South Rim Hotels

The South Rim is the most popular rim at the Grand Canyon to visit. There are a few great South Rim hotel and lodging options in the park itself. These accommodations typically need to be reserved close to a year in advance. Visitors who really want to interact with the Grand Canyon and spend time here often camp. But if camping is not a option for you, El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswik Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Yavapai Lodge and Phantom Ranch's famous cabins are all excellent options.

The nearest town to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is Tusayan. It's about 6 miles from the entrance of the Grand Canyon and offers South Rim visitors hotel and motel accommodations. There is not much else in this area so if you are thinking that you're just going to go see the Grand Canyon, take a few pictures and walk around a little, you might only want to stay one night. Going on a helicopter tour, guided hike and bus tour can really enhance your Grand Canyon experience and assist in making the most of your trip.

If you'd like to stay longer and explore more of the area, perhaps Williams, Flagstaff or Sedona hotels would provide you a better jumping off point to explore the great Southwest.

Williams is a mountainside town on the Historical Route 66 and just 60 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Williams has several excellent lodging choices ranging from budget motels to luxury hotels. Williams is a good option if you want to be close to the Grand Canyon but want dining options, markets and shops as well. It offers more things to do than Tusayan, but it's further from the Grand Canyon itself.

The Grand Canyon Railway with its famous Christmastime Polar Express and year-round rides to the South Rim leaves from Williams making this an incredibly convenient and family-friendly location to stay in if a train ride is on your agenda. Williams hotels cater to Grand Canyon visitors and have helpful and knowledgeable staff that can help you make the most of your trip. Ask about attractions like the drive-through wildlife park and cowboy cookouts. Williams is also only 35 miles from Flagstaff, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Staying in Williams is a great jumping off point for travelers who want to spend time at the Grand Canyon and explore Flagstaff and other parts of the Great Southwest.

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Flagstaff is about 79 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and offers cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and more. The city itself is at 7,000 ft elevation and rests at the base of the Mt. Humphreys and Mt. Elden offering visitors and residents the opportunity to ski, hike, mountain bike, camp and explore an alpine environment just two hours north of the Phoenix desert. Flagstaff is the ideal mix of close proximity to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and city comforts. There are other things to do in the area in addition to seeing the Grand Canyon and is a place a visitor could enjoy for a few days.

Flagstaff hotels are in demand year round, but there is typically always some type of lodging available. Its cooler temperatures during the summer make it Arizona locals' favorite place to visit during the summer, and its high elevation allows for winter sports and activities. Also just a 45-minute drive southwest of Flagstaff is the red rock wonderland, Sedona. Everything requires a bit of a drive out here, so make sure you plan your transportation accordingly.

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Sedona is about 110 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and offers the most luxurious and scenic hotel and lodging options for Grand Canyon visitors. Sedona is a destination in its own right. Known for its stunning red rocks, beautiful creeks and rare energy, Sedona attracts visitors from all over the world. Grand Canyon visitors will find that Sedona offers hotels and resorts with the highest quality of service and amenities. From spa treatments to five-star dining opportunities, Sedona never ceases to amaze its visitors.

Also, Sedona's elevation is about 4,500 ft and is on average 15°F or more warmer than the South Rim. Depending on the time of year, Sedona might be a better Grand Canyon lodging option if you're looking for more moderate temperatures.


Hotels are not the only Sedona lodging choices. Grand Canyon visitors, especially our international friends, may prefer a bed and breakfast. Sedona's myriad bed & breakfasts each offers a charming and unique experience, many with extraordinary views, accommodations and amenities. Or one can rent a cottage along the creek or even rent a Sedona vacation home rental. Whatever your needs are, Sedona will have the perfect place for you to stay when visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

At an elevation of ~4,500 ft, Sedona is often a better Grand Canyon lodging choice, depending on seasonal temperatures, road conditions and the length of your itierary. Sedona is about a two hour drive north of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. There are Grand Canyon tour shuttles that pick up in Sedona, but it becomes more difficult to get around without a car. Everything is spaced out here in the Southwest, so plan your transportation accordingly.

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Briar Patch Inn

1. Briar Patch Inn

The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is...  More
  • (928) 282-2342
  • 3190 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $219.00 - $395.00
Red Feather Lodge

2. Red Feather Lodge

Ideally situated in the center of Tusayan, a small town one mile from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park, this Grand Canyo...  More
  • (928) 638-2414
  • 300 Highway 64
  • Tusayan, AZ
  • 86023
  • $96.00 - $200.00
The Lodge On Route 66

3. The Lodge On Route 66

With upgraded furnishings and luxury thread-count linens, the newly-renovated Lodge on Route 66 is affordable luxury Grand Canyon lodging at...  More
  • (928) 635-4534
  • 200 West Route 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $69.00 - $149.00

Use these codes:

MEMORIAL - get 30% off May 26 – July 1, Sundays-Thursdays
AAADOUBLE – 20% off your entire stay July 5 – September 10
SEDONATRIP – 17% off one night April 19 - July 4

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Use this code anytime: FLEX You may be able to get an even lower rate on your Sedona vacation if your travel dates are flexible. Check the calendar to see our current flex-date rates and book online for the extra savings.

