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El Tovar Hotel

    El Tovar Hotel
 in Grand Canyon


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  • Overpriced, bad food

    by Renee P on 2018-09-18 07:53 pm

    We were excited to be staying at this historic hotel. Booked a deluxe room but nothing about it was deluxe. Our toilet got stopped up twice. They could not fix it and they had to get a plumber. Our Room smelled because of it because waste was coming up. Ate at thei restaurant and it was horrible. All my food was cold, very cold. Had a drink in the bar and asked if they could make a lemon drop martini and the bartender definitely did not know what he was doing. Also there was a step up into the bathroom that you can really hurt yourself on in the middle of the night and I could go on and on. Would not recommend it . Carpet dirty.

  • Wonderful historic hotel and dining room

    by jerrirobbins on 2018-09-17 11:44 am

    What a wonderful, historic hotel. Love the charm of sitting on the front porch in rockers people-watching! Be sure and make dinner reservations in the dining room - great service and delicious food. Good bar, too, with a great outside porch. Wonderfully restored hotel and definitely nice to be near the south rim where the action is. Had a wonderful long weekend hiking with my husband.

  • Not just a hotel. It's going back into time.

    by David L on 2018-09-17 07:15 am

    When you stay at The El Tovar you are not staying at the Hilton, you are staying in one of the grandest hotels in American history. You are staying in a hotel that you will remember the rest of your life, overlooking the Grand Canyon. Staying at The El Tovar is not just a night's sleep in a strange bed, it's a once in a lifetime adventure all in itself. Plan accordingly, you will need to make hotel reservations at least a month out and dinner reservations in the luxury restaurant are mandatory. Remember to bring your dinner jacket or cocktail dress along, your dining experience is a formal affair and one you will always cherish.

  • Stay at El Tovar

    by dianelarson on 2018-09-15 02:28 pm

    I was extremely happy to obtain reservations at the historical El Tovar for 9/10 and 9/11, 2018. I was very disappointed to enter the room to a running toilet which I contacted maintenance to repair. My husband fixed the toilet before the maintenance person arrived. On arrival of the maintenance person, he stated "Man is it hot in this room". It was 78 degrees. He advised that if the temperature continued to increase to request an engineer. The temperature increased to 83 degrees and the engineer didn't arrive. The staff agreed to provide a suite at the agreed upon room rate which we were very pleased about. What we did learn is that air conditioning at El Tovar is not dependable. We also learned that only three rooms provide a view of the Grand Canyon. Our original room had a view of the roof, and only a view of the roof. We were assured that all rooms had some view of the grand Canyon. That's not true. My recommendation is that alternative Grand Canyon accommodations be researched before accepting a room at El Tovar or that one of the three Grand Canyon suites with a view be reserved. The three suites with a view are well worth the extra money required if you can afford it. We didn't eat at the restaurant due to the high prices and having nearby food options. We were very pleased with the staff for making alternative arrangements for us.

  • I guess I would say the only draw back is that not one of the rooms have a view except for the 4 suites

    by WLifeMan on 2018-09-15 12:38 am

    After leaving Amy Frederickson's Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams, a delightful, historic hotel in a delightful historic town of Williams on the delightfully historic route 66, we ventured to the Grand Canyon where we were very excited to have reservations in El Tovar, the historic lodge on the rim of the great canyon where more than 5 million people from around the world visit every year. In fact, this wasn't our first time to see one of the great wonders of the world. In the past we stayed outside the park. And I must say that The Grand Canyon has never been one of our favorite parks. But staying on the rim in the historic lodge with easy access to the trails and reservations in the dining room, made for a much better impression of the park. This was my birthday celebration trip so we treated ourselves to this first class accommodations in a superior room. Like most historic lodges, where is no elevator. So we had the bellhop take our luggage up the three flights of stairs to our room. As for historic lodges at the national parks, this was the BEST room of any we've stayed in, which includes Lake Quinault, in Olympic National Park, Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, Zion Park Lodge in Zion National Park, and the lodge at Crater Lake National Park. The room was spacious and well appointed. I guess I would say the only draw back is that not one of the rooms have a view except for the 4 suites, we were told. Instead we looked out on the parking lot of the more modern lodge next door. That is ashame because with a view this would have been truly outstanding. That not with standing, we enjoyed the hotel very much. But for the experience it wasn't cheap.

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