El Tovar Hotel

Address: Apache Street and Center Road, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, United States | 3 star hotel
 
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This 3 star hotel, located on Apache Street and Center Road, Grand Canyon National Park, is near Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Trail, Hermit's Rest, and Grand Canyon Field Institute.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Tovar Hotel Grand Canyon National Park

    Reviewed by jzsquared

    In the Heart of the Grand Canyon

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    by (7 reviews) Houston , United States Flag of United States

    The El Tovar is a historical hotel that first opened in 1905 to accommodate travelers to the Grand Canyon. It's located on the South Rim and one of the only hotels within the heart of the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately since we arrived here after dark, I can't describe the amazing views quite yet.

    Check in was easy, and the girls working the desk were very polite and helpful. A very nice bellboy helped get our luggage and even brought it into the room for us. Since we arrived after sunset, we got a really great parking spot in the lap. Warning: Parking is very bad at the hotel if you arrive during the day because people come to the hotel just to see the sunset, as well as take photographs of the historical building.

    The outside of the hotel has a huge wraparound porch, which is covered in rocking chairs and benches and is the perfect place to sit with a kindle and relax, especially at nightfall when the temperature is bearable.

    The hotel is several stories high and has no elevator since it's such an old and historic building, which can make getting all your stuff to the room tricky, if you have tons of bags. We were lucky enough to score a first floor room.

    There's a restaurant at the hotel, which is supposedly really good, reservations are made far in advance for dinner, but every other meal is first come first serve. We did not eat at the restaurant so I cannot comment on it.

    The room itself is a nice size. We had a two queen room. The beds are comfy and have lots of pillows and blankets, but there are also extra blankets and pillows in the closet in the room, if you need more. There's also a personal safe inside the closet for valuables.

    There's a nice sized desk with plenty of room on it, and a keurig, which comes with a varied selection of tea and coffee to choose from. The desk had room for the keurig and my laptop with plenty of room to spare.

    There's an LCD TV in the center of the room and has a nice selection of channels. There's also a thermostat, which you can control the temperature with although they don' t recommend going below 72 degrees.

    The hotel has free WiFi, but it's a slow connection and I personally had issues connecting my laptop to it, and I couldn't upload all my pictures from today onto Facebook because the internet was too damn slow [though granted there are well over a hundred pictures], but it's better than no internet.

    The bathroom is a good size and has a shower, sink, and toilet. The shower comes with body wash, conditioner, and soap dispensers.

    The hotel is beautiful in its own eclectic way, and it's well worth the price just to be at the heart of the Grand Canyon. However, you need to book your reservations a year in advance because the rooms fills up like that.

    A wonderful place, and I can't wait to get my first view of the canyon tomorrow.

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    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by dubnation

    Mary Colter Suite: Worth it.

    Reviewed Jul 12, 2014
    by (16 reviews) Arlington, TX , United States Flag of United States

    Yes, you will pay (alot) to stay this close to the Canyon, but I felt it was worth it. It was my children's first visit to the Grand Canyon and I'm not sure if I'll return, so I decided to live it up. I reserved 11 months in advance and got the Mary Colter Suite on a weekend, one of only a few rooms with a balcony overlooking the Canyon. Well worth it to be able to set outside and look directly into the Canyon. The timing of the full moon gave us night views of the Canyon as well.
    The room itself was spacious with two queen-sized beds and nice-sized living room. My son slept on the living room sofa (which was not a pull out). The living room also had a round dinner table as well. The bathroom was gorgeous. There were two TVs in the room but we barely used them, as I spent us much time on the balcony as I could. The large balcony contained a round picnic table with four chairs and two cushioned chairs and a large storage bin. Free wifi.
    Staff we came in contact with were friendly but we didn't call on them much. There is no ice nearby - the only ice machine is in the basement which was a pain, but hey, this is a historic hotel.
    It was a short walk to the Bright Angel Trail and it was great to end a morning Rim Trail run right at the hotel with my wife looking down on me from the balcony.

    You'll get to see the Grand Canyon Village U.S. flag being raised and lowered right in front of you from your balcony and view the beautiful sunrise on the canyon in your PJs.
    You only live once - may as well live it up while visiting the Grand Canyon by staying in a suite at the El Tovar.

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    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by lavista

    Great lunch

    Reviewed Aug 16, 2013
    by (3 reviews) Libertyville , United States Flag of United States

    After walking the run trail all morning we were ready for restaurant meal!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    TripAdvisor Reviews El Tovar Hotel Grand Canyon National Park

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