Ariz. – February 26, 2008 –The Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
has completed renovations to the 297-room Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
The most extensive and noticeable work was performed just off the lobby
in Spenser’s Pub.
“The goal of this project was to enhance the guest experience by offering
more menu items in a comfortable and convenient setting,” said Gordon Taylor,
general manager of the Grand Canyon Railway. “At the same time, we are
always looking at ways to upgrade guest rooms and our common areas.”
Spenser’s Pub kitchen and dining area.
The limited kitchen in Spenser’s Pub was expanded to allow a larger
menu that now contains specialty pizzas, sandwiches, salads and pastas.
A 50-inch flat screen television was added to the pub. The Santa Fe meeting
room across the hall from Spenser’s has been converted to a dining area
to accommodate the hotel’s peak times, especially when the popular Polar
Express is conducted.
A contemporary pattern carpet has been installed.
Guest rooms have been upgraded with a triple sheeting bedding system.
Bedding components are comprised of box spring skirting, bed scarf, synthetic
down blanket and additional pillows. This development has resulted in a
clean look away from traditional bedspreads.
Furniture in the hotel lobby now features custom leather furniture
and accessories with deep wood accents. The lobby’s classic Victorian accent
chairs were also refinished.
An elliptical machine and two treadmills have been added.
The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is located in Williams, Ariz. 65 miles
south of Grand Canyon Village. The hotel is part of a larger complex featuring
the train depot, Grand Depot Café (formerly Max & Thelma’s Restaurant),
gift shops and coffee shop. The Grand Canyon Railway operates daily train
service to the Grand Canyon on an individual basis as well as part of its
getaway packages featuring accommodations and meals.
|The current Grand Canyon Railway Hotel was built in 1995 and was designed
to resemble the historic Fray Marcos Hotel. The hotel opened as, and continues
to be, the finest in Williams. The GCR Hotel sits across the lawn from
the historic depot. In keeping with the reputation of the original Fray
Marcos Hotel for quality and service, the GCR Hotel continues this fine
tradition. A 107-room addition was completed in February, 2000 doubling
the size of the property and added an indoor pool, jacuzzi and exercise
room. A third addition was completed in March, 2004, adding 92 rooms and
10 suites. www.thetraincom
The Grand Canyon Railway Hotel includes 297 rooms as well as a restaurant,
lounge and gift shop. The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is comprised of
124 RV spaces, and the Pet Resort features space for 28 dogs and 16 cats.
Grand Canyon Railway is an authorized concessioner of the National
Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. For more information or to make
reservations, visit www.thetraincom or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).
The Grand Canyon Railway is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of Xanterra Parks &
Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants
and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra
Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra
operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon,
Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National
Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort
in Napa, Calif.; and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South
Rim, L.L.C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Xanterra also operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
Long committed to the preservation and protection of the environment,
Ecologix, Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ environmental program, includes
a variety of proactive environmental stewardship programs in each location.
Xanterra has been repeatedly recognized for its environmental leadership
in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including
major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection
Agency, Travel Industry Association, Colorado Department of Public Health,
State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah
Department of Environmental Quality.