by Candyce H. Stapen
When we can’t get — or don’t want — a room at El Tovar, my family likes to stay at either of these lodges. If not in the mood for historic, we prefer the convenience of creature comforts such as two queen or one king bed, in-room coffee maker, small refrigerator, television and private bathroom. About half of the rooms at either lodge have a partial canyon view. From either facility, it’s an easy walk to the restaurants at El Tovar or Bright Angel Lodge.
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- Comfortable room accommodations
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- Easy walk to restaurants
by Tracy S
Room was clean and the location was excellent. It was right next to the canyon and very walk able to eat, shop & hike. Loved staying in the village & when I come back I would definitely stay in the village again. Bright Angel Trail is within walking distance as our other trails.
We booked a room on the canyon side since we thought the kids would really have their minds blown to be able to see the Grand Canyon right out their window. It was a pretty nice view and considering it was pretty cold outside, it was nice to be able to look out on the Canyon from the warmth of our room when we needed a break from the cold outside.
The room itself is on par with some of the lodge rooms we've stayed at in other national parks and didn't look any better or worse than the rooms I got to peak into at the El Tovar. The beds were comfortable, the room was clean, and there was plenty of space for all of our bags. We were on the second floor, so the elevator was also helpful.
I do have two issues with our stay...and one of them is really an issue for anyone staying at the lodges on the south rim. The parking situation is downright awful. When I checked in, the front desk staff told me we might be able to move our car to a space at our lodge once the day guests clear out. Ummmm...I get that this is the Grand Canyon, but lodge guests are paying a premium to stay inside the park right on the rim. Considering how little parking there is at these lodges, Xanterra should seriously consider prohibiting day guests from parking there. There are other lots, farther back that would be just fine for people who aren't trying to get their luggage into their rooms.
Secondly, they say they offer wifi, but we had 4 phones, two tablets, and one laptop and it wouldn't work on any of them. I was hoping it would be like Yellowstone...i.e. service improves once day guests leave and people go to sleep, but it never worked for us. Phone service was also a bit spotty. I know- I know...you're in a national park and shouldn't need these things, but when your husband is scouring the area for parking and you're at check in...it would be nice to be able to communicate.
All in all, it was a great lodging choice for our Christmas stay and easy walk to the El Tovar if you're having a meal in their dining room.