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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Williams, Arizona

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Williams, Arizona is truly one of the quirkiest little towns in the American Southwest.  This tourist-friendly town is full of charm, from the many shops and eateries to the old-fashioned train that shuttles to and from the Grand Canyon.  For folks traveling with little ones, Williams is the perfect place to stop, as there are tons of family-friendly restaurants to choose from when hunger strikes.  Whether you plan on staying in Williams for a few days or are just passing through on your way to Phoenix, here are some of the best restaurants your family is sure to love!

Red Raven

135 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

Red Raven is one of the most quaint restaurants in all of Williams.  With a menu offering just about anything and a quirky atmosphere, Red Raven is a must-try for anyone visiting Williams.  Popular menu items include the Salmon Cilantro, a charbroiled salmon fillet topped with cilantro pesto, and the Chicken Parmigiana, a breaded chicken breast topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  

 

Pine Country Restaurant

107 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ

The Pine Country Restaurant will make you feel like you’re in your grandma’s kitchen!  This adorable spot is known for their “down home cookin’” and famous homemade pies in a variety of delicious flavors.  The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with American favorites like hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, and country fried steak.  If you go, be sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up some Williams souvenirs!

 

Goldie’s Route 66 Diner

425 E Route 66, Williams, AZ

Walking into Goldie’s Route 66 Dinner feels like stepping into a 1950s time capsule!  This gem of a restaurant features classic American dishes, like biscuits and gravy, chili burgers, and milkshakes.  Goldie’s is a great spot if you want a bit of nostalgia with your meal, and families with small children will love the kid-friendly menu (especially fussy eaters!).  If you’re in Williams, don’t leave without stopping at Goldie’s- poodle skirt and saddle shoes optional.

 

Station 66 Italian Bistro

144 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian fare, Station 66 Italian Bistro has got you covered.  The restaurant features an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes, as well as a great variety of wines, beers, and cocktails.  One of the restaurant’s coolest features is the rooftop deck and patio, where patrons can dine and look out at Route 66 below. The hotspot also regularly features live music and entertainment, perfect for an exciting night on the town with the family!

 

Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe

137 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ

The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe, also known as Anna’s, is the perfect little breakfast spot for those mornings when you just need a cup of coffee.  The cafe serves classic breakfast favorites like omelets, eggs, and hashbrowns, as well as some Mexican and Oriental dishes. The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe also features a pretty large kid’s menu, so your little ones will have no problem finding something they like!  

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Our Stay at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham

We spent New Year’s Eve and New Year in Birmingham. There was a circus show we were interested in watching on New Year’s Day, so we headed off to Birmingham on the 31st. It was a fun 2 hours drive. The kids love road trips, so they were excited about heading off to another city for the holiday. We spent 2 nights at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham.

It was our first time at this particular Hilton Hotel, and we were immediately overwhelmed as soon as we step into the hotel lobby. It was jam-packed with so many people. There were all sorts of events going on at the hotel on New Year’s Eve, so people were everywhere.

 

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What went well

We finally made it to the check in counter and we got our room. There were some initial hiccups. The beds for the kids were not laid and we were short on bathroom supplies. But all that was sorted within the first hour of us checking in.

The room was a decent size for a family room. I liked the fact that the bathroom had a tub and a shower room. It meant we could dress up quicker with the extra space. The heating also worked great, which was a blessing, when I remember the hotel we stayed prior to this one. Overall, the room was generally ok.

 

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What went wrong

Apart from the chaotic check in, the beds for the twins not being made, and the lack of bathroom supplies, the WIFI was also very bad all though our stay. I couldn’t do anything with the hotel’s WIFI. It wa so frustrating as I had some work to finish up for a client on the 31st. I had to log on to my personal hotspot to get anything done. This was very annoying and expensive. The Phillips TV in our room was also quite old with no high-definition. The quality of the TV was really poor if I am being completely honest. I was shocked to find it in a Hilton Hotel. There were only a few channels available and none of them was for kids. The TV didn’t even have a Cbeebies channel. We were very disappointed with that.

Another issue we had was with the Executive Lounge. On our first night at the hotel, we were told kids were not allowed into the Executive Lounge until 8pm. We were trying to go in for around 7pm. I found it weird that they had such a rule but didn’t worry too much about it. But then I found it very annoying when I found other kids in the lounge the next day around the same time. I think the lady at the Executive Lounge just came up with an excuse to not have us bring the kids in because it was very busy on the New Year Eve night.

There was also no fridge in our room, and there was no ice machine around as well. We found that pretty frustrating.

 

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What we loved

We had the opportunity to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Day from the comfort of our room. The fireworks display was right behind our room, so we got to see the entire display from our windows. It was so beautiful. That was definitely the highlight of our stay at the hotel.

Overall our stay was just ok. I won’t recommend the hotel to anyone and I won’t go out of my way to stay there again, especially with the kids. I don’t believe it is child friendly enough, and the attention to detail is very minimal.

 

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Our Stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. We had a blast here! I hope the year 2019 would be amazing in all areas of our lives. We started the new year in a big way with a captivating circus show. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it but first, let me tell you all about our stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex.

 

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Our Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex Experience

We have stayed at this hotel many times but I never got the chance to write about it. I decided to change that this year. We spent 2 nights at this Premier Inn in Basildon and we have done so several times. The hotel location is easy to find and well situated with lots to eat and do around. It is a few mins walk away from a retail park with a cinema, club, bars and restaurants, so no dull moment here. The check in was quick and our room was on the ground floor which was good.

I was happy with the room space. We booked a family room with 2 individual beds for the kids and another king sized bed for us and I was glad we still had some room to keep our luggage.

 

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My Honest Thoughts

Our stay at this Premier Inn was ok overall. The rooms were properly cleaned and the TV and WIFI worked great. I have stayed in so many hotels that struggle with the simplest things so it was great to see this didn’t. The Premier Inn Bedding is also loved by us. I think it is super comfy and I love sleeping on their beds. The only issue we had was with the heating. We were shocked to find out the heating was not working in our ground floor room.

With the drop in temperature, I was shocked I had to bring this to the attention of the receptionist. She did provide two little heaters which she wheeled into our rooms (you can see one of them in the picture above). The heaters worked ok but it was annoying to have to keep manually switching it off and on. It was an inconvenience that we shouldn’t have had to deal with and I hope they sort it out asap.

 

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I don’t see myself returning here again. They have no air conditioning, so we won’t be able to stay here in the summer months and with the inconvenient heating arrangement, we won’t be visiting in the cold months either. I like comfort in hotels. If I have to struggle to get the basic amenities after parting with money, it makes me really grumpy. Having said that, I have stayed in some amazing Premier Inns and will be reviewing them when next I get the opportunity.

 

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Have you stayed in this hotel before? What do you think of Premier Inn hotels? Do sound off in the comments section below. Let’s hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have an amazing 2019!

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