My two boys and I, plus my mom and brother, stayed at adjacent rooms at the Maswik Lodge. I was afraid we would be disappointed because it is the one hotel that isn't on the Canyon rim, but we weren't. It was about a five minute walk to get to the rim, which was perfect. It's also on the free shuttle route.
The room had a mini fridge, microwave, and all the other things you'd expect. I love that the shampoo and soap are in dispensers in the shower, rather than having those little plastic bottles. We appreciate eco-friendly amenities like this.
The lodge is really a series of buildings, surrounded by trees. There is a great cafeteria and pizza pub in the main building, as well as a gift shop. You can also book bus tours and other tours there.
We felt a little like we were at camp, only with our own room! Very few of the rim hotel rooms have canyon views anyway. We will stay at Maswik Lodge next time we are at the Grand Canyon!
Don't get me wrong, I knew when planning this trip that I had chosen the lesser expensive lodging option. I also knew that we were staying in a cabin in a national park, so I wasn't expecting opulence. However, the Maswik Lodge fell short on expectations for me.
First, the good part - the rooms are basic & clean. They are stocked with full sized toiletries in the bathrooms, which is a major plus. They also have in room hair dryers, which was unexpected. The staff is very pleasant & helpful.
The cons - when I made my reservations, I saw that the rooms were not air conditioned. However, they do have a fan mounted to the wall - not a ceiling fan - an old school box fan. I asked the lady on the phone about this. She told me that it would not even be a problem because nighttime temperatures in the canyon are in the 40's to 50's. Um, not so much.
The problem is that it is in the 90's all day but since you are not in your room you can't leave the windows open - especially in a first floor room. By the time you CAN open the windows, it is not remotely cool enough to cool the room down. We were roasting all night. Since we were on the first floor, I was also only able to lightly doze for fear that someone would break into the open window of our room. Yes, I might be a bit paranoid but I also watch a lot of crime TV.
We had dinner at the Maswik Pizza Pub. It is more of a bar with a few tables, actually. They ran out of pepperoni so we had to wait while they cooked more. The people that work for Xanterra, the company who runs all of the shops/restaurants/lodging in the canyon, hang out there after work. They are mostly young adults not used to being around little ones, as evidenced by their colorful & loud language.
Overall, spring more for one of the nicer hotels - the Bright Angel Lodge or, if you can, the El Tovar. If you don't mind rustic, small & roasting, then by all means you will be more than pleased with the Maswik.