277-miles in length, one mile deep, and 10 miles in length makes the Grand Canyon, well, grand! Millions of years of geological history is stored in these formations and it is one of America’s most popular sites to visit. From hiking, to bike riding, to sightseeing, and more, the Grand Canyon makes for a fun place to visit on a solo adventure or with your loved ones. Nearly 6 million people visit the national monument every year, so you can probably see why finding the best places to stay during your trip will be super helpful. And that’s why we’re here today, finding the best hotels near the Grand Canyon!
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Enjoy the views from your room while you sip your morning coffee! Image courtesy of the Grand Canyon Lodges Instagram page.
9 Village Loop Drive | Grand Canyon Village | grandcanyonlodges.com
If you’re one who loves to stay in a passage of history, then the El Tovar Hotel is definitely the place for you. Founded back in 1919, this hotel is located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, so when we mentioned that all of the hotels on this list are near the Grand Canyon, we weren’t kidding! With 78 rooms, (a mix of suites and standards), the El Tovar Hotel is showing off its historic nature as no two rooms are the same, each decorated in unique and fun ways.
If you choose a standard room then you will see each of those rooms either have one double bed, one queen, two queens, or one king, while the deluxe rooms have either one queen, one king, or two queens, and the suites offer one king or two queens with a sitting area and possibly a porch or balcony to take in those Arizona views!
Tours, activities, dining, amenities, and more are all bringing El Tovar to the top of our list today, so make sure to check out what they have on their website when you head over to the Grand Canyon!
“What a great experience. Beautiful historic place and with a fantastic view of the Grand Canyon. If you're staying in the area at least have one great meal there. The staff treats you in first class style. Also the best breakfast value” -Google Review
Enjoy those sunny blue skies as you make your way out to explore the Grand Canyon! Image courtesy of the Grand Canyon Lodges Instagram page.
202 Village Loop Drive | Grand Canyon Village | grandcanyonlodges.com
A contemporary layout mixed into the Ponderosa Pine Forest makes the Maswik Lodge an interesting hotel to stay at, especially since all around the actual hotel is rich in culture. Originally a motor lodge back in 1927, the now Maswik Lodge has been through a lot of changes throughout its life and is now known as one of the best hotels near the Grand Canyon!
A short walk or ride to the Grand Canyon’s edge and a lot of rooms available, this lodge doesn’t just have a place to sleep, they also have a gift shop, food court, and pizza pub! So when you come back from a long day adventuring out on the town, you can enjoy a nice bite to eat and cool down with your family.
There’s two buildings at the lodge, the Maswik South and the Maswik North, Maswik south featuring 90 standard rooms and 30 kitchenettes, with each guest room having a small patio, standard rooms have a choice between two queens or one king, while kitchenettes are like having your own mini-apartment! (Make sure to look at what Maswik South and/or North has available on their website).
“We stayed in an older building at the back of the complex. Our balcony overlooked pine trees. The rooms are older but everything works well. Beds and pillows are comfortable. It was very quiet. We liked being able to park at the door.” -Google Review
149 AZ-64 | Grand Canyon Village | grandcanyongrandhotel.com
One mile away from the South Rim Entrance of the Grand Canyon, the aptly named The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is, like we said in the by-line, “the only 3-diamond hotel in the region.” Built in 1998, and newly renovated in 2016 makes this hotel one of a kind and is one of the only in the area that has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and hot tub! Resembling a chalet, The Grand Hotel is a blend of both modern and rustic vibes, which reflects the outdoors perfectly.
Bring the family, come with a special someone, or by yourself, this is a great pick to stay while you’re traversing the Grand Canyon. You have a choice of the Deluxe Two Queen Guest Rooms which have two queen beds and a balcony, the Standard Two Queen Guest Rooms which have two queens, Standard King Guest Rooms which have one king bed, and the Grand Suite which is your own “home away from home,” making The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon a great choice for your vacation!
“Amazing, accommodating front desk staff with such positive attitudes. Clean room, beautiful interior decor, so cozy. 100% would recommend & 100% would come back! 20 minute easy ride to Grand Canyon, few restaurants across from hotel as well.” -Google Review
226 AZ-64 | Grand Canyon Village | ihg.com
Open all year round and located just a mile from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the well known Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon! For great views during the winter and a quick ride to a number of travel agencies, restaurants, shops, fast food spots, and more, this hotel is in a perfect location for both your outdoor adventuring needs and for food after!
Unwind in the indoor pool, heated indoor pool, and whirlpool, enjoy some of the fastest wifi, complimentary breakfast, and the certified “IHG Clean Promise” all make the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon one to come back to! You can choose between the Standard King Room, Standard w/2 Queen Beds, Kid Suites Master Bedroom w/a King Bed, and the separate Suite Building which has King Suites, you’re only personal mini-apartment away from your own home!
“Imelda and the breakfast crew were very attentive and friendly. Made me feel extra comfortable. Rooms very clean and beds and pillows super comfy. Slept like a baby. I recommend this hotel to anybody traveling to the Grand Canyon.” -Google Review
406 Canyon Plaza Ln | Tusayan | grandcanyonplaza.com
Just one mile from the South entrance of Grand Canyon National Park is the Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, meaning it’s in the best location for all those here to see this grand place.
Decide to take a dip in their pool/hot tub in the morning before your big trek out hiking and biking or soak the soreness away after your adventure, and then enjoy their Southwestern decor that’s displayed all around the hotel from your room to the lobby. It’s definitely one of the more unique hotels in the area, so if any of this piques your interest then this might be the spot for you!
Take a gander at their One Bedroom Suite that’s great for families, the Standard Deluxe Guestroom can accommodate up to four guests, the Deluxe Double Room that has two beds, the Deluxe King Room, 2 Queen Suites, and King Suite are all here to make your stay at the Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel comfy and cozy!
“Indoor hot tub was nice. The sheets and room were very clean and comfortable.
The restaurant in the hotel had a better breakfast than dinner. But it was fine. We were fed and happy. The staff was really great.” -Google Review
Wake up to the Grand Canyon actually surrounding you every morning! Image courtesy of the Grand Canyon Lodges Instagram page.
N Kaibab Trail | North Rim | grandcanyonlodges.com
A historic oasis lies at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon on the North Side of the Colorado River right beside the Bright Angel is possibly the most unique stay in Arizona, that’s right, it’s the Phantom Ranch! Being the only loading below the canyon rim, you can only access Phantom Ranch on foot, by raft on the Colorado River, or by mule, so if you’re the adventuring type then this is definitely the stay for you!
(Now a note for Phantom Ranch is that reservations must be made in advance and all guests must be accounted for when making the reservation, for more details make sure to check their website).
The Phantom Ranch has dormitories (currently unavailable as of writing this article, go to the website to keep updated on the availability) are for hikers only, and the Cabins vary in size and can hold anywhere from 2-10 guests. Each cabin has bedding, cold-water sink, a toilet, and toiletries, while showers, more toiletries, and hot water sinks are available at a central location. The Phantom Ranch hotel is camping with a bit of glam.
“The very best way to do the Grand Canyon. Such a fun unique feel at Phantom Ranch. After all that strenuous hiking, that's my kind of exclusive resort. Very much worth the hassle of having to book 13 months out!” -Google Review
These hotels near the Grand Canyon offer a mix of both “upscale” accommodations for a stress free stay and low-scale, uber-casual rooms that will allow you to rest up in a comfy space before you head back out there exploring the trails and beautiful nature all around you!