We are working our way through staying at all of the Great Lodges of the West, and this is our penultimate one. El Tovar doesn't have the grand structure of Old Faithful or Glacier, but it does have the Grand Canyon, which is great to be steps away from the rim--as well as from other historic buildings such as Hopi House; Verkamp's; Bright Angel Lodge; Kolb Studio; and Colter-designed Lookout Studio. We recommend taking the historical village walking tour. Likewise, the shuttle service is excellent for getting around the park without the stress of driving.
Our room was on 3rd floor (no elevator), and although the room was rather small, it had terrific linens, even a TV!, a small refrigerator, and nice amenities. There was so-so Wi-Fi in the second-floor lobby area and main lobby. Coffee and tea supplied in the guest second floor lounge, too.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the El Tovar Dining Room. Alert: book table reservations for dinner in the Dining Room several months in advance. Our choices a month out were 5:30 and 9 pm. We had a nice lighter meal in the bar/cocktail lounge, a good alternative to the dining room.
We stayed two nights, which was just right.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking