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“Exceeded expectations” 4 of 5 stars
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Canyon Plaza Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   406 Canyon Plaza Lane, Grand Canyon, Tusayan, AZ 86023   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Tusayan
Phoenix, Arizona
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10 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

Calling this a “resort” is a big stretch, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and amenities at this hotel. It was not the run down tourist trap I was expecting. After reading other reviews, I suspect that they have been through a management change and upgrades recently. It is not owned by Quality Inn at this time.

I stayed in a standard 2 double bed room with the AAA rate of $116 per night. It seemed like it had been recently remodeled, with granite-style counters and new fixtures. Everything was clean and stocked. The room had a nice layout with a small entryway closet, a sitting area, and a little kitchen area with a fridge, coffee-maker and cupboard. The bathroom had one sink inside of it, and there was another just across from it. There was a balcony overlooking the indoor spa and atrium. The beds were comfortable. The room was generally quiet aside from people coming and going in the morning and evening. The AC unit worked well. The free Wifi was slow during peak evening hours, but worked fine otherwise. My room was cleaned well and restocked each day.

The main lobby was pretty, with skylights and plants in the atrium and restaurant. Staff at the front desk, restaurant, and housekeeping were all pleasant and polite. The indoor spa looked relaxing, but was unfortunately closed during my stay. There was an outdoor pool and spa a couple buildings over.

I tried the breakfast buffet, which was $12 after tax for hotel guests. They had fresh scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, pastries, fresh fruit, cold cereal, juices, milk, and coffee. . A bit expensive, but convenient and satisfying for breakfast. They also offer an a-la-carte menu. I did not try dinner, because the entrée choices looked abysmal (ie, liver and onions) and were $22-26 each.

The hotel is located just behind the Imax/National Geographic Visitor’s Center. The general store and some restaurants are within easy walking distance. The Grand Canyon shuttle has a stop just in front of the Imax and provides service into the park and around Tusayan.

Overall, I would recommend the Canyon Plaza for those looking for hotel-like amenities and comfort in close proximity to the Grand Canyon.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

I stayed here with my student daughter on on of several road trips. Tusayan is a great location from which to see the Grand Canyon South Rim, with a fabulous and frequent shuttle bus service meaning the car can stay at the hotel. However the Canyon Plaza Resort is little more than a motel with a plush foyer and a pool in the car park, and is hugely overpriced. Breakfast was expensive and cold, and the staff were inattentive. We'd have been better off in Wendy's next door! Despite the fact that we were ungraded for free we moved to the adjacent Red Feather Lodge for our second night, equally good for a fraction of the price.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Hated everything about this place except the location. Lots of buses blocked our car in, Gary at front desk was terribly rude for no reason he just had a bad attitude. But worst of all when we returned to our room from a day out, we opened the door to scattering mice. The lady at the desk called maintenance and they came and caught the baby mice with his hands and carried them away, but by then I worried they could also now be in our bags because we had left them open. Couldn't sleep after that and worried that we could be carrying them home with us. Outside jacuzzi had green slime around the tiles, Bed was too hard! I would never return to this hotel again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

We had a 2 night stay here to see the Grand Canyon area. We had an easy, friendly check-in and were told all the hotel details and found our way to a comfortable and well sized room. Plenty of parking and an easy 2 minute walk to the main road through and the shops/restaurants.

We didn't use much of the hotels facilities but it had everything we needed, a great meal at the Mexican across the road on the first night (which can get very busy it seems) and grabbed a pizza take out the next.

The only downside to our room was the noise outside from coaches coming and going, without much care for sleeping guests at 6am, but a room on the forest side would probably have been very peaceful.

2 miles from the National Park gates and max 10 minutes drive to Grand Canyon Village this is a perfect spot to explore from and the free shuttle bus picks up right on the main street outside.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

The rooms were very clean, nice and roomy...... The only complaint was the pool and pool area was very dirty. Looked like they opened it for the season and forgot to clean the total area. Bad!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011 via mobile

Our family of 6 + max our dog were moving from Las Vegas to San Antonio and decided to see grand canyon this hotel hit the spot. Dinner and breakfast were overrated but hit the spot none theless. Perfect distance from grand canyon and adjacent to IMAX theatre. We were all pleasantly surprised and well pleased overall.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011 via mobile

Rooms are decent and clean but no frills. Within walking distance to IMAX and restaurants, and 7 miles from south rim of canyon and 1 mile from National Park entrance. Friendly service.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 406 Canyon Plaza Lane, Grand Canyon, Tusayan, AZ 86023
Location: United States > Arizona > Tusayan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Tusayan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Canyon Plaza Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 232
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 1 mile from the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. ... more   less 
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Canyon Plaza Hotel Tusayan
Quality Inn Grand Canyon National Park

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