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Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   235 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046   |  
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Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Williams
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“Not so Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed at the Railway Hotel on January simply because it was convenient for us since we were taking the train. The employees seemed unhappy and unmotivated. The rooms were dusty and the carpet had a small stain. The lobby had comfortable sofas, a warm fire in the chimney, and a coffee machine which we enjoyed as the weather was rather cold.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Until I realized this hotel was designed after the early Sante Fe RR Tourist hotels, I was a little disappointed with the appearance. but they have tried hard in the lobby areas with beautiful pictures and woodwork to bring out that feel. Check in person worked to get us a quiet room. The rooms need something more decor somehow, but it was comfortable. The heater was a little noisy but much better than some. The breakfast buffet service was good, price included juice and coffee, the food choices were plentiful and included a made to order egg station. You can go continental smaller across the hall. The friendliness and caring of all the Xanterra staff to make the stay and train trip enjoyable was noted!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This hotel was better than we expected. We have stayed at national park property in the past so we were pleasantly surprised. The room was large and clean. We stayed two nights and took the train to the Grand Canyon. It was a wonderful experience. The only complaint is the shower head is a water saver and the flow was really, really slow.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Overpriced buffet breakfast at the hotel and no nice coffee / pastry / fruit setup a la carte creates a problem for families who would rather not spend $12 per person (including kids) for a simple breakfast. It's either the whole buffet or nothing. Indoor pool / spa setup is ok, but in winter, you have to brave the cold in order to get to it from the rooms. Bottom line: consider this hotel strictly as a clean, simple, convenient, no-frills way to stay the night before catching the train on site in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Overall a good experience for the whole family. We got the 2- night package which included the train ride, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, a motorcoach tour and lunch at the Grand Canyon. The room (standard double queen) was nice, but nothing special. The buffet cafeteria was good, but could use even small menu changes for people staying multiple nights. That being said, it's better than a Hometown Buffet and the prime rib was the best one I've ever had at a buffet, including some upscale ones in Vegas. The employees were all friendly. The motorcoach tour was nice, but seemed rushed at both stopping points. The tour guide was full of interesting stories and tidbits about the area. A window cleaning would have been appreciated. The lunch at the Grand Canyon was ok. Overall, what keeps this hotel from being great are some small to medium fixes that would increase guest comfort: automatic doors into the lobby area so people with luggage don't have to struggle with 2 sets of doors; a towel bar that is closer to the bathtub than the toilet; an enclosed walkway (for winter weather) to the Cafe and Depot and or signage outside the main doors of each major area directing guests to the other major areas. The train ride was fun, although the "robbery" was pretty hokey even for my 11-year old. Caleb, our PSA was wonderful!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I wanted a more relaxing way to get up to see the Grand Canyon than driving the family up there. We had heard about "THE train" and booked a package which included two nights in a standard room at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, first class train tickets, motorcoach tour and four meals.

No major complaints with the hotel. Yeah it's big, and yeah on a Polar Express night it was pretty frenzied with kids running around in pajamas. (The second night had a calmer vibe.) Our standard room was clean and comfortable, although devoid of character and the bathroom is downright stark. I feel the first class train tickets were a better upgrade though, since that's why we were here.

The pool is heated, plenty of towels, and big enough. However, it must have been designed by some clown from SoCal that needed to check a December forecast for Williams. Why do you have to go OUTSIDE to access the pool? It's the most inane setup I've ever seen. And it's easily correctable...there's glass block that could be replaced with a secured door to the pool.

Actually, they have the real estate around the pool area...if they wanted to they could add a bar and then parents could kick back with a local brew while the kids play. Just a suggestion.

Other hotel features...the game room was forgettable, a few low-end arcade machines, half of which were out of order. Skip.

However, we liked Spensers, the pub off the main lobby. Nicely decorated...try the Four Peaks!

The meals in the cafe were adequate...It's a Hometown Buffet grade meal. Again, it's another walk outside although you can truncate it significantly by navigating the long corridors past Spensers to the last exit. Service there and throughout our experience was VERY friendly, kudos to the Xanterra team.

We had a great time, I liked the package...well organized and I didn't have to think about anything for a couple days. Would recommend and do again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We took a train from Grand Canyon to Williams and stayed and the Railway hotel. Had a lovely stay at this nice and cosy place. Very close to bars and restaurants, good and cheap souvenirs. Buffet breakfast was great, big choice of food. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 235 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ 86046
Location: United States > Arizona > Williams
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Williams
#5 Romantic Hotel in Williams
#5 Family Hotel in Williams
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Canyon Railway Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 287
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historical hotel named after a member of a Spanish expedition. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Grand Canyon Railway Williams
Fray Marcos Hotel
Hotel Grand Canyon Railway

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