For many, the Grand Canyon Railway has become synonymous with the Grand Canyon as its engines have played an important role at the Canyon for more than a hundred years. Perhaps it is this sentiment, coupled with the cozy atmosphere that makes this hotel so special. Built in 1995, the hotel’s design was inspired by the original train depot and sits just across the lawn from the today’s historic (and still operating) depot. If you are going to take the Grand Canyon Railway into the park, why not stay at its hotel?
Though 60 miles away from the Canyon, it’s tough to beat catching a train taking you to the canyon practically right outside your door! With the train depot just next door, the hotel is located just two blocks north of downtown and Route 66. In addition to the cozy ambiance and authentic, western flare, this hotel delivers all the basic conveniences you and your family seeks with just a bit more. Triple-sheeting is included in all of the room packages, meaning you won’t be sleeping on a bedspread that hasn’t been washed in a few weeks.
The lobby’s sizeable flagstone fireplace, flanked by comfortable chairs and couches is sure to warm your spirits on cool evenings. Spencer’s Pub, located onsite and directly off the lobby of the hotel, is considered the signature room of the hotel as it features a handcrafted mahogany bar built and brought over from Europe in the 1800’s. Pizza and sandwiches are served here daily.
Rooming choices and accommodations vary depending on your budget. Standard rooms were designed with the family in mind as they are the most affordable and come with the functionality you might desire such as cable television, an alarm clock, coffee maker and full bathroom. Rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request. Deluxe rooms are a bit more spacious with upgraded furnishings and suites contain a couch, refrigerator and wet bar.
For those guests wishing to splurge a bit, or simply desiring the best the town of Williams has to offer, the Rail Baron Suite is a great place to stay. The hotel claims with is reserved for their “most exclusive guests” and was originally designed for the hotel owners. This suite is 1,000 square feet and features a full kitchen, living room, dining room table. All this luxury comes with a hefty price tag, though, so be sure to check the most current rates and see about any seasonal discounts.
- Railway service to the Grand Canyon
- Live entertainment
- Fitness Center
- Heated indoor pool and hot tub
- On-site restaurant
- Gift shop
- Satellite television including the Starz channel
- In-room coffeemaker
- Full bathrooms with a bathtub and shower
The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is one of our favorites in the area and is an ideal choice for those willing to pay more for a bit of luxury. If you are planning on taking the train into the Canyon, broadening your experience a bit by staying at the actual hotel should not disappoint. With live, local entertainment only enhances your experience and the kids will like the atmosphere kid-friendly amenities such as the indoor swimming pool and train.
Who is it good for?
For its historical significance, proximity to the railway AND to the Canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is ideal for families. With a number of suites available as well as plenty to keep the kiddos occupied, this hotel can’t be beat in ambiance, proximity and price.