• 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

General Information

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  • 78 rooms
  • Floors have lift access: No

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

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El Tovar

3541 Reviews 79% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1347
  • Very Good 1234
  • Average 566
  • Poor 256
  • Terrible 138

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Nov 19, 2019

Grand Canyon was amazing but Xnattera is terrible

Me and my gf decided to take a trip and visted three national parks. We decided to start our trip at Death Valley and work our way to the Grand Canyon and Carlsbad caverns. Death Valley was beautiful and we had some amazing views. It was all good untill we checked into our rooms at the Oasis. The rooms where terible, the mattress was uncomfortable and obviously old worn out , the walls were drab and marked up. The food was absolutely terrible in the morning, the breakfast buffet was disgusting and overpriced. The eggs were tasteless and hard, the pancakes were basically rubber. Dinner at 30 dollars was a joke, the food was digusting and you could tell the lettuce was unwashed. We left to Pahrump an hour away to get a decent meal and bed. We left to the Grand Canyon and my Girlfriend Lizzy decided to book a room at El Tovar. We weren't too pleased to find out Xnaterra ran that place to. We love the architecture and history. We also wanted to be close by the rim, so we gave Xnaterra a second chance. At 200+ Dollars a night I would have expected our rooms to be much better and actually cleaned. Right when I flipped back the sheets I spotted a hard bloody and half green snot rocket. That was disgusting, we also found pubes upon further inspection. We immediately asked for new linens. Our AC was also malfunctioning sporadically and made it uncomfortable during the day. The food at bright angel was decent at least and a notch above Death Valleys. NPS needs to really consider changing vendors,I don't normally complain, but our trips were ruined back to back thanks to Xnaterra and we paid nearly a grand to be miserable. We are just gonna get an RV for your next trip.
Nov 18, 2019

Worth a visit.....

Peru, Indiana

Even if one is not staying there overnight, this structure warrants a visit; especially, if one appreciates historic buildings. This 1905 hotel is a real step-back in time. The wood and stone construction, harkens back to an era when craftsmanship was honored. In addition to the architecture, one can browse the gift shop and/or enjoy a meal with a view. There are several Mary Colter gems along the south rim; this certainly being one of them.
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