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Grand Canyon Lodges

The El Tovar Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona

If you are going to the Grand Canyon, then you will most certainly want to spend at least the night here. And there are several hotels within the Canyon so you can end your night here and then be ready for thing in the morning for sunrise. And before leaving out we got to do sight inspections here. Talk about some comfy places to lay your head. This is for the South Rim.

The El Tovar

This is the hotel for the well heeled enjoying the Grand Canyon. It is also an amazing place to stop by and look around. So even if you’re not staying here, stop in for a while.

This beauty is also a historical gem. It has been receiving guests since 1905. In 2005 it went through a major overhaul to restore the hotel to its former glory. The hotel is a National Registered Landmark. It has played to hosts to such guests as Albert Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt, and Sir Paul McCartney. In fact while there he was playing the hotel’s piano when a guest was complaining. Some poor hotel employee had to go tell Sir Paul he was disturbing guests. Imagine the stories this guy got to tell!

We are to meet at the hotel lobby. Pam and I arrive at the resort. Our group isn’t all here so we have about 10 minutes to roam around. We go back outside and admire the Hopi House on display. Then we come back in and enjoy the chic yet rustic lobby. This place is gorgeous. There is rich wood all over the place. We sink into the divine oversized leather chairs that surround a massive fireplace.

Once we are all together we are given a tour of this place. The rooms here are to die for. One suite in particular, the Fred Harvey suite, is magnificent. It has a separate living room, a bedroom this is just heavenly, and then you walk out on the patio and wow!!!! There is plenty of space to lounge around and then views! OMG! I am sure Sir Paul stayed here. There are beautiful paintings, massive chandeliers, beautiful antiques, and Native American touches thought the resort.

The hotel has a very nice gift shop and a restaurant. The 78 rooms tend to get filled up very quickly from spring until fall, so advanced reservations are highly suggested. They are an AAA 4 diamond property. They are just a few steps from the canyon.

Maswick Lodge AAA‘s 3 diamond property from the rim the resort is ¼ of a mile away. See my first journal on my hotel stays for a full description.

Bright Angel Lodge/Thunderbird Lodge/Yavapai Lodge/Kachina Lodge

These are the rustic and economical options for those wishing to stay at the canyon. Yet it doesn’t mean you give up comforts by staying here.

The Bright Angel Lodge , designed by architect, Mary E.J. Colter, has been opening its door to canyon guests since 1935 and is a Registered National Historic Landmark.

There are both lodges and cabins. The lodges do not have TV and some have shared bathrooms. Cabins have TV’s and private bathrooms. Most have only one bed. There are view rooms, but can not be guaranteed. Some cabins have fireplaces. There are rim rooms and some in the historical cabins.

They do have a restaurant, lounge, history room, activity desk, gift shop, and this is where the famous mule trips depart from.

Kachina-Thunderbird Lodges

These rooms have views of the canyon and partial views. The rooms have a king or 2 queens, which is great for families. The rooms have fridge, TV, and full baths. They also have ADA rooms.

They do not have either a restaurant or a gift shop. But you can dine at the restaurants at the El Tavor and Bright Angel or any many other restaurants with the area. Ditto on the gift shop. Trust me, when I tell you. There is no shortage of places to spend your vacation $$$ at this place

Yavapai Lodge .

This hotel is ½ mile from the rim. But it is the largest facility. There are 198 rooms offering AC and another 160 rooms that do not have AC, but do have valuated ceilings and ceiling fans. Both include fridges and TV. Most rooms have queen beds and some have king beds.

They do have a restaurant and gift shop on the premises. And a very nice large lobby and coin laundry nearby. They are located at the market plaza so there is a Post Office, bank, shops, and a visitor’s center nearby. There is also an activities desk at the in the resort lobby.

There is bus transportation that picks up in the plaza and takes you to the canyon and other resorts and restaurants.

There is also the Phantom Lodge and Trailer Village .

These are AAA 2 diamond prosperities. But at some point I hope to return with John. And if I do then I plan on staying at with Angel Bright Lodge given its proximity to the rim.

It is a very good idea from spring to fall to make reservations well in advanced.


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