The Best Grand Canyon Hotels

Bright Angel Lodge, a veritable South Rim gem, is at the top of our list

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From rustic lodges to historic hotels with epic views, there is an abundance of dynamic Grand Canyon hotels to book when you head out west. And because the Grand Canyon is one of the United States’ top attractions, booking a room before the season is in full-swing is imperative. Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast checking the famous site off your bucket list, traveling with kids in the high summer season, or on an adults-only trip during the off-season, there are nearby accommodations for every type of traveler.

When deciding on a Grand Canyon hotel, you’ll want to consider the location, cost, and amenities that are important to you before settling on a property. We’ve made the process easier by including hotels that top specific categories—like luxury, family-friendly, and budget-conscious—so that you can select the best accommodation for your trip with ease. Read on for our expert list of the best hotels in and around the Grand Canyon.

01 of 08

Best Overall: Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge

Why We Chose It

A great value for accommodations inside the park, this historic lodge perched on the South Rim has a range of room options.

Pros
  • Variety of room categories and rates

  • Prime location (edge of the South Rim)

  • Fascinating history and great design

  • Direct access to trailheads

Cons
  • Sells out quickly

  • Surroundings are crowded

  • Some rooms could use updates

  • Weak WiFi

An ideal location on the edge of the South Rim and at the top of Bright Angel Trailhead, Bright Angel Lodge makes it easy for guests to step outside and see the sunrise over the canyon. The historic lodge, built by architect Mary E.J. Colter in 1935, was designed as a more affordable option to El Tovar. A Registered Historic Landmark, Bright Angel Lodge features design details like the geologic fireplace in the History Room (made from layers of Grand Canyon rocks), wood columns and rafters, and Southwestern-style wall hangings and sculptures.

Room options range from basic rooms (with shared bathrooms and no televisions) in the main lodge to those with private bathrooms or rustic log cabins—including the iconic Bucky O’Neill Cabin, which was originally home to one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. This variety also allows for a variety of room rates, giving travelers of various budgets access to the Grand Canyon’s best hotel. The main lodge has two dining options: the family-friendly Fred Harvey Burger and the more upscale Arizona Steakhouse. In the summer, a classic ice cream and soda fountain opens, plus there’s a coffee shop, old-timey saloon, and gift shop. Note that WiFi reception is poor and some cabins experience a lot of foot traffic nearby.

Notable Amenities

  • Several food and beverage outlets
02 of 08

Best Budget: Red Feather Lodge

Red Feather Lodge

Red Feather Lodge

Why We Chose It

Located just outside the park, this family-owned lodge has tons of included perks plus comfortable, clean, and spacious rooms for the price.

Pros
  • Free WiFi, coffee, and tea

  • Large rooms that fit four or five people

  • Some rooms have kitchenettes

Cons
  • No breakfast

  • Motel rooms are older and smaller

Located about a mile outside of the South Rim entrance in Tusayan, Arizona, this longtime accommodation has two options: a motel and a hotel. The motel is more affordable, but rooms are smaller; however, they have comfortable beds, a desk, mini-refrigerator, and coffeemaker. The hotel has spacious updated rooms and bathrooms, many with a kitchenette, desk, and large flat-screen TVs, but the price is higher. The lodge is often praised for its extreme cleanliness.

A small heated pool and hot tub are open during the summer and a stone-walled lobby has a stone fireplace with comfortable seating and complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours a day. For travelers on a road trip, there are laundry facilities, and the hotel is located in the center of town with plenty of dining options around, although there is no on-site restaurant.

Notable Amenities

  • Heated pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center on-site
  • Laundry on-site
03 of 08

Best Family Option: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon

Why We Chose It

Large rooms including family suites are offered, and there’s an indoor pool and hot tub.

Pros
  • Two-room family suites available

  • Free grab-and-go breakfast

Cons
  • Some rooms look dated

  • Pricey in high season

  • Hotel can be noisy

If you’re looking for extra space for the family, this Holiday Inn just outside the South Rim entrance is the best option, particularly if you can book one of their family suites. These have a king bedroom and one with a bunk bed, plus a separate living room and wet bar area with fridge and microwave. The kids will enjoy the indoor pool and adults can soak in the hot tub nearby. Plus, WiFi and breakfast are included, saving time if you’re trying to get to the park early. The shuttle bus to the Grand Canyon stops right outside the hotel.

A testament to its family-friendliness, the hotel is often full of parents with their children (which can make it loud at times), but if you’re bringing the whole family along, it’s a no-brainer.

Notable Amenities

  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Complimentary breakfast
04 of 08

Best Views: El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar Hotel

Why We Chose It

This grand dame hotel on the South Rim has panoramic canyon views from certain rooms.

Pros
  • Unbeatable location directly on the rim

  • Historic landmark

Cons
  • Rooms feel a bit shabby

  • Pricey for a non-luxury hotel

  • Parking can be hard to find

Built in 1905, this iconic hotel hearkens to the past, when it was envisioned to be a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norwegian villa. Having hosted everyone from President Theodore Roosevelt to Oprah Winfrey, the limestone and pinewood hotel holds a legendary place in Americana. The public areas in particular present a rustic elegance that parts of the American West embodied during the early 20th century.

Overlooking the south rim, the hotel holds court in one of the best locations, and several suites and rooms have glorious canyon views. However, the hotel has become something of faded glory, and the price point is often extremely high compared to other Grand Canyon hotels, likely because of its history and location. Additionally, it’s one of the most crowded places in the park, so be prepared for long lines for meals (make advance reservations for lunch and dinner) and an often full parking lot that doesn’t give priority to guests. If you can get past all that, El Tovar offers a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime stay in one of the country’s most historic hotels.

