Flagstaff offers a huge number and variety of places to stay. The bed and breakfasts have some of the nicest locations in and near town. Motels congregate in four areas: Most of the independents and some older chain establishments line Route 66 east of downtown; these have the lowest prices, but also the highest noise levels—the busy railroad runs day and night just across the road! Another group of independent and a few chain motels lies just south of downtown on S. Milton Road and adjacent W. Route 66. The newest and largest group of chain motels and hotels lies farther south on Milton and nearby streets just before the junction of I-40 and I-17; they're convenient to most of the sights and services yet are well away from the trains. Another group of chain motels clusters near I-40 Exit 198, a couple of miles east of downtown.
Costs fluctuate greatly, with summer weekends the most expensive. If you plan to be in town on Fri.-Sat. nights, it's well worth calling ahead to check prices and make reservations. Rates listed below apply in summer but go higher on holiday or special-event periods. Off-season, prices can drop substantially. Winter rates may rise a bit during the ski season and weekends, depending on demand. Many motels list their prices, so you can just turn in where the appearance and price seem most attractive.
Bed and Breakfasts
The Inn at 410 (410 N. Leroux St., 928/774-0088 or 800/774-2008, www.inn410.com, $165-230 d) offers distinctive guest suites in a restored 1907 Craftsman-style bungalow; all have private bath and fireplace, and some a Jacuzzi tub.
Comfi Cottages of Flagstaff (928/774-0731 or 888/774-0731, www.comficottages.com, $110-145 d, $130-270 for up to 6-8 guests) has kitchens and provides ingredients for a fix-your-own breakfast at various locations in and near downtown; it's a great choice for families.
Aspen Inn Bed & Breakfast (218 N. Elden St., 928/773-0295 or 888/999-4110, $99-139 d) provides old-fashioned rooms with private bath in a 1912 house just three blocks east of downtown.
Starlight Pines Bed & Breakfast (3380 E. Lockett Rd., 928/527-1912 or 800/752-1912, www.starlightpinesbb.com, $145-169 d) displays early 20th-century antiques in a recently built Victorian-style house. Tiffany artwork decorates the rooms, all of which have a private bath—most with a claw-foot tub. One room has a wood-burning fireplace and another features a private deck with a view of Mt. Elden.
Rooms and two-bed suites of Abineau Lodge Bed & Breakfast (10155 Mountainaire Rd., 928/525-6212 or 888/715-6386, www.abineaulodge.com, $110 d-$185 four persons) lie in the woods six miles south of town off I-17 Exit 333; all have private bath, and guests enjoy hiking and the sauna.
For a lively backpacker scene with an international crowd, head south across the train tracks to the Grand Canyon or Du Beau hostels (both under the same management). Each offers free pickup at the Greyhound station, discounts for car rentals, and tours to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Guests have use of a kitchen, common room, and Internet computers (small fee). There's no need for a hostel card or passport. Call ahead, if possible, to make reservations with a credit card; summer is the busiest time.
Grand Canyon International Hostel (19 S. San Francisco St., 928/779-9421 or 888/442-2696, www.grandcanyonhostel.com) offers dorm beds at $19 ($17 Nov.-Feb.) and double rooms at $38-41 d ($34-37 d Nov.-Feb.) including tax and breakfast. The Du Beau International Hostel (nearby at 19 W. Phoenix Ave., 928/774-6731 or 800/398-7112, www.dubeauhostel.com) has dorm spaces at $19 ($17 Nov.-Feb.) and motel rooms for $40-43 d ($36-39 d Nov.-Feb.) including tax and breakfast.
Historic Downtown Hotels
J.W. Weatherford, who came to Flagstaff in 1887 from Texas and stayed 47 years, built the Weatherford Hotel (23 N. Leroux St., 928/774-2731, www.weatherfordhotel.com, quite elegant in its day, in 1897. Zane Grey wrote Call of the Canyon while staying here, describing the hotel as it was in 1918. Weatherford's other projects included a nearby opera house and the Weatherford Road (now a hiking trail in the San Francisco Peaks). Old-fashioned rooms (no TV or phone) cost $60-65 d, but expect some noise from the nightclub and from trains. Five of the eight rooms have private bath. Charly's, the hotel's restaurant and pub, serves food and brew downstairs. Musicians often perform foot-tapping bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk, or rock 'n' roll Friday and Saturday nights.
The 1927 Hotel Monte Vista (100 N. San Francisco St., 928/779-6971 or 800/545-3068, www.hotelmontevista.com) was Flagstaff's grand hotel where movie stars stayed to film in nearby locations. You can stay in rooms named for those guests, such as the John Wayne, Jane Russell, and Gary Cooper suites, $60-150 d. Rooms with shared bath cost $50 d but are rarely available. The Monte Vista is home to the Racha Thai Restaurant, a lounge, and the Old Post Office Salon & Spa.
Motels Under $50: East of Downtown
East Route 66 features the biggest selection of bargain places. These vary a lot in quality, though you can get an idea from the outside appearance. It's best to check the room before paying. Here's a sampling.
