The great thing about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is that it is not nearly as crowded as the South Rim. The lack of people is certainly not because the North Rim isn't as beautiful as the South Rim. As a matter of fact, the setting is actually more beautiful because it is at higher, forested elevation. The problem is, North Rim is incredibly remote. It is about 3 hours from a major city. As you can imagine, lodging options are quite limited. There are a few camping options both within the park and on the nearby National Forest land bunt the only four-walled option within an hour's drive is the Grand Canyon Lodge.
The Grand Canyon Lodge is located in the hub of all things North Rim. It consists of the main lodge building (which house the main dining room) with its incredible back patio that sits on the edge of the Grand Canyon, a saloon, a deli, several rustic cabins, and two motel buildings. The North Rim visitor center and a gift shop are in the same complex. We booked our room about six weeks out on a whim and the only thing available was a motel room. I am pretty sure I just got very lucky due to someone cancelling their reservation because I think most of the lodging at the Grand Canyon books very far in advance. The price was about $120 per night for my room which had one queen bed. I thought it was an incredible deal given the location. Yes, it was tight for me and my two kids but I knew that going into the situation and was just grateful to have scored a room. Our room was a standard motel room but it was clean and the setting in the woods was much better than most motels I have stayed at. Besides, if you are visiting the Grand Canyon I really hope you are only in your room while you are sleeping. I certainly don't visit National Parks for their lodging amenities.
Yes, it would have been more fun to have our own cabin but I really don't feel like I missed out by staying in the motel. I still enjoyed the same perfect location and amazing views just steps away. I still was able to watch the sun set from the lodge patio with a Grand Canyon IPA in my hand.