Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

235 North Grand Canyon Blvd (formerly Fray Marcos Hotel), Williams, Arizona 86046, United States
(3 star hotel)
#2 of 43 hotels in Williams
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Styled after Classic Railway Hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 16, 2009

Some places, including at least a few VirtualTourist descriptions, will tell you that the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is the old Frey Marcus Hotel, which was once a classic old railroad owned tourist hotel.

However, that is not the case. The old Frey Marcus Hotel is still here, but it is used as offices for the Grand Canyon Railroad. Today's hotel guests demand much more complex facilities than could be provided in the old hotel building, and so a new structure was built from the ground up several years ago. It should be noted, however, that as much as possible the style of the historic structures of the railroad tourist hotel have been followed in the construction of this new hotel.

Please note that the web site below is for the Grand Canyon Railway, through which it is possible to access hotel reservations and train tickets, and other package deals.


1: Main Entrance to Hotel

2: Interior of Hotel Lobby which serves as a living room of sorts for hotel guests. This area has WiFi access.

3: Swimming pool room. Hot tub area is towards the back of the photo in the shadows, but you can see it if you look hard.

4: Typical hotel room. This one has a view of the parking lot. Best room to get faces the courtyard.

5: Video arcade room located on second floor. It's small, but there is a selection of games here.

6: Entrance to hotel at night after hotel was decorated for Christmas.

7: Courtyard of Hotel during the day

8: Courtyard of Hotel during sunset

9: Another photo of the swimming pool room

10: Another view of hotel lobby, including impressive Canyon paintings above front desk

11: environmentally friendly shampoo dispenser in shower of a hotel room

12: typical room accessory kit in bathroom

13: environmentally friendly soap provided in room

14: Grounds decorated for Christmas, 1

15: Grounds decorated for Christmas 2

16: Courtyard decorated for Christmas

17: Hotel lobby decorated for Christmas

Unique Quality: Rooms do not come with shampoo bottles for the shower: instead there is a refillable dispenser so as to minimize the amount of waste due to containers being thrown away.

Soap provided for the rooms is an ecologically friendly type in packaging made entirely from recycled materials.

The hotel has WiFi access in the lobby, but signal strength in the rooms is limited. There is no internet cafe or business center equipped with computers, so you would have to bring your own.

The swimming pool is in a huge room with high ceilings and huge windows that provides a wonderful atmosphere. The pool room is also equipped with a hot tub with a waterfall coming off of a rock outcrop set in the wall.

There is a small game room that includes a few arcade games.

There are two courtyards that are completely surrounded by hotel walls, so that they are a quiet outdoor refuge away from traffic and parking lot noise.

The lobby is an impressive and large facility with a few classic Grand Canyon paintings that are alone the size of the entire lobby at some roadside hotels.

Best of all, the train station is a quick walk south across the courtyard between the station and the hotel.

Breakfast is not provided by the hotel, but there is a Grand Canyon Railway cafe next to the station and a quick walk from the hotel.

Directions: Interstate 40 exit 163 (Williams), south onto N Grand Canyon Blvd. Turn right off of N Grand Canyon Blvd after several blocks, just before crossing the railroad tracks. There is a sign on the right saying "Grand Canyon Railway Hotel"

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A taste of Far West

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 1, 2005

I have a really good memory of my stay at this hotel. I stayed there to do the railway trip to Grand Canyon.

The rooms were comfortable. There was an indoor swimming pool, fitness room and a restaurant.

But what I remember the most is the lobby of the hotel ! It can seems strange but it's true. The lobby was big, typical "far west" decoration with red shades and wood, paintings of the Canyon and a fireplace. I took many pictures there playing with my newly bought cowgirl hat !

Unique Quality: * Beautiful Lobby
* Indoor Pool
* Perfect Location close to do a Railway trip to Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

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Address: 235 North Grand Canyon Blvd (formerly Fray Marcos Hotel), Williams, Arizona 86046, United States

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Amenities at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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