I'm so glad I didn't rely on the travel websites to find a hotel for our 'mom & dad visit the campus' weekend; I knew there had to be something better in an old Route 66 town than a Quality Inn or Super 8 (ugh). So I just googled Flagstaff Hotels and this one popped up -- what a stroke of luck! We loved this place. We were in the "Cornell Wilde" room on the 4th floor (I remember the name, but that's it -- shoulda been a pic of him somewhere). It was centrally located to everything we needed it to be. We walked to some satisfying eateries (Matterhorn Grill, Pita Pit), and a few not so great as well (the diner on the next block) . . . It was close to NAU and lots of cute shops. Our room was really clean and the bed was huge and comfortable. Yeah, there is the TRAIN, but by the second night it wasn't so bad. I really am comforted by the sound of a train (maybe a little more distant, but oh well!) -- btw, these trains don't seem to even slow down when passing thru town, which is a bit thrilling, if not scary. We were there two nights (Thursday/Friday) and it did get a bit noisier in the TWO bars downstairs on Friday night. But, I'd still rather have all that than standard freeway truck noises and cookie-cutter motel decor. Hey people, life's too short. Live a little! I mean, Jon Bon Jovi and Anthony Hopkins have rooms named for them, which means THEY stayed there and not in the distant past, either!
Tips: (1) Be aware Flagstaff is at 7000 feet altitude, so if you're a bottom dweller, allow yourself at least 24 hours to acclimate (drink lots of H2O and little of ETOH); (2) The elevator works MOST of the time, but if you are on the 4th floor on the first day, and the elevator is out of order -- it's okay to take your time trudging up the stairs!
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- Also Known As:
- Monte Vista Hotel
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