El Tovar Hotel

1 El Tovar Road | Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023 [See Map]
#1 in Best Grand Canyon Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1773 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 78 rooms, 3 floors
Style Rustic
Best For Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

This hotel (sitting at the head of the Rim Trail on the canyon's South Rim) isn't as luxurious as some recent visitors expected it to be. Some guests were disappointed by the hotel's limited amenities. But others insist that simplicity is part of El Tovar's charm: Sure, it may not have a pool or a spa, but the epic Grand Canyon vistas at your door and American history brimming around every corner make up for El Tovar's lack of glitz. The hunting-lodge style decor — complete with a moose head donated by Teddy Roosevelt — echoes the hotel's original furnishings from 1905. If you can, book a themed room, like the Charles Whittlesey Suite (decorated with the El Tovar architect's original blueprints). And aim to eat in El Tovar's outdoor dining area so you can enjoy breathtaking views of the canyon.

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Critic Reviews


“The hotel's proximity to all of the canyon's facilities, European hunting-lodge atmosphere, attractively updated rooms and tile baths, and renowned dining room make it the best place to stay on the South Rim.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

“Built in 1905 and fully renovated in 2005, the elegant hotel is one of the country’s most revered national park lodge treasures and has hosted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.”

Other Awards:
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1773 guests have reviewed the El Tovar Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1773 reviews)

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Location & Parking

Located on the Grand Canyon's South Rim, El Tovar Hotel is considered the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012. The hotel has hosted such people as Teddy Roosevelt (who donated a moose head which hangs in the hotel's lobby) and Albert Einstein.

  • The resort sits just a few feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon
  • The hotel is part of the Historic District at the South Rim with includes a number of historic attractions and shopping
  • Nearest airports are either McCarran International Airport (about 275 miles west) or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (235 miles south)

  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

El Tovar has 78 rooms in total (many are suites), all of which are rustic in their decor and design — but no two rooms are alike. All standard rooms features flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers, air conditioning and full baths.

  • Wi-Fi access is free

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The dining room at El Tovar Hotel is rustic and traditional, having served some famous names such as President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. Signature menu items include prime rib hash and salmon tostada. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • The El Tovar Lounge welcomes guests 21 and older to enjoy a cocktail and light fare
  • Room service is available during dining room hours (6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
  • Other dining options located within the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Number of restaurants:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast









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