How great would it be if you could just wake up, roll out of bed and walk five minutes to the rim of the Grand Canyon? It would be amazing! A natural wonder, just waiting for you. This luxury is an affordable reality at the El Tovar Hotel directly along the south rim trail, allowing for prime views.
This national park hotel was opened in 1905 and offers 78 rooms, which include options such as: Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Suites.
The first option for accommodations, are the standard/deluxe guest rooms.
The second option for accommodations, are the suites.
The suites (which you have to call to book) are a very popular option. Each suite is unique, with bedding options ranging from a king bed or two queen beds, each with a sitting area. A number of suites have a porch or balcony.
The dining room at the El Tovar is fine dining with rustic charm. The hotel restaurant, a very popular destination for hotel guests as well as travelers, has a massive log wall (like a log cabin) and open beam ceilings. It’s a place no one would judge you for taking a couple pictures during the meal. The menu has a number of options ranging from land, sea and plant based.
The dishes included are: filet mignon, lamb chops, sautéed duck breast, chicken florentine, pesto gnocchi and falafel platter.
Staying at the hotel offers you the ability to make reservations, by phone, 90 days in advance.
El Tovar is located right on the Grand Canyon. The rim trail runs right in front of the hotel, allowing you to get great pictures of the canyon. Other activities that are located near the hotel include:
The Hopi House, opened in 1905, is a National Historic Landmark which is designed to resemble a typical adobe pueblo used by the Hopi Indians of Old Oraibi tribe. Today it sells Native American arts and crafts and is located directly across from El Tovar.
Bus tours of the Grand Canyon depart one block from the hotel. There are several tours to chose from, ranging from a 1 ½ hour sunset (or sunrise) tour for $27.50/adult to a 4-hour tour of the eastern rim for $60/person. The great thing about a bus tour is that children 16 and under are free with a paying adult.
You can also enjoy a train ride which begins and ends a couple blocks from the hotel. The tip begins with a 60 minute van ride to the departure point. Here you’ll take in a gunfight performance before boarding the train for a relaxing ride back to the El Tovar Historic Village. The trip costs $65/adult and $37/16 and under rider.
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