Relax Inn Motel (1500 E. Route 66, 928/779-4469, $28 s, $35 d weekdays, $35 s, $42 d Fri.-Sat.) and Twilite Motel (2010 E. Route 66, 928/774-3364, $30 d weekday, $35 d Fri.-Sat.) offer just the basics. 66 Motel (2100 E. Route 66, 928/774-6403, $22 s, $25 d all week) and Pinecrest Motel (2818 E. Route 66, 928/526-1950, $30 s, $35 d weekday, $38 s, $40 d Fri.-Sat.) have some kitchenettes.
Motels Under $50: South and West of Downtown
Autolodge (1313 S. Milton Rd., 928/774-6621, $38 d weekdays, $49 d Fri.-Sat.) is a good value in this part of town. Around on Route 66, the Best Value Inn (822 W. Route 66, 928/774-1443 or 888/315-2378, $30 s, $35 d weekdays, $39-44 d Fri.-Sat.) has an indoor pool, which closes in winter.
Motels and Hotels $50-100: East of Downtown
Best Western King's House Motel (1560 E. Route 66, 928/774-7186 or 888/577-7186, $75 d weekdays, $119-135 d Fri.-Sat.) offers a pool. Best Western Pony Soldier Inn & Suites (3030 E. Route 66, 928/526-2388 or 800/356-4143, $69-99 d all week) includes an indoor pool, hot tub, and a restaurant.
Motels and Hotels $50-100: South and West of Downtown
The Inn at NAU (928/523-1616, www.inn.nau.edu) puts you in the heart of campus with large rooms and fine dining; students operate the facilities under the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at a cost of $69 d ($99 d in summer) including breakfast; there's no tax.
Basic motels just across the street from NAU include the Economy Inn (224 S. Mikes Pike, 928/774-8888, $29 s, $34 d weekdays, $59 s, $64 d Fri. -Sat.) and Canyon Inn (500 S. Milton Rd., 928/774-7301 or 888/822-6966, $40 d weekdays, $49-125 d Fri.-Sat.).
Turn west on Route 66 opposite NAU for a variety of motels. The Travel Inn (801 W. Route 66, 928/774-3381, $33-36 s, $46-50 d weekdays, $46-50 s, $53-56 d Fri.-Sat., $60-70 2-bedroom suite) provides a hot tub, sauna, and family suites. Set on a low hill, Days Inn (1000 W. Route 66, 928/774-5221 or 800/422-4470, $60-70 d weekdays, $90-110 d Fri.-Sat.) features the largest motel pool in northern Arizona; rooms have views of town or of the central courtyard and pool. The Riordan sawmill stood on this site before it burned down in the 1960s, but the sawmill's stone office still stands across Route 66.
Several chain motels line up near Wal-Mart, just north and west from the interchange of I-40 and I-17: Motel 6 Woodlands Village (2745 S. Woodlands Village Blvd., 928/779-3757 or 800/466-8356, $40 s, $46 d weekdays, $50 s, $56 d Fri.-Sat.) has a pool along with the lowest price here.
If you'd like to stay in a three-bedroom log cabin in the forest 22 miles south of town, make a reservation with the Peaks Ranger Station (928/526-0866) for the Fernow Cabin (off Woody Mountain Rd., $75-100 up to 8 people).
Motels and Hotels $50-100: North of Downtown
On US 180 opposite the Snow Bowl Road turnoff, Ski Lift Lodge (6355 N. Fort Valley Rd., 928/774-0729 or 800/472-3599, www.arizonasnowbowl.com, $60 d weekdays, $80 d Fri.-Sat.) has a restaurant, ski packages, and nearby hiking and horseback riding.
Motels and Hotels $50-100: Butler Avenue Area (I-40 Exit 198)
This group of motels just north of I-40 tend to be good value, though the neighborhood lacks character—it looks just like any other interstate area in the country! Motel 6 (2440 E. Lucky Lane, 928/774-8756 or 800/466-8356, $36 s, $42 d weekdays, $50 s, $56 d Fri.-Sat.) has a pool and the lowest prices here. Another choice is Holiday Inn Express (2320 E. Lucky Lane, 928/714-7130, www.hiflagstaff.com) with free breakfast, indoor/outdoor pool, and exercise room.
Motels and Hotels $100-150 and up: East of Downtown
Days Inn East (3601 E. Lockett Rd., 928/527-1477 or 800/329-7466, $80 d weekdays, $119 d Fri.-Sat.) has an indoor pool and hot tub. Residence Inn by Marriott (3440 N. Country Club Dr., 928/526-5555 or 800/331-3131) provides kitchens in all units and fireplaces in some and includes a pool, hot tub, and nearby golf at $99-170 d studio or $170-209 two-bedroom every day.
Motels and Hotels $100-150 and up: South and West of Downtown
A standout for its distinctive architecture, Southwestern designs, and luxurious furnishings, the Radisson Woodlands Hotel (1175 W. Route 66, 928/773-8888 or 877/773-0199 hotel, 800/333-3333 res. only, $139-169 d) offers rooms and parlor suites along with a pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, and an exercise room. Embassy Suites Hotel (706 S. Milton Rd., 928/774-4333 or 800/362-1779, $119-129 s, $129-139 d weekdays, $129-139 s, $139-159 d Fri.-Sat.) has a pool and hot tub near NAU.
