Upon arriving in Williams, AZ, we checked into the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. We had purchased the 3 night Discovery plus package, which included one night in the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, one night in Maswik Lodge in the Grand Canyon and our last night back in Williams in the GCR Hotel again. It also included dinner the night of our arrival, breakfast before the train departed the next day, dinner when we got back to Williams and breakfast the day we checked out. This was on top of the trip up to the Grand Canyon and the afternoon train back.
The hotel is a 2 story building that sits next to the train depot and has a pub on site as well as a restaurant next to the train depot. The depot has its own gift shop as well. It was a comfortable room and they took our luggage to the Grand Canyon and brought it back for us.
But back to the train.
This is an active train yard and they have more than just the Grand Canyon trip going through here. Amtrak also makes a stop and they have their own Polar Express and Pumpkin Patch trips as well.
Prior to boarding the train, they have a 20 minute skit involving a gang of hungry bad guys and one lone sheriff.
One bad guy, Old Dutch, has the joy of being made a victim of twice.
We had purchased the upgrade to First Class, so we had bigger seats and more leg room, plus snacks were included on the 2 hour ride up to the Grand Canyon. There were strolling singing cowboys and lots of information about what to do while up at the South Rim. We didn’t have to worry about our luggage, as it would be waiting for us in the room after we checked in. Definitely the best way to get up into the National Park.