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Best Hotels Near the Grand Canyon

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It doesn’t matter how many photos you’ve seen of it, or how many documentaries you’ve watched, you’ll still be surprised at the sight of it. It’s just so big. And the light and colours are just so dramatic. And it’s just so unlike anywhere else you might ever have seen, even if you’ve seen some impressive and exotic landscapes. Point being you’ll want to spend more than a couple of hours exploring and just letting it all sink in. So you’ll want to find one of the best hotels near the Grand Canyon to help you prolong your wonder.

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The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is by far the most popular part of the park to visit, with around 90% of visitors only exploring the South Rim. Here the access to viewpoints is easy, and there are some Native American ruins and historic buildings, plus the infrastructure is excellent.

The North Rim is more remote and it’s at a higher elevation so it’s cooler and there are meadows rather than just desert. If you’re looking for the famous Skywalk then it’s the West Rim you should be heading for, which is part of the Hualapai Nation. It would mean hundreds of miles of driving to see all of these, but if you’re staying in one of the best hotels near the Grand Canyon then you might have the time to do it.

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Our Guru’s recommendations for the best hotels near the Grand Canyon includes Phantom Ranch which offers the only accommodation within the park, but it also includes some great suggestions on the rim and in Grand Canyon Village.

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Where to Find The Best Hotels Near the Grand Canyon

Within the park

Phantom Ranch

  • If you’re looking for the best places to stay near the Grand Canyon, and actually within the Grand Canyon National Park, then Phantom Ranch is for you. It’s the only lodging inside the park, and you can only reach it on foot, via the Bright Angel and Kaibab trails, by raft or by mule. The rustic stone cabins are build entirely of local materials and blend in perfectly with their surroundings. The food is surprisingly good considering the limited access, think hearty stews and steaks.

Grand Canyon Village

Alternatively there’s the Grand Canyon Village, which is just a few miles north of the South Entrance to the park. Here you’ll find a number of restaurants and cafes, a grocery store, bank and shower and laundry facilities for campers.

Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins

  • If you’re looking for the best hotels near the Grand Canyon but you’re on a budget then the cosy, rustic cabins and rooms of the Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins are a great option. You’re right on the rim of the canyon so the views are incredible and there are great activities running in and out of the lodge. This is also one of the best hotels near the Grand Canyon for families, what with the private sitting rooms in the cabins. There’s also family dining and plenty of opportunity to relax with scenic sundowners.
  • The El Tovar Hotel is another good option in Grand Canyon Village. It’s a historic landmark, also perched right on the rim - and some of the rooms have views looking right into the canyon. There are 78 spacious, comfortable rooms and a restaurant with a view.

El Tovar

Still not sure which is the best hotels near the Grand Canyon for you? Contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

  • Phantom Ranch from £38


    Phantom Ranch is the only lodging available in the Grand Canyon, accessible by hiking, mule or rafting. The rustic cabins are built of native stone and wood, blending perfectly with the surroundings. Meals consist of hearty stews or steak, ideal after a days exertions. A once in a lifetime place!

    Birdwatching  -  There a plenty of birds to be seen both on the hike down and while staying at the lodge.
    Great walks  -  Only accessible by hiking along the Bright angel and Kaibab trails.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Full of character
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  • Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins 50 rooms from £84

    Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

    Resting on canyon rim, these rustic cabins showcase nature at its finest with activities for all the family and a hideaway from city life. Cozy cabins with breathtaking views and private sitting rooms. Family-style dining with an all-American menu. Relax with a drink as the sunsets.

    Great walks  -  Trail of Time is a walking timeline through the history of the area.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore South Rim historical village.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • El Tovar Hotel 78 rooms from £159


    An historic national landmark hotel, perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon Rim. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, some have balconies with awe inspiring views. Full of old frontier charm and commanding the best view in Grand Canyon Village.

    Fishing  -  Arizona state fishing licenses are required for any fishing in the park, pick these up at General Store in Market Plaza.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 29th June 2017
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