Located a mere mile from the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon, Canyon Plaza Resort is an ideal destination for those looking for extended stay in the area, or a romantic experience. Casual but chic accommodations at this award-winning resort are perfect for a Grand Canyon getaway that combines the best of adventurous excursions and peaceful relaxation.
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel Ambiance
Canyon Plaza Resort is an oasis in the desert, a relaxing escape from the heat of Northern Arizona, and an ideal base for your Grand Canyon excursions. With its close proximity to the South Rim entrance of the National Park, it couldn’t be easier to take a quick drive or hop about the National Park shuttle to get to the amazing Grand Canyon itself. After a morning of hiking and sightseeing, it’s also quite tempting to return the hotel for some poolside sunbathing.
Incredibly friendly and professional staff members are available to meet your lodging needs at every turn – you’ll find them often going above and beyond to make your stay a perfect one. Plus, although it’s not the newest construction, Canyon Plaza Resort still feels quite modern and even a little luxe for the price point.
One of the best features of Canyon Plaza Resort it is concierge service. There for much more than suiting your needs within the hotel, this service can actually help you book a number of tours and excursions right from Tusayan, including helicopter and airplane tours, forest hikes, and even Indian Painting tours. Many of these tours even depart from the hotel itself, which couldn’t be any more convenient!
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel Rooms
This beautiful three-story property offers two distinct types of rooms – one-bedroom suites, and standard deluxe guestrooms. Both varieties share many of the same features, especially in the design department, but each is unique. The décor overall is Southwestern chic, with bright pops of color amidst warm tones that evoke Native American art and craftwork. All rooms and common areas have free wi-fi.
There are 56 one-bedroom suites located through Canyon Plaza Resort. They are available with two queen beds or one king bed plus a pullout option. Suites also feature a large seating area with comfy chairs and sofas, perfect for unwinding after a long day. For your convenience, there is also a microwave and a refrigerator, useful elements for those on the go. There’s even a Keurig coffee maker for peaceful mornings. Traveling with a group? Inquire about interconnected suites. Suites are well appointed for families, as it affords valuable extra space for sleeping, luggage, and moving about.
There are 176 deluxe guest rooms at Canyon Plaza Resort, available with one king bed or two double beds. Bathrooms are rather grand, with two separate vanity areas and all the basic toiletries from luxury brands (they’re similar to the suites in that respect). There’s a desk for any note-taking or web surfing you may have to do, plus a brand new TV with premium cable channels to entertain the kids. Tip: Ask for a third-story lodging for the best views from your very own balcony! Or, if you prefer a patio, ground floor lodging is your best option. Balconies and patios are only available in the deluxe guest rooms, which elevates them beyond your basic lodging option.
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel Amenities
There are a number of benefits to staying at Canyon Plaza Resort in addition to its proximity to the National Park. In part, it’s the little things that make a difference, like free weekday newspapers, the freedom to bring your pets, and their award-worthy concierge service.
Dining options are plentiful in the area, including the Resort’s own restaurant, JJK’s. Offering both a buffet menu and a la carte options, this restaurant features everything from steaks and seafood to salads and burgers. Another option is the Wintergarten Lounge, open seasonally to serve cocktails, wine, and more. Located in their iconic glass atrium, it’s a truly beautiful sight that deserves at least a brief visit before the sun sets.
For dining outside of Canyon Plaza Resort, there are a number of diverse restaurants dotted throughout Tusayan, from a sporty steakhouse / bar to a convenient McDonald’s. There’s also a handy internet café / gift shop called RP’s Stage Stop for anyone looking for souvenirs. Of course, Canyon Plaza Resort also boasts its own eclectic gift shop filled with Native American crafts and Southwestern flair.
As mentioned earlier, there is also a delightful pool onsite for those wishing to cool off after a hot day of hiking, or perhaps as a break from exploring the Grand Canyon. There’s also a Jacuzzi for a bit more of a luxurious relaxing vibe. This outdoor offering is complemented by an indoor hot tub for the more romantic moments of your trip.
With regards to getting around the area, it couldn’t be easier to park your car and forget about it for the duration of your trip. Unless you’re visiting off-season, there’s a free National Park shuttle that picks up at the hotels in Tusayan and delivers you right to the South Rim entrance and beyond. From Grand Canyon Village you can pick up buses from the Park’s larger shuttle system that can take you practically anywhere within the park itself (although keep in mind more remote locations are off the main roads and require hiking – sometimes extensive hiking). And, when you’re finally ready to depart, there’s also a free shuttle back to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport.
Other than Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan is the closest town to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. It’s a popular destination for many National Park visitors and much of the town is devoted to serving the needs of travelers. There are a number of lodging options in the area in addition to Canyon Plaza Resort, such as Red Feather Lodge, a Holiday Inn Express, a Best Western, and the Grand Hotel.
There are also several attractions in town itself, such as the National Geographic Visitor Center, featuring the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater. One of the first IMAX theaters ever build, this venue shows the must-see introductory movie to the National Park that should be on everyone’s list – “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” You’ll also find a number of gift shops in town and places to find authentic Native American crafts plus your usual park souvenirs. Many tours also depart from Tusayan, from buses and Jeep tours to mule treks and beyond.