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 The Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz. Completes Renovations
to the 297-room Grand Canyon Railway Hotel


WILLIAMS, 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.”
Renovations include:

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.
Hotel Carpeting.
A contemporary pattern carpet has been installed. 
Triple Sheeting. 
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.
Lobby Furniture.
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.
Workout Room.
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.


Mona Mesereau
(1) 720-842-5271

Also See: The Grand Canyon's El Tovar, One of the Original Great Lodges of the National Park System Turns 100; Key Influence in Opening the Southwest to Tourism / December 2004

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