When you are planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most important parts of planning a vacation is figuring out where you would lay and rest your head overnight after a long and exciting day exploring the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park? You may be wondering which of the hotels in the Grand Canyon area should you stay at?
Good Question. One of the most important factors when deciding on a hotel is location. You ideally want to be as close as possible to the Grand Canyon National Park so that you can spend extra time exploring the national park rather than commuting between the national park and the hotel. I will go over a few of the hotels located in the area.
Before I start, it is worth noting that there are two entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park: the South Rim and the North Rim. Due to the vast size of the national park and the ruggedness of the area, a trip by car from the South Rim to the North Rim can take approximately four and a half hours to complete. So, I will indicate which entrance each hotel is located at. Here we go.
El Tovar Hotel – South Rim
(Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park Service via Flickr)
The El Tovar Hotel is a scenic and historic hotel that is located right at the clifftop on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park which offers sweeping views of the national park. The hotel is more than 100 years old as it was built in the early 1900’s at the end of the railroad line. At the time of its grand opening, the hotel was considered among the most elegant hotels west of the Mississippi River.
The hotel is a large building that is made of log-related construction materials that brings in a deep sense of charm to the hotel. The hotel features a full service restaurant called The El Tovar Dining Room. The restaurant is highly regarded worldwide for their gourmet menu offerings.
There is also a lounge and a gift shop on site too as well. There are 78 non-smoking rooms available in standard, dulexe, and suite rooms. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $225 to $378.
Yavapai Lodge – South Rim
Yavapai Lodge is a hotel that is about a mile walk to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. The hotel is actually divided into two parts, Yavapai East and Yavapai West, that is separated by the main lobby in the center. This is an ideal hotel for families as there are books and board games available on site to enjoy.
This is also an excellent hotel for pet owners and pet lovers as not only are they allowed at the hotel, but there are also kennels offered for rent during your stay there. Bicycles are also allowed at the hotel too as well. It is worth noting that there are three electric chargers at the hotel for Tesla automobiles. So, if you are an owner of a Tesla automobile, then this hotel is for you.
The hotel includes a full service restaurant on site called Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. The restaurant offers southwest-inspired American comfort food and other chef-inspired foods on the menu. There is also a bar on site called Yavapai Tavern. Also on site is a coffee and ice cream shop called Yavapai Coffee and Ice Cream.
There are 358 non-smoking rooms at the hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $119 to $309. Do be aware though that due to the cooler climate at the North Rim of the national park, this hotel is only open from May through October.
Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim
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This is the only hotel that is available at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. This hotel is tucked into a lush forest setting of ponderosa pine trees located at the top of a canyon, offering stunning views of the depths of the national park as well as the forest itself. This is a unique hotel for these who are seeking an opportunity to ride mules as these are available at the hotel to ride on.
There are a variety of cabin options available at the hotel for those of you who desire a more rustic experience. The are also the standard hotel rooms available for your comfort. There is a full service restaurant on site offering an array of regional and sustainable menu options.
A gift shop and convenience store are located on site as well. There are a total of 219 rooms at this hotel. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $209 to $317.
Maswik Lodge – South Rim
This is a hotel that is neatly tucked inside the scenic ponderosa pine forest. The Maswik Lodge’s main lodge building is the central hub of the hotel. The main lodge building houses the registration desk, Gift Shop, Maswik Food Court, and Pizza Pub. The hotel rooms are accessible from outside walkways and staircases (no elevators are available here).
There are about 280 rooms in total here at Maswik Lodge. The rooms are spread out in 12 two story buildings. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $140 to $395.
These are the hotels that you should consider when planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon National Park. Again, location is among the most important factors when considering a hotel to stay at overnight. And so these hotels listed here takes this into account.
It is worth noting that even though WiFi is available at the hotels in the Grand Canyon, due to the incredible remoteness of the national park, the internet speed can be slow. So, don’t expect to do anything more than checking your e-mail inbox during your vacation there. With that being said, you will most likely be too busy taking in all that the national park has to offer for you to be complaining about the poor WiFi there.