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Where to Stay in Flagstaff
Flagstaff is located along Historic Route 66, which runs east-west through the center of town. A huge share of the city’s hotels and motels are located along this route, starting near Downtown Flagstaff on the west side and extending a few miles east into more suburban settings. If finding cheap hotel deals in Flagstaff is a priority, be sure to start your lodging search among the smaller independent motels and budget chains on the east side.
Another long strip of hotels lines Milton Road, which reaches from Route 66 in Downtown Flagstaff to the major I-40 interchange south of the city. About two miles east of this interchange on I-40, you’ll find yet another cluster of hotels surrounding the Butler Avenue exit.
As long as you have a car for the duration of your stay, none of these locations are particularly inconvenient. But if you want to make sure there are a few fun things to do within walking distance of your hotel, focus your search on hotels in Downtown Flagstaff and along Milton Road, near the Northern Arizona University campus.
Flagstaff Hotel Tips
In its pre-interstate heyday, Route 66 was dotted with a seemingly endless line of motor inns for weary travelers. Many of those remain today in the segment running through Flagstaff, though some have been neglected over the years. Still, these motels are generally cheap and filled with kitsch value, and many visitors choose to stay there for nostalgia’s sake. If you’d like a historic hotel with a few more luxury features, check the hotels and B&Bs in Downtown Flagstaff.
The city’s larger chain hotels are predominantly located on or near Milton Road. You may want to consider these hotels if you’re an especially light sleeper; the Downtown and Route 66 hotels are situated close to a busy railway, and guests staying in the rooms closest to the tracks may hear chugging wheels and train whistles even during the overnight hours.
Flagstaff Hotel Recommendations
Flagstaff’s largest hotel, Little America of Flagstaff, is also one of the city’s best bets. Though it’s not far from the interstate, Little America looks and feels secluded thanks to the charming forest of pines that covers the property. In addition to large, well-appointed rooms, hotel features include two restaurants, a fitness center, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a complimentary airport shuttle.
Another wise choice is the Radisson Woodlands Hotel Flagstaff, a strong contender for the area’s most elegant hotel. Highlights include premium bedding and a heated outdoor pool surrounded by a comfortable sundeck, but the real standout is the Radisson’s Sakura Sushi & Teppanyaki Restaurant. Whether you opt for fresh sushi or sizzling Japanese favorites, everything is prepared right before your eyes by engaging chefs who entertain as well as they cook.
Bed and breakfast lovers have more than one excellent option in Flagstaff. The Inn at 410 is located within walking distance of Downtown Flagstaff, and features 10 themed rooms that range from homey and traditional to sleek and modern. The daily breakfast is a grand event, with an ever-changing menu of regional staples and inventive house specialties. A comparable choice on the east side of Flagstaff is the Starlight Pines Bed and Breakfast, a smaller property with bright rooms and Art Deco styling throughout. Its four stunning suites are popular among frequent visitors to Flagstaff, so be sure to book your stay far in advance if you have a particular room in mind.
Flagstaff’s best attractions, restaurants and points of interest are scattered throughout the city, and the region’s must-see natural sites are even more spread out. If you want to make the most of your time, renting a car is essential. Fortunately, most national car rental agencies maintain fleets at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, so renting a vehicle after your flight to Flagstaff should be hassle-free. There are even more rental agency options at Sky Harbor International Airport, should you choose to fly in and out of Phoenix.
Flagstaff’s small public transit system is generally not practical for sightseeing, so if you need a ride after you return your rental car, plan on calling for a taxi.