During the summer months it may be expensive to stay at hotels close to The Grand Canyon. Therefore, we advise making the 90-minute trek from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. You’ll probably save 50% on your hotel by doing this. Seriously. In addition, rooms are much easier to get if you haven’t made advance-reservations.
It may also be worth looking at Airbnb options in Flagstaff. We’ve done that in the past, and it can be an even better deal.
In the winter, you can stay closer to the park and prices are much lower. I have personally stayed at the Best Western that is just outside of the park (stayed there in 2005 and 2011). It is in a town called Tusayan. I enjoyed my visit both times. They have a really great breakfast buffet (which is complimentary). We’ve enjoyed their bowling alley and pool tables, as well as their outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). Plus, they happen to have free WiFi that works.
If you’re able to book your trip far in advance, you can stay inside the park at lodging just steps from the rim.
We’ll be updating this post shortly with more travel lodging options and recommendations. We also recommend checking Airbnb for affordable options.