Usually, the word “cavernous” wouldn’t be the highest praise you could pay a hotel room—adjectives like “cozy” or “luxurious” excite hospitality professionals more. But in the case of the Cavern Suite, it’s not only a compliment, it’s accurate.
The accommodations are located 200 feet below ground in the Grand Canyon Caverns in Peach Springs, AZ and billed as “the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world.”
With caverns and walls over 65 million years old and located 22 feet underground, guests will find themselves completed isolated in the largest dry cavern in the United States.
In 1927 a woodcutter named Walter Peck either nearly fell or did fall (accounts differ on Peck’s degree of clumsiness) into a hole that opened into the cavern network, which is about 50 miles from the Grand Canyon, to which it is connected. They are the largest dry caverns in the United States, which means they contain no water and thus lack the stalagmites and stalactites that are formed by dripping water in other caverns.
The room has lights, hot and cold water for a shower and a restroom that is good for about “seven to eight flushes.” An attendant sleeps above ground and can be reached at all hours with a walkie-talkie. Guests can control the subterranean elevator and come and go as they please. Adventurous visitors can use flashlights to explore the cavern on their own. There is a record player, a DVD player and a VHS player.
Not for everyone, this suite is the only one available in these caverns; for those who’d rather stay above ground, the motel offers plenty of other rooms.
Adventure seekers will find a plethora of activities, from cavern tours and ghost walks to horseback riding and rafting day trips.
According to travelandleisure.com; uniqhotels.com. Source of photos: internet