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El Tovar or Maswik

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El Tovar or Maswik

Traveling in April to GCNP for the first time with my husband and two kids (8 & 14). We can stay at the El Tovar in two (single) rooms or all stay together in one one room at the Maswik Lodge. I know it sounds like a personal preference but I'm wondering from those who have stayed at both if you'd still pick the El Tovar even if it meant having to get two rooms?

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1. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

Do the math. Having 2 rooms at El Tovar would be 4X the cost of one room at Maswik?

Maswik is clean, comfortable and safe. But it's what is outside that matters. The room is for sleeping. You shouldn't be in it during the day. Do El Tovar for breakfast.

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2. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

I haven't stayed at El Tovar but have stayed several times at Maswik and it was fine. Not sure the ambience at El Tovar is worth the extra cost.

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3. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

Choose Maswick to keep your family together. ET is cool, but not that great that I would break up the family unit with small kids.

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4. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

Stay at Maswik, but definitely find the time to wander around El Tovar, get a meal there (breakfast is wonderful), sit on the veranda, check out the lobby and gift shop. It really is a grand lodge, full of history and character. Unless money is absolutely no object, I still would not opt for a family stay there, definitely a good place for a couple, but head to Maswik for the family stay.

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5. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

We are a family with two kids, we really enjoy our stay at Maswik, room are large with balcony. Cafeteria has food for all taste. ET is fun for a visit and a meal.

Edited: 06 September 2011, 01:53
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6. Re: El Tovar or Maswik

If you have family and kids then Maswik is more suitable. I looked at both before booking last time and although El Tovar is a little closer we went with the family feel of the Maswik. If it was just two of us we would have gone with El Tovar.

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