The only 3-Diamond Hotel in the Grand Canyon area, this luxury lodging is a mere mile from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s also a quick car drive away from the South Rim itself, a brief jaunt from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport, and near multiple dining options and attractions in Tusayan. This expansive three-story chalet is the epitome of luxury in a gorgeous natural setting. The perfect destination for those looking for that special place to stay in Tusayan.
Grand Hotel Ambiance
Designed to evoke the perfect blend of southwestern flair with a classic European sensibility, the Grand Hotel is impressive inside and out. The lobby is a particularly striking feature of the hotel, decorated with “inviting rustic elegance.” Features like a stone fireplace, raw hewn wood mantel, exposed wood pillars, and an eclectic selection of quirky retro objects used as decorations make for a distinctive and fascinating visual landscape when you walk into the lobby. Keep an eye out for special touches, too, like fresh flowers daily.
Grand Hotel Rooms
Recently renovated as of January 2016, all of the rooms at this luxe chalet are the epitome of comfort and style. Every object and piece of furniture in these rooms is carefully chosen to reflect their rustic yet high-end aesthetic. Beds, for example, are framed by a unique backboard with a metal sculpture and carved wooden posts. The beds themselves are cozily topped with a plush top luxury mattress, new as of 2015, so you know they aren’t worn out after years upon years of use. You’ll also find charming lamps with a stitched-on look for the shades and a willowy base made of dark wood. Carpets evoke the wilderness of the Grand Canyon with their abstract patterning, too.
The bathrooms are another luxury element, with sleek fixtures and a stylish color palate of brushed chrome finishings and dark, espresso-toned wood. You’ll even find a telephone in the bathroom, so you never need to a miss a moment even when you’re prepping for the day. You can also luxuriate in the massaging showerhead as you enjoy their complimentary natural loofah. Bathrooms, of course, also come with all the basic amenities like a hairdryer, makeup mirror, and a scale.
While you may not be spending much time in the room itself, be comforted by the fact that you’ll find plenty of things to spoil and entertain you during the time you are in the room. Choose from 200 television channels – including HBO movie channels – when you’re looking to wind down for the day in front of your massive plasma screen TV. Wireless Internet will keep you connected to the outside world should you need to be in touch. Wake up to an MP3 iPod clock radio, too. All rooms also boast a microwave oven and a refrigerator, so you can save time and money by dining in room if you’d like.
The rooms themselves come in a number of varieties, including Deluxe Two Queen Rooms, Two Queen Rooms, King Rooms, and the Grand Suite. The standard Queen Rooms offer a convenient luxury option with all the trimmings, perfect for up to four people. The Deluxe Two Queen Rooms are similar, but feature the delightful additional element of a carpeted balcony overlooking the sights below. The Grand Suite is something really special. With a studio-style layout, this option includes one king-sized bed, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, two televisions, a fridge, and a microwave oven. The Grand Suite does come in at a higher price point, but it’s probably most convenient for large families.
Grand Hotel Amenities
Unlike most of the other hotels in Tusayan, the Grand Hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and hot tub – perfect for cooling off or relaxing in the evening after a long day of hiking, exploring, and sightseeing the Grand Canyon. You’ll also find a well-stocked and efficient gym to keep up on your fitness regime even when on vacation. There’s even a Grand Parlor Room, where you and the kids can play checkers or backgammon.
Dining options at the Grand Hotel include the Canyon Star Steakhouse and the Canyon Star Saloon. Both venues feature charming rustic décor (think stone-facades, exposed wood, and organic design features) and offer live entertainment nightly. The Steakhouse, as you might expect, is known for its delicious grilled steaks, as well as barbecue favorites and seafood specialties. The Saloon offers 24 draft beers with a regional focus and over 120 different liquors to craft you that perfect cocktail. You’ll also find buffet breakfast and dinner service at both venues.
As far as the live entertainment goes, you’ll find yourself charmed by their cowboy singer, tap your feet to live local bands, and have a blast at local special events that vary seasonally. If you’re looking to catch a game on the weekend while you munch on some tasty fare, rest assured that the Saloon subscribes to NFL Sunday Ticket.
If you’re in search of that elusive perfect souvenir, then try a spin around their Grand Gift Shop. They offer a wide variety of wares from jewelry and authentic local artisan wares to postcards and knick-knacks.
Should you need to keep up on business while you’re in town, the Grand Hotel’s business center offers a number of computers where you can check e-mail, print, scan, or send a fax. It’s also open seven days a week, around the clock, so no worrying if you need something last minute.
Parking is available at the hotel. Guests are advised to use the Grand Canyon shuttle (departing from various locations in Tusayan) to navigate around the National Park itself, as the traffic and parking within the Park can be quite hectic.
Tusayan offers a number of different attractions to enjoy as part of your larger Grand Canyon vacation. The National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX Theater are excellent places to begin your explorations, as they provide a thorough and informative overview of the Park and its inspiring features.
Guests will also find a gas station, a handy mini-mart, the Grand Canyon Trading Post (which is another great place to find souvenirs), and even an Internet Café. For those in search of dining options beyond those at the Grand Hotel, you’ll find everything from the upscale Coronado Room to local Mexican and fast food chains.