El Tovar Hotel


North America, United States, Coconino County

The El Tovar Hotel, also known simply as El Tovar, is a former Harvey House situated just 20 ft from the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and opened in 1905 as one of a chain of hotels and restaurants owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (Santa Fe). It is at the northern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which was formerly a branch of the Santa Fe. The hotel is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities that are still in operation, and is an example of National Park Service Rustic architecture. A heavily modified replica, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, is modeled from this. The hotel is also featured in the 1983 film, National Lampoon's Vacation.