Fodor's Expert Review Bright Angel Lodge

Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, USA

Famed architect Mary Jane Colter designed this 1935 log-and-stone structure, which sits within a few yards of the canyon rim and blends superbly with the canyon walls. Its location is similar to El Tovar's but for about half the price. Accommodations are in surprisingly attractive motel-style rooms or cabins. Lodge rooms don't have TVs, and some rooms share a bath. Scattered among the pines are 50 cabins, which do have TVs and private baths; some have fireplaces, and a few have virtually unobstructed canyon views. Expect rustic, historic charm but not luxury. The Bright Angel Dining Room serves casual, affordable meals all day and the Arizona Room serves dinner only. Adding to the experience are an ice-cream parlor, gift shop, and small history museum.


  • some rooms have canyon vistas
  • all are steps away from the rim
  • Internet kiosks and transportation desk for the mule ride check-in are in the lobby
  • good value for the amazing location


  • the popular lobby is always packed
  • parking is a bit of a hike


Historical, Views, Family
Local Flavor


Phones: 888-297–2757-for reservations only | 928-638–2631


37 rooms (18 with bath), 50 cabins
Rate Includes: No meals
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