Some of my review is colored by the fact that when my wife and I arrived at El Tovar, we had been rafting/camping down the river for the last week, and had just hiked out of the canyon (7.5 miles, obviously up hill). Soft sheets, clean bed, hot shower...
After my initial shock at being back in civilization had worn off, I was pleasantly reminded of what a nice hotel looks like. It is an elegant old hotel. Perfectly comfortable, but older. The floors and doors a little creaky, and you can hear people in the hallway. But that's what 100 years of hotel can look like, right?
The rooms are well-appointed, clean, and very comfortable. I melted into the bed and slept for about a day-and-a-half.
The views are absolutely insane, and it was breathtaking to look down on the canyon we'd just hiked out of.
We ate at the restaurant for dinner. I had the duck--kind of over-cooked, sides were OK. Wine menu had a lot of OK wines at somewhat premium prices. My wife had the steak, and it was tasty. I thought the dinner service was pretty expensive for what you received. Fine dining experience that didn't quite deliver.
We ate breakfast the next morning, too. Sonoran Style eggs with chorizo was more than I could even think about eating and absolutely delicious. The people seated next to us were raving about the strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast. The breakfast was superb, and I think a much better value than the dinner.
Great experience overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Due to pending renovations to guest rooms, public spaces, and the dining room, El Tovar is not available from January 25, 2018 through September 30, 2018. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Tovar Hotel Grand Canyon
- El Tovar Grand Canyon
- Hotel El Tovar
- El Grand Canyon
- Grand Canyon El Tovar
- El Tovar Lodge