a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

El Tovar

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

E - El Tovar

El Tovar is a hotel that is in Grand Canyon National Park.  It features guest rooms as well as a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.



A view of it from across the area.



A little information about it from its early days.



When we visited the Grand Canyon in October, we had lunch at El Tovar. I had visited the Grand Canyon about 5 times since my first visit in 1984 but this was the first time we ever ate at the restaurant. We both got salads, they were delicious.

Are you a camper? Do you think you would have enjoyed spending time at the Grand Canyon in a tent before El Tovar was built? 

I definitely am not a camper, I would have waited until such a facility was available rather than sleep in a tent. 


57 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Back in my youth perhaps, but now that I'm older, no camping for me. Might have been interesting though. A lovely spot for a restaurant.

joeh said...

Not for me, I'll take the Hotel.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I am absolutely not a camper either. I also happen to love hotels and frequent them as often as I possibly can.

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Anoosha said...

I am not a Camper Either but If given a Chance Would definitely want to visit this place .

Cynthia said...

Imagine staying somewhere as nice as that for $4.50+ /night!

Sophie Duncan said...

I am definitely not a camper, I like a good mattress and running hot water when I vacation, so I would definitely not be found in a tent, even for the chance to see the Grand Canyon.

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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I'm not a camper either. Like Soph said above, running water and a mattress are a must :). I can get behind this whole glamping phenomenon though - camping with luxury :).
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Sally said...

I'm not one for roughing it either. That hotel looks rather splendid.

Keiths Ramblings said...

I am a camper and my kit is permanently in my car so I can head off when the mood takes me! Te Grand Canyon is a bit too far away though!

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Veronica Lee said...

I did enjoy camping when I was younger. But these days, I rather stay in a hotel.

Would love to visit this place someday!

Susanne Matthews said...

Thanks for sharing. I camp, but would never do so there. When I go on vacation like that, I want to be pampered. lol https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

Intense Guy said...

I would have camped in a tent but the rocky ground there does not look inviting!

baili said...

i am very fond of travelling ,enjoyed your post about visit of grand canyon about which i have read and heard lot,

camping is great fun in certain age but by the time your mind becomes more and more reasonable which reduces the level of enjoyment as it belong to our inner child who always try to come out and live in his own way ,have a blessed day dear

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, I love that view from across! Such a great shot.

I have never gone camping, so I'm not sure how I'd feel about it!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It looks like a place I'd like to stay in. I have been a camper in my life, but never in a tent. I like the comfort of having an actual bed to sleep in.

Linda said...

My family would probably love the geological and camping splendor but my ears perked up reading, "hot and cold running water" in the hotel description.

Liuba said...

I would love to stay in a tent with my lovely friends and enjoy the real life. Very nice post. Liuba x

jack69 said...

We stayed on the South Rim in a tent camper. Loved it. I do wish we had just tried a salad at the El Tovar. I loved the advertisement, the rooms having hot and cold running water! Neat.
We do love the Grand Canyon, but we were only there one time.

Pat Hatt said...

No way what so ever am I a camper. Like my bed, toilet and running water too much lol

Joanne said...

no camping for me - roughing it is a La Quinta! The Grand Canyon is tremendous - I'd like to go back

lyndagrace said...

Perhaps if I lived in that era I would have been more adventuresome and would have done the tent thing. But now, no.

Piper Presley said...

Yes, I love camping. I would love to do a cross-country camping trip with my husband!

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Bijoux said...

I'm fine with staying in a cabin, but not a tent. We did not go inside El Tovar on our visits.

Chrys Fey said...

That is an amazing view!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

No camping for me. I like indoor plumbing and real beds. I hope to see this place in the next few years.

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Claire Annette said...

My husband and I are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and now I know where we'll stay.
I'm not much of a camper but I love hiking.

Debs Carey said...

With you on the not camping thing, but that hotel sounds fun and the fun is clearly quite spectacular.

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Janet Miles said...

Looks so nice! Definitely not a camper, love my creature comforts.

Liz A. said...

I'm so not a camper. Would rather have a hotel. The view from the hotel looks spectacular.

Paula Kaye said...

NO! I am not a camper. I would definitely chose a hotel if I could. I would loved to have stayed in this one. It looks magnificent!

Greenpatches said...

I camp, but given a hotel like that, I think you could lure me away.:)

Catherine Cheng said...

