El Tovar is a grand old hotel that is not meant for modern crowds. Everything was pleasant and comfortable and we were happy to be staying there, rather than in some of the more modern lodges. We didn't have any trouble parking and ate most of our meals there. Most of our time was spent outdoors, so it didn't matter that the rooms were small and the bathrooms weren't luxurious. We walked outside at night to see elk grazing in the grass next to the veranda! We hiked before breakfast and were back in time to have a delicious, full breakfast that kept us going until dinner. Service was friendly and helpful always.