Owner/Innkeeper John Holst did a fantastic job of renovating this property into a bed and breakfast establishment. From what I read online when he purchased it the building was being used to house old tires, several thousand of them. Today all four of the rent able rooms are restored with vintage furniture that gives it the appearance of what it probably looked like in the 1930's when it was an active brothel. We found the furnishings quite comfy and most of all the mattress was comfortable. Usually, the mattresses in these restored structures are the short coming of the place, but this mattress was firm enough for us. The downstairs is now a pastry shop and you get free pastry and coffee when you go down in morning. They make them on the premises and they are very tasty. Want a late night snack? Just tell them and you can take a one or two up to your room. When we were there bottles water were also free to the hotel patrons. If you are planning on taking the Grand Canyon Railway down to the canyon for the six hour day tour this is your jumping off point as the the depot is right across the street and within walking distance, which we did. There is a vacant lot directly across from the hotel for free overnight parking and where you can leave your car if you ride the rails. I don't know if any other train uses the railways that are across from the hotel, but if they do we only heard the whistle from the one going to and from the canyon during the daylight hours. The road in front of the hotel is not highway 66 (next block over) so there was no road traffic at night. As with a lot of these old hotels the downside would be that there is no elevator and the internal stairway to the rooms is steep (used to be termed "the cowboy's endurance test"). Subsequently I can see no way that anyone using a wheelchair could make it up here without being carried. These older hotels are all grandfathered in as to the ADA requirements and can't be expected to tear the whole building down to put in accessories, so keep that in mind.
Be sure to try some of the local business for foods and such. The Sultana Bar (walking distance) supposedly has the oldest liquor license in the state of AZ and the barbecue was quite good for a small place like Williams.
As for paranormal activity...there was a lot of odd stuff that occurred while here but most we could write off to possibly being other guest activity; what is termed "people pollution" of evidence. However we did record enough to show that activity does exist on the premises but you will probably not notice without proper utilized equipment. Nothing out of ordinary was directly observed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Historic Route 66 just south of the Grand Canyon, the Red Garter offers lodging and breakfast in a beautifully restored 1897 saloon and bordello. The antique furnishings capture the 1890's atmosphere without giving up the comfort and security expected by today's traveler. Within an hour's drive see Sedona, the ghost town Jerome, Indian ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments and the Grand Canyon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Garter Hotel Williams