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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!
"Iconic property with unbeatable location"
I absolutely loved this place. It has an (American) old world elegance about it and a long history. I'm glad that it's relatively unchanged from its original look and feel. If you are looking for sleek, updated and modern, you will not like it. If, like me, you purposely want to experience the grandeur of its past, you will not be disappointed. It has a dark "lodge" feel to it in the massive entry lobby - large double staircases (be prepared; no elevators) - second floor circular 'reading room' type area...all look and feel like they retain most/all of the original design. HUGE room tip - book in advance. I knew I wanted a suite with a view. I marked my calendar and called first thing exactly a year to the day and successfully reserved the Mary Colter suite which had a stunning view of the canyon, huge private balcony, 2 spacious rooms and a comfortably appointed bathroom. It was an absolute treat to stay in this room, and the 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids) were quite comfortable. I do not have one complaint. I similarly made a reservation (9 months in advance) for dinner at sunset in the main dining room and was not disappointed. The food and space reminded me of fancy places my grandmother liked to take me too many years ago - and that is exactly the experience I wanted and expected at this restaurant. A large and iconic old room, old world type menu, china like they used there 100 years ago, etc. We had a very nice meal with a lovely view as we experienced a historic dining room visited by many others over the past 100+ years. The staff was professional, helpful and efficient. I don't know if I will ever have the chance to be back to the Grand Canyon area but I have absolutely no regrets about paying a bit more and choosing this hotel for my recent stay.
"Location is everything"
5 stars for location, 3 stars for an extremely tiny (but clean) room. Walking right out to the south rim was such a bonus for us traveling with a 3 month old, and we were able to take frequent breaks when needed and go back to the room for naps/feeding. It's also right next to the visitor center where we could buy a national parks passport and get it stamped. Be aware that there are no elevators which was annoying to us with the stroller but doable with the 2 of us carrying things.
"HIstoric Lodge Enhanced our Stay at the Grand Canyon National Park"
Our family loves to travel to the US National Parks and we are making our way through our bucket list, which includes staying at the historic lodges. During our recent trip the Southwest, we spent 3 nights at the El Tovar Hotel. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay, which enhanced our experience in the park. The hotel was built in the early 1900s and retains a vintage ambiance. However, we found our room nicely appointed, with modern conveniences, including a small refrigerator. Our room had two (very comfortable) queen sized beds and was located on the side opposite the canyon. As with all old National Park Lodges, the rooms are on the small side compared to modern hotels. We noted that the rooms with one King Sized bed on the canyon side were much smaller than ours. The bathroom was more generously sized than we have experienced in other parks. We did not miss the view of the canyon from our room at all since we were out experiencing the park all day. If we are correct about the room sizes, we would recommend taking room size over view. The view is best experienced IN the park and not from behind a sheet of glass. To our knowledge the hotel does not have an elevator. This could be a consideration for some guests. There are bellmen who will help with luggage. The location of the hotel is ideal. Right on the rim of the canyon, in the center of the Grand Canyon Village. You are steps away from the paved rim trail.This is particularly welcome early in the morning and in the evening when you want to experience the changing light of the canyon. The views are amazing. The location is also only a 5-10 minute walk from the Bright Angel Trail head. This proximity worked well from us after our longest hike of the trip. The dining room and adjacent bar have great views and we enjoyed a number of excellent meals. Between dinner and breakfast, we thought breakfast was consistently the best. You do pay a premium for the lodge dining experience but there are lower priced options within easy walking distance. In the tradition of the historic lodges, a common area is provided with games, cards and cribbage board as a pleasant area where guest can enjoy glass of wine, visit and play cards or other games (selection is provided). The only negative is that the parking is challenging. There are no reserved spaces for hotel guests and you compete with other park visitors who come to the rim to view the canyon. Availability of parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the hotel is highly competitive. We were assisted by the bellman in finding a spot when we checked in and found a better spot after dark when some closer spots opened up. Throughout our stay, we left the car parked. There is an efficient shuttle system that will take you where ever you need to go in the park. We found the service good but not quite as friendly as other National Park Lodges we have stayed in. This could have been simply the luck of the draw. Nothing that detracted from our stay. Everyone was a efficient. Overall a great experience and worth the premium we paid.
"A horrible hotel"
We had the great misfortune to stay at this hotel yesterday. The only thing it's got going for it is the location and the fact you are inside the park so you get to see the wonderful sunrise over the Grand Canyon. Apart from that it's a great pity someone doesn't load a bomb into one of the helicopters and drop it on this hotel ( making sure it's empty first of course ) Built in 1905 I very much doubt that the owners have spent a dollar more than they've had to on keeping it running. It's dismal,dark,dirty and drab. The lobby lights are always on at anytime of day because it's so dreary and unfortunately this means you get to see even more of the stained, filthy, threadbare carpets. Unless you book a year ahead you're not going to get a room with a view over the Canyon because theres very few rooms that have a view .Why would you build a hotel in this location and not make sure almost every room had a view ? The whole place has a smell of boiled cabbage. If your not lucky enough to get a room on the same floor as the lobby you're going to be lugging your luggage all the way up those threadbare stairs because there are no lifts. They'll tell you that a bell boy will assist but as a very cross and frustrated lady said to me " I'm either going to be at my departure date or knocking on the pearly gates before this guy gets here". The staff are as miserable as sin the general attitude being if you don't like it - tough ! Mind you, to be fair if I had to work in this dump and be moaned at all day I'd be miserable too. Our room, no that's being generous , cell would be more apt, was tiny, dark and horrid and situated next to the toilet for the disabled. A room where you're trying to get some sleep next door to a toilet ! Why would anyone think that's ok and why is it ok to start vacuuming the corridors at three in the morning ! The bed had probably been in situ since the place opened as had I would suspect, the bed linen. But far worse were the bathroom towels which I am sure many moons ago were lovely and white and fluffy, sadly they are now grey, rough as sandpaper and just like the carpets, threadbare. Even my dogs would object to bring dried with them . My polite request for a replacement set was agreed to only after an interrogation as to why I needed them and when the new set arrived they weren't a lot better. There was not one vase full of spring blooms to be seen, no nice touches whatsoever even the small areas of garden to the sides were unplanted and uncared for. The paint was peeling off the front steps and the whole place was unwelcoming, unfriendly and just not nice There is wi fi but you won't be able to connect. They claim it's due to the remote location. Well I've been in places a great deal more remote than the Grand Canyon and managed to get wi fi so I think it yet again more a case of not wanting to spend the money. Don't waste your money on this place because its very expensive and it really really isn't worth it. The only nice thing I can think to say about the place is that the bar snack menu was good food and good value. Other than that I wouldn't stay again even if they paid me to.
I called for reservations just over a year in advance and was fortunate enough to get the Mary Coulter suite (2 queen beds, deck overlooking Canyon). We also had a "regular" 2 queen room next door. It was fantastic and incredible and amazing. Did I mention it was amazing?!?! Both rooms were super. Very nice. We nearly never left the fantastic deck and really enjoyed drinks from the lobby bar carried up there for sunset and then coffee for sunrise. I loved the historical feel of the hotel. It felt very special. There really is no other hotel like it in the world. It's right on the edge of the Canyon. It is a classic and I feel lucky to have stayed there. Maybe my favorite hotel ever. The staff was perfect. Couldn't be nicer or friendlier. Very accommodating, very wonderful staff. Just amazing. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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