Your first peak over the canyon rim is the most anticipated part of any trip to Grand Canyon National Park. Sunshine glides over the landscape, and hidden hues of red, gold, and orange are drawn from the rocks. Choosing the right accommodation is critical to your Grand Canyon adventure, with proximity to the park at the top of the list of things to consider. These nine hotels are just a quick ride away from the Grand Canyon and give guests a place to rest comfortably after a day exploring the wonders of nature.
1. El Tovar Hotel
The cinnamon and caramel-colored limestone walls of El Tovar Hotel make it seem like an extension of the Grand Canyon itself. Guests will rest comfortably in spacious, modern guest rooms and can enjoy on-site activities and amenities like horseback riding and bicycle rentals. The El Tovar Dining Room offers American cuisine, and the property also offers a snack bar for a quick bite before going for a hike or taking a mule ride into the neighboring Canyon.
2. Yavapai Lodge
The A-frame entrance of this rustic lodge invites you into a place that mirrors the natural beauty of the park throughout its halls and rooms. The main lodge houses the Yavapai Tavern, where guests can enjoy a delicious meal, while the guestrooms are split between the Yavapai Lodge East and Yavapai Lodge West buildings. When you sweep back the curtains of your window in either building, you’ll have a captivating view of the surrounding forest. The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is within easy walking distance, or accessible by short bus ride.
3. Holiday Inn Express
If you’re a fan of Holiday Inn hospitality, you won’t be disappointed when staying at this property, just under a half-mile from the Grand Canyon. There’s a complimentary shuttle available to get to any Canyon destination and an indoor pool to cool off after a day of touring. There’s also a small hot tub to soothe your aching muscles. The staff is friendly, and their breakfast will begin your day in style.
4. Clear Sky Resorts
Book a one-of-kind stay at the sky domes at Clear Sky Resorts. Each of its 31 standalone guest rooms feature transparent entry portals and sky-view openings in the ceilings. Although it will feel like you’re sleeping under the stars, never fear—each room is air conditioned, heated, and outfitted with a luxurious modern bathroom, complete with rain shower. Before settling in for the evening, enjoy gathering in the courtyard to make s’mores at the nightly campfires.
5. The Grand Hotel
If you’re going to the Grand Canyon, why not stay at the Grand Hotel? A modern hotel with old-fashioned hospitality, this property features an indoor heated pool and hot tub, LED TVs in every guest room, a fireplace in the lobby, and a Parlor Room where guests can enjoy games or play the grand piano. Dine at the Canyon Star Steakhouse or Canyon Star Saloon on-site, with breakfast served daily from 7am to 10am.
6. Maswik Lodge
If you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, the Maswik will help that dream become a reality. Located within walking distance of the canyon rim, this 280-room lodge is smoke-free and wheelchair-accessible, with air conditioning in each room and free WiFi available throughout the property. Guests can dine at Mawsik’s on-site food court or take advantage of ordering cooked-to-order breakfasts in the mornings before a day of exploring.
7. The Grand Canyon Headquarters
There are only four guest rooms in this small lodge, but each of them will make you feel like a pampered pioneer. Each room features a comfortable temperature-controlled bed, super-soft Egyptian cotton sheets, and a private furnished patio with a perfect view of the surrounding nature reserve. Prepare your own meals in your suite’s personal kitchenette, or head outside to use one of the hotel’s barbecue grills.
8. Under Canvas
Glamping fans will find their paradise at Under Canvas. This campsite maintains the charm of staying outdoors, but in tents furnished with comfortable hotel beds and upscale furniture. The property is eco-friendly, including water-efficient toilets and eco-friendly cleaning products. Enjoy cooking your meals on a grill or dine at nearby Embers Restaurant.
9. Raptor Ranch
Animal lovers can cross two bucket list items off the agenda by combining their trip to the Grand Canyon with the incredible interactive raptor flight demonstrations at the Raptor Ranch. This RV park and glamping destination has 36 RV sites and tents available to book, with free Wi-Fi, a laundry room, and a camp store for anything you forgot to bring. Flight demonstrations run four times a day, weather permitting.
This park is extra fun for families, with the dino-themed playground Bedrock—a tribute to the Flintstones.
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