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In June ,on a trip out to Utah and Arizona ,booked well in advance a room at the Stone Canyon Inn for 1 night. When we got there, we we told there was a mix up after we booked and CHARGED in advance for the room ,they were putting us in a room that cost 56 dollars more. We were never contacted about this, and to add insult to injury a room for the same cost was vacant all that night .Poor business practice I say, they "screwed "up and we had to absorb the cost. Watch out for the old switcheroo trick!!
My family and I just returned from a 1-night stay at the Stone Canyon Inn. We stayed in the Juniper and Wildflower rooms, and both were well appointed and very cozy. The inn itself is quite charming, complete with a deck and a comfortable indoor sitting room. The inn keepers just took over the property 4 months ago, and they make every effort to make you feel right at home. The Sunday breakfast was a real treat--fresh squeezed OJ, fruit smoothies, homemade lemon rolls, and an egg/pastry dish with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar. Bryce National Park is just a short 10 minute drive from the inn, so even though you are removed from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy places like Ruby's, you are still very close to the Park. Dining options in the town of Tropic are limited, so be sure to grab a bite at one of the towns along the way.
Outstanding Bed & Breakfast
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at Stone Canyon Inn in Tropic, Utah. We stayed in the Ivy Room (complete with a jacuzzi tub perfect for two), and separate shower. The Inn is just a 15 min. drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Wendy and George (the Innkeepers) couldn't have been more friendly and their hot, complete breakfasts (which are served, not buffet) were of gourmet caliber - several courses.. including coffee and fresh squeeze juices. Breakfast is included, if you stay within the Inn itself (they also have private cabins a bit down the road from the main Inn). Wendy and John were helpful and arranged for horseback riding and ATV tour. For trail hiking, we drove our car directly into the park (I do not suggest taking the shuttle). Once you pay to get into the Park, you are allowed to return for several days for free and we did just that...there is so much to see there, for hikers and for those who want to stop at the various lookout points. We recommend eating dinner at the lodge/restaurant inside the National Park - Bryce Canyon (make reservations). It snowed the first day we were there (yes, in April) and then turned a beautiful 65 degrees. The snow dusted the canyons. If you are looking for a romantic, quiet getaway, the Stone Canyon Inn is just the place. The short gravel road you take to the Inn (don't be alamred by it), as you turn the corner you will see the beautiful Inn on your right. Several of the rooms also had jacuzzi tubs (with candles provided) and patios, truly an amazing find. We bought a bottle of wine and the Inn provided us with glasses and a cork screw and we enjoyed sipping our wine as we soaked in the jacuzzi after a day of hiking and breathtaking sightseeing.
Arrived as guests, left as friends
For the most part, the greater Bryce Canyon area is lacking for classy accomodations. There are the requisite "log" cabin motor-lodges and the clamorous Ruby's, but really nothing peaceful, off the beaten track and beautiful. Except Stone Canyon Inn. Set on dirt road about two miles north of Rt.12, SCI is a picture of serenity. You're greeted by two friendly well-behaved dogs and the innkeepers' charming daughter. The architecture is tastefully modern, flagstone juxtaposed with Arts-and-Crafts. A fireplace divides a greatroom with soaring ceilings from the dining room. The rooms are appointed in rustic, warm choices of antiques and rod iron, but are complemented by modern amenities like new whirlpool tubs. Things are comfy, clean and inviting. Out your window (if you're facing the back in the Garden Room) you can see one of the near plateaus of Bryce glowing orange; out the front, the steppes of the Grand Staircase -- go and see this! -- loom in the distance. The food, good heavens: homemade cranberry marmalade slathered over bread; an interesting egg-in-pastry dish and delectable peach breakfast cobbler. But all this pales next to Wendy and John. John is a gregarious, delightfully opinionated conversationalist. After breakfast with a cup of joe he'll bend your ear on nearly any topic you choose. Wendy is welcoming, down-to-earth and warm. Both are refreshingly comfortable to be around and get to know. Honestly, on the day we checked out we just talked for an hour and didn't want to say goodbye. I found the room rates a steal for what you get. Sure, there's cheaper places down in Tropic. But if you're looking for a place to settle in, rest and be renewed, look no further: there's simply no place like Stone Canyon for a hundred miles.
The best place we stayed on our vacation, absolutely brilliant!
