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El Tovar Hotel first opened its doors in 1905, and has since been a popular luxury hotel located on the rim of the Grand Canyon, at the end of the Santa Fe Railway. It’s so elegant that if its walls could speak they would tell stories of previous famous clientele Bill Clinton and Albert Einstien – to name a few.
As a National Historic Landmark property it still retains picturesque surroundings and traditional 20th century architecture. El Tovar has 78 bedrooms, 12 of which are suites. The charm and historic design of the hotel means that no two rooms are the same and some are even on the small side - but hey they are rather cosy. Some of the rooms offer views over the Grand Canyon, however should guests find themselves in rooms without that particular view; the hotel's lobby certainly has a great viewing platform, and a fire!
El Tovar offers its guest the opportunity to kick back and relax in the comfort of the lodge with a book, or in front of a warm fire in the cooler months. However should guests fancy a slightly more active pursuit, there are walking and hiking trails nearby (be sure to take a camera). As the hotel is located in area rife in good views there are many scenic excursions guest can sample from mule ride to helicopter rides. And if that's not enough, there is also horseback riding on offer.
The El Tovar Dining room is a prime dining spot in the region, with guests and locals. The restaurant's interiors consist of Native stone and Oregon pine, creating a rather relaxed and welcoming ambience. Internationally recognized, the menu at El Tovar offers international and traditional Southwest dishes, their classic signature dish being Prime Rib Hash at breakfast time.
Why we love it
Location. Location. Location. Being on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, the hotel really does have unbeatable views.
Will, Original Traveller