Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

3 stars
235 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Williams, AZ 86046
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
39 reviews
Great for Grands!!

What a wonderfilled experience for my grandkids. The Polar Express, depot, railroad memorabilia,... See full review

  • melnonny
  • Dec 2, 2013
Perfect place to stay for Grand Canyon vacation

Stayed one night before driving the last hour to Grand Canyon, nice room, great staff, clean, only... See full review

  • allimac
  • Aug 17, 2012
Luxury of a bygone era at the gateway to Grand Canyon

Guests step back in time at this ornate 297-room hotel, perfectly situated alongside the Grand Canyon Railway. The hotel defines style and grace with a classy, cozy lobby with stunning fireplace and beautifully appointed guestrooms. Guests enjoy easy access to nearby attractions, a fitness center, pool, and pub.

Highlights
  • Sumptuous accommodations, close to town and attractions
  • Perfect base for multi-day excursions
  • Fitness center and pool
  • Adjacent pet-friendly hotel for dogs and cats
Rooms

The hotel offers 287 rooms and 11 suites. Spacious Standard guest rooms feature two queen beds, heating and air conditioning, Internet access (fees apply), in-room coffee markers, television with premium cable channels, and eco-friendly amenities in the large bathrooms. Deluxe rooms boast two triple-sheeted queen beds, satellite flat-screen televisions, and Thomasville furnishings. Rooms also include a micro-fridge and full bathroom with granite countertops. Rollaway beds, cribs, and connecting rooms are available.

Features

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, a two-story, low-rise property, was modeled after the historic Williams Depot and original Harvey House Fray Marcos Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The smoke-free property provides an impressive list of top-notch features for guests, whether they're traveling on business, on a family vacation, or a romantic getaway. The adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Pet Resort features 28 rooms for dogs and 16 condos for cats.

Dining

Guests enjoy fine spirits in Spenser's Pub, the hotel's signature room, featuring a custom handcrafted mahogany bar built in the late 1800s and brought over from Europe. The pub serves light fare such as pizzas and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. The on-site Grand Depot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet-style.

Recreation

The property also offers a heated indoor pool and hot tub. A kids' game room features video games and pinball. Outside, a professionally designed playground offers a rock-climbing wall, basketball court, volleyball court, and horseshoes.

 

Elephant Rocks, an 18-hole course just a mile from the hotel, tests golfers' skills as it winds through the Ponderosa pine-lined fairways at almost 7,000 feet elevation.

Transportation
  • Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (36.5 mi/58.7 km)
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport (52 mi/83.7 km)
Nearby attractions
  • Grand Canyon National Park, south entrance (55 mi/88.5 km)
  • Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff (34.2 mi/55 km)
  • Yavapai Observation Station (60.7 mi/97.7 km)
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument (45 mi/72.4 km)
Business
  • Conference facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • High-speed Internet access (fees apply)
Policies and fees
  • High-speed wireless Internet access is available in guest rooms for $9.95 per day.
  • Discounts available to seniors and AARP members.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Rooms

Standard Room
Standard guest rooms are spacious and feature two queen beds, heating and air conditioning, dial-up Internet access, in-room coffee markers, premium cable channels and environmentally friendly amenities in the large bathrooms. Each room is accessible through the hotel's indoor corridors.
Deluxe Room - 2 Queen beds
Deluxe rooms feature two triple-sheeted queen beds, LG flat-screen TVs with satellite TV, and new Thomasville furnishings. The rooms also have a micro-fridge, in-room coffee maker, telephone, alarm clock, air conditioning and a full bathroom with granite countertops. Like the standard rooms, the deluxe rooms are a spacious 300+ square feet and have been recently renovated with new carpet, VOC-free paint and low flow showerheads.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

35.2512 -112.1887
Area served
Williams, AZ
Nearby airports
Phoenix International Airport and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
Area description
The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is located adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway train depot in Williams, Arizona on the original Route 66 and Highway 40 en route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Surrounded by the largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world at an alpine elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level. It's literally across the tracks from the main street area of Williams and its picturesque small town America shops and restaurants.

