Thursday, October 1, 2009
After our very busy day at Monument Valley, we headed north on Hwy#191 and decided to stay in Blanding. We checked out a few motels and decided upon the GATEWAY INN ($64.76 plus taxes - $72.24) which actually turned out to be the most expensive of all our motels. Its amenities included guest computer in the Lobby, continental breakfast and parking right at your door.
Blanding is a good area to stay as it is located between Monument Valley and Arches and there are many chain motels available like Comfort Inn and Super 8.
We were looking for accommodation for our Bryce Canyon visit and came across the village of Tropic and more specific The Bullberry Inn. This ‘bed and breakfast’ is located along Scenic Byway 12, just outside Tropic. It is a quite new and nice building surrounded by vast green lawns and during our visit with some horses around.
We had our room in a more or less separate building (on the photo the smaller ‘house’ on the right), which has two rooms. Rooms are rather spacious, although a little bit Spartan with massive home made pine log furniture; bed and bathroom were fine. Our room had a porch, which was nice to relax.
From the Inn you even have a view of the mountains of Bryce.
Wally and Nettie (the hosts) offer a ‘full country breakfast’. But on our request we got a ‘light breakfast’ with juice, coffee/tea, toasted bread, egg, some fruit and ‘of course’ BULLBERRY jelly.
This is an old family recipe made from local picked bullberries, which only seem to grow in this region. When leaving the Inn you get some of the jelly to take home.
After having seen the hustle and bustle in and around Ruby’s Inn nearby the entrance of Bryce Canyon NP (it is a real tourist trap), we were very happy that we decided staying in Tropic; a lot nicer and more affordable, paying just USD 95, (incl. taxes and breakfast).
Quietness and space around the Inn.
Affordable (for Bryce).
If possible (and affordable) we prefer local kind of accommodations to standard chain motels/hotels. These last ones are mostly located outside Torrey, another reason to look around (on the internet). After a lot of research - couldn’t find anything on Virtual Tourist and Tripadvisor - we decided for Capitol Reef Inn & Cafe.
This motel is located along the Main Street in a quiet area (as everything is quiet in Torrey). It is a smaller family owned motel, which offers just nine or ten rooms. These are situated behind the main building in a kind of garden with large trees. In front of our room we had a nice picnic table, so we were able to sit outside in the shadow.
The room itself was very spacious with two large beds; furniture is solid and made of pine log. In the evening - with the lights on - it was absolutely cosy with a local western touch.
The main building has a book and gift shop and a restaurant, also serving breakfast. Otherwise you could buy bread and filling at the general store hundred meters away.
When leaving after two nights we found a small gift from the housekeeper in our room.
If you like a smaller local accommodation Capitol Reef Inn & Cafe is an excellent - and very affordable - choice and a good base for exploring the national park.
Small-scaled, more or less basic, family owned and very affordable.
This place is incredible.
First of all it was completed in February 2008. It is luxury at it's finest.
The unit I stayed in was a two bedroom 3 bath condo, with 3 fireplaces, 3 plasma tv's and deluxe kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. I must confess it's the nicest ski condo that I have ever stayed in. The price was only $227, but that was in the fall. The winter rates are like $700 per night. But it sleeps 8 people easily.
It is a ski-in slopeside condo at the Canyons
I liked this place so much that I purchased a 2 bedroom condo there. I am offering Virtual Tourists members up to 40% off rates.
You can see my condo at www.parkcitysilveradolodge.com
Silverado has Covered Heated parking. Your parking space is just 5 feet from the front entrance of the unit.
Full fitness center with a Sauna and 4 50 Inch Plasma TV’s
SUMMARY OF FEATURES & AMENITIES
3 Fireplaces (One in each bedroom)
2 Extra Large California Queens in the 2nd Bedroom
4 total beds including the leather sleeper sofa.
Games & DVD's in unit.
Large Covered Deck
Sleeps 6-8 comfortably
On Site Amenities:
Elegant main lobby and check-in area.
Front desk with concierge and shuttle service.
Dramatic stone fireplace.
Secured ski and bike storage.
Conference and meeting space of over 3000 square feet.
Four-season heated and secured swimming pool.
Outdoor hot tub.
24 Hour Front Desk
On Call Concierge Service
10 feet from Public Shuttle stop
We intended to stay three nights in Moab we were looking for nice (at least with a swimming pool) and affordable accommodation and therefore we did a lot of research on the internet. At last we found Mayor’s House Bed & Breakfast, which looked nice and had good reviews.
This bed and breakfast indeed is located in a beautiful and spacious former house of Moab’s mayor. It is situated a couple of blocks from the centre (but on walking distance) in a quiet suburb. The house is surrounded by a garden with lovely trees, which provide a pleasant shadow in some places. Using the swimming pool after our day trips to Arches and Canyonlands was quite refreshing while enjoying the afternoon sun and the red rocks of the Moab Rim.
Breakfast is one of the highlights in Mayor’s House; often with fresh baked waffles, pancakes, muffins or something else and always with fresh healthy fruit. We asked for a less American breakfast and it was custom made. Breakfast is served between 7.30 and 8.30 am (little bit early but anyway you can start sightseeing on time) at the large breakfast table; ideal for meeting and chatting with other travellers.
We stayed in the Miner’s Room, the smallest and cheapest room of the house, but for us no problem at all. In the evening we could read a book or do some ‘paperwork’ in the large and stylish living room.
We paid (June 2008) about USD 100,- per day taxes and breakfast included !!
The setting of this bed and breakfast in a quiet suburb with lots of trees and shadow, but still on walking distance to the centre.
Its fantastic ‘yummie’ breakfasts
Affordable for Moab
It is not possible to lock your door, but knowing that we took our precautions and it wasn’t a big issue for us
It is rather hard to make a reservation and getting a confirmation.
