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El Tovar Hotel


    El Tovar Hotel
 in Grand Canyon

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  • Amazing!

    by ncm1965 on 2017-12-11 09:21 am

    We stayed at El Tovar for one night only (it is quite expensive) in November 2017. I had been worried about the hotel because of reports of it being outdated etc. Further, the pictures of the hotel made it look dark and 'brooding'. It is far from this.

    This is a lovely hotel: truly individual. It was good to be helped in with our bags at check in, since there appears to be no lift/elevator. Service from the staff generally was very good. We ate in the restaurant for both evening meal and breakfast and both meals were very good, if not special. Sitting for breakfast with views out over the Grand Canyon was special

    The room we had was, from a US viewpoint, small, however, very comfortable. the bed was good. The fridge didn't appear to work.

    Negatives - a few frayed carpets.

    Positives - really a one-off hotel in a one-off location.

    I wish that I had visited the Grand Canyon by rail - the drive from/to Flagstaff was tedious.

  • Expensive, but worth the experience.

    by PaulG02110 on 2017-12-10 05:18 pm

    Stayed here for two nights. King size rooms are spacious and clean, with large bathrooms. The bar and restaurant staff were very friendly and the overall experience. The hotel common area carpeting was worn, but the interior decor of the hotel was in the spirit of an older hotel and it was well maintained. Overall a great location to stay with only steps to the south rim of the canyon. The interior lobby was extensively decorated for the holidays which added to the warmth of the place.

  • Needs updating

    by Wayne P on 2017-12-08 05:23 am

    The fact that this historic hotel is perched directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the worlds natural wonders, obviously makes it a desirable place to stay. The hotel is historic and it undeniably has a high degree of rustic charm. Based on those admirable attributes I cannot give the El Tovar a 'poor' overall rating.

    Unfortunately it pretty much ends there. A one night stay at El Tovar was more than enough for me. The hotel is old and tired. Carpeting in the common areas and stairways is worn out and doesn't appear clean throughout. The fabled El Tovar dining room serves overpriced mediocre food at best (although the service staff was attentive). Our top floor 'King Deluxe' room (with a great view of the loading dock of the adjacent Kachina Lodge) had a unpleasant musty moldy odor reminiscent of a dusty attic. We didn't plan to watch any television while there but couldn't help notice how the odd room layout made viewing the TV impossible from both the sitting area and the bed. The El Tovar hotel is getting by on it's iconic stature but it is seriously overdue for a major refurbishing.

  • Rustic Luxury on the Edge of Wilderness

    by stang2006GT on 2017-12-04 02:23 pm

    Stayed for 2 nights on November 30th and December 1st, which was perfect. This hotel is just beautiful inside and out, and has a lot of class and history that adds to the atmosphere. Due to the time of year the Grand Canyon Village was very quiet and was not crowded at all, the hotel was sold out as always but didn't even feel like it. The temperature was amazing with highs at about 60F in the day and lows at about 25F in the morning, yet with bright shinning sun everyday. There were a number of points that really made this place great:

    - Rustic Interior: The interior lobby area and dinning room feature large wood timbers for the interior walls and supports, this makes you feel like you are in a Swiss Ski chalet, which is partly what it was modeled after. Throughout the hotel the classic age of the establishment gracefully shines through. The hallways even have a rustic charm to them, which is nice to see a consistency when it comes to maintaining that image.

    - Classy Restaurant: The restaurant at the hotel was beautiful, just like the main lobby. This is a very classy place, and while former attire is not required, they encourage it, and I could not agree more. Showing some self-respect and respect for the establishment goes a long way when you show an effort to look nice for an evening dinner. The waiters were excellent and showed off a true sense of fine dinning etiquette. Rick specifically was fantastic and truly made the dinning experience perfect for us. The food was very good and while this place is not cheap, I personally found it to be a much better deal than other restaurants in the village. For roughly $20 - $35 per plate, you also get a rustic atmosphere, roaring fireplaces, superb service, and great food. When compared to other restaurants in the village, this is actually a much better deal with prices that are practically the same.

    - Beautiful Room: The room was just amazing, we stayed in the Zane Grey suite which I personally think is one of the best rooms in the hotel. It had two queen beds, a sizable full bathroom, and a whole separate room connected to it with a couch, fridge, sitting area, and outside door to a small yet cozy balcony. The room was themed after Grey, who was a famous Western story writer and the room featured a number of his books to read. I picked one up one night and read a few chapters to which were very well written and entertaining, and was astonished to find out the book itself was 75 years old! The balcony was what made the room one of the best because you are situated directly center above the main entrance on the 3rd floor. From this view you can see a decent portion of the Grand Canyon, the Hopi House, and the main circle where people arrive. Don't let this turn you off as the place quiets down in the evening and morning, so it is not noisy at all. I spent every morning and evening sitting on the balcony enjoying the view with a hot coffee and cold beer respectively.

    - Wildlife: There was wildlife abundant throughout the immediate area of the hotel, specifically mule deer and big horned sheep. Every night a herd of mule deer would gather all around the hotel and nip at the ground. They did not have a care in the world by the fact that we were there, you could get within 6ft of them no joke. At night and in the morning again from that great balcony you could watch them wonder all around. At one point a herd of 8 of them surrounded the place at about 10pm, led by a proper 8-point buck who steadily watched over his herd. It was a beautiful to see nature so close to us. And the second night a big horned sheep ran along the rim trail just off the porch of the hotel, that was another amazing sight to see. You are really on the edge of wilderness here and it shows.

    - Location , Location, Location: Lastly, the location for this place is absolutely it's biggest selling point, even past everything else that made it great. The side porch sitting area is literally 49ft away from the edge of the canyon, it is seriously right on the rim. This allows you to visit the rim freely as you please with just a few steps. This is a huge contrast to having to drive there or taking the train, both of which are great options, but when you are staying right there, it just doesn't get any better. But the most unique part about being right on the rim is the fact that you can visit at any time of day with virtually no crowds. We were able to go out late at night after dinner with a full moon and see the whole canyon by the moonlight! This can only be done if you stay at the rim, and it is such a unique experience. Early mornings were spent walking the whopping 49ft in the cold with a hot coffee to sit on the wall and watch the mist rise up from the canyon floor, as the sunrise lit up the colorful rock faces of the far side. Truly a spectacular location.

    Staying at the rim should be a major bucket list item for people, but staying in the warmth and coziness of El Tovar just makes the experience much more memorable. Finding the quieter times to visit will ensure a cheaper rate and a less crowded and more pleasurable experience at the rim. This place is highly recommended in my book and I will definitely be going back to show more people.

  • Historic hotel, showing its age

    by Gary V on 2017-12-02 07:46 pm

    This hotel is situated right on the brink of the Grand Canyon, so you cannot ask for better views and the entire staff seems committed to giving visitors a great experience. Unfortunately, this 100+ year hotel is a little shabby, carpets aging and plumbing not working well (takes forever to get hot water into the sink and then the sink takes forever to empty even after amazingly responsive servicing). In our room, the heat pump kept going on and off throughout the night disturbing what should have been a quiet sleep. Though there are no elevators, despite a 3rd floor room, this was a minor inconvenience (though harder to personally carry luggage in the thinner air and surprising that there has not been an installation). Meals were creative and delicious, though a bit pricey and the entire resort complex now has a system to allow all meal expenses to be charged to the room so there is only one bill to pay. Overall, a memorable experience in an amazingly beautiful location but it could have been better!


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