Monument Valley provides one of the most symbolic images of the American West, and while most people only know Monument Valley by road, those who know better go to Monument Valley for the sunrise.
And to get the best view of the sunrise, you have to be staying at The View Hotel.
The View Hotel is the only hotel that is located in Monument Valley (which means it is also within the Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah/Arizona border). If you want to see Monument Valley, and more importantly the sunrise, this is the only place you should be staying. All rooms in The View have an East facing balcony, meaning you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your room to take in amazing scenery. You can sip coffee from your balcony and watch the iconic formations become illuminated before your eyes. It really is a spectacular view no matter what room you are staying in, hence the name of the hotel. After watching the sunset, you can take a tour or hop in your car and drive through the dirt roads of Monument Valley. There are also hiking trails from the hotel and horse riding available which I would have done if I had more time.
To see more pictures of our time in Monument Valley, you can view this post.
All décor at The View has a “Native American” influence, which I appreciated. When I’m staying on an Indian Reservation, I like to be surrounded by some of the local culture. The room itself was well maintained and quite large with 2 double beds which can easily accommodate a family of 4. The bathroom was clean, and every room had a pretty large balcony. As of Spring 2016, The View Hotel will have brand new furniture in every room.
The View Hotel includes a free breakfast and also has a restaurant where you can buy lunch or dinner. There is also a trading post attached where you can purchase local native American goods.
I really appreciated that The View Hotel was built with great sensitivity to the surrounding landscape and blends into the natural beauty of the valley. The hotel follows “green building standards” and was environmentally friendly. They even opted out of having a swimming pool since some Native American families in the area don’t have the luxury of running water. It’s nice to see a hotel that doesn’t disrupt the natural scenery around it.
The rooms didn’t have WiFi, so you will have to go to the lobby if you need it. However, this didn’t bother me, as I stayed at The View to take in the surroundings, not to stare at my phone the entire time. As of Spring 2016, all rooms will have a brand new full coverage wi-fi network, so every single room and cabin will have wi-fi.
Tips for staying at The View
If you stay on the top floor in a StarView room, you can get spectacular views of the night sky. Learn how to photograph the sky with a camera beforehand and you won’t regret it.
The View Hotel Monument Valley
Indn Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley,
(GPS coordinates N 36.98188 and W 110.11210) Use Google Maps!
Although this review was written in collaboration with The View Hotel, all opinions are (as always) my own.