Hi Betty!
Thank you for finding me on the AtoZ Challenge! I lover you photos--they remind me of my favorite vacations--to Telluride, Santa Fe, Grand Teton National Park, and Yosemite... Can't wait to see more!

Joy said...

I was a camper as a kid going to Yosemite but nowadays I would need something much more sturdy and supportive under my back :D


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Lynn Proctor said...

I've only camped twice and one of those times I ended up sleeping in the car- I am wanting a big salad right about now!

Lynn Proctor said...

I've only camped twice and one of those times I ended up sleeping in the car- I am wanting a big salad right about now!

Jerralea said...

Staying at a hotel IS camping ... isn't it? ;)

I've never been to the Grand Canyon. I would like to see it. Thanks for sharing about all these great places, though, in case I never make it there!

Wendy said...

Nope, not a camper, and not interested in riding a horse or mule to the bottom of the canyon either. I would like to eat at El Tovar though.

Mevely317 said...

I wonder if this isn't the same hotel in which my parents and I stayed one Dec. 31? Probably, since it was so close to the donkeys' staging area.
I only recall being bummed because it (the hotel) was deathly quiet and there were no New Year's festivities.

Elizabeth said...

I don't mind camping as long as it's only one night every once in a while. When my friends and I went to the Grand Canyon, we ate breakfast at El Tovar, and our cabins were down the road with another facility. El Tovar had a neat set up and I bought a sweatshirt from their gift shop :)

Jeff Bushman said...

How intriguing. I made mention just the other day to my wife about travelling west in a few years to visit all the great sites like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and Joshua Tree. I want to see them all and camp and hike before I'm too old to do any of those things.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, very impressive. The will be a must stop if we get up that way. We use to camp, not often but we did it. Then we rented a motor home once. Kids were very little. Adam was like 4 and Amber was maybe 10 months old. Mark thought it was way too much trouble. I would like to do that again someday. Anyway that is why we ended up getting cabins at Mammoth Lakes. Camping is just to hard and scary.

Kenda Turner said...

So glad I stopped in here on the A to Z challenge--you've brought back memories of the time we ate at the El Tovar. Didn't stay the night (and didn't camp, either) but loved that trip. Arizona is one of my favorite states :-)

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I am not a camper. I don't think I've ever had a good experience with it. The Grand Canyon is definitely on my list of places to go, but we won't be camping. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Like you, I'm not much of a camper. El Tovar would have been a much comfier option than the outdoors.

Scarlett Braden said...

Off topic but I have to say, WOW, that bench indeed has a view. As for El Tovar it looks like a great and interesting place. Hope your having fun with the challenge!
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Sarah Allan said...

How cool! I didn't know the Grand Canyon had a hotel so close by. Maybe worth a meal there to enjoy the view a little longer. The GC is on my list of places to go!

The Reelfan said...

I used to love camping, but I am not sure what it would be like now that I'm a little older and wiser. And stiffer. ;)

I would love to stay at the El Tovar sometime. I really like old historic hotels.

This is an interesting blog, and the pictures are lovely. Good luck with the challenge!

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Noelle Granger said...

My husband and I don't camp any more so this looks like an incredible place to stay the next time we are touring Arizona. Great topic for A-Z!

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

About camping, I would choose to camp in a hotel room with a hot tub. I had an opportunity to see the Grand Canyon but did not stay to camp in the park. Your photographs are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Birgit said...

What a beautiful hotel and a great spot. I like camping but not there since there are all sorts of poisonous creepy crawlies around.

Sunni said...

I'm not a camper either, so it would be hotel for me. And this one has a great view.

I've been to the Grand Canyon several times, but never ate at this restaurant. Usually by Oct it's pretty darn cold there.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Not a camper either. I really like the sign.

shortybear said...

have never been camping.

Denise said...

I've camped out in a tent. Required for trained Boy Scout leaders. But nowadays I prefer the luxury of a hotel. Can't remember where I stayed in Grand Canyon. And it wasn't that long ago. Must be getting old.

T. A. Miles said...

The architecture there is very pretty. :)

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The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I haven't been camping in a long time. When Ole Boy and I got married, we had 4 kids between us, and we'd go camping....complete with tents and bonfires! I wouldn't be adverse to camping in tents again, but I think I'd have to invest in a cot first!

stefani said...

I don't know about a tent. Even staying in a hotel the Canyon is very very dark at night.

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