This is a very special hotel: a gateway to the Grand Canyon unlike any other. About 65 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you can buy different packages which include a train ride there and back , hotel stay and meals. Our package was two nights hotel, a train ride for four in coach, and two buffet breakfasts and dinners. We also got a motor coach ride from the South Rim that took us a few miles out past the grand canyon station and let us explore the grand canyon some more. You can certainly just hike the many trails, but the coach ride is helpful in the winter since many trails are closed. If you're taking a coach ride, take the one without lunch included: it's a waste of time and you can grab lunch to go there and be on your way.
The hotel rooms were clean and comfortable, there's a heated indoor pool, the buffet is sumptuous with good service. No complaints here. Be prepared for packs of families with kids :)
The train ride to the Grand Canyon itself was two hours each way, with entertainers on board to help pass time We went close to Christmas time, it was snowing, the Canyon was gorgeous and magical. Highly recommend this for a unique unforgettable experience. There's also a Polar Express train that we didn't check out.
- 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