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El Tovar or Bright Angel

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El Tovar or Bright Angel

Hi. We cant decide between a suite at El Tovar, or a Rim Cabin or Suite at Bright Angel.

Would appreciate recommendations as to which would be better. And what time of year to want to be there.

Many thanks

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1. Re: El Tovar or Bright Angel

We stayed in the Fred Harvey suite at El Tovar and couldn't have been happier with not only the suite and service but the big patio and amazing view of the Grand Canyon from there. Time of year? Whenever you can make it - they all have their advantages.

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2. Re: El Tovar or Bright Angel

Whenever you can go is the best time. If you're totally flexible though, then late spring, early summettime, before the kids get out of school and the heat starts, or late summer early fall, after the kids are back in school and before it gets too cold.

As to where to stay, that's been debated back and forth on this forum ad nauseum. Both are good choices, but since they (rim cabins and suites) are in VERY limited number, you might start looking into availability, as these will get booked up a year in advance.

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The suites at El Tovar are very nice--and expensive. (I do not know how much they cost, as they do not put them on the website; you have to call to reserve one.) I have always looked up at the one with the large deck looking out to the canyon (it might be the Fred Harvey suite mentioned above) and wished we could stay there. But then I realize, we'd only be using that deck for an hour or so each day. The rest of the time we are out of our room exploring the canyon, so that deck wouldn't get much use.

The rim cabins at Bright Angel are quite rustic and some have people walking quite close by. The historic Bucky O'Neill cabin is supposed to be nice, but again, it doesn't show up on the web; you have to call and reserve.

As for when to go--spring and all have the most moderate weather. That is the best time to go if you are going to be hiking. If not, the longer daylight in the summer might be an advantage---more time to see the canyon. Summer is the most crowded time. Winter is quiet, and the canyon is gorgeous with the rocks covered in snow.

What are you interested in doing while you are there? that might make the difference.

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4. Re: El Tovar or Bright Angel

My vote would be for the room that best fits your needs. If you plan on spending your time outdoors then go for the less expensive room! It's about being there and seeing nature at it's best! You will want to spend all your time outdoors....trust me!!!

Spring and Fall seem to be the most popular times to go. Before the kids get out of school and then after they go back! Seems to be a little less crowed!

Don't spend to much time debating this. If your trip is soon you will want to get those reservations made and soon!



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