Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

3 stars
235 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Williams, AZ 86046
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
23 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.

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.

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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

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 (23)

Ratings and reviews for Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 23
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.6
Value:
4

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
melnonny
Business
texas
Dec 2, 2013

Great for Grands!!

What a wonderfilled experience for my grandkids. The Polar Express, depot, railroad memorabilia, and Santa himself made our trip magical. My only concern was the food; not for kids and WAY overpriced at pub.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Polar Express needs you dressed in Christmas PJs, the "Polar Express" book, and a heart full of "belief". Get totally involved with carols and cocoa, and you will have a wonderful time!!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
allimac
Business
Lewes, DE
Aug 17, 2012

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 negative thing about the area is gas is 50 cents higher than everywhere else so fill up before you hit Williams, AZ.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Fill tank before you get to Williams, AZ, gas is outragoues

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
M.S. from Vinings
Business
Atlanta, Ga.
Jun 20, 2012

Better than expected!

Hotel was very clean. Lobby area is nice with comfortable couches. Rooms were a bit dated but very clean and comfortable. Dinner buffet looked like your basic buffet food. Opted to eat elsewhere. Surprised that they required my paid third party reservation receipt to check in. Fortunately I had printed it out and brought it. Overall, it was better than I expected. It is not a swanky high end hotel but it is one that I would feel comfortable recommending.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
firsttimeviewers
Business
NY,NY
Sep 22, 2011

Family Getaway

The hotel staff were friendly and placed both rooms next to each other. The amenities were average. It was nice to have a cafe/restaurant nearby. We liked the atmosphere and the coach rides offered with entertainment. We also liked the convenience of getting on the Grand Canyon train ride. The family had a nice time however didn't stay at the hotel too long to enjoy everything, it was all about the train and the Grand Canyon!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

To get on the Grand Canyon train, bar, and restaurant

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
CaliforniaMan
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 12, 2010

Uneventful stay

We did not spend a whole lot of time at the hotel except for resting after spending time at the Grand Canyon. This hotel is about 45-60 minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. The pool was small but it was enough to relax after the long days. There is also a very nice mini gym but I doubt it gets used much since walking in the Grand Canyon is in itself a good exercise.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

This hotel is in Williams, AZ. The town organizes a Wild West show during the summer months. It is very entertaining to watch it if you have kids.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Paublo
Business
Apple Valley Ca
Oct 12, 2009

Excellent choice - Convience and price

Hotel staff very friendly,exceptional location to catch grand canyonn train,coffee shop,resturants and gift shops on property, local shopping and entertainment within walking distance. Various tours and attractions available from this location. [...] has once again assisted me with a very memorable vacation.

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

Business

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