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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Red Garter Hotel Williams