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Nearly five million tourists visit the Grand Canyon each year, so book early and stay at one of these standout hotels:
1. El Tovar. Perhaps the most upscale hotel nearest the Grand Canyon, the historic El Tovar has hosted luminaries including Theodore Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. While it was renovated in 2005, it still retains its Old World charm with rustic décor and a hunting lodge-like feel — expect luxury touches like nightly turndown and room service.
2. Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins. If you’re looking to stay on the South Rim and take advantage of some amazing views, book one of the 12 rim-side cabins here, four of which have fireplaces. (You may want to eschew rooms at the lodge, the hotel’s lower-end accommodations.)
3. Inn at 410. If you’re willing to put some distance between you and the canyon (like a 90-minute drive), this bed and breakfast in Flagstaff is a charming and romantic choice. The eclectic rooms are decorated in different themes, such as The Tea Room and Sunflower fields.
4. Amangiri. This spectacular resort is about two hours north of the Grand Canyon just over the Utah border in Canyon Point. The raw landscape complements the minimal but ultra-luxe décor of the resort, which features a central swimming pool, a world-class spa and yoga pavilion.
5. Grand Canyon Lodge. On the North Rim of the canyon, this historic hotel is actually made up of 140 cabins and a central lodge — opt for the Western or Rim Cabins for views and luxe amenities. The main lodge’s Sun Room features huge panoramic views of the canyon, and the Moon Room is a hot spot for marriage proposals.