Last Updated on February 25, 2024 by Katrina

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Whether you choose to hike, helicopter or ride burros at Grand Canyon National Park, most visitors end up just staring in awe at the canyon that’s about 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep. There are several in-park lodging options—like the Bright Angel Lodge along the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Lodge along the North Rim—but there are also plenty of options just outside the park. Choose from these excellent hotels near the Grand Canyon, some just minutes from the park entrance in the Grand Canyon Village.

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel (235 N Grand Canyon Blvd.; 928-635-4010) Williams

Enjoy Western ambience at this 298-room hotel that was designed to look like a century-old train depot. According to Afar, the hotel is “most frequently booked by visitors taking the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim, about an hour’s drive north. But it’s also an excellent option for those who don’t need to stay inside the park or who simply prefer amenities like an indoor pool and hot tub.” One Tripadvisor user calls it a “wonderful hotel [with] excellent food at the Harvey Restaurant, and a fun train experience. Great way to see the Grand Canyon for the first time.”   >> Book this hotel for less

Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff (2650 S Beulah Blvd.; 928-774-5800) Flagstaff

The closest city to the Grand Canyon is Flagstaff, about an hour away, and Condé Nast Traveler likes this “elegant” branch of Courtyard for its “cobblestone façade and rustic timber beams” as well as “modern amenities like an indoor fitness center, on-site bistro bar, and space age-style seating areas with plenty of outlets.” A Google reviewer likes the “great location and views. Close to many, many hikes and things to see, as well as some great places to eat.” >> Book this hotel for less

Squire Resort at the Grand Canyon (74 AZ-64; 928-638-2681) Grand Canyon Village

Enjoy amenities such as pool, hot tub and even a bowling alley at this resort-style Best Western seven miles from the park’s South Rim. A Yelper calls it “top-notch” and “affordable. It’s just a 10-minute drive into the Grand Canyon Village.” You can enjoy good downtime at the hotel, too. “We had so much fun here,” writes a Google reviewer. “There is so much to do with the kids—bowling alley, arcade, swimming with movie and smores. The rooms were big, the staff was friendly and the hotel is in a good location.” >> Book this hotel for less

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Canyon (226 AZ-64; 928-638-3000) Grand Canyon Village

USA Today likes this Holiday Inn Express near the South Rim for features such as the free breakfast and “kids suites with bunk beds, extra television sets and a video game system. More expensive suites in a separate building have Western-themed furnishings.” A Tripadvisor user notes that “the hotel is on the same road as the Grand Canyon. About seven minutes’ drive brings you to the entrance of the national park. The breakfast was very good, and there are about three restaurants nearby— a pizza and pasta place, a Mexican restaurant and a steak restaurant.” >> Book this hotel for less

Red Feather Lodge (300 AZ-64; 928-638-2414) Grand Canyon Village

You can’t get much closer to the national park than this 225-room hotel that dates back to the early 1960s. It’s just one mile south of the Grand Canyon and within walking distance of the National Geographic Visitor Center. USA Today likes its affordability, writing that the hotel “offers packages that include discounted rooms and walking or hiking tours.” A Google reviewer, meanwhile, calls it a “nice hotel. Breakfast is not served here but the hotel offered a 10 percent discount at several restaurants near the hotel. The hotel’s hot drink station is superbly equipped—hot coffee, a large selection of tea and hot chocolate.”