7 Grand Canyon South Rim Hotels - How to Choose

Which Grand Canyon Hotel? Here’s a personalized guide to help you decide where to lay your head from historic lodges to modern motels inside the national park on the south rim.
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With seven accommodation options at the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park, it can be difficult to figure out where you should stay. Do you stay in the historic lodges or modern motels, with or without air conditioning? Follow this guide to find the lodging that best suits your needs. And if you need a park map to get a sense for where everything is, you can purchase a Trails Illustrated one at REI.com.

1. I want to stay on the rim.

Bright Angel Lodge

Rustic cabin or cozy hotel room with no TV

Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon.

Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon

Located just feet from the rim of the Grand Canyon and the South Rim’s famed Bright Angel trailhead, the Bright Angel Lodge is full of character. Architect Mary Jane Colter was hired to refresh the structure to provide travelers with a more affordable alternative to El Tovar Hotel down the path.

At the Bright Angel Lodge, you can choose from 90 lodging units that range from standard lodge rooms to historic cabins to historic units with a shared bath. There are not many rooms with canyons views, which may be architect Mary Jane Colter’s subtle reminder to guests to spend as much time outside as possible to experience the Grand Canyon.

Read more about Bright Angel Lodge.

El Tovar Hotel

Elegance with AC and a TV

El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant at the Grand Canyon's South Rim

El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant at the Grand Canyon's South Rim. 

If El Tovar Hotel’s walls could speak, they would tell stories of presidential visits from President Teddy Roosevelt to President Clinton and some of the greatest thinkers in history like Albert Einstein. Settle into one of the 78 rooms in this elegant hotel right on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Read more about El Tovar Hotel.

Thunderbird Lodge

1960s architecture

Thunderbird Lodge.

Thunderbird Lodge. 

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge was built in 1968 and its facade reflects the era. Its location is fantastic as it sits on the canyon rim in the heart of the South Rim's historic district.

Read more about Thunderbird Lodge.

Kachina Lodge

1960s architecture

Kachina Lodge

Kachina Lodge

Conveniently located between the historic El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge, Kachina Lodge does not have deep-rooted histories like its neighbors down the path. But what it lacks in historic depth and charm, it makes up for in location.

Built in the late 1960s, it sits right on the canyon rim, making it easy to explore some of the South Rim's best attractions by foot.

Read more about Kachina Lodge.

2. I'd rather hike below the rim and stay near the Colorado River.

Phantom Ranch

Historic cabins and dormitories

Hikers rest outside a cabin at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Hikers rest outside a cabin at Phantom Ranch

If you are looking for a unique experience powered by your own feet (or of those of a mule you are riding on top) in the Grand Canyon's South Rim, look no further than Phantom Ranch. There are four dormitories: two for males and two for females. Each dorm has five bunk beds, a restroom and a shower. The ranch provides towels and bedding for each guest. There are cabins you can stay in, as well. While the cabins are variable in size, they can fit between two to 10 people.

Read more about Phantom Ranch.

3. Take me away from the crowds.

Yavapai Lodge

Air conditioned and pet-friendly options

Yavapai Lodge (West). Courtesy photo

Yavapai Lodge (West). 

If you are looking for convenience and a reasonably priced room, consider Yavapai Lodge located about a mile from the South Rim. The lodge also stands out in that it has one building with 16 pet-friendly rooms, a major convenience for hotel travelers traveling with their four-legged friends.

Yavapai Lodge West
Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning as of late 2019. Pet-friendly rooms are available. The style is reminiscent of old Route 66 motels.

Yavapai Lodge East
Modern rooms in six two-story buildings where you can cool off in air conditioning.

Read more about Yavapai Lodge.

Maswik Lodge

Air conditioned comfort

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge

Located a quarter of a mile from the edge of the Grand Canyon, Maswik Lodge consists of a north and south lodge. It is nestled in a ponderosa pine forest. In 2019-20, Maswik South is undergoing a $30 million renovation slated to finish by summer 2020. It is the first major lodging improvement to take place in decades at the South Rim.

Read more about Maswik Lodge.


El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant at the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

South Rim | El Tovar Hotel

The premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon. The Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Western author Zane Grey.

Kachina Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Kachina Lodge

Kachina is a contemporary lodge located on the Canyon rim. Half of the rooms at the Kachina Lodge have partial canyon views.

Thunderbird Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Thunderbird Lodge

Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge. Located on the Canyon rim, half of the rooms at the Thunderbird Lodges have partial canyon views.

Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Micheal Quinn.

South Rim | Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins

A National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Jane Colter. Just a few feet from the Canyon rim, it's the check-in point for mule rides.

The view from the deck at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.

Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins at the North Rim

The only lodging on the Grand Canyon's North Rim, the renowned Grand Canyon Lodge is located at Bright Angel Point.

Bright Angel Campground in the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Michael Quinn

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Phantom Ranch Cabins at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Michael Quinn

Phantom Ranch at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Comfortable oasis nestled tucked beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River. The only lodging below the Grand Canyon Rim.

Maswik Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Maswik Lodge

Spread over several acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, with cafeteria, sports bar with a wide screen TV, curio shop, and a transportation/activities desk.

A bull elk at the Grand Canyon

Yavapai Lodge Wants to Keep the Grand Canyon Grand

When you stay at the Yavapai Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll be experiencing a piece of the park’s history, but you’ll also be actively participating in its future.