10 Albright Ave, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Lodges
Thunderbird LodgeThe 1960s-era Thunderbird Lodge, just yards away from the South Rim, is a popular choice for families visiting the Grand Canyon, with amenities that will keep kids occupied (satellite TV) and adults comfortable (Keurig coffee maker, full bath, refrigerator). Many rooms have pretty decent views of the canyon – called “canyonside” rooms – for only $20 more. The property doesn’t have the same rustic charm as the Bright Angel or El Tovar lodges (it’s neighbors on either side) – from the outside it looks more like a college social sciences building – but its 55 rooms are relatively spacious, and though they’ve been updated several times, haven’t lost that fun “Mad Man” modern vibe. And though there’s no restaurant on site, the restaurants at El Tovar and Bright Angel are only steps away, as well as others in the village. Best of all, the Rim Trail is right outside your door, and those gorgeous views of the canyon.