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El Tovar

El Tovar

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The crown jewel of the National Park hotels

One of the original National Park hotels, El Tovar is an iconic resort situated just a few steps from the spectacular South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Built in 1905, this historic hotel was a favourite of Theodore Roosevelt’s and now symbolizes a style of architecture associated with America’s great National Parks. Enjoy rustic fine dining at the hotel’s El Tovar dining room – known to be one of the finest at the Grand Canyon, relax in your room or explore the famous South Rim Village which is just steps from the hotel.

  • Iconic Harvey House hotel dating from 1905
  • Take advantage of full bell service concierge services
  • One of the best locations for exploring the area
  • Enjoy dining at the spectacular El Tovar dining room

Hotel Features

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  • 78 rooms
  • Floors have lift access: No

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only
Location Highlights

El Tovar

3467 Reviews 79% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1316
  • Very Good 1215
  • Average 555
  • Poor 249
  • Terrible 132

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Jul 14, 2019

Location, location, location


You can practically roll out of bed and be at the rim of the Grand Canyon, which is good because you will want any excuse possible to stay out of your room. Our “room” was the size of the closet of a room we stayed in at another National park. The aesthetic is shabby chic with a strong emphasis on shabby. The air conditioner was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talking. I realize they are trying to keep the rustic vibe of the surroundings but since you are clearly not spending money on updates, at least have decent towels and linens. If you are doing lots of hiking in the canyon or really want to be close to the canyon, or you enjoy spending lots of money to experience what life was like in the Grand Canyon in the 70’s, this is the place for you. If you like a little comfort at the end of the day, go somewhere else. However, there were some pluses, the people working the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is fantastic, the lobby is spectacular.
Jul 09, 2019

Reserve a Suite!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

When we were making reservations, the El Tovar was being renovated and I came across a review where someone had lucked into staying in the Presidential Suite, which got my wheels turning. It turns out, the Presidential Suite (and it's partner across the hall) with it's incredible canyon-rim balcony is approximately $150 per night more than a room without a canyon view at all, but for most of the year it can only be upgraded to within 2 weeks of your stay. The suite has comfortable deck furniture and a very nice pair of binoculars on a tripod for viewing the canyon and sky, 2 comfortable queen beds in the air-conditioned bedroom, and a large sitting room. The decoration was interesting and played to the history of the canyon, with pictures of Roosevelt on his mule, the legislation creating the park, and quotes about the canyon from President Clinton. My only disappointment was that for being just months out of the renovation, they had used a cheap countertop on the bathroom sink, and it was damaged already.
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