A renowned hotel with phenomenal views of the Grand Canyon has announced that it will no longer be closing for renovations early next year, giving travelers another option for their Grand Canyon trip.
El Tovar offers unbeatable views on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but it is notoriously hard to get into, with reservations booked far in advance. It was originally slated to close for the first three months of 2017 for a major renovations, but this multimillion dollar project has been delayed for a year, and it will now close at the start of 2018.
This delay leaves sudden openings for the 78-room hotel, which is great news for tourists and travelers who want to wake up to glorious views of the Grand Canyon. Last-minute reservations are normally very rare for El Tovar, the priciest lodging option at the South Rim.
The project was pushed back due to the need for additional project approvals for the massive restoration. The hope is that the lodge will be closed during the winter season and open in time for the busy spring and summer travel time.
The renovations will be the first major changes to the hotel since 2005. The hotel originally opened in 1905 and has hosted a lineup of notable figures, including presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.
The facelift has been postponed before, with the project originally announced for early 2014, before being pushed back due to ongoing negotiations.
The hotel often earns rave reviews for it’s knowledgeable staff, rich history and prime location, but also receives complaints for it’s outdated rooms and facilities. The renovations will include makeovers to the rooms and the lobby, and will now be completed in early 2018.
Check out more about El Tovar, visit the official website.