Williams is a convenient stopping point for visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s about an hour away, and has a cute small downtown area with lots of souvenir shops. We ate at Cruiser’s Cafe 66 Bar and Grill, a kitschy American diner right on Main St, complete with an old Chevy on the roof. There is a large outdoor patio on the road, where we ate.
There was a guitarist playing popular music in the corner, loud but not obnoxiously so. Ian had the BBQ pork ribs ($20), which came with corn, chili, and coleslaw which oddly enough had walnuts in it. The ribs were mostly good, but some of the meat was not as tender as the rest. It was a little too much on the warm instead of hot side. Wendy had the vegetarian lasagna ($14), which we definitely wouldn’t recommend. It was basically 2 layers of pasta with a cream sauce and very few vegetables. Ian enjoyed trying some of the local Grand Canyon beer. The service was great, and the atmosphere was great – too bad the food didn’t match.
While in Williams, we scored a Hotwire “deal” of $79 a night for the Holiday Inn. It’s located right off the freeway, and about a 5 minute drive from downtown. The common areas of the hotel looked old and worn. Check-in was painfully slow, even though I was the only one. The hotel is on 2 different floors, with no elevator. When I complained about this, they gave us a handicapped accessible room on the first floor (the hotel was fully booked and no one truly needed that room).
The room was large, but this may not be standard, since we had a handicapped accessible room. The first issue we had was that the remote was missing from the TV. It took the guy several tries to find us one that worked, but he was very nice. The light beside our bed mysteriously turned itself on in the middle of the night – waking us up. It was touch sensitive, so maybe it just got confused? The big problem we had with the room, though, was that the hot water was BOILING hot. AND the tap often poured out hot water on the cold setting. We burned ourselves several times.
The Holiday Inn is a hotel where lots of families stay and it seems very dangerous to us to have the water so hot and the tap so confused.