Enjoy the country life at Arizona Mountain Inn (4200 Lake Mary Rd., 928/774-8959 or 800/239-5236, www.arizonamountaininn.com, $90 d suites, $115 d and up cabins), about three miles southeast of downtown.
Motels and Hotels $100-150 and up: Butler Avenue Area (I-40 Exit 198)
Set on 500 acres of attractively landscaped grounds and ponderosa forest south of I-40, Little America (2515 E. Butler Ave., 928/779-2741 or 800/352-4386 res. only, http://flagstaff.littleamerica.com/, $119-129 d rooms, $175-275 d suites) offers fine dining, a pool, exercise room, hiking, and a business center.
These nestle in ponderosa pines; all are open year-round and have showers except as noted.
Kit Carson RV Park (2101 W. Route 66, 928/774-6993, $28 RV w/hookups) is two miles west of downtown between I-40 Exits 191 and 195. Woody Mountain Campground (2727 W. Route 66, 928/774-7727, mid-March-Oct., $18 tents, $26 RVs w/hookup) is a half mile farther west with a pool, store, and deli.
Fort Tuthill County Campground (928/774-3464, May-Sept., $9 tents or RVs no hookups, $13 sites w/water and sewer) is five miles south of downtown off I-17 Exit 337 on the west side of the fairgrounds. It lacks showers, but offers hiking on a quarter-mile nature trail, the five-mile Soldiers Trail, and the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Reservations, needed only on big weekends, cost an extra $5.
Black Bart's RV Park (928/774-1912, $20 tent (3-night limit), $22 RV w/hookups) is two miles east of downtown near I-40 Butler Avenue Exit 198. It may be the only campground in the state with an antique store! There's a good steak house next door.
Flagstaff KOA (5803 N. Hwy. 89, 928/526-9926 or 800/562-3524, $22 tent, $26-32 tent or RV w/hookups, $40 cabin) is five miles northeast of downtown on Route 66/US 89 or 1.1 miles north from I-40 Exit 201; turn west on Smoke Rise Drive at the light. Sites tend to be closely spaced, but the campground includes showers, laundry, playground, and a small store. A cafe serves inexpensive breakfasts in summer. Hikers can head up Mt. Elden right from the campground or stroll on the easy nature trail.
The adult Greer's Pine Shadows (7101 N. Hwy. 89, 928/526-4977, mid-April to mid-Oct., $19 w/hookups) accepts only self-contained RVs, as there are no restrooms or showers; it's 1.8 miles north of I-40.
J&H RV Park (7901 N. Hwy. 89, 928/526-1829 or 800/243-5264, www.flagstaffrvparks.com, mid-April-mid-Oct., $34-37.78 RVs w/hookups) is an adult-oriented place with a hot tub, exercise room, showers, laundry, and a small store three miles north of I-40 Exit 201. The owner enjoys writing humor, and he sells some of his little books.
Munds Park RV Resort (928/286-1309, April-Oct., $19 tent, $19-23.50 RV w/hookups) offers sites 17 miles south of Flagstaff just off I-17 Exit 322.
Ponderosa Forest RV Park & Campground (928/635-0456 or 888/635-0456, $13 tents, $20 RVs w/hookups) includes showers, laundry, and a nearby store; it's north of I-40 Parks Exit 178, 17 miles west of Flagstaff and about halfway to Williams.
The closest established campgrounds in the Coconino National Forest lie southeast off Lake Mary Road; see "South Of Flagstaff: Lake And Rim Country" below. More campgrounds lie in Oak Creek Canyon farther south. See "North of Flagstaff" for Bonito Campground next to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Lockett Meadow Campground high up on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks, and Little Elden Springs Horse Camp close to Mt. Elden. All of the Forest Service campgrounds near Flagstaff close in winter, but some of those in Oak Creek Canyon stay open all year. For more information, contact the Flagstaff Ranger District (5075 N. Hwy. 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, 928/526-0866, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino).
Dispersed camping on Forest Service lands surrounding town is another option. The ponderosa pine forests offer lots of room but no facilities—just be sure you're at least two miles outside the city and not on private or state land. The Peaks and Mormon Lake Ranger District offices can make suggestions, supply a map showing closed areas, and sell the Coconino National Forest map that shows Forest Service land and the back roads. Freidlein Prairie, along Forest Road 522 off the Snowbowl Road, has some designated dispersed campsites that are undeveloped and free; each of the sites has a brown vertical fiberglass post with a site number.
Carry water and be very careful with fire; in dry weather the Forest Service often prohibits fires in the woods and may even close some areas. Other rules require that you camp at least 200 feet from trails, lakes, streams, or wet meadows and at least one mile from established campgrounds. Because they're so fragile, alpine areas above 11,400 feet and all meadows are closed to camping.
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