We were unable to book a hotel within Grand Canyon National Park, which books up a year in advance (we only booked a few months in advance) so our second choice was to book a hotel right outside the entrance in nearby Tusayan. The Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn is a good hotel for what it is - a very conveniently located, typical Best Western 3 star experience. We would have preferred to stay in the park for reasons like seeing the sunrise, sunset and being able to enjoy the national park experience outside of the regular park hours, but at the end of the day, it was a very short drive from the hotel to the park and we had a good experience at the hotel, so we had no real complaints.
While the price we paid is a bit much considering this hotel is really just a 3 star place, this is completely understandable due to its fantastic location just a few minutes' drive away from the main entrance of the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and the relative scarcity of lodging in this area. That said, while the price was a bit higher than any other Best Western in regular locations would have charged, we were happy with our experience here.
Firstly, the rooms themselves are spatious and clean. The beds were a bit too soft for our tastes, but that's a matter of personal preference. The hotel itself is a huge building and while not stunning to look at, it's in good shape and clean.
The service was pretty good, and the breakfast buffet was good too - a typical full American breakfast. The hotel restaurant was good - we had 3 dinners there (we stayed for 3 nights and there aren't a lot of restaurants in the area) and were happy with each one. The dinner prices are very reasonable, the quality surprisingly high and the service good.
Anyway, if you can't book lodging in the park, I'd definitely recommend the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Grand Canyon Squire Inn, we’re proud to be the finest property at The Grand Canyon in Tusayan, Arizona. Moments away from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, our property offers all the amenities you expect and deserve from a fine hotel. We are pleased to provide you with the ultimate Grand Canyon hotel experience. Allow us to anticipate your every need here at the South Rim, the heart of Grand Canyon's National Park. By day, let your senses come alive in the unique ecosystem of the Grand Canyon and the high desert of the Coconino Plateau. By night, come home to the genteel oasis of the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. Whether your trip to the canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a much needed escape to nature, make us your first and only choice for lodging. Our warm, relaxed ambiance is the perfect end to a day in the magnificent American Southwest. With a variety of dining and entertainment choices on our expansive grounds, we’re sure to please guests of all ages. Our array of guest services, magnificent art collection, fireside lounge and Family Fun Center will make us your favorite place to unwind. Our beautifully appointed rooms were designed with your complete comfort in mind. At our Grand Canyon hotel, you can experience an exquisite sunset, relax under the stars and wake up to a spectacular sunrise when lodging with us. The Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn offers an unexpected grandeur, uniquely suited to a Grand Canyon South Rim hotel. We promise you a remarkable, memorable experience at the Grand Canyon, one of the premier world heritage sites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Hotel Tusayan
- Best Western Tusayan
- Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
- Tusayan Best Western
- Best Western Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park Best Western