GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM ACCOMMODATIONS

The Grand Canyon offers too much to see in one day. In Grand Canyon Village you can stay right on the rim at Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, or El Tovar Hotel. Maswik and Yavapai lodges, in the woods about two blocks back from the rim, also offer rooms. All of these may fill up from early April through October. The town of Tusayan, outside the park nine miles south of Grand Canyon Village, provides additional places to stay. Although last-minute rooms may be available, reservations from six up to 23 months in advance will give you the best choice.

Grand Canyon Village
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
(6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 600N, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, 888/297-2757 or 303/297-2757 advance reservations up to 23 months, 928/638-2631 same-day reservations, fax 303/297-3175, or online at www.grandcanyonlodges.com) operates all the lodges here, as well as Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon and South Rim mule rides.
    One of the grand old hotels of the West, El Tovar has offered the Canyon's finest accommodations and dining since 1905. This national historic landmark offers rooms—no two alike—with modern conveniences, yet it retains an old-fashioned lodge ambience. Guests enjoy a restaurant, concierge service, lounge, and gift shops. Four of the 12 suites have Canyon views. Room rates run $123 d for a standard double up to $175 d for a deluxe and $225-285 for a suite.
    The rustic 1935 Bright Angel Lodge sits on the rim a short distance from the Bright Angel trailhead. Hikers and other visitors gather in the lobby, patio, restaurants, and lounge of this popular place. Rates for historic cabins run $84 d, rim cabins $105 d, and rim cabins with fireplace $127 d. The Buckey O'Neill Suite dates from the early 1890s and is one of the oldest structures in the park; it costs $241 d. Rooms in the lodge cost $49 with sink only, $55 with toilet, and $67 d with toilet and shower or tub; other facilities are down the hall. The Bright Angel History Room displays memorabilia from early tourist days and a "geological fireplace" in which Canyon rocks have been laid in the proper stratigraphic sequence. A series of murals in the Bright Angel Coffee House/Lounge by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie includes some humorous scenes. The transportation desk in the lobby organizes mule trips, bus tours, and Phantom Ranch accommodations.
    Maswik Lodge, two blocks south of Bright Angel Lodge, has a cafeteria plus cozy cabins for $64 d (closed in winter) and basic rooms for $77 d in the south section, and larger, nicer rooms in the north section at $119 d. Yavapai Lodge, one mile east of Bright Angel Lodge near Market Plaza, offers modern rooms for $91 d in the west section and slightly better rooms for $103 d in the east section; there's also a cafeteria here; the lodge may close for part of the winter but opens during the holidays.
    Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges, on the rim between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, offer modern rooms for $115 d back side or $125 d canyon side.

Tusayan
Motels, restaurants, an RV park/campground, an IMAX Theater, and other tourist services line the highway in this compact town nine miles south of Grand Canyon Village. They're all well signed. Prices run on the high side for accommodations, though they drop in winter or any time business is slow.
    $50-100: Seven Mile Lodge (928/638-2291, $75 d in summer, closed Jan.) offers basic rooms. No reservations are taken, so you may need to arrive by early afternoon to get a room during summer.
    $100-200: Rodeway Inn/Red Feather Lodge (928/638-2414, 800/538-2345, or 800/228-2000 Rodeway reservations, www.redfeatherlodge.com) gives you a choice of standard rooms at $79-119 d in the older motel-style annex and deluxe rooms at $99-129 d in the newer hotel building. Amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, and an adjacent restaurant. Pet owners can bring their furry friends along—this is the only lodging near the South Rim to accept them.
    Canyon Plaza Resort (928/638-2673 or 800/995-2521, www.grandcanyonplaza.com) features a very attractive Southwestern decor. Inside the huge central atrium, you'll find the restaurant, Wintergarten Lounge, and an 18-foot hot tub. A gift shop lies off the lobby, and the pool and another hot tub are outside. Standard rooms are $118-139 d and suites go for $189 d from April to October 15.
    Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn (928/638-2681 or 800/622-6966, www.grandcanyonsquire.com) offers rooms at $140 d standard/traditional, $159 d deluxe, and the few suites are $175-225 d. The Inn has two restaurants and a lounge near the front desk. Head downstairs for the exercise room with its indoor hot tub and sauna. The pool is just outside. Also downstairs, the Family Fun Center provides a bowling alley, pool tables, and video arcade. Saguaro Sports Bar & Grill across the hallway serves snacks and fast food. Also, there's a beauty salon and, of course, a gift shop. Cowboy exhibits and Western art decorate the lobby and other public areas.
    Holiday Inn Express (928/638-3000, 888/538-5353, or 800/465-4329, http://www.hiexpress.com/GrandCanyon) offers large modern rooms for $139 d in summer along with an indoor pool and hot tub. A nearby building has one-bedroom suites at $159 d, a kid's suite for $199, and two-bedroom suites for $225; there's an indoor hot tub too.
    Styled as a Western lodge, The Grand Hotel (928/638-3333 or 888/634-7263, www.grandcanyongrandhotel.com) presents a dinner theater with Native American programs and cowboy songs, a restaurant, and an indoor pool and hot tub; rooms go for $149 d ($159 with a balcony) in summer. Some guests prefer the street side to watch the sunsets, other people like the forest view in back.

Valle
You'll pass through this tiny town 28 miles south of Grand Canyon Village if you're coming on the direct routes from Williams or Flagstaff. Grand Canyon Inn (928/635-9203 or 800/635-9203, $49-69 d) has a restaurant, outdoor pool, and a gift shop, but the restaurant may close part of the winter. The office also rents rooms in the Grand Canyon Motel ($79 d) across the highway. Reservations are recommended on summer weekends.

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