El Tovar

Location: The American Southwest | USA

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

A jewel in the crown of the Grand Canyon’s hotels, El Tovar has been welcoming discerning sightseers for over 100 years. Designed by its architect as a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian villa, today El Tovar continues to cross European refinement with an unmistakably American charm.
Perfect forTravellers with a sense of history and an eye for the spectacular.
In the knowTheodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Sir Paul McCartney are among the luminaries who have stayed at El Tovar during their trip to the Grand Canyon.

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Family-friendly
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

El Tovar is stunningly located on the canyon rim in Grand Canyon National Park.

Rooms at El Tovar

El Tovar’s historic nature means no two of its rooms and suites are alike. All are luxuriously appointed and traditionally elegant, and the individually-named suites reflect the identity of their namesakes: the Zane Grey suite, for example, is decorated with wall art reflecting the work of the famous western author.

Food & Drink

El Tovar’s majestic dining room, constructed from native stone and Oregon pine, provides a classic, rustic atmosphere in which to enjoy a fine dining experience based on local ingredients and traditional cuisine. The restaurant’s walls evoke the area’s rich history, with murals reflecting the tradition of four Native American tribes: the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave and the Navajo.


Relax in the art-filled lounge, pick up a souvenir in the gift shop and simply drink in the spectacular views. 

Activities at El Tovar

The incredible landscapes of the Grand Canyon will clearly be top of the agenda during your stay at El Tovar, but that’s by no means all there is to the area. The Tusayan Museum features exhibits of Pueblo Indian life at the Grand Canyon from 800 years ago, while the Yavapai Geology Museum showcases the science that makes the area so special.

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Hotel location

El Tovar is a short drive from Grand Canyon airport, and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Flagstaff airport.

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