Definitely worth the little extra money to stay here rather than a chain motel. This place is ideal for travelling adults. Not sure where the owners have gone but the young couple running the hotel seem to be doing a brilliant job. The people are friendly and it feels like you're staying in somebodies house, it's the only place we stayed where you felt you should take your boots off before going inside. The hotel is spotless and smells nice. It was so peaceful and nicely tucked away on a dirt road (though easy to find). The breakfast was nice and unique and for the benefit of british visitors they make a blinding cup of tea before breakfast. The view from the room I was in was fantasic. If I were visiting Bryce Canyon again I would stay here. Bryce Canyon is a pleasant short scenic drive up the road or you could possibly hike from the hotel. The nearest restaurant is Clarks and is a short drive in to Tropic, it might be the only eatery in town and can get busy, we had a nice meal there and a local guy was strumming his guitar and singing some country tunes.
Best B and B in the Bryce Area
My wife and i recently stayed here and have to agree with the last review. The views from their deck are awesome. The room had a large jacuzzi tube and was very comfortable. The inn keepers, John and Wendy were very warm and accommodating. They really care about doing a great job. Wendy prepared a 3 course truly gourmet breakfast which we enjoyed immensely. This inn has the best views in the area. An added benefit is that a couple miles down their road starts the Tropic Trail which directly goes into Bryce canyon. You avoid a fee and any high climbs since you go directly into the floor of the Canyon. I walked from Bryce Point down the Peek-A-Boo Trail and then took the Tropic Trail back to the Inn. This accommodation is not at all touristy and is comfrtable, well equipped, and provided and peronal and warn environment.
Freindly Host, Outstanding breakfast
This Bed & Breakfast is a little out of the way but worth the trip.
Hosts were extremely knowledgeable about the area and knew with whom to book tours. Room was clean and bed was very comfortable. The common deck was nice with fantastic views that the room also had.
The breakfasts were imaginative and scrumptous! And there is even a little known, private trail a short distance away into Bryce that the host can tell you all about.
Beautiful building,fantstic views BUT a bad experience.
Arrived at appointed time to find no one there. No welcoming hosts or warm fire. Went sightseeing for 3 hours returned to find still no one there. Very cold , door unlocked so ventured inside to find dirty dishes on dining table and the kitchen was filthy and also full of unwashed dishes. Still no hosts and becoming concerned that we maybe should ring police as it appeared as if our hosts had left in a hurry. Answered a phone call who turned out to be a friend of hosts who says he will try to contact them. Phone rings again. It is our host who has gone to Vegas for the weekend! They had forgotten we were coming even though we had pre-paid. We had no choice at 8pm in midwinter but to stay. They appeared at breakfast (very ordinary) and offered no discount for our trouble but worse still NO APOLOGY...in fact no mention of the event. Yearly visitors to USA, this was our worst accommodation experience ever.
Fabulous B & B
This is the only place to stay with any class while visiting Bryce. There are 6 rooms and my husband and I had the Grapevine room for 3 nites. It had a King bed with a view of the Sinking Ship of Bryce. Some of the other rooms had huge bathrooms but ours was small. Be that as it may, there is no where else that is descent in Bryce. Wendy, John and Dixie are FANTASTIC hosts. The breakfasts are wonderful. The only suggestion I have is there should be a coffee maker in the room or one set up where the complimentary soft drinks are, because when you are coming from the east coast you get up early and need coffee. It wasn't ready till 7am and my husband and I were up at 5-6. Also, there is no descent restaurants in the Bryce area so we ate at the Bryce Lodge 2 times. On the 3rd night we went to the grocery and bought the makings for turkey sandwiches. Wendy and John were gracious enough to allow us to make our dinner in the kitchen and join them on the veranda to eat. DEFINITELY WATCH SUNRISE on the veranda. It is so beautiful.
Nice place, not so nice managers
Clearly one of the best places in the Bryce area. We stayed in a beautiful two bedroom, two bath villa-cabin with a hot tub on the deck. However, don't expect your bed to be made in the morning and don't expect pleasantries from the managers. Wendy acted as if this was the last place she wanted to be and was even more sullen when we didn't eat exactly what she served for breakfast. She was offended when we brought a box of cereal that was necessary for dietary reasons. We were asked not to come back for breakfast the next morning. John was more friendly and showed us a very scenic trail.