Stretching as far as the eye can see and breathtakingly beautiful, the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Formed over six million years ago, the mile-deep gorge in northern Arizona is a bucket list destination for every traveler and sees five million visitors every year.
Spanning exactly 1,902 mi², the Grand Canyon is set within a national park area that not only features some of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet, but also has a plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails, bouldering routes, rock climbing sites, and scenic picnic spots.
The Grand Canyon National Park has a variety of great hotels both in and around the park for all budgets from comfortable lodges to all-inclusive resorts. Hotels.com asked me to share some of my favorite places to stay in and near the Grand Canyon National Park, so whether you are looking for a hotel within walking distance of one of the many viewpoints in the park or something quieter and off-the-beaten-track, this list has something for everyone.
Cheap Places to Stay Near Grand Canyon
Red Roof Inn PLUS+, Williams
The Red Roof Inn PLUS+ is a low-key budget hotel in the small town of Williams, Arizona on historic Route 66. This is one of the best places to stay for travelers on a budget as it offers comfortable accommodations with all the basics such as microwaves, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers and is under an hour’s drive away from the park.
Dubbed ‘the Gateway to the Grand Canyon’, Williams is a good base if you want to explore the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and visit some other interesting attractions in the area like the Bearizona Wildlife Park, which is just two miles away.
The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and a hot tub for relaxing after a day of exploring and there is a lovely picnic area nearby for guests to use.
Days Hotel by Wyndham, Flagstaff
Flagstaff is a fantastic base for exploring the Grand Canyon National Park and the South Rim, and the Days Hotel by Wyndham is the perfect place to rest your head. Less than one and a half hour’s drive from the entrance to the park, the hotel has casual, comfortably furnished rooms with microwaves, minifridges, coffeemakers, televisions, and free WiFi.
There is an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a gym, as well as a restaurant and coffee shop for meals and snacks. Flagstaff rests at 7,000-feet above sea level so slightly cooler weather than the rest of the state. When you are done exploring the Grand Canyon, be sure to check out the Walnut Canyon National Monument and the magnificent red rock structures in the nearby Coconino National Forest.
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas, Sedona
Located in Uptown Sedona, which is a destination in its own right, the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas is a family-friendly hotel with comfortable lodgings and a host of amenities.
Well-appointed rooms have private balconies or patios with spectacular views of Oak Creek and the surrounding Red Rock Country of Northern Arizona, as well as mod-cons like mini-fridges, flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and free WiFi.Villas and cottages have full kitchens if you prefer to self-cater.
The Grand Canyon National Park is a two-hour road trip up Route 64, however, there is also so much to see and do in Sedona that by staying here, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Hike the Cathedral Rock Trail; visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross; explore the Slide Rock State Park, and stare in wonder at the red rock buttes in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.
Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, Tuba City and Moenkopi
Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites is based in Tuba City about an hour due east of Grand Canyon National Park and the South Rim and is one of the top hotels to stay if you want to experience some of Arizona’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Set on Hopi tribal lands, this rustic hotel offers warmly decorated rooms with Hopi-inspired touches and in-room amenities like flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, and free WiFi. Upgraded suites have kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs, and you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby every morning.
This Grand Canyon hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub, a fitness center, and a lounge with live music, and an on-site restaurant that offers American and Hopi cuisine. Both the traditional Hopi village of Moenkopi and the Painted Desert are a short walk from the hotel. Be sure to check out the Navajo Interactive Museum to learn all about the native tribes that once lived on the land.
Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites is an ideal base for exploring the region with the Grand Canyon to the west, Canyon de Chelly to the east, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and Monument Valley to the north, and the Painted Desert to the south.
Places to Stay Near Grand Canyon South Rim
El Tovar Grand Canyon
El Tovar Grand Canyon rests right on the edge of the Grand Canyon South Rim inside the national park and boasts the most unbelievable views of the canyon. Built in 1905, this landmark limestone-and-pine hotel has individually decorated guest rooms and suites with private bathrooms and balconies, cable TV and coffeemakers, and is widely considered to be the crown jewel of Historic National Park Lodges.
