El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar Hotel
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Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C., PO Box 699
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
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Reviewed by David L. Scott & Kay W. Scott

The historic El Tovar is one of six lodging facilities on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Built by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad at a cost of $250,000, the hotel opened in 1905 as one of the most elegant lodging facilities west of the Mississippi River. During the early years of its operation, fresh fruit and vegetables were grown in greenhouses on the

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Expert Review of El Tovar Hotel

Parks and Outdoors Review of El Tovar Hotel

By Away Travel Expert : Kim Lipker
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Parks Expert Rating 5.0 out of 5
Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Fly-Fishing,Freshwater Fishing,Horseback Riding,Outdoor Skills,Scenic Drives,Sustainable Travel,Trekking and Backpacking
Built in 1905, El Tovar is a National Historic Landmark. Located on the South Rim, it is close to all park activities and has a spectacular view from the back porch, which also doubles as a cocktail lounge. There are 70 rooms and 12 suites, and it is best to book early.