Grand Canyon Lodging and Dining
By Radu Timis
The Grand Canyon National Park has 1000 rooms in hotels, lodges, cabins and suites. Almost all the lodges and hotels have their own food processing establishments. Advanced reservation (up to 23 months) is recommended especially for the summer.
Reservations for the same day can be made at the front desk of any lodge/hotel, pending room availability, or call 928-638-2631. For advanced reservations, call: 888-297-2757, or write to XANTERRA PARKS & RESORTS, 14001 E. Iliff, Ste. 600, Aurora, CO, 80014. For online reservation, go to www.grandcanyonlodges.com.
EL TOVAR HOTEL provides de lux accommodations, with all the rooms having a full bath/shower, color TV, and telephones. It was designed and built by architect Charles Whittlesey at the beginning of the 20th century, hired by Fred Harvey Co. It was built of native stone and Oregon pine as a rustic, hunting European lodge, and named after a Spanish explorer that first saw the canyon: Don Pedro de Tovar. The hotel is a registered National Historic Landmark. $ 135 325.
The hotel has the sophisticated El Tovar Dining Room serving American and regional cuisine. Open daily for breakfast (6:30a.m.-11:00 a.m.), lunch (11:30a.m. 2:00 p.m.), and dinner (5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.). Dinner reservation is required at 928-638-2631, ext. 6432. El Tovar Lounge serves, also, food and drinks (11:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.)and allow visitors exquisite views of the canyon. The El Tovar Gift Shop is the finest in the park.
KACHINA LODGE and THUNDERBIRD LODGE is just tens of yards west of El Tovar Hotel. The sister lodges are two stories buildings with a variety of accommodations. To register for Kachina Lodge use El Tovar Hotel main desk, and for Thunderbird Lodge use Bright Angel Lodge registration desk. $ 125 136. Dining is available at El Tovar Hotel (steps east), and The Bright Angel Lodge (steps west). No pets. Call: 303-29PARKS.
THE BRIGHT ANGEL LODGE is located on the south rim, on the place where at the beginning was Bright Angel Camp. It was redesigned and rebuilt of native stone and logs by Mary Colter, and opened in 1935. Guests have the option to choose among a variety of rooms in the lodge, or stay in historic cabins scattered west on the rim, some with fireplaces. The entire establishment is a registered National Historic Landmark. $ 62 150. Open year round. No pets accepted. For reservations call at 303-29PARKS.
The Bright Angel Restaurant, and The Bar, in the facility, is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Lounge is open from 11:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m. and serves gourmet food, coffee, continental breakfast. The Bright Angel Fountain, in the facility is opened for ice cream and snacks all day.
Next to Bright Angel Lodge, to east, is The Arizona Room open daily for lunch: 11:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m., and dinner: 4:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. No reservations needed.
THE MASWIK LODGE is in the southwest corner of the Village, and is being named after a Hopi kachina (doll) taking care of the Canyon. The lodge has modern rooms and cabins (with showers and telephones) for budget oriented tourists. The lodge is open year round, except the cabins that are closed during the winter season. $ 80-140. No pets. For reservations, call: 303-29PARKS.
The Maswik Cafeteria has an exceptional array of quality food and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. The Maswik Sports Lounge serves drinks, snacks, daily from 5:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
THE YAVAPAI LODGE is the largest lodge in The Village, with a central main lodge, and two other branches: one on east side of the main lodge, the other on west side. It was built in the middle of a pinon and juniper pygmy forest, very close to Market Plaza in Grand Canyon Village, and offering motel style rooms at $ 100 130. The lodge is open seasonally. The lodge branches reservations are made through the main branch. Call: 303-29PARKS.
The Yavapai Cafeteria, on Market Plaza, is open daily from 6:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m., and has a very good and tasty selection of foods.
THE PHANTOM RANCH is set apart from everything in The Park. It has a surface of only 14 acres, into a national park that extends for 2000sq.mi, being located at the bottom of the canyon, along the Bright Angel Creek, amidst willows, cottonwoods, sycamore trees, tamarisk and arrowweed, which from the rim is seen like a far away brushed green paint. The Ranch can be reached in a mule saddle in a couple of hours, trudging miles on foot, or river rafting a couple of days. This is the only point below the rim where one can have a shower, ice, or sleep in a normal bed with white and crisp bed sheets, have a nice, warm, nutritious, home style prepared meal, a cold beer, or a glass of quality wine. For some people this is a hideaway; for others, a door for even more adventurous actions.
The Phantom Ranch Canteen provides breakfasts, hikers stew, sack lunches for those journeying down to the bottom of the canyon, but the meals must be reserved before descent. Vegetarian options available on request. Advanced reservations are necessary, especially for packages including transport on mule train, lodging in cabins, and three meals a day, plus a hearty breakfast in the morning of climbing out the canyon.Call for price/package prices at advanced reservations: 888-297-2752.
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