Notable Amenities

  • Elegant restaurant
  • Room service
  • Bell service
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05 of 08

Best for Avoiding Crowds: Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim

Why We Chose It

Crowds often feel unavoidable at Grand Canyon, but insiders know that the less-popular North Rim, where this lodge is located, can be quiet and calm.

Pros
  • Less popular North Rim location immersed in nature

  • Stand-alone log cabins with porches

Cons
  • No air conditioning

  • Small bathrooms

The more accessible South Rim attracts thousands of visitors a year, and while the North Rim is not unknown, it is more remote. The Grand Canyon Lodge is the only accommodation option on the North Rim besides camping, and the quaint log cabins provide a memorable stay for those looking to connect with nature.

Epic views await just outside your cabin door, without hordes of people blocking your way, which sometimes happens at the South Rim lodges. If you’re looking to disconnect, then this is the perfect place—there is no WiFi or TV, and poor cell phone reception, which also keeps the crowds at bay. Each cabin has a porch with two rocking chairs—the perfect place to watch the stars come out.

Notable Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
06 of 08

Best Outside the Park: Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Why We Chose It

Filled with unexpected amenities, this hotel has something for everyone.

Pros
  • Sizeable rooms with large bathrooms

  • Good, afforeable breakfast

  • Convenient location

Cons
  • Some rooms could use updates

This Tusayan, Arizona, the hotel is as close as you can get to the park without actually being in it. The hotel is a great home base to return to after a long day of hiking, thanks to a spacious outdoor area complete with fire pits, pool, and hot tub, bar, and patio tables. Too cold? Indoor public areas include an indoor pool, fitness center, an arcade game room with pool tables and a bowling alley, and Squire’s Pub, where adults can unwind with a drink or two. The breakfast buffet at the Canyon Room (open all day) is filling, tasty, and affordable at $7 per person. There’s a second on-site restaurant, the Coronado, for dinner.

Notable Amenities

  • Indoor and outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center on-site
  • Game room with bowling alley
  • Three food and drink venues
07 of 08

Best Glamping: Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Why We Chose It

For those who want to be immersed in nature but also taken care of, this luxury camping site set on 160 acres is ideal.

Pros
  • Live music

  • Attentive staff

  • Comfortable beds

Cons
  • Tents can get cold at night

  • 30-minute drive from the park

For those looking for a camping experience without all the trouble, Under Canvas Grand Canyon offers a variety of luxury tents with comfortable beds, wood floors, and some with en suite bathrooms. The communal vibe here is ideal for those looking to be social; the property offers free nightly s’mores around a bonfire and there’s often live music and yoga classes available. The spacious lobby features modern furnishings with plenty of seating and guests often rave about the locally sourced food.

Be aware that this is still camping; tents are heated only by a wood-burning stove that they must replenish themselves (although wood is provided) and expect things to get a little dusty from the desert.

Notable Amenities

  • On-site restaurant
  • Yoga classes
  • Zen garden
  • Fire pit with s’mores
08 of 08

Best Adventure: Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch

Why We Chose It

One of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you have to hike or ride a mule to get to Phantom Ranch.

Pros
  • Unique experience

  • Stunning remote location

Cons
  • Communal showers

  • Very basic accommodations

A stay at Phantom Ranch is mostly about the experience of getting there. It’s the only place to stay (besides camping) inside the canyon, and to get there you have to hike or ride in on a mule, both of which take several hours. If you’re up for the adventure, it’s definitely one of those bucket list items you’ll never forget.

Phantom Ranch has basic stone and wood cabins with beds, cold-water sinks, and toilets, as well as shared dormitory rooms for men and women with bunk beds. Showers and hot-water sinks are in a separate shared structure, and because of water shortages, they are sometimes only open at certain times. Expect epic stargazing and consider a two-night stay so you don’t have to hike or ride out the very next day—you’ll probably be a bit sore!

Notable Amenities

  • Hearty breakfasts and dinner served on-site

Final Verdict

Deciding where to stay at the Grand Canyon is all about what’s most important to you. For an outdoor adventure, Phantom Ranch is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Under Canvas Grand Canyon offers a more luxurious version of the great outdoors. If a location inside the park is a necessity, El Tovar or Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim are both good options. A family will be comfortable and entertained at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon. And for classic turn-of-the-century elegance with a prime location that won’t break the bank, Bright Angel Lodge can’t be beat. No matter where you rest your head, however, each of these hotels promises a memorable stay at one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Compare the Best Grand Canyon Hotels

 Grand Canyon Hotels  Resort Fee  Room Rates  Rooms  WiFi
Bright Angel Lodge Best Overall  None $$ 90 Free but limited service
Red Feather Lodge Best Budget  None $ 88 Free
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Canyon Best Family Option  None $$$ 197 Free
El Tovar Hotel Best Views  None $$$$ 78 Free but limited service 
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim Best for Avoiding Crowds  None $$ 114 None
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn Best Outside the Park  None $$ 250 Free
Under Canvas Grand Canyon Best Glamping  None $$$ 69 None
Phantom Ranch Best Adventure None $$ 9 None

Methodology

We evaluated around two dozen different resorts in and around Grand Canyon National Park but kept our search to hotels within 30 miles before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We considered elements wuch as how long the resort has been in business, reputation, proximity to the park, and notable amenities (e.g., free/functional WiFi, on-site parking, pools, etc.). We also assessed the property’s dining options and what kinds of experiences (meals, on-site activities) are included in each property’s rate. In determining this list, we evaluated numerous customer reviews as well as our own experience.

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