Where to stay and what to eat
One of the nicest places to stay is just outside the Grand Canyon National Park in Tusayan, Arizona. Minutes from the South Rim, the Grand Canyon Squire Inn is part of the Best Western chain and is the only resort hotel in the area. Each room offers enhanced amenities and southwestern decor. The hotel has convention facilities and meeting space for up to 250 people.
In addition to a heated pool, you can also relax and get the hiking kinks out of your body in the inn’s hot tub or sauna. Additional spa type services available are a beauty salon with hair stylist, manicurist and massage therapist on duty and a tanning booth. The exercise room will fill in any fitness gaps that hiking the canyon doesn’t take care of.
The kids will be glad you picked the Grand Canyon Squire Inn as well. The basement contains an extensive game room which includes a video arcade, billiards, air hockey and even a bowling alley! There’s lots of great food at the Squire Inn as well. Casual snacks and sandwiches are available in the downstairs sports bar and the Canyon Coffee Shop. A lavish luncheon buffet is available from May through September. The Coronado Dining Room is known for its prime rib and southwestern favorites. Be sure to try their guacamole appetizer, it’s some of the best I’ve ever had! The Coronado Room also has a wonderful breakfast buffet to get your day going.
For more information or reservations call The Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn at 520-638-2681, or visit their web site at grandcanyonsquire.com.
Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
The south rim is also home to eight hotels, lodges and campgrounds within the park (one, Phantom Ranch, is even located deep inside the canyon). Of the hotels in the park the El Tovar Hotel is certainly the most elegant, albeit rustic. The historic El Tovar is also home to the only truly fine dining restaurant on the South Rim. Make reservations early, this restaurant is very popular! Other dining options include the Arizona Steakhouse and the Bright Angel Coffee Shop as well as various snack stops and cafeterias.
For reservations or information, call 303-29-PARKS.
For more Grand Canyon information, visit The Official Grand Canyon National Park Service Home Page.