We stopped at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel on a return trip from Alabama-Las Vegas June 16-17, 2012. Several had recommended the train trip as a good way to visit the canyon and we booked based on those recommendations and the Tripadvisor reviews.
We made the short drive from Las Vegas to Williams and arrived early enought to make the short two-block walk to downtown Williams for a "gunfight" in the middle of town. The photos are a little misleading in regard to the location of the various facilities, as everything is conveniently close. The hotel is built in an octagonal design and it takes a few hours to find your way around. The facilities are old, but very nice and clean. We opted for the standard room, which was OK, although it was in the building the furthest away from the restaurant and train station. Not a big deal, since everything, including the center of town, is within easy walking distance. We had a need to wash clothes at this stop, and, although the hotel does not have washers-dryers, the adjacent RV park does, and these were available to guests. The four washers-dryers were all working and clean and we also met some nice RV travelers while doing our clothes. You will want to drive to the RV park, as it is several blocks from the hotel. The RV store has soft drinks, beer, snacks. Etc. One tip - the beer in New Mexico is not twist off tops, but pry off tops, so either pack or plan to purchase a bottle opener.
As other have reported the food in the restaurant is not great, but all in all, the convenience of having everything at one stop probably outweighs the lack of variety of food. Kids who usually like burgers, fries, and chicken fingers, may have a hard time finding enought to eat in the restaurant, and the food is a little overpriced, but included in the package we purchased. There are a couple of nice restaurants in downtown Williams if you desire, and some fast-food a few blocks away.
We opted for the luxury car on the rear of the train for the trip to Grand Canyon because you have access to the rear platform, and although it was nice, I think anything other than the very basic train trip would also be OK. The wild west show was fun and the cowboys also robbed the train on the return from the Canyon.
It's a nice, relaxing, safe, clean stop and we would recommend it and would probalby do it again. It's a little pricey but all in all it's probalby worth the extra money to have everything packaged in one deal, which you pay for in advance when you book on line.
They also offer a deal where you can spend one night in Williams and one night at an old hotel right on the rim of the canyon. This might be good to consider, especially since I suspect the Canyon is much more photogenic at sunrise and sunset. However, we opted to not have to pack and unpack and just leave everything back at the Wiliams location. It's right off the interstate, easy to find, small, clean, friendly place to spend a couple of nights.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Railway Williams
- Fray Marcos Hotel
- Hotel Grand Canyon Railway
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historical hotel named after a member of a Spanish expedition. ... more less
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