This elegant Grand Canyon hotel offers guests in-room dining for breakfast and dinner and full bell service. If you prefer to eat out, you can dine at the rustic-chic restaurant which serves upscale, Southwest-inspired American fare against a backdrop of incredible vistas. The El Tovar hotel is a short walk from Grand Canyon Village, the Grand Canyon Railway, and the Mary Colter-designed Hopi House.
The El Tovar has been the most sought after hotels for over 100 years, so be sure to book early if you want to stay here on your trip to the Grand Canyon.
Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel Lodge is a historic hotel complex situated at the top of the Bright Angel trailhead and close to the famous Kolb Studio where the mule rides originally departed each day. Designed by famous architect, Mary Colter and built in 1935, the lodge is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is one of the most popular lodges to stay on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Rustic accommodations at the Bright Angel Lodge range from cozy lodge rooms to private cabins, two of which are designated as historically significant – the Buckey O’Neill Cabin used to serve as the post office for 20 years.
The lobby has a magnificent “geologic” fireplace, which features all of the rock layers of the Grand Canyon, and there is an old-fashioned saloon where drinks can be enjoyed at the end of the day. Book a table at the highly recommended Arizona Room Restaurant, where you can dine against a backdrop of the most spectacular views of the South Rim.
You couldn’t get closer to the edge of the Grand Canyon if you tried with a stay at Kachina Lodge. Built in the late 1960s, the relaxed lodge offers a more contemporary lodging option for travelers visiting the national park. Set right on the edge of the South Rim, the relaxed lodge has comfortable rooms with flat-screen televisions, minifridges, and Keurig coffeemakers, and breathtaking views of the canyon.
Kachina Lodge is a short walk from the Grand Canyon Railway, the Kolb Studio gallery, and the Bright Angel Trailhead, which spans approximately 12.8 miles from Hermits Rest to the Kaibab Trailhead. It is also within walking distance of the excellent Arizona Room Restaurant at the Bright Angel Lodge, as well as the El Tovar hotel.
Based next to the Canyon Village Market Plaza, Yavapai Lodge is the largest hotel complex in the park with 16 buildings and a main lodge surrounded by woodlands. Located a mile from the Rim Trail and a short walk from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, this is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the South Rim and in the midst of all the action.
Yavapai Lodge offers comfortable rooms with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and minifridges. You can dine on Southwestern-inspired fare at the hotel’s informal restaurant and enjoy evening drinks at the lively bar after a trip to the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon hotel has an RV park with ample parking if you are on a road trip in a camper, and there are several hiking trails to explore in the Pinyon and Juniper woodlands that surround Yavapai Lodge.
Nestled in a fragrant Ponderosa pine forest on the South Rim inside the park, Maswik Lodge is a rustic complex with a main lodge and 18 buildings housing comfortable guest accommodation. The lodge is a short walk from the center of Grand Canyon Village and the Rim Trail.
Named for a Hopi Kachina who is believed to guard the Grand Canyon, Maswik Lodge is an ideal base for exploring this area of the Grand Canyon National Park. The lodge has a large food court with several dining options, as well as a unique pizza pub for hungry travelers. The main lodge houses a gift that sells maps, books, and souvenirs.
Boasting breathtaking views of the South Rim, the Thunderbird Lodge is a charming 1960s lodge set right on the canyon rim. The lodge has comfortable, modern rooms with private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and coffeemakers. Upgraded suites will offer you beautiful views over the canyon.
Set in the heart of the Historic District, the family-friendly lodge offers easy access to the 12.8-mile Rim Trail, which winds its way through the breathtaking landscape to the South Kaibab Trail. The Thunderbird Lodge is a short walk away from plenty of restaurants and gift shops, as well as Kolb Studio, and the Bright Angel Trail Head.
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon, Tusayan
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is a rustic lodge-style retreat in Tusayan, Arizona that offers deluxe accommodations and high-end facilities just a few miles from the park. Well-appointed guest rooms and suites have contemporary decor, private bathrooms, and modern in-room amenities, and upgraded suites will give you a private balcony with stunning views of the landscape.
An array of high-end facilities at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. An elegant lobby lounge has a large stone fireplace, a grill restaurant serving classic Southwestern fare, and a saloon with nightly entertainment.
