“ Address: Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. PO Box 699 10 Albright Street Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 Phone: 928.638.2631 (to reach a guest or same day reservations) Fax: 928.638.9810 „
We stayed in Maswik Lodge as part of our road trip around America's canyon area. The lodge is the cheapest of the five or so accommodation options within Grand Canyon National Park. It is located on the popular South Rim resort area and it just a quarter of a mile from the edge of the canyon. We only stayed for one night, but thought it was absolutely perfect for what we wanted even though it was the budget option.
When you get into the park, you pay a $25 entry fee for the car you are in and all the passengers. This is valid for seven days from entry. With the entry ticket, you get a little newspaper type thing that is a perfect guide to the park. It also contains a map which is pretty handy because Maswik Lodge isn't the easiest thing to find! Even with the map and a few signs, we managed to take a wrong turn somewhere along the way. From the park gates it is only about a ten minute drive to the lodge.
The lodge is spread over a number of buildings. The first one you come to is the reception area, the other buildings are all accommodation blocks. The buildings are all quite pretty and in the interests of being at one with nature, they are all low rise buildings made from wood and painted green. The reception building is the largest because it contains a cafeteria and a couple of shops; one is a gift shop and the other is a mini mart type place. The reception area is lovely and bright and surprisingly modern considering the surroundings. The staff are all lovely and welcoming and very enthusiastic about the park and the lodge. They give you another little map which indicates where the accommodation buildings.
The accommodation buildings are all fairly close together and are each over two floors. We had a room on the second floor. To be honest it doesn't matter which floor you are on it terms of views because you are completely surrounded by trees and can't see anything anyway, but the second floors can only be accessed by stairs so they are no good for people who can't manage stairs.
Our room was very nice. The rooms aren't particularly luxurious but they are pretty big and perfectly comfortable. They all have two double beds and an en suite bathroom. There is the standard furniture in the room, including a small table and arm chair as well as the hugest TV I've ever seen. To be honest I couldn't see the point of the TV because you have one of the most fantastic natural wonders in the world on your doorstep, but if you can't abide being away from the goggle box, you'll be delighted! There is also a little fridge which is quite handy. The bathroom is pretty standard and has everything you need plus a few extras such as complementary soaps and things as well as a hairdryer.
The rooms in general are kind of like what you would expect in a hostel, but a very good hostel. They are pretty basic and not particularly luxurious, but they were exactly what we wanted and, for the amount of time we actually spent in the room it was more than acceptable.
There is plenty of parking around the lodge. There is a huge car park right in front of the reception building and there are little cark parks outside all of the other buildings. Parking is free.
We paid $92, which is about £60, for one night in October. It is actually the same price all year round, but it obviously fills up a lot quicker during the busier summer months. It's not the cheapest room in the world but the location alone makes it worth every penny. There are actually a lot of cheaper rooms outside of the park gates including many of the budget big name chains, so you can pay less. The convenience of this place though made it totally worth the extra money for us. Like I said before, it is only fifteen minutes from the rim, which is actually an extremely pleasant walk through the wooded areas. It can be a bit more of a challenge on the way back though as there is absolutely the bear minimum of lighting in the area to cut down on light pollution. This though is the absolutely best thing about staying within the park - after dark the sky is just beautiful.
Overall I would absolutely recommend the Maswik Lodge. It is cheap enough, comfortable and in a fantastic location for getting as much as possible out of even the shortest of stays in the canyon.
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