Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

I have ridden the Grand Canyon Railway twice in my life. My husband and I rode the train up to the Grand Canyon a decade ago but more recently we took our children to experience the Polar Express train trip for a little Christmas cheer. We stayed in the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel both times that we rode the train, and we had a wonderful experience each time. The moment that you walk into the lobby at the hotel, you feel warm and welcome.

The hotel itself is very nice, casual elegance as they say on their website. We stayed in a Deluxe Room which included two queen beds, an LG flat-screen TV with satellite TV, and new furnishings. Our room also had a mini-fridge, in-room coffee maker, telephone, alarm clock, air conditioning, and a full bathroom with granite counter-tops.  The hotel also boasts a long list of amenities outside of the rooms including an arcade, fitness center, playground, and an indoor pool and hot tub.  My family especially loved the pool. We could see snow on the ground outside while we splashed comfortably in the pool.

The staff at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is one of the nicest I have experienced. They were friendly, helpful, and chatty in a good way.  The hotel had many other points of excellence. The bed was incredibly comfortable and I had a hard time getting out of it in the morning. The pool was well maintained and was at a perfect temperature. Also, the arcade had Galaga and Ms. Pacman, which this eighties girl appreciated. My only complaints are minor: there were too many games out of order in the arcade and the items for sale for breakfast were too expensive for a family of four.  However, the food was good and the arcade provided us with fun.

If you are in the Williams, Arizona area I would highly recommend the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, especially if you are riding the train. It was a cold and icy night when my family rode the Polar Express and I was surprised to hear that a few of the families sitting near us were driving home from Williams to the Phoenix Metro Area right after the train ride ended. I had peace of mind knowing that we could walk right out of the Depot, cross a small parking lot, and be inside the warm, cozy, and beautiful hotel.

If you are like me and live somewhere without snow, one bonus of traveling to places like Williams this time of year is snow! The snow really made our trip.  My desert kids were overjoyed to see it when we woke up in the morning.

The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is located in Williams, Arizona.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary room in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. 

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Renata Lopes says

    the pictures are very beautiful.

  2. Anita Leibert says

    This sounds like a wonderful place to stay! I’m not sure that I’ll be so fortunate to get out that way, (I’m in Ohio), but if I do, I’d love to check this out! Thank you for sharing your photo’s 🙂

  3. Diana Heiner says

    This place looks like a lot of fun! I’ll have to remember this for a vacation spot in the future!

  4. I cant wait to go!!! My children & I will be there tomorrow night!!!!

  5. oh i want to go there, looks so inviting

  6. That sounds like a nice place to stay. It looks cozy and inviting.

  7. Your description and pictures are beautiful. I’d like to go these. It would be a REAL vacation. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This place looks amazing! I never even knew it existed. Going on my to-do list for sure!


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