Grand Canyon
National Park
Lodging & Food

This page tells you about staying in the Grand Canyon area. There are two separate and distinct hotel and restaurant areas at the Grand Canyon. One is the village of Tusayan just outside the park's south entrance, about 15 minutes drive from Grand Canyon's South Rim. The other area is the in-park hotels, run by National Park concessionaires Xanterra and Delaware North.

In-Park Hotels and Restaurants

El Tovar Hotel
El Tovar Hotel (NPS Photo by Mike Quinn)

Xanterra runs all in-park hotels except Yavapai Lodge. All Xanterra hotels have the same booking number: 888-297-2757. Delaware North's Yavapai Lodge is at 877-404-4611.

The aging queen of all Grand Canyon hotels is the lovely, historic (and real old, 1905) El Tovar, overlooking the canyon rim. Other choices right on the rim are the dorm-like (but overlooking the canyon) Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges, and the rustic (but 'kinda fun') Bright Angel Lodge and cabins.

The newly remodeled Maswik Lodge is a short walk or drive to the rim. Yavapai Lodge and the Trailer Village, both by Delaware North, are a short drive, walk, or free shuttle to the rim. All these hotels book up months early. Canyon Dave Tours picks up at any of these and even the campgrounds.

El Tovar Restaurant Favorite dinner restaurants in the park are the El Tovar Dining Room (shown) and the Arizona Room, near the Bright Angel Lodge. Maswik Lodge's Food Court and especially the Yavapai Tavern have very nice sit-down lunches. The Village Market Deli has the best to-go sandwiches and picnic food, and is located inside a well-stocked grocery, hiking gear section, and general store.

Tusayan and Valle Hotels and Restaurants

Grand Hotel

The Tusayan hotels: our favorite is the Best Western Squire Resort (800-622-6966). There are also the Canyon Plaza Hotel (877-424-6423), Holiday Inn Express (888-473-2269), Grand Hotel (888-634-7263), Seven Mile Lodge (928-638-2291), and the Red Feather Lodge (800-538-2345). These are largely more modern and less rustic than the hotels in the park, most having swimming pools, air conditioning, and other amenities. Tusayan is a fifteen minute drive from the Canyon rim.

The tiny town of Valle (Grand Canyon Junction) has "glamping" in deluxe tents at Under Canvas (888-240-7824). Grand Canyon Inn is a 2-star hotel in Valle (800-635-9203). Valle is about 20 minutes south of Tusayan.

Plaza Bonita Restaurant
The Coronado Room in the Squire Inn and The Canyon Star in the Grand Hotel are recommended restaurants. Tusayan's Plaza Bonita has excellent Mexican food. We Cook Pizza And Pasta has great pizza and Italian food in a pizza parlor atmosphere. The Foodie Club has nice lunch options. A new McDonald's is now open, and there is a Wendy's in town.

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