Long considered the architectural crown jewel of Grand Canyon lodging, El Tovar Hotel is a historic landmark situated directly on the Grand Canyon’s south rim. Built in 1905 of Oregon pine and native Arizona stone, its European hunting lodge atmosphere melds Swiss chalet refinement and Norwegian villa charm to create an unforgettable stay in the American Southwest.
The vision of restaurateur Fred Harvey, El Tovar Hotel was built as a destination resort with an emphasis on natural preservation and complementary architectural splendor. There is an earthy comfort within its beautifully appointed deep Oregon pine walls and a unique luxury found in its location merely 20-feet from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The property consists of a pristine collection of 66 rooms and 12 suites, each unique in identity, charm, and décor. Recently updated, these clean and spacious quarters feature king or queen beds, sitting rooms, local artwork, and tile bathrooms, with many boasting their own porch or balcony. The exclusive El Tovar, Fred Harvey, and Mary Jane Colter Suites are the most coveted accommodations with their expansive panoramic views over the Grand Canyon below.
While only a select few rooms boast such a view, the main lodge’s cocktail lounge guarantees spectacular views of the Grand Canyon from its back porch veranda. Inside, the El Tovar Dining Room still reflects the original 1905 hunting lodge atmosphere, adopting customs of the Hopi, Apache, Mojave, and Navajo Native American tribes in both design and cuisine. International and local Southwest influences give rise to an array of gourmet favorites like prime rib hash at breakfast and salmon tostadas at dinner, paired with one of 100 varietals from American wine producers. An experience at the El Tovar Hotel restaurant brings with it the historic panache of Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, and countless others who have chosen to dine here.
The cornerstone of any El Tovar stay is Grand Canyon National Park, home of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World—the Grand Canyon. The hotel’s proximity to this UNESCO World Heritage Site promises an intimate Grand Canyon experience, whether hiking within its depths, cycling along its rim, or flying over its immense grandeur. After exploring the surrounding beauty, return back to El Tovar Hotel for quiet moments on the patio, sipping a bottle of regional wine as the Arizona sun sets below one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.Request Information