Sedona Real Inn & Suites

4. Sedona Real Inn & Suites

Charm and comfort await you at the Sedona Reãl Inn & Suites. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 trad...  More
  • (928) 282-1414
  • 95 Arroyo Pinon Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $129.00 - $189.00
Grand Canyon Inn

5. Grand Canyon Inn

Open year-round the Grand Canyon Inn is a family-owned, independently operated Grand Canyon South Rim hotel located 23 miles south of Grand ...  More
  • (928) 635-9203
  • 317 Highway 64
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $95.00 - $150.00
The Grand Hotel

6. The Grand Hotel

The newest Grand Canyon South Rim hotel! Step into our parlor and enter an era of Old West travel. Rustic timber, immense log beams, western...  More
  • (928) 638-3333
  • 149 Highway 64
  • Tusayan, AZ
  • 86023
  • $173.00 - $249.00
AAA Special Offer

Take advantage of your membership! AAA members can enjoy $10 off of the Orchards Inn Best Available Rate

Dinner & a View Package

Enjoy comfortable accommodations with breathtaking views of Sedona’s infamous red rocks, plus delicious dinner at Taos Cantina – an authentic Southwestern and Mexican restaurant right outside our door. With patio seating in the heart of Uptown, you can marvel at the scenery while you sip a cocktail and savor fresh, made to order table-side guacamole. Browse their menu, and make sure you try one of their specialty margaritas!

Room & Jeep Package

Explore Sedona’s backcountry with an adrenaline-pumping Pink Jeep tour, then retreat back to your fine Sedona accommodations and relax – go for a dip in the hillside pool and take in the expansive views.

Orchards Inn Of Sedona

7. Orchards Inn Of Sedona

In the heart of uptown Sedona, unsurpassed red rock views and modern comfort await at the Orchards Inn. Tucked into the hillside, all guests...  More
  • (928) 282-2405
  • 254 North State Route 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $169.00 - $239.00
Best Western PREMIER Grand Canyon Squire Inn

8. Best Western PREMIER Grand Cany...

As the Grand Canyon South Rim's only resort hotel, it is hard to pass up the luxuries you will find when you stay with Best Western Grand Ca...  More
  • (928) 638-2681
  • 74 Highway 64
  • Tusayan, AZ
  • 86023
  • $161.00 - $260.00
Adobe Grand Villas

9. Adobe Grand Villas

Luxurious AAA 4 Diamond Sedona, Arizona bed and breakfast with 850 + sq ft villas, red rock views, two fireplaces, jetted tub, walk in showe...  More
  • (928) 203-7616
  • 35 Hozoni Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $399.00 - $699.00

Sedona Castaway

Save 20% on this lodging/fly fishing vacation package. Package includes:

  • 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • A morning of casting for 2 Adults, includes instruction*
  • Package is priced for 2 people – Call Concierge for additional anglers
  • Your expert guides will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning

*Does NOT include fishing licenses, which can be purchased online at

Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedona

10. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedon...

Save on your accommodations by booking the one of our money-saving vacation packages. Packages include one night’s lodging with Free Delux...  More
  • (928) 282-3072
  • 1200 W Hwy 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $149.00 - $185.00
Comfort Inn Flagstaff

11. Comfort Inn Flagstaff

Soak in the serene atmosphere and beauty of Northern Arizona. Then discover the hotbed of activity waiting just outside your door at the Com...  More
  • (928) 774-2225
  • 2355 South Beulah Boulevard
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $99.00 - $149.00
The Downtowner On Route 66 Rodeway Inn & Suites

12. The Downtowner On Route 66 Rod...

The Downtowner on Route 66 has been remodeled with an "uptown" urban feel. With upgraded furnishings and luxury thread-count linens, the ne...  More
  • (928) 635-4041
  • 201 Historic U.S. 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $85.00 - $145.00
Sedona Super 8

13. Sedona Super 8

In between the red rocks of Sedona, the Super 8 offers clean, comfortable rooms at a very affordable price. This Sedona, AZ motel offers 2 o...  More
  • (928) 282-1533
  • 2545 W Hwy 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $79.00 - $169.00
Little America Hotel Flagstaff

14. Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, ...  More
  • (800) 352-4386
  • 2515 East Butler Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $183.00
Ramada Limited West Grand Canyon Area

15. Ramada Limited West Grand Cany...

A warm greeting awaits guests to this Flagstaff - Grand Canyon area hotel. Our all-non-smoking and newly renovated rooms are designed to exc...  More
  • (928) 773-1111
  • 2755 South Woodlands Village Boulevard
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $56.00 - $119.00
Junipine Resort

16. Junipine Resort

Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retr...  More
  • (928) 282-3375
  • 8352 N State Rte 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $129.00 - $419.00
Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

17. Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble...

The Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas is located in Uptown Sedona, providing near-Grand Canyon accommodations within...  More
  • (928) 282-4001
  • 400 N. State Rte. 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $199.00 - $429.00


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