We stayed at Ruby's at the end of October after high season had passed, so quite a few of the other nearby hotels and restaurants had already closed for the season. The most significant thing to know is that even during high season, Ruby's is practically a monopoly with all the good and bad things that implies. On the one hand, the hotel includes an enormous gift shop that sells camping supplies in addition to tchotckes and western clothing, a sizeable grocery store, a family restaurant, and a gas station so everything was conveniently nearby. On the other hand, this place is an unabashed tourist trap and is cleaning up without having to try very hard.
Upon our arrival, the check-in staff was efficient but somewhat grim. The public spaces (i.e. Ponderosa-style lobby, pool table room, corridors displaying things for sale) were not particularly inviting. Since we were three adults travelling together, we got a 2 BR unit with a shared ensuite bathroom. The rooms were clean and serviceable although "gently worn" with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. However, the bathroom was in serious need of a renovation. Old fixtures and a long time to wait for water to heat up in the morning. For some reason, the mirror was located behind the toilet instead of over the sink (try explaining that with a straight face) and there was no ventilation to speak of. This meant having to open the window to vent any shower steam, and Bryce at the end of October can be very cold.
At that time of year, the restaurant on the premises was the only place to eat unless we wanted to drive 25 miles away to Panguitch or take our chances to find an eatery along the road. We had to wait for about 40 minutes before a table became available so we could only imagine how busy the place gets during high season. The hostess and wait staff coming through the front of the dining room definitely looked like they were not enjoying their jobs managing the crowds, however once we were seated, we found our waitress friendly and prompt. The menu had a lot of hearty choices and the portions were generous.
Overall, Ruby's is reasonably priced with convenient amenities and therefore good for families and people who aren't looking for anything charming or luxurious.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Ruby`s Hotel Bryce
- Best Western Plus Ruby`s Hotel
- Best Western Rubys Hotel
- Best Western Bryce
- Bryce Best Western
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Ruby's Inn Bryce, Utah
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Western Ruby's Inn, the closest accommodations to Bryce Canyon National Park, is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah. We offer the finest accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself. Rubys Inn has 368 Spacious Guest Rooms, 2-Bedroom Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Color Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools and Spas. At Bryce Canyon you'll enjoy horseback riding, ATV and helicopter tours, along with Bryce Canyon western experiences such as chuckwagon dinners, rodeos and more. You'll also find our General Store to be the largest, including an impressive selection of authentic Southwestern Indian arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery and weavings. Open All Year! ... more less
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