Tusayan is located just a mile from the South Rim entrance and considered to be the gateway community to the South Rim. The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon is ideally located for enjoying all that the park has to offer with easy access from Tusayan to the South Rim, the nearby Grand Canyon Village, and the Bright Angel Trail.
Places to Stay Near Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins
The elegant Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins is the only lodging inside Grand Canyon National Park on the North Rim. Located atop the Kaibab Plateau in an exceptionally remote part of the national park, the Grand Canyon Lodge has basic rooms and rustic cabins with private bathrooms and views of the rim.
You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the lodge restaurant and there are a deli, a saloon, and a coffee shop for lighter meals and snacks. Old-West-style outdoor canyon cookouts in the summer are popular and host live entertainment and the lodge offers visitor amenities such as laundry facilities, mule rides (surcharge), and a free shuttle from the Grand Canyon Lodge to the Kaibab trailhead.
Jacob Lake Inn
Nestled in the Kaibab National Forest, 30 miles from Grand Canyon National Park, Jacob Lake Inn is a rustic family-owned retreat and one of the closest hotels to the North Rim in the park. Built in 1923, the charming hotel has comfy guest accommodation with comfortable décor, private bathrooms, and outdoor seating areas.
You can tuck into fresh pastries and homemade cookies for breakfast from the local bakery and a Navajo-inspired restaurant serves American cuisine. There is a country store close by for travelers to get essentials, and there are plenty of hiking trails to explore in the area.
Known as the gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Jacob Lake Inn is a great lodging option if you want to explore the many natural wonders in the northern Arizona part of the Grand Canyon National Park, including Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, and Monument Valley.
Marble Canyon Lodge
The Marble Canyon Lodge is a rustic Old West-style lodge in Marble Canyon and about an hour-and-a-half drive from the Grand Canyon North Rim. Once a trading post for the Navajo Nation, the lodge has been transformed into a comfortable lodge with a variety of accommodations and modern amenities.
Rooms and suites have antique-style furnishings with southwestern touches and apartments that sleep up to six have kitchens or kitchenettes and private decks or balconies. Enjoy a delicious breakfast is served in the restaurant every morning before heading out to explore the surrounding landscape.
The lodge is a short walk from the Navajo Bridge, which crosses the Colorado River, and a few miles from the Lee’s Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch historic district. A complimentary shuttle bus service will take you to the spectacular Colorado River and you can fly into Arizona via the lodge’s very own airstrip.
Places to Stay Near Grand Canyon Skywalk
Grand Canyon Western Ranch
Once owned by a notorious 19th-century gunfighter, Grand Canyon Western Ranch is an authentic Old West-style resort set on a secluded cattle ranch that promises a one-of-a-kind stay. Located just 10 miles from the western rim of the Grand Canyon and a short drive from the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the dude ranch features custom-built and cowboy-themed pine cabins with en-suite bathrooms, fireplaces or wood-burning stoves, and charming porches.
You won’t be hard-pressed to find something to do here – a lively rodeo arena is full of action, you can enjoy horseback treks, wagon rides, and helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon, and end days by the crackling campfire with live music.
The Ranch House restaurant serves traditional western home-style cooking, and after dinner, there is live cowboy entertainment at the Diamond Bar.
Best Western Plus King’s Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus King’s Inn & Suites in Kingman is a great hotel if you are traveling with your family. The relaxed hotel has standard guest rooms and suites with flat-screen televisions, minifridges, and microwaves, and suites have kitchenettes and balconies with lovely mountain views.
Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool and an indoor hot tub, a fitness room, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a retro-themed dining room where complimentary breakfast is served to guests every morning.
The town of Kingman is just over 50 miles from the Grand Canyon National Park and the Skywalk but also offers a variety of interesting things to do outside the park. Travelers can learn all about the history of Route 66 at the Route 66 Museum; trace local Arizona history at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, and go back to your childhood with a visit to Locomotive Park.
The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking marvel of nature and a must-see on a visit to Arizona or the neighboring states of Utah and Nevada. There is a wealth of comfortable accommodation in or around the Grand Canyon National Park that offers a great base for exploring this incredible icon.
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