The Thunderbird lodge would not be worth the money if it were outside the park. BUT it’s probably worth double the price given the location to the canyon. Just check out the webcam for the entrance station to see the long lines at the gate. You get to avoid those by staying in the park. It’s worth the money.
The Thunderbird Lodge is a glorified motel. That might be excusable if it did not cost us $413 for one night. No elevator outdated decor. Its canyon rim location is not worth it. It’s so called historic pedigree is a poor excuse for this dump.
After exploring the North Rim and driving back to South Rim, I was too exhausted to take pictures. What I do remember, is that the room was nicely appointed, had a very comfortable bed, and was in a prime location. It's nice to be able to have everything in walking distance. The view.... the rim view was breathtaking and LITERALLY just steps from the lodge. It was in walking distance to where we had dinner, at El Tovar.
While touring the Grand Canyon we stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge. The lodge offers spectacular views of the Grand Canyon itself and has free shuttles to take you to different parts of the park and trails. The wildlife, elk, deer, and bighorn sheep, are surprisingly unafraid of people and can be seen along the roadways, trails and common areas.
You can't beat the view. The room is just average and overpriced but you can't beat the location and view. Just wish they had assigned parking spots for guests staying there. Parking is a big pain. Make sure you make reservations for dinner in the village before you get there.
We stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge for two nights. We found a parking place in front and didn't move the car except for one time, but took shuttles everywhere. Initially, we thought it odd to check in at another property, but the logistics weren't that bad. The front desk person that we dealt with the entire time was Linda. She was an absolute joy! Yes, it was expensive and no, the room wasn't commensurate with the price. However, the view couldn't be beat and THAT was worth it! It truly was convenient to be steps away from such grandeur. Our trip was a once in a lifetime experience and staying on the South Rim was very worthwhile.
Ideally positioned on the Canyon rim at the Bright Angel point. I’d booked a partial rim view room, which gave a lovely sight to wake up to. We arrived early & were able to check in a good 2 hours or so before the usual 3pm time, which was great. The room was a good size, with a safe and fridge available. No complimentary breakfast (as expected for in-park accommodation) but food is available at the Bright Angel lodge a couple of minutes walk away. Although there’s parking outside & next to the lodge, it’s 1st come 1st served with all park visitors, so you may need to walk a bit to get to the lodge (although we were lucky & got a spot just outside!)
Obviously you stay here for the location. I did think the room was overall decent. Yes, the check in and parking is a pain, but that's the case for all of the hotels on the rim. The beds were comfortable, and the automatic shades were a nice feature. Sure, it's expensive, but you are paying for the location. If it's your first visit to Grand Canyon (as it was for us), it was worth the price.
Really disappointed with this hotel. It’s location is the only thing stopping me giving this a one star rating! Check in is a pain as you have to go to a different hotel to do so. Car parking is limited so be prepared to drive around. Room was very poor (floor creaking, smell of feet, shower faucet falling off wall and Wi-Fi weak). Needs a huge refurbishment.
Stayed as a family of four in July. Rooms pretty functional but good enough. Great views over the Canyon. Wi-Fi in room surprisingly good - as was (as a golfer) live coverage of the Open on the TV! Location - literally a stone's throw from the canyon rim - was excellent. Breakfast (in main dining room) and drinks at El Tovar (cocktail lounge) highly recommended: dinner a bit overpriced - Fred Harvey's at Bright Angel Lodge a better value bet. Easy to find a parking space close to the hotel. The place generally seems to have over reacted to Covid: masks compulsary indoors, housekeeping not permitted to make beds, restricted opening hours (Arizona Room, a steakhouse, open for lunch only!). Overall though, very much enjoyed our stay and would return.
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