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“Cute Historic B&B” 4 of 5 stars
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Red Garter Inn
137 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046   |  
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Ranked #4 of 13 Williams B&B and Inns
Queen Creek, Arizona
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19 hotel reviews
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“Cute Historic B&B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

After living in Arizona for years we decided to take our first trip up to Williams. The Red Garter had been recommended to us by friends a few years earlier so we decided to give it a go. We booked two rooms at the Inn, Best Gal's Room and Big Bertha's Room, but as luck would have it there were no other reservations so we had the place to ourselves.

The Red Garter was built in 1897 and in it's long history has been a saloon, a bordello, an opium den and a general store. I believe it was converted into a B&B in 1994. It definitely has a lot of charm, from the mannequin hanging out the front window with her red feather boa, to the claw foot bathtub and the ornate bed frames.

The rooms were spacious and clean, our room even had a small balcony. Some of the interior rooms were a little smaller (and only had skylights) but were also less money. I slept well, even though the Inn is said to be haunted :) Breakfast in the morning was downstairs and everything is baked fresh, the lady even took requests the night before. She baked the best croissants I have ever tasted.

The only down side to the Inn was the waiting we had to do. Upon check-in we waited with our bags while the lady helped other customers in the shop, answered questions, explained the history to people and served them coffee. In the morning we waited a long time to get our breakfast as customers were coming and going. It was pretty frustrating as we were trying to leave early to get to the Grand Canyon.

Complaining aside, this is a well maintained B&B with a lot of history in a great little town. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Enjoy it's cheesiness and spend the night in an old brothel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jwholst, Owner at Red Garter Inn, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Pink Saguaro, Thanks for the review and the kind words for the building and decor. I certainly don't consider your comments on your treatment by staff as complaining, it is feedback that we need to help in training the " new gal" and to remind ourselves or the importance of hospitality in every aspect of this business. John
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

First of all, I stayed in October of 2010...I'm just now getting into reviewing on TripAdvisor and felt that this place deserved to be reviewed.

We actually stayed on Halloween and were looking forward to staying in a supposed haunted B&B and even though we saw no ghosts, all other expectations were met and exceeded. The room was comfortable, the employees were pleasant and hospitable and the breakfast was delicious.

The location of the Red Garter was also perfect - we could walk anywhere in town worth walking to. I very highly recommend staying at the Red Garter if you find yourself in Williams, Az.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Maui, Hawaii
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8 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I just returned from my vacation and stay at the Red Garter Inn Bed & Bakery. I chose the inn after reading the excellent online reviews and have to say I was still very impressed. This is a very quaint inn that has been lovingly restored and is in remarkable condition. We were greeted that evening by a very friendly, knowledgeable staff person who shared all of the history of the hotel and town with us and made us feel at home for the night. The next morning the incredible hospitality continued when we met the owner, John, and his other staff person. We were served a continental breakfast and able to choose whatever we wanted from the bakery (fresh baked goods, cereal, fresh fruit, juice, etc). The staff also answered all of our travel questions and even provided a customized map to our next destination for us. Before we left on our journey, John asked if we would like him to take our picture outside the inn. We had fun dressing up in boas and posing outside for some fun touristy pictures!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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23 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here in October 2011 & liked it so well be brought our whole family in June 2012. We booked all the rooms and stayed 4 nights. It was nice to have the place to ourselves. John is a great host. He gave us ideas for day trips and made us feel like family. We enjoyed breakfast downstairs each morning. On the morning we were leaving, we planned to get up at the crack of dawn. John provided a breakfast box and milk and juices for our breakfast on the road on our journey back home. This is a beautiful old place and is well decorated for the period. These folks make you feel like family!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

A wonderfully authentic place, so evocative of the Old West. It was like stepping back in time. John and his staff who were so welcoming, friendly and helpful and made us feel at home. It was clear that John had put heart and soul into this place to restore it to even better than its former glory and he gave us a history of its past. We stayed in the Parlour Room for 3 nights and would loved to have stayed longer but had a packed schedule ahead. We also loved Williams as a town, which was a mix of the Old West and the '50s, but with all the modern conveniences. The Red Garter is conveniently situated in the centre of town - an ideal place to stay while visiting the Grand Canyon but also a very pleasant place to stay if not!

Room Tip: On a long road trip we needed to go for the cheapest (2 types), although all rooms looked good. Of t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This was the best place we stayed during our two week trip through Utah and Arizona!!

The atmosphere was delightful, the whole building and the lovely lovely room (we stayed in the best girls room) have been kept in the original old style, which even more increased the feeling of the old route 66.

The staff was so incredibly friendly and warm, we really felt at home!

Bonus to all of this, they make the most incredible breakfast and cookies, which you can have anytime and as many as you want. Yes, for my belly it was good we didn't stay there two weeks :)

I would very much recommend the place if you are staying in Williams or crossing the old route 66!

Room Tip: Best girls room (front side) was fabulous!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

this Hotel was One of the best ones on our trip through the USA.
it was original, different, clean, had everything we needed. a owner that cares about his guests and makes them feel at home. the breakfast was really Good. we loved the red garter and the Little town Williams.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 137 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046
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Location: United States > Arizona > Williams
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Williams
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Historic Route 66 just south of the Grand Canyon, the Red Garter offers lodging and breakfast in a beautifully restored 1897 saloon and bordello. The antique furnishings capture the 1890's atmosphere without giving up the comfort and security expected by today's traveler. Within an hour's drive see Sedona, the ghost town Jerome, Indian ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments and the Grand Canyon. ... more   less 
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