Goulding's Lodge

Monument Valley, Utah

Virgin rating

The hotel

A ‘get-away-from-it-all’ retreat, Goulding’s Lodge is seriously secluded. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be short of things to do. Its central spot in America’s ‘Grand Circle’ of national parks and monuments makes it an ideal motel-style base, with freebies like parking and WiFi. Opened as a lodge in the 1920s, movie crews soon flocked here to make Westerns in the surrounding Monument Valley, inspired by owner Harry Goulding: in fact, the likes of John Ford and John Wayne slept and ate here. Today, its museum’s filled with movie mementos, alongside reminders of its trading post and Navajo heritage. For a true taste of Navajo culture, there’s the gift shop’s rug room, and the Stagecoach Dining Room, where local Navajos rustle up home-style dishes – served with Monument Valley views.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In a central spot in the Grand Circle, which is filled with many of America’s most spectacular national parks and monuments, the hotel is 6 miles from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. It’s also just a short walk from Goulding’s Grocery Store with DVD and game rentals*; and a laundry service*. Nearby is Goulding’s Gas Station, which has a food court and convenience store.

Hotel information

88 rooms and suites. All with individual climate control, flat screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player (Western-themed DVD rental available*), mini-fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, safe available at front desk, iron and board. Run of House Room features private balcony with a spectacular view of Monument Valley. They offer 1 king-size bed or 2 double/queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Hillside Suite are stand alone, located half a mile from the front desk with great panoramic views of Monument Valley. The master bedroom has 1 queen-size bed with an additional queen-size bed in the main living area. There's also a bathroom, kitchen, and a queen-size hide a bed, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Stage Coach Dining Room (Navajo and American Southwestern menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner; due to Navajo Nation law, alcohol is not served). Heated indoor swimming pool. Outdoor sundeck (seasonal). Fitness room. Goulding’s Trading Post Museum (donations). Earth Spirit Theater. Tours of Monument Valley*. Western-themed selection DVD rental*. Complimentary WiFi and computer station with internet (accessibility variable due to remote location). Yellow Ribbon gift shop (authentic local arts and crafts). Coin laundry. Complimentary self-parking.

*Denotes local charge

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Jun 21, 2024 Diane W Honiton, United Kingdom

Absolutely recommend this place, friendly staff, clean and comfortable lodges. I was not expecting a home from home and I’m hard to please! There was a lovely restaurant there where we eat the first night and a good provisions shop where we bought rolls the second night. All of these are within walking distance of the lodge too. Beautiful views… Read more
Absolutely recommend this place, friendly staff, clean and comfortable lodges. I was not expecting a home from home and I’m hard to please! There was a lovely restaurant there where we eat the first night and a good provisions shop where we bought rolls the second night. All of these are within walking distance of the lodge too. Beautiful views and an amazing museum that is a must to visit and is free. Read less
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Jun 18, 2024 CatherineW212 Chippenham, United Kingdom

This was a wonderful room with loads of space and even a microwave. Sadly we were only here for one night and had a tour booked that included dinner! We would have enjoyed longer in this comfortable accommodation. The hotel is close to the start of most Monument valley tours.
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Jun 5, 2024 lizlubee Newburyport, Massachusetts

On our fist ever visit to Monument Valley we chose to stay at Goulding's Lodge in a one bedroom villa with kitchenette. The name seems a bit grand for a pre-fab stand-alone structure but it was nice to have the space and kitchenette. Since it was winter not many of the villas were occupied but the ones that were seemed to be clustered together. At… Read more
On our fist ever visit to Monument Valley we chose to stay at Goulding's Lodge in a one bedroom villa with kitchenette. The name seems a bit grand for a pre-fab stand-alone structure but it was nice to have the space and kitchenette. Since it was winter not many of the villas were occupied but the ones that were seemed to be clustered together. At times it was noisy with people coming and going and we could only imagine what it must be like in the summer with all the (densely packed) villas occupied. Overall, a comfortable cabin with beautiful views! There is both a restaurant and small grocery store on site. Read less
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May 31, 2024 Nancynurse01 Spokane, Washington

Lots of problems with the stay, the TV didn't work, the overhead fan did not work and the topper,there were cockroaches in the bathroom! There is another hotel The View I wished we had stayed. Food was marginal at best in the restaurant. Cranky server.
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May 27, 2024 mljax Jacksonville, Florida

We only stayed one night while we visited took a Navajo Monument Valley tour earlier in the day. Everything was as expected with the check-in & room. The rooms were good even though there are the older type of room where the bathroom area is smaller than newer hotels. However, the view from our lower level building the room was spectacular. … Read more
We only stayed one night while we visited took a Navajo Monument Valley tour earlier in the day. Everything was as expected with the check-in & room. The rooms were good even though there are the older type of room where the bathroom area is smaller than newer hotels. However, the view from our lower level building the room was spectacular. If not for the full moon, we should have been able to see a skyful of stars. There aren't a lot options in the area but even so, we would stay here again. The dinner in the restaurant was fine but not spectacular. From the lower building, the restaurant is also located at a higher level, about 40 feet higher, so it is required to walk up some steps or the driveway to get there. From the upper building, there aren't any steps required. Read less