This may seem a strange question, but can anyone suggest what is the 'best' time to check in to El Tovar? We have reservations at the end of October, and are driving from Monument Valley. I'm trying to work out whether we should do our Monument Valley tour that morning, & then drive to the Grand Canyon. If we do that, then I don't anticipate arriving at El Tovar until fairly late afternoon - 4.30 - 5 ish. Is that schedule going to cause me any problems with parking/checking in ? We have 'Standard 2 Queen' rooms booked, & I don't want to end up with the worst rooms in the hotel (though I don't think I booked the lowest price rooms).
We have the 2 following days to see the GCNP after that, so I'm not that worried about trying to see loads as soon as we arrive.