Fifty-four new rooms, a new indoor pool, a fitness center, and a kids play area are just a few of the amenities ready for expansion or a face lift at the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. The hotel – which upgraded to a “Premier” status in 2011 – also plans to expand its Navajo Room and Coronado Dining Room as well as add a laundry room, and a new lobby.
General Manager Greg Bryan estimates the first phase – which began a while ago – will cost between eight and nine million dollars.
“We’ve already torn out our pool and the tennis courts that were there before,” Bryan said. “We’re putting in a new indoor pool and a fitness center and some restrooms and then an outdoor pool; kids play area, deck area and probably a functionary where we could have a cocktail party or something along those lines.”
According to Bryan, the first phase will need eight to 10 more employees, who will live in Best Western housing in Valle.
The time frame for the entire project is 10 to 15 years. By the time the project is complete, the Best Western hopes to add about 425 rooms.
“We’re turning business away, so we know we have a market for it,” Bryan said.
Nestled in the small town of Tusayan, the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn is known for its convenient location to the Grand Canyon south rim entrance which is home to the Desert View Watch Tower, Grand Canyon Visitor Center and spectacular canyon views.
Best Western Squire Inn will submit the master plan to the town officials as soon as the civil engineering, drainage and elevation studies are finished.