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Where to stay Grand Canyon South Rim

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Where to stay Grand Canyon South Rim

Any suggestions of where to stay for one night? 2 adults & 2 children aged 7 & 6

Been reading reviews and totally confused!

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1. Re: Where to stay Grand Canyon South Rim

Stay inside the park if you can, it is the best way! There are six lodges to choose from: El Tovar, Bright Angel, Thunderbird and Kachina all sit on the rim, Maswik and Yavapai sit further back off the rim! If your trip is soon call them ASAP to see if there are any available 303-297-2757.

Don't wait to long to make a reservation as the rooms book up to a year in advance!

Enjoy

SJG

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We stayed at Yavapai, "off the rim" and loved it. Quiet, just a short walk to the rim. Take anything you can get inside the park. If you're traveling soon, you might reserve something in Tusayan as a backup, and keep trying for inside the park. Most places in town can be canceled within 48 hours. Check to be sure. Then if you get something inside the park at the last minute, you can cancel the in town reservation.

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I see from your other pposts that your trip is april 2011? Is that still the case? You will have to be pretty lucky to book a room inside the park at this late date. It is well worth a try, but you may have to phone instead of checking online.

SouthJerseyGirl gave you the number.

If they are fully booked inside the park, Tusayan is the next best choice. the reviews are not all that reliable on these places (or the Grand Canyon Lodges). You may have to take whatever is available.

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Anywhere inside the park is great. You don't need to be on the rim to enjoy the GC. Ive stayed at Yavapai and Maswik, both off the rim and they were great!

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If you can't stay inside the park, I think the Best Western in Tusayan would be a great option since you're traveling with two young kiddos. They have a small 6-lane bowling alley and an arcade on site ... we didn't travel with kids but my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed those features! :) We also enjoyed the sports bar and cocktail lounge onsite. Something for everyone since there's not a lot to do otherwise once the sun goes down.

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6. Re: Where to stay Grand Canyon South Rim

The answer to this question kind of revolves around the leadtime to your Grand Canyon vacation.

If you're planning your trip 1 year or more out - YOU RULE!!! You can virtually take your choice of lodging. As previous posters indicate, inside the park is most desirable - and consequently first to fill up. The park only has 6 hotels and about 900 rooms to work with, and sometimes 10,000+ people visit the park on a daily basis during peak travel period, so if you do the math, it's a pretty small percentage that actually get to stay inside the park. But if you're planning well in advance, visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com or call 888-297-2757 (or 303-297-2757 outside the US) to see if in-park lodging has availability for you.

6 months out - you MIGHT be able to score a room inside the park, but count on the rimside hotels (El Tovar, Kachina, Thunderbird, Bright Angel) to be booked up; if Maswik and/or Yavapai are available, take it and keep calling on cancellations at one of the other hotels (if you want).

If your visit is less than 3 months out, Tusayan (aka Grand Canyon Village South) will probably be your best hope of getting close to the park, but depending on the time of year of your visit, you might even have to start looking to Wiliams or Flagstaff (60 and 90 minutes from the park respectively). If you're part of a hotel points/rewards program, Williams and Flagstaff will have more participating hotels for these.

If you have your choice of in-park or Tusayan/GC Village South, the only reason IMO to rule out staying inside the park is if you're travelling with kids or other folks who absolutely have to have amenities such as in-room internet, pools, workout rooms and things like that. None of the in-park hotels will have these facilities; if you have to have them, look to Tusayan. Clucker05 mentions the Best Western Canyon Squire's bowling alley and family fun center, which is a big attraction for kids. The IMAX Theatre is also located in Tusayan. If nothing's available there, then Williams or Flagstaff are next in line.

The one time of year when all this kind of goes "out the window" is wintertime. Visitation slows down considerably due to weather, so except on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, MLK, etc., you might be able to get an in-park room on fairly short notice.

This video attempts to put all these issues into perspective as well ->: http://youtu.be/TvciSQPqduQ

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