• El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar

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.

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a canyon with a mountain in the background

Hotel highlights

  • 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

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Location Highlights

El Tovar

3574 Reviews 79% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1359
  • Very Good 1248
  • Average 566
  • Poor 262
  • Terrible 139

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Mar 25, 2020

Good stop!

Johannesburg, South Africa

We went on Hammer drive through Canyon and stopped here before we got the bus back to Las Vegas. Very nice shop where you can buy nice souvenir's. Nice restaurant. Very nice ice cream shop, we bought ice cream there. The lobby of the hotel gives you a (Western movie feel).
Mar 22, 2020

Didn't Stay There, But Still Enjoyed It!

Colorado Springs, Colorado

We took the Grand Canyon Railway in from Williams. So only had three hours in the Park. Part of that we spent at the El Tovar since it's right there at the overlook. The Hotel is one of the Fred Harvey Hotels. We ate lunch on its porch overlooking the Grand Canyon. What a setting for a sack lunch. Inside it’s not overly spacious nor very light. Pretty much of the period it was built. There is a small lobby. A big rock fireplace is at one end. Off to one side is a gift shop and a Bar. A neat little treat is their mini-museum highlighting building the Hotel and featuring both Mary Kolter and Fred Harvey. Interesting Hotel. And fun to walk through.
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