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1 El Tovar Road South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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#1 of 3 hotels in Grand Canyon National Park
This celebrated historic hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. The Chicago architect envisioned the hotel as a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian Villa. This was done in an effort to appeal to the tastes of the elite from that era, who at the time considered European culture the epitome of refinement. El Tovar was one of a chain of hotels and restaurants owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railway. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. In the past, the hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey.
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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Gift shop
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Bart W wrote a review May 6
Pasadena, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
Yes it’s the GRAND Canyon (6million years old) and El Tovar is over a 100 - I get it But this is not a “luxury “ hotel Dark and dreary, plumbing could be generously described as “vintage” and yes there is COVID but no one to help carry bags up several flights of stairs ( no elevator) and overall mediocre service except the professional restaurant wait staff. Btw, the only restaurant, make reservations in advance cause there isn’t much else in the village, has an ambitious menu but blah execution. So come for the great location but don’t call it “luxury” Maybe the parks service will give Marriott or Hyatt a chance and they can upgrade it to the “Grand “ it deserves
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Get a suite if you can swing it
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PaulBeve wrote a review Apr 2021
Ridgeway, South Carolina310 contributions69 helpful votes
You cannot beat the location of the El Tovar. There is nothing like walking out the entrance and being at the South Rim. The lobby is gorgeous. Love it. The staff that we dealt with were fine. Due to COVID you do not get maid service. I am OK with that. Would rather not have someone in my room everyday. I got enough coffee packets to get me thru my stay at the lobby desk. Maid cart was out during the day and could grab extra toilet paper, kleenex and other items if needed. The park at this time is not functioning 100%. Not all the restaurants are open. For El Tovar restaurant lunch and dinner are reservation only. You can make reservations up to 30 days in advance. I did know this beforehand so we never got in for Lunch or Dinner. We did get in for breakfast. Get in line at 6:45am. Line may get long but they get people in quickly. By the time we left there was no one in line or waiting. We came out once a little after 7 and the line was out the door. We went to McDonald's and by the time we got back, 7:30-7:45 there was not line. We were happy for the experience of eating at least in the restaurant for breakfast. All the wait staff we had were good. Parking can be an issue. I did notice a couple times that tourist vans were using the parking lot. That needs to be stopped. They can drop their passengers off and go elsewhere to park. Say something about parking to the Bell Hop and he will probably share info on a "secret" area to park. Between the secret area and the normal parking area, we also found a spot. Later in the day after the Bell Hop gave us them info we slipped him some cash, it was well worth it. I am not going to share where the area is here as I think the info should only go to those staying at El Tovar, so ask.) The rooms need serious refreshing. On the plus side, the mattress was very good and we had no pain after a good nights sleep. The quality of the rest of the furniture was no better than a Travel Lodge. The bed skirt had threads hanging from it all the way around the bed. Our room only had one comfy chair and one office chair. It needs 2 comfy chairs and a little table, or a love seat and a table. I imagine when a room is occupied that there are 2 people in there most the time. An office chair doesn't work for a relaxing sit. I thought the bathroom was fine. I really liked the lobby area, but when the restaurant is open it is usually packed with people not staying at El Tovar. They need to work on a way to get non El Tovar people get in a different way. We El Tovar people are paying a lot of money and the lobby is take over by non El Tovar people. So basically, we never enjoyed the lobby as it was always crowded. You pay a lot of money to stay here and for the money the rooms need to seriously updated to make the money worthwhile. They need to find another way to get non El Tovar people into the restaurant so the El Tovar guest can enjoy their lodge that they paid a lot of money for. At this point I don't think I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2021
3 Helpful votes
Response from Sam L, Sales at El Tovar Hotel
Responded 6 days ago
Good morning and thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and will pass your comments along to our hotel management. Best, GCSR Team
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rageisman wrote a review Apr 2021
Saint Louis, Missouri338 contributions115 helpful votes
