Just got back from a trip to the Grand Canyon and finished off in Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is a great place to stay when traveling with kids and grandparents. We stayed in a one bedroom suite which was perfect for a group of 5. The bedroom had two queen beds and the living room had a pull out sofabed.There is a small kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. The suite we stayed in was on the second floor and had a balcony with a perfect view of the train depot. My dad,who is 71 years old, loved sitting on the balcony and watching the train come and go. It was peaceful at night. We drove in during a storm that day, and the view of the sky was just beautiful.
There is a buffet style restuarant on site, but we didn't eat there. We did the package deal which I purchased online through the Grand Canyon Railway, but decided not to include the buffet due to reviews on tripadvisor. The hotel is walking distance or a VERY short drive from William's main st. There are plenty of places to eat there. The first night we ate at the Country place right on the corner. The second night we tried the Pizza Factory and brought it back to our room. We really enjoyed the Pizza Factory. Perfect for kids. The people there were very friendly, and the pizza was so good! My daughter ordered spaghetti and meatballs and loved it. My mom ordered a meatball sandwich, which she said was really good. The place is comfortable to eat in if traveling with kids. There is bench style seating and a t.v. It smelled so good walking by, we just had to stop. Prices were reasonable. The Country place (can't remember the actual name) was good. The roasted chicken and chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes was really good, along with the soup. But i can't figure out why they would serve it with canned green beans.
There is a Safeway right down the street, which was nice. I would recommend getting gas closer to their main st. Much cheaper than waiting until you get closer to the freeway. There is a Circle K, and a few othere reasonably priced gas stations there. There is also a McDonalds, Taco Bell, and a KFC very close by if that's what you need. They are closer to the freeway entrance/exit.
People working at the hotel and on the main st of Williams are very friendly and talkative. I really liked that. Would definetly stay here again the next time we visit the Grand Canyon. I liked not staying at one of the hotels in the canyon. If traveling during the Summer months, it gets very crowded, and it was nice to take the train back to Williams, and enjoy the peace and friendliness of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the luxury of a bygone era at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel, our hotel is a relaxing retreat in a picturesque Western setting. The 298-room hotel is just a block away from downtown Williams and historic Route 66. Combined with a variety of amenities such as complimentary wi-fi, an indoor pool and hot tub, delicious dining options at Grand Depot Cafe and Spenser's Pub, The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is the perfect place to stay before embarking on your grandest of journeys! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Railway Williams
- Fray Marcos Hotel
- Hotel Grand Canyon Railway