Our stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel couldn't have been better. Check in was a breeze. We had the one night package. Everything was so organized right on down to boarding the train, seating, etc. We went first class which was nice-more space.
Now about Max's and Thelmas. I must say after reading other reviews I was cautious. No need to be though as we did go ahead and order off the menu. I recommend this highly as the buffet did look too institutionalized for us. Well, the service was tops and the BBQ Rib dinner couldn't have been better with fall off the bone tenderness! large portions, hot food and very tasty. My husband had the breakfast buffet and I must say the was a nice surprise as it was very well done. I considered our "package" a great overall experience and value. I would recommend to anyone. (one word of advice: make sure you have someone knowledgeable on the phone reservation desk)
We are from Mission Viejo, CA and drove in.