Williams, Arizona, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff, is a travelers’ crossroads. While communities such as Tusayan that lie just outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park have limited services, Williams is large enough to have a wide array of visitor services and amenities and is less than 60 miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The town is the home base of the Grand Canyon Railway. Williams has ample motels. Among them are independently owned establishments and a pet-friendly chain motel.
A Couple of Cozy Cabooses
Canyon Motel & RV Park is situated in the Ponderosa pine covered mountains of northern Arizona. The motel’s theme centers around Historic Route 66 and has a special focus on the history of the railroad in the American West. One set of lodgings includes 18 flagstone cottage rooms originally built in the 1940s. If rooms with mountain views off Route 66 feel too tame, the two 1929 Santa Fe Railway Caboose suites can each sleep five or six people. For a grander suite, guests can opt for a 1950 classic Grand Canyon rail car with three separate rooms.
Pillowtop Luxury on Historic Route 66
The Lodge on Route 66 is a motel with nine single rooms and nine suites. The motel has travertine and wood flooring, solid wood furniture, upgraded linens and pillow top mattresses on beds. For outdoor lounging, guests can relax under a covered central cabana.
A Top Flight Former Bordello
The Red Garter Bed & Bakery housed a different kind of business in 1897. The former bordello, which sits at the top of a flight of stairs across from the Grand Canyon Railway terminal, now welcomes tourists and serves them breakfast, too. Walls in some of the guest rooms still have graffiti from visitors nearly a century ago. The rooms are outfitted with period-style furnishings, wood trim and high ceilings. The bakery below at street level serves fresh baked treats and breakfast to B&B guests.
Accommodations for Pups and People's Snacks
The Williams Grand Canyon Travelodge is on Historic Route 66 in the heart of the town of Williams. The Grand Canyon Railway terminal is about a half-mile away. The motel has been recently renovated and features a refrigerator in every room, a great addition for guests who want to store supplies for a picnic lunch or road snacks. Guests with a pet dog will find welcome at the Travelodge. This is a “dogs only” motel, with a $10 fee. For guests who look to accrue or use Wyndham Rewards Points, Travelodge is part of that chain.
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