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Sometimes, the view out your hotel room window is just freakin' awesome...
I admit, I didn't really document hotel rooms until after I started doing it at Disney World, and later even TripAdvisor. (The same is true for food porn. Heh.) That's too bad. I suppose at the time, the thought never even occurred to me, or perhaps I just didn't want to waste the film. But I've gotten better about it. Or at least I've tried.

Now the basic rule is, if the resort resides in another venue, then the pictures are included within that venue's web page. For instance, Maswik Lodge, a lodge within Grand Canyon National Park, has its pictures on the Grand Canyon Page. A stand alone resort, albeit close to a venue, is on its own page. For instance, Ruby's Inn, right outside of Bryce Canyon, has its own page separate from Bryce Canyon.

I've also come to the conclusion that if you're planning a trip, you should stay in the venue if possible. So if you're going to overnight in a National Park, stay in the National Park, if possible. It adds to the overall experience. Back to Top

Gouldings Lodge
Gouldings Lodge Link Gouldings Lodge has history. You'll find it featured in a lot of "Making of" John Ford/John Wayne movies. The rooms you can rent today aren't as old as the movies, and are quite modern in fact. They all face the sandstone monuments, so every room has a premier view, among the best I've had.

This link will take you to the Monument Valley page.

Near Kayenta, Utah / 25 Images. Visited Sep 2008.

Inn at the Beach. Venice, Florida
Inn At The Beach Link Inn at the Beach is a motel right across the street from Venice beach.

I stayed in a unique, small room (which I suppose could be a second bedroom to the suite next door if you use the connecting door), which faced the Gulf of Mexico. Too bad the weather was crap, but I can hardly blame the management for that. :)

Venice, Florida / 35 Images. Visited Dec 2009.
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Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge Link There are two types of rooms at Jackson Lake Lodge, a regular room and a scenic view room. Yes, the scenic view room is worth the extra cost, but either room is desirable if you want sunset and sunrise photos, since it's a distance from any other lodging.

This link will take you to the Grand Teton National Park page.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming / 27 Images. Visited Jul 2006.

Marina Bay Resort
Marina Bay Resort Link Marina Bay Resort no longer exists as it does in the photos from *30* years ago. I was there for a small conference once, which was more of a reward for working on a long project than an actual conference. I mean, Fort Lauderdale in January? Yeah, real tough...

I wouldn't even have these pictures here if it wasn't for a tree. (cough)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida / 13 Images. Visited Jan 1986.
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Maswik Lodge
GCNP_Maswik Lodge Link Maswik Lodge was the best reservation I could get in Grand Canyon Village, six months out from my trip. I checked every day for an opening at a rim hotel, but nope...

There are some interior shots of the room (however see the page for a caveat), but no exterior pics, probably because the exterior was unremarkable. There were several buildings surrounding a parking lot, if I remember correctly.

The link will take you to the Grand Canyon page.

Grand Canyon Village, Arizona / 9 Images. Visited Sep 2008, (interiors).

Rubys Inn
Rubys Inn Link Ruby's Inn is named after Ruby Syrett, who promoted the area in 1910, years before Bryce Canyon became a park. As a matter of fact, the Syrett family still owns the land right outside the park, as well as the two hotels, both gas stations, the restaurants, all the gift shops and grocery store.

Only the original Best Western existed when I was there, and I stayed in a brand new room with a whirlpool tub right next to the pool atrium. It was rough, but someone had to do it...
Near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah / 25 Images. Visited Sep 2008.
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Wawona (Yosemite National Park)
Wawona Link Wawona is a historic hotel in the park, close to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias. I had to pay an extra $55 for a room with a bathroom, but totally worth it when the next morning it was in the 30's and I didn't have to freeze my buns off.

The images for Wawona reside on the Yosemite National Park page.

Yosemite National Park, California / 5 Images. Visited Sep 2005.

Grand Californian
Grand Californian at Disneyland Link The Grand Californian at Disneyland is the top tier hotel at Disneyland. No room interiors, but there are images of the lobby.

This link will take you to the Disneyland page.

Disneyland, California / 15 Images. Visited Sep 2005.
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Universal Orlando Resorts
Universal Orlando Hotels Link The hotels at Universal Orlando are all run by Loews, who runs hotels on the high-end of the luxury spectrum in any city they have a presence in.

Universal Orlando, like Disneyland, only has three hotels on property. The lower-end, "partner" hotels are offsite.

Near Orlando, Florida / 51 Images. Visited Various.

Walt Disney World Resorts
WDW Resorts Link Walt Disney World runs 26 full service hotels, with around 27,500 rooms, from "value" (somewhat low-end) hotels to very opulent high-end rooms and suites, and even to Disney's own version of a timeshare, they can accommodate almost any level of service desired.

The Walt Disney World Resorts have their own page, with images for around 17 of those hotels.

Walt Disney World, Florida / More than 2000 Images. Visited Various.
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