I will say this was the newest hotel for this area. I did check out the others via the internet and those were "iffy". Not too many good reviews for the hotels in this area. The Best Western looked run down and the Holiday Inn looked even worse. This hotel looked new and clean so we tried it. When I walked inside I was glad we chose it. Although, they had only standard beds in the rooms it was ok by me. We were all very tired and needed to unwind and sleep. The rooms were decorated in southwest design of course and very clean. I will say the rooms were too hot for us, sorry mountain folks, use to cold so I had to turn on the air conditioner to cool the room down. The beds were kind of small for us, but they worked. The bathroom was spotless....A+!!! We had a complimentary breakfast in the morning which was great! A restaurant, fitness, pool, and gift shop all within the front entrance area. Very nice hotel! The lovely gals were all very friendly and dressed in very lovely traditional attire.
Our hotel is 100% non-smoking.
Beverage Area, Complimentary
Breakfast Area, Complimentary
Safety Deposit Box
Located right next to a Burger King (Code Talker Museum inside)
Located right next to a Navajo Shadehouse Museum
Although, this hotel is not located in Salt Lake City, it’s still in a great location as far as restaurants, movie theatres and stores. Heck, the mall is right on the next block south of the hotel and a Greatland Target is just located just a block North of it. Restaurants are all right next to it. So driving was never required, which suits me fine. Yet, Lawton is not far at all from Salt Lake City and this hotel is really nice.
The facilities are really nice and I was impressed with them. Guestroom offers one king or two queen or two double beds, hospitality center, high speed Internet access (excellent), large business desk, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, two line phones and voicemail. The exercise room was excellent and the indoor pool was very nice. They do have small outside patio just outside the pool area which was nice. A huge conference center. The little bar inside is very cozy! The restaurant services a killer breakfast too!
This hotel was still being constructed when we visited, but I can tell for sure it is going to have one of the best views you will ever see from a hotel room. Located adjacent to the Tribal Park Visitors Center and gift shop, it will have a restaurant and a spa.
This Lodge with its own vineyard is outside of Moab on an old ranch on a beautiful curve of the Colorado River. The rooms are walking distance from the lobby. Some are by the river, but the closer ones are not. The rooms are large, western log furniture and well kept. They all have a suite type room with a small kitchenette and sitting area and great bathrooms. Some have connecting rooms for larger groups.
While in Moab if you are spending time in your room then something is wrong, so we didn't stay here long. But it was very comfortable and nice.
We ate dinner on the deck overlooking the river just as the sun was setting turning the cliffs across the river a bright red. Truly one of the memorable experiences! It was a great dinner though it could have been the setting and the company.
One of the fun things about this location is the small film museum. The old ranch hosted many film groups over the years and they have built a museum with old pictures, artifacts and information about all the films. It was amazing to see how many stars had come through over the years.
Do you want to stay in the same room Ronald Reagan did? Or Barbara Stanwyck? Just ask. Not all the rooms are named for the stars but many of them are. After all this was home to many of them while they filmed any of 100 movies or tv shows in the area. The hotel rooms are basic, but clean. They haven't changed too much, while at the same time keeping it up to date and relevant. Nowadays the hotel caters to tourists and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary guests allowing sleep-overs with the dogs and cats. We enjoyed the short stay we had, with breakfast included. They had great homebaked pie and caring staff.
During the warmer months they show free movies shot in the area in the old renovated barn sitting in the parking lot. The lobby and dining rooms are full of pictures of the stars who have stayed and shown their gratitude with an autograph. Spend some time and enjoy them all.
San Juan Inn is one of the three accommodations in Mexican Hat. It is a motel like inn, built in two storeys and perched along the San Juan River. There is also a river access and one can relax on benches and chairs on the border of the river.
Our room was rather spacious and had an excellent bed. We used the gallery on the first floor as balcony and enjoyed the views of the river and the surrounding landscape. We were absolutely unlucky with a power failure, so we didn’t have light and airco during a long part of the evening. To be honest we didn’t miss the airco and with an open window it was even fresh.
On the premises are also an exercise room (too hot for us), a laundry, a restaurant and the former trading post (now more or less a ‘normal’ shop) with an internet connection.
- nearby a couple of major sights like Goosenecks State Park, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley;
- just outside the Navajo Indian Reservation, so it is allowed to drinka beer or wine.
Cheaper alternative (June 2008: we paid USD 88,-) for the accommodations in Monument Valley.
Clean. 2 double beds available. The shower was quite small but the rest of the cabin offered a rather comfortable space. Grill and picnic table between cabins overlooking valley. Recommended, esp. for access to Bryce Canyon.
This vintage house was built in 1927 originally as a boarding house for travellers and has stayed that way ever since. Very, very cosy this was a superb stay under a big fluffy eiderdown just for 1 night but we were made so welcome. Two sides of the upstairs have wired porches where you can sit and relax. There is a hot tub in the garden as well . There are only 7 rooms that range from $48 up to $80 for a family room.
This hotel is ideally situated between Zion and Bryce.
A stomach bloating breakfast awaits you with cereals, bagles and home made muffins. Don't refuse a muffin or else.....
We stayed here one night on our way through to Capitol Reef N.P and thoroughly enjoyed it. A really lovely welcome and some good food on the table. The room was comfy enough but a bit spartan. A great breakfast in the morning got us up and out on the road feeling quite heavy but refreshed.
Wonderful campground. We rented a cabin for a week. Great people, beautiful scenery, nice sunsets on the surrounding cliffs.
Nice showers, individual rooms. In the middle of nowhere. Close to Utah's wonderful national parks.
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