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This was an amazing, truly memorable day for us all! Thanks Frank Langford for suggesting this experience to us. We started the day with a buffet breakfast - all included in the package, then we head out to some bleachers to watch a Wild West show, with horse thieves and a sheriff and horses. And what Wild West show would be complete without a …
... telegraph, Route 66 from 1920's on and the Interstate.
Having driven north for a few miles on a good quality gravel Forestry Road, we came to the start of the preserved Beale route through the Kaibab Forest. We stopped for a break by an inscribed monument for the Beale Wagon Road and Harry and I had an impromptu game of baseball while Jackie was getting snap happy. We turned left and followed the route as indicated by small sign posts of arrows and camels. Although ...
... and four Japanese people from New York were with us. Larry and Erin sat in the back where it is the bumpiest. I rode up front with Mike where it was the least bumpiest. First we road about a mile through town and then turned at Canyon Drive. We soon came to the end of the paved road and took a dirt road created by Pink Jeep Tours into Coconino National Forest. Mike was a great guide with lots of information on geology, botany and wildlife. The ...
... we got on old US Route 66. It is a very scenic drive with changing landscapes the whole way. We also were right beside the BNSF (Burlington Northern and Sante Fe) Railroad most of the way and saw lots of trains. The landscape was very flat and barren in places. For a long stretch we went by the Music Mountains. The next chain of mountains looked like huge rock piles. There were stretches where ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Canyon Railway Hotel Williams
Great Hotel! Rooms were well appointed and very classy. Staff was great. The food was tasty and reasonable in the hotel restaurant/ Bar. The Actual Bar was a huge dark wood piece of art!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Williams
Had a great time
The staff was very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed our trip in 2002. We are going back in 2004.The hotel was very clean and well staffed the town was very interesting.
You guys were indeed a saving grace!!!
My friend from Phoenix had booked a night at this "bed and bakery" in town and I was extreemly disappointed with the bathrooms they had to offer. So after much pointless discussion with this Bed and Bakery owner, the fact that he insulted me by stating "well, it is good enough for everyone else, why not you?" and the fact that he would not let my friend out of the reservation, I decided that I was not going to let this person ruin my trip. My friend not having much of an option decided to stay at the bed and bakery and I proceeded to make my own plans. I was very lucky to get a nice room at the Fray Marcos for not a lot of money and it saved the entire trip. The service was grand and the restaurant's coffee was superb!!!
Great Week End
Took Amtak to get to Williams, a great way to get there.
The Fray Marcos was a real treat. Very nice facility, and the staff was 1st class. Rooms were comfortable and the lobby with the large fireplace was a great place to relax.
The whole trip package, the Fray Marcos, Max & Thelma's, the Grand Canyon train, was all a deliteful weekend and well worth a repeat trip.
Fray Marcos Hotel was a Delight
On a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, we were pleased (very) with our stay at the Fray Marcos Hotel. When I booked this hotel I went on the internet to check it out, and found one very derogatory report on it, but decided that must be a very disgruntled gentleman. (Which proved to be just right). Our room was very clean, and the staff were very helpful and polite, and our meals at Joe and Thelmas Restaurant were very good. The only bad thing we had on the trip was the meal that we had when we got to the bus at the Grand Canyon It was inedible. The chicken had been cooked so many times it was not even on the bone, and it was so unsightly. Also the salad greens were not fresh, otherwise it was a great package deal. We truly enjoyed our train trip to the Canyon, even though the smoke from the fires in California prevented us from seeing much of the canyon. The bathrooms at the Fray Marcos are very large and very well supplied with plenty of clean towels.
We were very disappointed with the entire hotel package. Our room at the Fray Marcos had dirty walls, and the room smelled of cigarettes even though it was supposed to be a non-smoking room. The beds were hard and uncomfortable, and the plumbing was poor. The food at Max and Thelmas was less than adequate. They served fatty foods of poor quality. The train ride was also a rip off. The train ride that should have only taken 1 hour, took 2 hours to the Grand Canyon for the sole purpose of selling the passengers CD's and drinks. Once we arrived we were packed like cattle in old tour buses. There was no room to move your legs and the seats were very uncomfortable. I do not recommend this hotel or the train ride to anyone. Stay at another hotel outside of the canyon and drive your car to the canyon. You will have more fun and will save money.
Realllly enjoyed my trip
Just got back from my trip to the Grand Canyon. Spent 3 days and 2 nights and stayed at the Fray Marcos Hotel. I would stay there again!
The People there are great! The restraunt-Thelma and Max's, The Fray Marcos Hotel staff, The Depot store people, the people in Spensers and the people on the Grand Canyon train as well as Roger our bus driver on the Harveys tour. He was great and new an awful lot of information about the Grand Canyon. Because of these people and the way they took care of me I will do it again!
Good Trip for All Age Groups
This was our 3rd Grand Canyon train trip from Williams, AZ. The Fray Marcos lobby has many Frederick Remingtons. Before you travel, check out a library book & learn about this American sculptor of Cowboys & Indians. The indoor pool & spa were enjoyed in the evening by the kids (the water could have been clearer,though), & a small gym for Moms & Dads. If you hate the buffet offerings a credit toward other meals is available in the evening. The buffet could have been better, but was an OK value & no one went hungry. Ask them to turn on the little train near the ceiling (mostly they can't seem to be bothered). The hotel rooms are adequate, TV has good selections, but no movies. The steam train to the canyon (Dome Car) & the bus trip (Grand Tour) are good.
Marcos Hotel Gift Shop could be better, more items like "The Cracker Barrel" sells would be appreciated. Museum there is interesting for a little while. A short walk to town nice if you have the energy. We didn't take a horse & carriage ride & I wish we had done that,too (pretty expensive). Visitor Information, near town, closes early, but they are helpful. Wonderful trip for all ages (Dome car has no small children). Once we spent a night in the Canyon & took the rain back to Williams the next day, that is a good option if you're interested in seeing more of the canyon area .
Our trip to Williams, Sedona & the Grand Canyon
I booked a trip for eight adults to tour the Grand Canyon, ride the Grand Canyon Railway and take the Pink Jeep Tour. We spent several days in Williams and stayed @ the Fray Marcos. Not only were the rooms and the entire hotel immaculate, those emplyed there went above and beyond to make our trip one to remember. I give them an A+++ and would recommend them to anyone.
We loved the Fray Marcos Hotel
We stayed at the Fray Marcos on July 22 and 23 and took the train to the Grand Canyon. The trip was an excellent value. The hotel is elegant, the staff was friendly and efficient, and we enjoyed the pool.
We had a large group (two families) and we had two rooms. One of the rooms was handicapped accessible--it was comfortable and met the special needs of our family. Our entire group was impressed by the Fray Marcos, the Grand Canyon Railway employees, and the beautiful town of Williams.
The two nights my wife and I stayed at the Fray Marcos only made us wish that we had stayed longer. We visited the Grand Canyon July 19 2003 and stayed at the Maswick Lodge in the park. To do it all over again it would be worth it to us to stay at the Fray Marcos and rent a car to go to the canyon.The Hotel and all of its staff were so kind to us.
Tommy and Peggy Evans