Despite the dreadful picture of the hotel on Tripadvisor and the overall sense that Tusayan is the ultimate one horse town, this hotel is really rather good. I'd put it in a Novotel category, with hal... more
Despite the dreadful picture of the hotel on Tripadvisor and the overall sense that Tusayan is the ultimate one horse town, this hotel is really rather good. I'd put it in a Novotel category, with half a dozen sizeable annexes radiating from the central hotel hub. In the middle is a small open air pool, a fire pit with poolside bar, whilst in the main building there is a half decent gym and indoor pool. There is also oodles of parking.
There are a couple of dining options in the hotel, including an authentic looking snug bar downstairs, where the bar staff seem to inexplicably revel in not closing the doors and not lighting a fire. If they did, you could see this being a bar to linger in.
As for Tusayan, it's quite a handsome little town on the road to the Grand Canyon south entrance at an altitude of 6,500 ft. Half a dozen hotels, a few fast food chains and a visitor centre, including an IMAX cinema which plays on a loop a Grand Canyon film, and actually a nice feel about the whole place. As for the star atttraction itself, you are one and a half miles from the entrance to the Grand Canyon park, which is open 24 hours and has up to five lanes to enter by, assuming they are all staffed. Five miles further in, you reach the visitor centre and the lip of the Canyon about 200 yards beyond. It's everything you had hoped it would be. We were slightly off season, but parking was fine. It was also great to nip up the road before breakfast to see the dawn come up. This hotel is well worth a look at. less