a result, you're not going to be able to wade out 50 yards...or even ten. It gets deep pretty quick. There's also a pool.
Stay Away! Without Question the Worst Service Ever-No Accountability
I am a frequent traveler...150+ nights a year in a hotel, and an elite-tier member with several hotel chains. This was one of the worst experiences ever.
Rooms were mediocre, dirty bedding, dusty, bad pillows. Lots of insects such as ants and spiders crawling around in our ground floor room. We were actually concerned that there would be scorpions or tarantulas in the room; we have seen these before in hotels in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. I doubt the bedding would have passed the muster of a black light.
The hotel was booking people in rooms under renovation, though this was not the case for us.
The restaurant staff was the worst, highly disorganized. They have major workflow problems. There were two couples ahead of us, plenty of empty tables, and it still took the hostess 10 minutes to seat us. The wait staff was horrendous, we had to ask for everything from table settings to salt and pepper to water twice. We had six meals there and every meal was the same experience, including the buffet. The buffet ran out of clean plates. Looks like the whole staff was unprepared for an early start to season.
We tried to eat in the bar to avoid the lines during one meal and the bartender asked us not to eat in the bar as she couldn't guarantee any meal service. She had no cocktail waitresses available to serve meals in the bar.
Looks to me like the property is understaffed and they running things on a shoestring, but are willing to sacrifice quality and service due to exceptional location.
They have a prime location but the property looks tired and the service is really really bad. I raised all of these issues to local management and they actually smiled and just took it in, no response at all, no apologies.
I have stayed at several Aramark locations and I'm not impressed with any. The ML Conference Center in Plainsboro NJ is run the same way, bad service, tired decor, and no accountability. So I would say the problem maybe lies with the parent company, because I seem to get the same experience at all of their properties.
So, if you're in the Page, AZ area, stay at the Courtyard and stay away from this one!
Mixed Feelings about this resort
I just returned from a three day stay at this "resort" and have very mixed feelings about it.
First of all, you have to know that this resort is in what is considered a national park (really just a very tiny beach on the waterfront) and as such you have to pay a $15 entrance fee to get to the hotel. When you get your receipt hold onto it, it is good for 7 days, and you have to show it each time you re-enter the "park" to drive to the hotel, otherwise you will pay $15 each time.
The "resort" is in the middle of nowhere, so when you get tired of the same menu, which does not change from day to day, other than the fact that a $28-$30 special is added each night, you will drive a *very* long way to find a decent restaurant. Admittedly the food is pretty good, but just know you are a captive audience. Most entrees ranged in between $18-$26 a night. There is a breakfast buffet for $10 daily that is pretty decent.
The rooms are a decent size, kept clean, although there are no elevators at all, so if you have a lot of luggage or are infirm in any way, you don't want a room on the second floor. We had paid extra for a room facing the water, which in retrospect may not have been the best thing, because this place is more a marina than a resort, and starting around 4:30 each morning people are driving in with their boats on trolleys, and there is a lot of noise to get them into the water. The smell of diesel/engine fuel is strong.
Although the "resort" does advertise a beach, it is a strip of sand, there are beach chairs, but the water is absolutely foul with the diesel and gas from the boats, and you are stepping into some foamy slime since the boats are moored not even 50 feet away.
We only got to see one of the pools, right next to the dining room, and that appeared to be kept up well. There is a place that serves decent coffee and tea right outside the reception desk, but they close early afternoon. There is also a pizza place somewhere on the premises, we did not find it or use it.
One of the things that was extremely annoying was that you have to make a reservation for dinner. You can no longer just walk in to be seated for dinner. Unless you call very early in the day, you will find yourself eating at 8:30-9:00 pm. You can try eating in the lounge, which we were able to do the first day, but the second day there were huge bus tours and everyone was trying to get into the lounge and eat.
No doubt the view is spectacular and for that it is worth a day stay there. It was my experience that the staff was less than helpful. They knew nothing - they could not help. When our air conditioning never went on in the first room we were given, they sent someone that could not fix it - so we had to move to another room. When we inquired about taking a tour to the Antelope Slip Canyons, they had no information and gave us a phone number to call. Same thing with taking a trip to the Grand Canyon, or trying to take a tour to Rainbow Bridge, no one knew anything. It was extremely frustrating.
I don't know what it is like the rest of the year, but for the time that we were there, it seemed that the facilities of the hotel were extremely overtaxed - i.e. not enough dining room for the number of guests there, too small of a pool for more than 5-6 people to swim in.
This place really is a marina more than a resort, and if you don't have a boat, you will find not much else at all to do. We did drive around Page, and believe me, this hotel is one of the best of the bunch, but considering the gorgeous location, it could be so much more.