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el tova lodge

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el tova lodge

i am wanting to stay at this lodge, but cant find thier website. we are travelling a long way to see this canyon so want to stay in the best suite. everywhere here says you must book at least a year in advance. we will be wanting to stay on the 13th and 14th October 2014. i cant find any other website that lets me book that far in adavance and then they only offer standard rooms. can any one help me?

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1. Re: el tova lodge

You can book El Tovar either online or by calling.

grandcanyonlodges.com/Lodging-Overview-411.h…

Within the US call toll free (888) 297-2757

Outside the US call (303) 297-2757

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Reservations for El Tovar for October 2014 will open on October 1, 2013. At that time, online reservations for their 'standard' and 'deluxe' rooms can be made at www.grandcanyonlodges.com. To reserve a suite, however, you must call Xanterra directly at the numbers Thelrose gave you above. All of the six lodges in the National Park are managed by the same company, Xanterra.

That said, don't expect El Tovar to be luxurious; it's a charming historical lodge in a great location. And while it will be special to stay in one of their suites, don't feel like this is a must. The Grand Canyon is about being outdoors and early October is a wonderful time to be there; you probably won't be spending much time in your hotel room.

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3. Re: el tova lodge

I agree with DTF. First, understand that there are only a few suites in El Tovar, and therefore booking one is difficult - you're competing with dozens of other people who also "want the best suite". Your chances of booking the room you want will improve only if you call immediately when the phone lines open, on the morning of October 1st. (Am assuming this will be the middle of the night for you.) Unfortunately, this can take awhile, as you may often get a busy signal, and once you do get through, you'll be put on hold for the next available agent. If you're calling from overseas, this can get expensive unless you have a good international calling plan.

If you aren't able to get a suite, you can try for a regular El Tovar room, but IMHO the next best thing would be a Bright Angel cabin near the Rim.

Good luck with getting the room you want, but don't worry too much about it - as DTF said, it's about the Canyon, not the room. The nicest part about staying at any of the lodges near the Rim (El Tovar, Bright Angel, Kachina, Thunderbird) is simply that you can walk out of your room, and you're just steps away from the Canyon.

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Hummingbird made a great point. On October 1st, there will be HUGE crush of people calling to try to snag Phantom Ranch reservations for October of 2014. I really don't think you want to be in the middle of that rush; you can easily spend hours trying to get past busy signals and on hold. My recommendation would be go online on October 1st and make a reservation for either an El Tovar Deluxe room or one of the Bright Angel Rim Cabins. Then, if you really want a suite, call Xanterra on October 2nd and see if one is available; it will be easy to transfer the reservation.

For what it's worth, my first choice would actually be a Bright Angel Rim Cabin.

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El Tovar, Kachina, Thunderbird and Bright Angel are all in a row, right next to each other, along the Rim Trail. You can walk from the farthest end of BA to El Tovar (the two end point hotels) in about 15 minutes. Most of the rooms in all of the hotels do not have a canyon view, so to speak. The ones with partial views let you see the canyon at rim level ( a pretty good view, don't get me wrong) but not down into the canyon itself. We last stayed in a partial rim view cabin at BA--we were 25 steps from the canyon's edge. I would take that any day over a room in El Tovar (where we have also stayed). Don't get caught up in spending a lot of money on the room--you will be outside most of the time anyway. Any one of the four above will serve the purpose of being close. Having stayed at El Tovar, BA, and Thunderbird over the years, my first choice would be a BA cabin.

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Let's be clear. There is no best room or suite that will enhance your Grand Canyon experience. The four hotels mentioned above are located along the rim path, closest to the canyon rim. None of the hotels or rooms are designed to incorporate views into the canyon. The key is the location and the convenience of walking a very short distance to the rim and the views that everyone wants to enjoy. Therefore, the hotels that enjoy the locational advantage are always the first to book up. And they book as much as a year in advance. It's not even about rates relative to location. The least expensive rooms in the park are in the Bright Angel Lodge. You can stay there at times for less than $80 per night. But again, they book up well in advance.

The OP is doing well by planning far in advance. The best advice has been posted by DTF. Go online on Oct 1st and book your lodging that way. Choose the hotel that suits your desires, but don't fret about a specific room. My personal order of choice would be El Tovar, Bright Angel, Kachina and Thunderbird. On Oct 1st 2013 you should have your pick of any rim lodge on line for October 2014.

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7. Re: el tova lodge

Looks like a consensus on the BA cabins. ;) And if you're lucky, you might get one with a fireplace, with would be a nice "plus" in October.

ETA: The BA cabins are different from the BA lodge rooms.

Edited: 4:16 pm, June 02, 2013
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A few days ago when I was inside the Bright Angel Lodge, waiting for the Trans Canyon Shuttle, they had, to my very great surprise, a 'Rooms Available' sign up at the front desk, and a day later when we checked into our long since pre-booked room at the Yavapa Lodge, they had the same sign up ... just saying ...

Edited: 6:58 pm, June 02, 2013
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Esty - people often cancel at the last minute, especially groups who are staying together and trying to get all their rooms in the same hotel. And sometimes groups book more rooms than they may end up needing, knowing they can cancel what they aren't going to use - which you can do within only a few days of your trip. Recently, someone posted on here about an El Tovar room for next week that they cancelled; their whole family is staying at Kachina instead.

The point is, though, don't count on one of those last-minute cancelled rooms; pre-book your lodging as early as possible. I've looked many times for rooms at the GC, months in advance, and found everything sold out for the high demand times.

Edited: 8:28 pm, June 02, 2013
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Oh my, I was certainly not trying to imply that anyone take the chance and just go and see if there was any vacancy - certainly not at the GC! That's one of the few places where I book way ahead of time if I want to stay there and know I'll need a room there. Book GC as soon as you can, that's for sure. I was just trying to say there ARE vacancies sometimes