This Best Western Premier offers a deluxe option within Tusayan, with more amenities and valuable extras than several of its competitors. Like all the other hotels in Tusayan, it’s incredibly close to the South Rim entrance of the National Park (a scant mile and a half, actually). What singles out the Best Western Premier from the crowd, however, is the availability of special conveniences like a microwave and refrigerator in all rooms, a convenient shuttle to the airport, and even an on-site bowling alley!
Squire Inn Ambiance
In keeping with their categorization of the hotel as a Premier offering, this Best Western is well appointed throughout. Moderately recent construction and a very recent design update make this hotel feel chic and spacious without seeming cold or corporate. The hotel itself is actually comprised of a number of different buildings, making it feel more like a complex than a simple lodging option. Quick layout note: the lobby is on the second level.
An invaluable feature of this Best Western is their efficient and friendly concierge service, able to assist you with planning any of tours or excursions you may wish to take in the Grand Canyon itself. You’ll find you can book anything from rugged Pink Jeep tours and guided hikes to breathtaking helicopter tours.
Squire Inn Rooms
There are 250 guest rooms at this Best Western Premier, with only four suites geared towards business or luxury customers, although families can certainly reserve and enjoy these suites as well. All rooms are appointed with warm, rich tones and bright pops of color to echo the Southwestern aesthetic that you’ll find all throughout the region. Accessible rooms are available upon request.
All guest rooms feature top amenities like a microwave and refrigerator, cable satellite TV on large flat screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers, in-room air-conditioning, a deluxe-sized bathtub (with an accompanying massive bathroom), and complimentary luxury toiletries. Female guests especially appreciate a separate makeup area. Rooms also come with a desk and work area plus a healthy number of outlets, making it easy to check email or even do a little work while you’re in town if you need to. Suites differ from guest rooms on a few points. They offer more spa-like bathroom facilities plus separate living and sleeping areas (in the luxury suites only).
Every guest room and public space offers free high-speed wi-fi, although be aware that it can be spotty due to regional difficulties in sustaining internet access.
Squire Inn Amenities
The Best Western Premier offers an onsite American restaurant on the second level called the Canyon Room Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant offers moderately priced buffet options for all three meals, although you do also have some a la carte choices. There’s even a coffee shop for a quick morning cup.
There are also two additional options on the lower floor for dinner: the Coronado Room and the Sagauro Lounge. Both are open only for drinks & dinner in the evenings, offering full menus and a wide variety of beverage options for the discerning sipper. The Coronado Room specializes in more high-end cuisine – think steakhouse vibe – while the Sagauro Lounge has more of a fun pub feel to it.
If neither of these options appeals to you or your budget, there are also several additional dining choices in town, from convenient and quick fast food to delicious Mexican cuisine. Many of these are within easy walking distance of the Best Western as well.
Another wonderful characteristic about this hotel that families appreciate is their extensive effort to cater to their younger guests. There’s an onsite bowling alley (which the whole family will love), plus a game room (including billiards) and a video game arcade. These options are a great way to unwind after a long day of exploring the Grand Canyon, and provide a nice alternative to just hanging out in the room. For the adults looking to relax, there’s also a delightful hot tub onsite.
Parking at the Best Western Premier is free and plentiful, although you may find it easier to leave the car here and take the free in season National Park shuttle up to the Grand Canyon itself. From there, you can take advantage of the Park’s excellent shuttle system to get around. This can be useful because parking within the Grand Canyon itself is incredibly difficult, so stopping at various viewpoints and restaurants may be a challenge.
Finally, there are a number of small additional amenities that make this lodging option a deluxe choice for traveling families. There’s a modest fitness center with a treadmill and weights, onsite self-serve and full service laundry facilities for extended-stay guests, and a useful business center complete with printer and fax machine. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for that perfect Southwestern-inspired souvenir, or their unique Cowboy Museum.
Tusayan is one of the most convenient places to stay with its incredible proximity to the Grand Canyon National Park. A few short miles from the South Rim entrance and just a little bit further to Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan is the easiest (and a budget-friendly) option for guests just outside the park. In addition to a wide selection of hotels – also including Red Feather Lodge, a Holiday Inn Express, Canyon Plaza Resort, and the Grand Hotel – there are also several attractions in town itself.
The most important attraction in town is the National Geographic Visitor Center, featuring one of the country’s first IMAX theaters. This theater shows the must-view film “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” on a daily basis for a low price. It’s an invaluable resource for first-time visitors and should not be missed by any Grand Canyon guest.
There are also a number of other small attractions in town, including several gift shops, a small internet café, a gas station, and a small grocery store. You’ll of course also find a number of tour companies in town.