Renovations at Grand Canyon’s Historic El Tovar Prompt 30 Percent Discount Off Rooms January 4 Through March 6, 2014
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – December 23, 2013 – The historic El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon is offering a 30 percent lodging discount for the first time in many years during the hotel’s “Raise the Roof” sale Jan. 4 through March 6, 2014, except Feb. 14-16, 2014.
Due to a change in the 2014 historic renovation schedule, hotel rooms that would normally be sold out by this time of the year are now available.
The project will take place in two phases. The first phase will begin in 2014 and will include replacement of the entire shingled roof as well as some structural work on the terrace level of the hotel. Work will be limited to daytime hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. while most guests are out exploring the canyon.
Reflecting the discount, rooms will be priced starting at $130.38, while the regular starting rate is $186.25.
“These discounted rates are intended to help offset any inconvenience during the restoration and to encourage visitors to enjoy a truly special winter experience in the Grand Canyon’s best-known lodge,” said Jon Streit, general manager of hotel operator Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. “We will always do our best to minimize guest disruption during this preservation project.”
Room availability will fluctuate as rooms are taken out of service during the construction. Guests should make reservations early and check the website for updated availability.
Dining and retail facilities will remain open during renovation.
Historic preservation requires specialized skills, knowledge and experience. Streit describes the contractors as “true artisans when it comes to working on historic structures.”
The building has multiple roofs at several different levels that add to its architectural interest, visual appeal and spatial experience. At the uppermost level is the wood turret, wrapped in shingles and serving as the most important element of the identifiable silhouette of El Tovar. Directly below that is the hip roof with bracketed eaves that shelters the central portion of the building, including the lobby and mezzanine lounge.
El Tovar is situated directly on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Designed by Charles Whittlesey, chief architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, El Tovar opened in 1905 and was owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railway. The hotel was built as a “destination resort,” providing a high level of comfort and luxury standing literally on the edge of the wilderness, 20 feet from the rim of the canyon. El Tovar was one of the first such hotels in a national park and is an early example of the style that would evolve into the National Park Service’s rustic architecture found throughout the park system. It is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities still in operation.
El Tovar was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 6, 1974 and was declared a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.
Visitors can book their rooms online by visiting www.grandcanyonlodges.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States. To receive the room discount at El Tovar, use the promo code “WINTER.”
Visitors to Grand Canyon Village can choose from five other lodges either on the rim or within easy walking distance. Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.* manages these hotel properties – the only lodging inside the park at the South Rim – as well as restaurants, retail shops and other concessions such as mule rides and motorcoach tours. Guests may also stay at Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Grand Canyon. Many South Rim structures have become recognized for their historic and architectural significance and are designated as National Historic Landmarks.