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Grand Canyon Lodges
Recognized by many as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, the Grand Canyon is truly an awe-inspiring sight. No amount of postcards or glossy magazine photos will spoil you for its beauty. When you get there, you want to come back again and again. It is just that breath-taking.
Once you're there, stay at any one of the six Grand Canyon lodges available within the Grand Canyon National Park. And if you don't know which one suits your taste better, here are descriptions of each Grand Canyon lodge:
Considered as the premier Grand Canyon lodge, the El Tovar Hotel opened way back in 1905. From then onwards, it has hosted such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, Zane Grey (the Western author), and many others.
In 2005, this Grand Canyon lodge has gone under renovation but with the building still retaining its air of elegance and old world charm.
The El Tovar is located right on the Canyon rim, offering you fantastic views of the scene below as you fine dine in a gorgeous room. In addition to that, this Grand Canyon lodge also provides its guests with a lounge and a curio shop with newsstand where you can pick up charming mementos of your visit here as well as keep up with the news from outside.
With its natural, rustic character and homey ambience that draws the crowd in, Bright Angel Lodge has always been a popular place to stay at the Grand Canyon. It was designed in 1935 by the famed architect Mary Jane Colter (Mary E.J. Colter) and is now considered a Registered National Historic Landmark, the same as the El Tovar.
This Grand Canyon lodge is located near the Canyon rim and offers a family-style restaurant featuring Southwestern cuisine. For those who have been to the Grand Canyon before should recognize that Bright Angel Lodge provides the check-in for the world-famous Grand Canyon mule rides.
Between elegant El Tovar and rustic Bright Angel is a contemporary Grand Canyon lodge called the Kachina Lodge. Smaller than the other two and yet somehow managing to keep up, the Kachina Lodge offers partial views of the canyon in almost each of its rooms. This Grand Canyon lodge is ideally suited for families with spacious rooms that contain two queen beds (or one king bed), in-room coffee, safe, television, refrigerator, full bath, and a telephone. What's more, many of the dining facilities of the El Tovar and Bright Angel are within walking access from Kachina Lodge.
Another Grand Canyon lodge boasting of modern facilities, the Maswik Lodge spreads over several acres of ponderosa pine forest. It is located about ¼ of a mile from the Canyon's edge and provides you with many excellent views of the pine-covered plateau. This Grand Canyon lodge offers a cafeteria, sports bar with a wide screen TV, transportation/desk services, and a curio shop filled with gift items and handicrafts.