In researching hotels on the south rim I see El Tovar would be nicest but unfortunately there is no availability for us 4 on our dates. So I reserved Thunderbird Lodge but I'm not seeing much talk about it on these forums. Why is that? I see much mention of the other hotels/lodges.
Also, I hear December is a nice time of year to go, and even prettier if it snows, but I'm wondering about visibility in the canyon b/c that is, after all, what we want, the view.