El Tovar Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1905, is the park’s premier lodge. Built of local rock and Oregon pine by Hopi craftsmen, it’s a rustic yet luxurious mountain lodge perching on the edge of the canyon (only a few rooms have views, however). The lobby, entered from a veranda set with rustic furniture, has a small fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and log walls with moose, deer, and antelope heads on display. Guest rooms are comfortable and attractively decorated, but the standard units are rather small, as are the bathrooms. For more legroom, book a deluxe unit. Suites, with private terraces and stunning views, are extremely spacious. El Tovar Dining Room serves a mix of continental and Southwestern cuisine; it’s the best restaurant in the village. Just off the lobby is a cocktail lounge with a view.