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El Tovar Hotel
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We stayed there in March 2010 and it was magnificent. The room was large and comfortable and the bathroom was old fashioned but in a good way! We eat in the restraunt and had a lovely meal. Overall I would say the Hotel was expensive but as we are unlikely to return to the area it was worth spending the money on our trip of a lifetime.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JimboGloucester
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We stayed at El Tovar for one night in December 2011. We drove up from Las Vegas. Arriving at the lodge was impressive - pretty fairy lights adorning the porch, beautiful Christmassy / festive decor. It all looked gorgeous and welcoming. Inside was like an Alpine ski lodge such as you might find in Switzerland or Austria, with roaring fires and stags heads on the wall. The service on check-in was speedy and friendly with lots of useful info volunteered for our Grand Canyon experience. Our "queen" sized room was small but perfectly adequate, and best of all tea & coffee making facilities were provided both here and in the communal areas. The bathroom was basic but again, perfectly sufficient. There was plenty of hanging space and towels provided. No central heating, just a fan heater. We had a drink and cake in the bar (delicious) and browsed the shops in the reception area. Dinner was very tasty with a varied menu. My only complaint was that the dining room was very cold. I would highly recommend the El Tovar lodge.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rosie1271
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Staying at the El Tovar was like stepping into a timewarp. The service a the front desk was pretty awful - disinterested - but the service in the restaurants and bars was exceptionally good.

My biggest complaint at check in was that the hotel didn't accommodate our family together - we ended up in two rooms on the same corridor, although we'd requested adjacent or interconnecting rooms. However the rooms were reasonably comfortable. The heating was a huge noisy fan and we think we had a nocturnal animal visit.

The location is spectacular and we loved exploring the canyon. the hotel lobby was very prettily decorated for the Christmas season, if you could overlook the redcapped stuffed dead animals. We enjoyed reading by the fireplace and meeting the great variety of folks who were also discovering the Grand Canyon in winter.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank brissiechris
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Located on the edge of the southern rim of the canyon, the hotel must have appeared at the beginning of the last century as an oasis of luxury to the exhausted travelers stepping down from the first class coaches of the newly built Santa Fe rail road.

However, time has gone by and El Tovar, although still radiating charm, looks now more like a fading star.

The lobby with high ceilings, game trophies and a roaring fire place when we visited, is still reminiscent of its past grandeur. However, as the rest of the hotel, it looks tired and in need of renovation. The chairs and sofas may well be originals, but definitely uncomfortable by any standard. Equally, the mezzanine salon with its grand piano badly needs to be refurbished.

We stayed in a deluxe room, with a newly appointed bathroom. Both were clean and comfortable. But the air conditioning heating unit was noisy and something can certainly be done about it.

The hotel’s restaurant offers a varied and interesting menu for both breakfast and dinner. Although the dinner menu is quite heavy on meat, we were able to find some alternative seafood and vegetarian options. Our dishes were expertly executed and well presented. Service was good and our waiter was polite, although slightly too formal.

The same goes for the rest of the hotel staff. I found everybody courteous, but rather detached and almost unfriendly.

El Tovar is the best lodge inside the park rim, but this does not warrant its high price tag. It should offer more to its guests.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RisoAmaro
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

El Tovar is an absolutely beautiful Fred Harvey hotel, with one of the most spectacular views in the world -- looking down into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim. The staff is old school -- knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. The bar is fine, somewhat small and noisy, but otherwise fits the bill. We had last been to El Tovar about 20 years ago. At that time, the main dining room served excellent food, prepared from scratch cuisine. 20 years later, the dining room cannot be recommended for either breakfast or dinner. Quite frankly, all of the food had to have been Sysco-prepared. The breakfast potatoes were right out of a plastic bag, and the bacon had absolutely no taste whatsoever. For dinnner, my wife and I had chicken marsala. THere was no marsala in the sauce, it appeared to have been thickened with cornstarch or some other thickener, and the chicken itself had no flavor. Questions to the wait staff confirmed that the entrees are Sysco products. Quite sad, as this is a great old hotel, Fortunately, the South Rim Village General Store was opened, so we loaded up on cheeses, crackers, nuts and wine and ate in the rest of our stay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank azjayhawks
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