Dining

Grand Depot Cafe
Grand Depot Cafe on the Grand Canyon Railway property sits adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Depot serving hearty buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner 363 days a year.
Spenser's Pub
Spenser's Pub is the Grand Canyon Railway's signature bar, offering a relaxing drinks and light menu fare 363 days a year. Features authentic English bar imported from Europe and outdoor terrace, weather permitting.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (39)

Ratings and reviews for Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
39 out of 39
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.5

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Long Beach, Ca.
Aug 30, 2010

Great Location for vacation

The hotel was in a great location. The people were very friendly. I cant wait to revisit the town of Williams, Az. again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chandler, AZ
Aug 26, 2010

peaceful place

We traveled to Williams to enjoy a peaceful vacation and we were not disappointed. The location of the grandcanyon railway hotel is a perfect base for visiting the grand canyon and other attractions in the area. everything we wanted to do was well within driving distance and we even found time to relax in Spencers Pub (awesome service and atmosphere). The grandcanyon railway cafe also impressed us with their food and service. I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

Spencer's Pub has some of the best wings and pizza in the area. enjoy a margarita while you're waiting!

Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chandler, AZ
Aug 26, 2010

peaceful place

We traveled to Williams to enjoy a peaceful vacation and we were not disappointed. The location of the grandcanyon railway hotel is a perfect base for visiting the grand canyon and other attractions in the area. everything we wanted to do was well within driving distance and we even found time to relax in Spencers Pub (awesome service and atmosphere). The grandcanyon railway cafe also impressed us with their food and service. I would recommend this spot to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: In Hotel

Spencer's Pub has some of the best wings and pizza in the area. enjoy a margarita while you're waiting!

Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
SoCal
Jul 29, 2010

Pricy

Great location. CLEAN! A bit outdated rooms. Overpriced by about 25% compared to similar room at chain business type hotels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
SoCal
Jul 29, 2010

Pricy

Great location. CLEAN! A bit outdated rooms. Overpriced by about 25% compared to similar room at chain business type hotels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SC Gramps
Elgin, SC
Jul 12, 2010

Great Location to visit GC & Williams

Used location to visit Grand Canyon and to visit Williams. Great little town with many neat eating places and some first class shops. Location made it easy to get to and from the Grand Canyon south rim sites. My wife and I agree that this was the best vacation we have ever spent.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Try Thunder Eagle Native Art & Jewelry store if you like native art, very authentic and beautiful items.

Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SC Gramps
Elgin, SC
Jul 12, 2010

Great Location to visit GC & Williams

Used location to visit Grand Canyon and to visit Williams. Great little town with many neat eating places and some first class shops. Location made it easy to get to and from the Grand Canyon south rim sites. My wife and I agree that this was the best vacation we have ever spent.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Try Thunder Eagle Native Art & Jewelry store if you like native art, very authentic and beautiful items.

Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Granche
Wickenburg, Arizona
Jun 27, 2010

Not what I expected!

The hotel was convienently located to walk downtown. For the price of a standard room at nearly $200 a night, we were very disapointed in the exterior condition of the hotel and a 'very plain looking room.' I could have gone to a Super 8 motel and acheived the same look! The hotel mostly caters to out of state and foreign visitors who ride the train to the Grand Canyon. The hotel and railroad was operated by the same company. I would not recommend staying at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Granche
Wickenburg, Arizona
Jun 27, 2010

Not what I expected!

The hotel was convienently located to walk downtown. For the price of a standard room at nearly $200 a night, we were very disapointed in the exterior condition of the hotel and a 'very plain looking room.' I could have gone to a Super 8 motel and acheived the same look! The hotel mostly caters to out of state and foreign visitors who ride the train to the Grand Canyon. The hotel and railroad was operated by the same company. I would not recommend staying at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Las Vegas, NV
Oct 24, 2009

Nice Hotel

Average, room was clean but hardly any channels on t.v.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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