Grand Canyon Hotels South Rim: Where to Stay
With all the activity you’ll no-doubt encounter at the Grand Canyon, you’ll need to find a reliable place to stay! Below is a list of Grand Canyon Hotels, South Rim – some of our favorite spots to consider while planning your trip to the Grand Canyon.
Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel Lodge was designed by famous architect Mary E.J. Colter in 1935 and has a rustic aesthetic, which is perfect for immersing yourself in Southwestern culture. The iconic lodge is actually listed as a Registered National Historic Landmark and is rich with history – it began as a hotel, transitioned into a camp and finally became the present-day lodge we know now.
Looking for opportunities to add a little education to all the fun in your family vacation? Visitors can head to the Bright Angel History Room, which boasts tons of information on the Harvey Girls, the Harvey Indian Detour Couriers, old postcards, a menu from over 100 years ago and much more.
The 90-unit facility is situated at the top of Bright Angel Trail Head and attracts visitors from all over the world. Rooms range from cozy units to historic cabins and a special “Buckey O’Neill Cabin” which sits close to the rim and has one of the most breathtaking views imaginable! The lodge also offers the Harvey House Café, a family-friendly and family-style restaurant that focuses on healthy versions of “diner classics” – including biscuits and gravy to tasty burgers, and even fajitas, as a nod to the Southwest area. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!
Another on-site dining option is the Arizona Room, which features steaks, chicken dishes and ribs with all kinds of Southwestern flavors. Additionally, at the Bright Angel Lodge, you will find the Soda Fountain – a historical ice cream parlor near the Rim. Looking to unwind from the day’s activities? Head to the saloon!
El Tovar Hotel
The El Tovar Hotel first opened in 1905 and is situated directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon. In 1987 the hotel was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks – presently, it is regarded as the “crown jewel” of historic national park lodges. Amenities include a fine dining room, gift shop (which is convenient!) and a lounge. In-room dining is also an option, for those days you are too tired from hiking to leave! A majority of the 78 rooms are suites, and no two rooms are alike. Each of the 12 suites has a unique name, décor theme and will leave a lasting impression on first-timers and return visitors alike!
If historical lodging isn’t quite your cup of tea, the Kachina Lodge is a great contemporary option. Kachina Lodge is walking distance to the center of the historic district and provides easy access to restaurants, gift shops, the Kolb Studio, Verkamp’s Visitor Center and the Bright Angel Train Head. Since it’s directly on the Rim Trail, it’s a great option for active guests who are itching to get their hike on! Get your camera ready, because this trail will treat you to some unbelievable views (much like the rest of the national park). Unlike the historic lodges, each of the rooms are all similar in size and amenities, however they have a modern aesthetic that is ideal for anyone looking for a comfortable stay!