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... Frenchy is doesn't call everything a pug. Johnny kept pointing at the canyon and yelling CARS, CARS, CARS! He though it was Radiator Springs. On the way out we spied a little piece of local flavor. The horses, planes, and a whole place made to look like Bedrock, complete with the dinosaurs was on the way out (if you don't know what dinosaurs and bedrock have to do with each other, move on; YOU'RE TOO YOUNG). I have no idea how much paper ...
... the train for our trip to Grand Canyon. Once there, we are met by the driver of our bus trip, but first we are taken to the hotel (that we will be spending the night at), and have our lunch before we go on our trip of the "rim". This is the first visit to this spectacular park for the kids (Nick and I were there over 40 years ago), and I am wondering if the long trip to get here will be worth it for them. And the answer, is "YES"...they are so excited ...
... ladies gave such great service during those years...
So our car had been made by the Budd Company back in the Early 50's... it was full dome car to provide service in the very best of luxury for the time... it served for years as a cross country car... and then later in Alaska for another 15 years before it was side tracked and left to rot... The Grand Canyon railroad bought it... and 3 others in Alaska and moved ...
... viewpoints. Left at the South Rim exit and stopped off at an IMAX cinema to watch an IMAX film of the canyon. Excellent. Bought a DVD copy for Dad. Drove to Williams. A real kitch mixture of Wild West, Victoriana and Route 66 50's culture. Great street cowboy theatre. Enjoyed a few beers, a veggie taco and live cowboy music before staggering back along Route 66 with lots of photos on the ...
... How in the world could I say no to that :)
We started down the cliffs, and soon realized that the sure footed, hiking gene has been successfully passed down to another generation. Without a drop of fear, she maneuvered and figured her way down that steep trail, and out onto a flat rock with the most amazing view.
Perfect introduction to the Grand Canyon...tomorrow we will be back for more.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Motel Williams
Eight members of the Glendale Hiking Club recently visited Williams for three days of hiking. We had four rooms at the Grand and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were clean, quiet, and well stocked with soap, linens, cups, lotions etc. The owners were extremely cordial, and Bob took the time to chat with us at breakfast and during our nightly happy hour on the patio. The outdoor breakfast buffet was great...coffee. juice, milk, cereals, fruit, muffins, sweet rolls etc. Our club will definitely return to the Grand.
This motel sits right on the historic Route 66 in what is an interesting town about 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Located across the street from Rod's Steakhouse, where I ate one of the best steaks I've ever had (and I've eaten a few), the Grand sells itself on being on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Well folks, if being taken back in time is what you want then this is place for you. The furniture is period, though which one I'm not sure. The décor is tired and shabby and the bed linen is poor quality. I moved one of the beds against the wall to stop my youngest child from falling out and discovered the carpet to be absolutely filthy, The amenities in the room were basic, and there was an overwhelming smell of cleaning agents which made the place feel more like a hospital than a motel. The owners were charming and are well travelled which made me more surprised at the poor quality of their rooms. Surely they would expect a little more for their money themselves? There was an option for breakfast as part of the deal but we opted for Old Smokey's down the road, a favourite from a previous visit to Williams, where you can get a real sense of Route 66 and the America that so many British tourists seek out. I'm all for nostalgia but feel that the Grand is really pulling a fast one. Yes it's cheap but that doesn't make up for anything. I've stayed in places in the Third World for a fraction of the price and would rate them far more highly. I picked the Grand having read the reviews on Trip Advisor which does bring into question the tastes and standards of some users. In short I expect more for my dollars and am not fooled by the nostalgia gag that merely disguises poor quality.
Stepping back in time!
Arrived at the Grand Motel located on the old Rt. 66 and settled in.T the assigned room which was decorated to make the person feel lthat they were immediately drawn back 50 years in time. Our hosts, Bob & Victoria shown us personal hositpality that is hard to find at the more elaborate motels. My wife and I will highly recommend this Motel to anyone traveling to Williams, Az.
Many stays at the Grand Motel = no problems, good prices !
during the summer in bullhead city, the temperature gets into the high teens daily...
going to williams, in the mountains, and being able to stay in a rustic, well maintained family motel from the great days of route 66 and cool off is a "summer special" for us.
morning coffee, treats and good service is appreciated by my family and friends for several weeks each year.
see ya there...
Now on my List
I have traveled Route 66 many times and have added The Grand to my list of favorite places to stay. Very clean, affordable and a great location. We parked our car there and it never moved during our stay..everything is within walking distance including the Grand Canyon Railway. We'll be back !!
Charming Historic Motel with Great Value
We found the Grand Motel to be a charming historic motel with all the magical history associated to Route 66. What a fun atmosphere and great location! The rooms were clean and had all the amenities within reach.
We enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and their willingness to go out of their way to make us comfortable. We would highly recommend The Grand Motel to all our family and friends knowing they too will expeirence the history, great location, dinning, shopping, and freindly staff for such a great VALUE. We will definatly make The Grand Motel our first choice when we visit Williams or the Grand Canyon in Arizona next year. Brigette & John
A great place to stay!!!
The Grand Motel was a great place to stay. The owners are friendly and very informative about the area of Williams. The variety of room space is great for anyone. They have rooms to fit any family size. They also have competitive prices. This is the place to stay in Williams, Arizona.
I traveled to Williams, AZ for the 2003 Fourth of July weekend. I was suprised to find that the Grand Motel was the only motel in Williams that is on the federal registry of historic places. With its quaint feel and great prices, the Grand Motel was truly an American experience. We were able to watch a free gunfight show in the street right in front of the hotel. Also, we watched fireworks from the patio with the owners of the Motel, Bob and Vicki. They were even on the patio the next morning giving us free coffee, muffins, fruit, juice, and travel tips. The rooms were very clean and we even had cable tv.
Great time in Williams, AZ
At the Grand Motel, I found a lot of room, a real homey feel and a terrific family atmosphere. Staying here felt just like home with the spacious rooms and the great owners Bob and Vicky. The breakfast was a great highlight to go with the comfortable beds, the refrigerator, microwave and the cable T.V. Great job Bob and Vicky!!