I recently undertook a visit to the Grand Canyon. I'd never been there before, and I figured after living in Arizona for a few years, it was time. So I teamed-up with a friend of mine and we headed out! We figured the best way to do it would be to drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, overnight there (with a visit to the Lowell Observatory. HIGHLY recommended), and then head to the Canyon. With that in mind I looked for hotels in the area and found this one.
I reserved my room through Expedia and paid a reasonable rate. When I got to the hotel I mentioned that Expedia had offered a presidential suite upgrade for $25, but I couldn't really justify that. The front desk guy asked if I could justify $10, so one picture of Mr Hamilton later and we had a suite.
Now to be fair, calling this a presidential suite is like calling a Prius a fine, luxury auto. Basically this was clearly two rooms that had been joined together. This isn't a problem, really, but it's worth noting.
On the other hand we did have a kitchenette to use, and that was pretty neat (though the fridge froze our soda solid!). We also had an HDTV in the bedroom, though not, oddly, in the living room. The bed was comfortable and according to my travel companion the jacuzzi in our room was quite lovely! The in-room internet worked like something that works very, very well and the breakfast buffet was quite delicious, complete with a do-it-yourself waffle bar!
In fact the only real complaint I have is one that's not the hotel's fault, and that's the trains. There's a set of tracks a stone's throw away from the hotel and there's trains that go along them. Constantly. Blowing their whistles. At three am. This made sleep an interesting adventure punctuated with moments of "Argh!"
But otherwise the hotel was great! Nicely located with reasonable prices and just generally all-around good. I'd definitely stay there again!
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