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Over El Tovar
Het klassieke El Tovar ligt centraal in Grand Canyon Village, aan de zuidrand van de Grand Canyon. Het hotel werd in 1905 gebouwd en staat nu met recht geregistreerd als nationaal monument. Vandaag de dag heeft El Tovar niets aan haar elegante charme ingeboet. De sfeervolle standaard kamers hebben airco en een badkamer. Ook beschikt het hotel over een fine dining restaurant en een knusse lounge. Maar bovenal levert het natuurlijk de Grand Canyon binnen handbereik!
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Deze kamers zijn voorzien van een kingsizebed, van airco, televisie, telefoon, internettoegang, kluisje, strijkijzer en -plank en een compleet ingerichte badkamer.
Gelegen aan de rand van de Grand Canyon.
Een van de bekendste Nationale Parken in Amerika is de Grand Canyon in de staat Arizona. Het wordt beschouwd als een van de zeven natuurlijke wereldwonderen. In de loop van miljoenen jaren heeft het water van de Colorado River deze kloof in de bodem ingeslepen. Het Nationale Park wordt in twee helften verdeeld (North Rim en South Rim), die hemelsbreed maar 16 kilometer van elkaar zijn verwijderd, echter als u met de auto van de noordzijde naar de zuidzijde wilt rijden, moet u een afstand van ruim 300 kilometer afleggen!
You can't beat the location of this hotel, right on the south rim of the canyon! Incredible views, nice porch with rockers & a quaint hotel. Built long ago, early 1900's, but updated along the way. Our room included a small sitting area with a table & 2 chairs. No closet, but a small hanging space in the armoire. We spent only 1 night, I would recommend a minimum of 2 or 3, and woke up to rain the next morning. Didn't get to see much of the canyon, but this is the perfect spot to walk out the door and maybe 100 ft. to view it from the edge.
"Great location should not lead to bad service"
We stayed in El Tovar in early January 2017 for two days of our Christmas holiday in the US' South West. Our idea was to have a comfortable stay at the Grand Canyon despite snow, ice and cold winds. Indeed El Tovar would have been perfect for this purpose and on top was decorated generously including with a huge Christmas tree in its hall. However, the room (we had booked on a special offer through expedia) was below any acceptable standard: it was small, with a single rather than a double bed, dirty, noisy and its heating did not properly heat and on top was also extremely noisy. We complained immediately and asked to change the room, noting that we were ready to pay for an upgrade. The duty manager was not cooperative and said she only had a room for about 350USD and could not upgrade us unless we paid the full charge for the room we had already booked through expedia and the full charge for the better room, which essentially meant renting two rooms for both nights. Upon my remark that I just overheard a conversation with another customer where she offered the better room for 250USD she snipped that this special rate would only apply to 'walk-in' clients not to those customers who already had a room were simply dissatisfied. We undertook to keep the small ground floor room for the first night, because the conditions she offered were simply unfair. However, after one night without sleep due to the tiny bed (neither I not my partner are particularly tall) and the noisy heating, we asked again to change the room. On this morning another manager was on duty and she upgraded our room free of charge without any problem, accepting the ground floor rooms had serious shortcomings. The upgraded room had a Canyon view and was OK in terms of temperature, bed and bathroom. We had breakfast twice in the beautiful restaurant and were impressed by the canyon view (tip: come early to get a table right at the window and see the sunrise). Once we had dinner in the restaurant, which was OK, but not great. (Tip: book the restaurant for dinner early, even before your stay).
"A sad place, what a missed opportunity..."
El Tovar is one of those examples of a location that you thing " this could have been..." The place is a jewel. An architectural and historical gem located at the edge of one of the most wonderful places on earth. Anybody else with some business sense would make this hotel a 6 star destination. Xanterra decided to treat it as a dump. Maintanance means coat after coat of paint. The rooms have the feel of 1950Â´s hospital rooms. The exhaust system is terrible so the entire place smells like food. The wonderful lobby had this gorgeous christmas tree that was cover with haze from the fumes of the heater. Service is OK, the sort of service you get on a roadside Holiday Inn, not in a grand Hotel. The restaurant is nothing special. An overpriced hotel restaurant, not a fine dinning experience. In the hands of any other hotel operator, a Ritz Carlton or a Mandarin, this hotel would shine. Xanterra keeps it as a cash cow with no respect for its historical significance, its location or tis clientele. What a pity.
This hotel is right on the rim of the Canyon and the views are fantastic. The staff were friendly and the restaurant good, we had breakfast and dinner, you need to book as there are limited eateries in the area. The Hotel is over 100 years old and has not been updated to the same standards as we experienced elsewhere in the USA, the room was basic and to be honest the sheets and towels looked past their best, however I guess the location makes up for all this. There is no lift so carrying heavy cases up several staircases may cause an issue, I think there were ground floor bedrooms. Make sure you get up to see the sunrise, an amazing sight.
"Lunch at restaurant."
Went for lunch at their restaurant which was filled with people, expectedly the service was a bit slow but not too slow. We had Veg Chilli soup, sandwich with fries and lastly hot chocolate. Food was good and the hot chocolate was exceptional as reviewed by others. I saw many people enjoying hot chocolate at other tables :) Location is also great, its along with Hopi House where you can buy souvenirs and enjoy the view of canyon after filling your stomach. Will visit again whenever I am in that area.
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