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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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Classic National Park Hotel. Step outside and you are directly on the South Rim Trail. Very good food at El Tovar restaurant. Rooms are well maintained and clean. Checkin was easy and friendly. Only complaint is the lobby is dark and its hard to see.
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Amazing location to stay inside the park. Walk right out the door to hike before the crowds and see great landscape canyon views. The restaurant inside the hotel is nice and there are several other restaurants within walking distance. Loved the history of this hotel!
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Great place to stay inside the park. We enjoyed the amenities, dined in the bar and the dining room and walked out the door to view sunsets. There is no substitute for staying inside our National Parks. We were able to get out and on the trails before the daily throngs of visitors arrived and enjoy quieter evenings once they left. Standard rooms are small, but very well appointed. A great value compared to the prices for lodging inside other parks.
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My family and I had four rooms for two nights. Rooms were small, but we expected that, and were fine with our rooms. Everyone we encountered in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner were all delightful. The Lodge is right on the rim, so you could just walk out and the canyon view was right there! The only hiccup we had with the stay was the guest service agent when we checked out (can’t remember his name, but he had long gray curly hair). He seemed frustrated from the second we walked up to the desk, and was just rude. He was in training, so maybe he needs a little more practice with customer service? Overall great stay!
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The location of this hotel right on the rim cannot be beat. We really enjoyed hoping out of bed and getting to see the sunrise after a quick walk to the rim rather than having to navigate a shuttle bus etc. We had a King room for 3 people. The room was more spacious than I expected and there was plenty of room even with the roll away bed in place. I enjoyed the historic character of the hotel. The main amenities such as the AC and spacious bathroom worked well for our family. It's important to remember that this hotel is about history and location not about being new/shinny.
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$225 - $381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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