Even for a national park lodge this is overpriced for what you get. On the plus side, the location is so convenient to beautiful views from the rim--but neither side has views of the canyon itself. Either you face the parking lot or the staff quarters. Our room was fine and we had actual cell phone service and working wifi which is so unusual in a national park. Bed was quite comfortable and there were 2 upholstered chairs and a small table so that we could comfortably eat in the room. On the down side, there was a significant line to check in outside and there are no parking spots reserved for hotel guests which I have never heard of at this price point. Also for all restaurant meals including breakfast if you do not have a reservation there is a huge line to wait in, not something we do in Covid times. You can order carry out to eat in your room which avoids this line which is good. The food choices were limited with carryout but surprisingly tasty. This was a bucket list stay for us, but we cancelled the second night as we just could not justify the cost for what you received
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Date of stay: April 2021
3 Helpful votes
thejoyciecat wrote a review Apr 2021
Santa Cruz, California296 contributions200 helpful votes
Our trip to the Grand Canyon started with a stay at the Thunderbird (like staying at a motel but twice the price), then the mule ride down to the Phantom Ranch (where we stayed in a basic cabin) and finally a splurge with a night at El Tovar in the Zane Gray suite. The Zane Gray is spacious and bright. There is a separate narrow living room with a small balcony overlooking the driveway and a view of the canyon. The balcony was amazing to have, to sit in peace and have a coffee, but there's only one chair and table, so only one of us could sit there at a time. The room was clean except the couch and the chair in the living room looked like it came out of a dirty frat house. Cracked leather seats on the couch and the upholstery on the chair is in desperate need of a cleaning. Do they have some historical significance that they must be kept in the room? Did Zane Gray himself sit on the couch while doing the New York Times Sunday Crossword? Seriously El Tovar, invest in a new couch. By the way, this suite is on the 3rd floor, with no elevator. Drag your suitcases up accordingly. And good luck finding parking. My main disappointment wasn't with the accommodations but with an attendant at the line to get into the hotel. My husband and kids went to get a snack so I went to check in by myself. I stood in the line to get into the hotel (which I found out later is for tourists who want to look around/go to the gift shop). A man walked up to the attendant at the door and said he was checking into the hotel so the attendant promptly let him in. Seeing this, I got out of line and told the attendant that I too was checking into the hotel. I expected to also be let in promptly, but instead, the attendant started questioning me. "Checking in where? The restaurant? Do you have a reservation?" "I'm checking into the hotel." "Which hotel, the Kachina?" "No, this one, I have a suite." The attendant paused, as if he didn't believe me, then let me in. Being a female person of color, this exchange certainly reeked of gender/racial bias, and it never feels nice, especially after spending over six hundred dollars on a hotel room for one night. Of course this would happen at one of America's great national parks. However, I moved on and checked in. Thinking about it, I wish I could say nicer things about our stay at this hotel, because there really was so much potential, my kids liked the room and I enjoyed sitting on the balcony. Even the restaurant was "meh" and I wrote a separate review on that. So I'll just end this with a God Bless America and I hope your stay is better than mine.
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Date of stay: April 2021
6 Helpful votes
Gay B wrote a review Apr 2021
4 contributions3 helpful votes
What an awful hotel experience. It was like Disneyland, with lines to get in, lines for dinner, lines for breakfast. No parking allocated for hotel guests, my husband had to play cat and mouse in the parking lot after a long drive just to park our car. We had a room with 2 queen beds that was like a Motel 6 room at 4x the price. Our room was not ready when we arrived at 2, and the front desk promised to txt us when it was ready, they never did and finally it was ready when I checked at 4:15. We had a decent but overpriced dinner in the dining room, with a nice waiter. My husband got on line for breakfast at 6 am to make sure we got a table. The coffee was really weak. At the price point for the hotel it needs room upgrades, parking allocated for guests, and better service.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Tovar Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to El Tovar Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Grand Canyon South Rim (0.5 miles), South Kaibab Trail (3.1 miles), and Grand Canyon National Park (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Tovar Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at El Tovar Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at El Tovar Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Tovar Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Bicycles and Cafe, and El Tovar Lodge Dining Room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Tovar Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El Tovar Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hermit's Rest (1.9 miles), Grand Canyon Railway Depot (0.07 miles), and Trans-Canyon Telephone Line, Grand Canyon National Park (0.07 miles).
Does El Tovar Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is El Tovar Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.