A quaint historic hotel, Maswik Lodge is a quick and convenient option for travelers looking to stay near to the edge of the Grand Canyon. Located in the picturesque Ponderosa pine forest, it’s a mere quarter-mile to the canyon edge – an easy walk on foot. With modest, comfortable rooms and all the necessary amenities right on the property, this rustic lodge is a favorite among visitors who wish to stay in the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s also among the most-budget friendly!
Maswik Lodge Ambiance
While the bulk of the current construction was completed in the 1960s, the history of Maswik Lodge stretches back to the 1920s, when a boom in personal vehicle ownership markedly altered the way people traveled to the Grand Canyon. The original lodge building was called “the Motor Lodge” in honor of that new trend. Additional cabins were constructed in the 1940s, as still more cabins were shifted over from the nearby Bright Angel. As the site grew in popularity, however, more space was necessary; by the 1960s the cabins were taken down and replaced with two-story hotel-style buildings that accommodated more guests. Today, guests can see the original stone pillars from the Motor Lodge out front!
The general layout of Maswik Lodge is rather diffuse, with the North and South lodge areas actually comprised of a number of distinct buildings each, ranging a variable distance from the central Lodge (which contains Registration, a gift shop, and several dining options). The North Lodge accommodations are closer to the Grand Canyon itself, as well as the South Rim Trail, but the South Lodge rooms are more affordable for those on a budget. The Grand Canyon shuttle has convenient stop right in front of the main lodge building, making it easy for guests to travel elsewhere in the park with little effort.
Maswik Lodge Rooms
There are 250 rooms available at the Maswik Lodge, organized into two separate categories – Maswik North and Maswik South. As mentioned above, the North and South regions are comprised of several separate buildings each, housing a number of rooms that offer two queen-sized beds or one king-sized bed. There are no elevators in any of the lodges, but there are ADA-accessible rooms available upon request. The separate buildings are all given distinct names, so it’s easy to locate your room. Both Maswik North and South are nestled back within the trees, so it feels really quiet and peaceful without the bustle of Canyon Rim activity right outside your window. There is free wi-fi available in all guest rooms, as well as the common spaces.
Maswik North accommodations are slightly more modern and feel more upscale – and are priced accordingly. Distributed across twelve, 2-story buildings, these rooms are accessed via exterior walkways and stairways. Rooms include all the basic necessities you’ll need to enjoy your stay, including some extra perks like an in-room Keurig coffee maker. There’s also a refrigerator and safe, for a little bit of additional convenience. There’s even in-room air conditioning, occasionally necessary during the day in the Southwestern summer. Tip: guests can request a rollaway bed to fit additional people, but should be aware there is small up-charge per additional guest on top of the nightly room fee.
Maswik South lodging feels a bit cozier, with smaller rooms, and more of a motel-vibe. These rooms are also accessed via exterior walks and stairs, but they’re divided into only six separate buildings. These lodgings are located further from the edge of the Grand Canyon itself, and as such, are a bit more affordable for travelers looking to spend less on hotels and more on experiences and souvenirs. The other major differences between North and South rooms relate to the available in-room amenities; there is no option for a king bed in the South lodgings, and rooms come with ceiling fans only (which isn’t really a problem in the cool desert evenings). Tip: these rooms don’t come with hair dryers, but they are available upon request if you need one.
Both the North and South lodgings are decorated with a similar aesthetic, which evokes a kind of rustic Southwestern flair. The rooms are carpeted with warm tones and simple patterns that don’t distract from the furnishings. Furniture is generally a warm, care-worn wood that really inspires a historical feel rather than a dated one. The beds are finished off with delightfully patterned comforters that remind one of Native American designs. Bathrooms, however, are spacious and modern, with wall-mounted dispensers for the bath products. All of the in-room artwork centralizes the Grand Canyon and its many gorgeous natural features, so you’ll feel immersed in the culture of the area during your stay.
Maswik Lodge Amenities
Maswik Lodge offers all the basic amenities to the Grand Canyon traveler, including a handy gift shop with great souvenir options. There are two main dining choices – the Maswik Food Court and the Pizza Pub. The Food Court offers a variety of cuisines (including vegetarian and gluten-free options!) in a cafeteria-style setting, while the Pizza Pub lives up to its name with a bright and clean pub vibe, complete with delicious pizza and beer selections. There are several additional dining options available in other nearby hotels; the Bright Angel Dining Room is a favorite.
Easy and plentiful parking is available near the individual buildings, a nice difference compared to the Grand Canyon as a whole, which notoriously suffers from a lack of adequate parking in the busy months. Due to the proximity of the Hermits Rest Shuttle Route and the Blue Route, many guests report leaving their cars here and traveling via bus to get around the Canyon during the bulk of their stay.
Maswik Lodge is one of the few hotels located within the Grand Canyon National Park itself, so its location is practically unbeatable. Nestled on the outskirts of Grand Canyon Village, Maswik is also convenient for travelers looking for multiple dining and shopping options. The Bright Angel Trailhead is within easy walking distance of the North and South Lodgings, as is the Mary Colter-designed Kolb Studio (a bookstore and art gallery) and the Lookout Studio (a historic landmark) – both located at the Canyon’s edge. Further along the Rim is Hopi House, originally built in the early 1900s to market Native American wares.
The Grand Canyon Railway has a historic stop here, and there’s also a Visitor’s Center at the far edge of Grand Canyon Village. Other nearby hotels include Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lounge, and the historic El Tovar. While those hotels are closet to the edge of the Grand Canyon itself, some are also significantly more expensive, making Maswik the most budget-friendly option.