First, Second, and Third Mesa's make up most of the Hopi Reservation in the middle of the Navajo Reservation. The Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa really is a center...both geographically and because there is no other restaurant, hotel, or public historic spot (the museum and Time Capsule). We stayed here, ate dinner/breakfast here, started our tour of the three Mesa's with a Hopi guide here, and we saw a bit of the Museum.
The hotel is basic, but fine...clean and quiet with TV, compact fridge, and two single beds. The reception staff were pleasant. We found that the restaurant is a sort of gathering place (there's no where else) with a good menu and inexpensive choices. I like lamb and thought I'd try the Hopi favorite noqkwivi (a sort of lamb soup/stew). I hope it's better elsewhere because I would NOT recommend it here. It was watery and tasteless, and the small amount of corn and lamb in it were so overcooked they had no flavor or texture left at all. I got laughing so hard about how bad it was I almost choked.
The hotel office has T shirts and some interesting Hopi crafts for sale. The museum/cultural center is good.
This is also where we obtained a list of Hopi guides, which we used to find a guide who took us around Second and Third Mesas. It was an amazing tour, and I highly recommend it. (We couldn't go to first Mesa since it was closed for the month due to special ceremonies that were beginning.)
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