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“Small but pleasant” 4 of 5 stars
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125 East State, Mount Carmel, UT 84755   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
Layton, Utah
Senior Contributor
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Small but pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This wonderful little motel is a throwback to a time when neon outlined the roof lines of quaint, welcoming motels. Our room was #206, which wasn't large but very clean, decorated with a corner heater that looked like a fireplace, and beautiful vases. Gratefully we didn't need the fireplace. The motel is pet friendly. We made our reservation online and didn't experience any difficulties registering upon our arrival. Additionally, the young man behind the counter asked about our membership in AAA or AARP for appropriate discounts. Mmm, I guess I look like I belong to AARP...oh that's right, I do!
Small but possible points to consider; the bathroom window would not open, thereby stopping any cross ventilation, something I really would have preferred over the AC unit. The sidewalk in front of our room had medium size holes that if I were the owner would worry me since it would be easy to trip and fall during a night entrance or exit from the room. With that said I am NOT urging you to fall, but rather urging you to be cautious and avoid the holes.
Bottom line, I would stay here again and I would ask the owner, a very pleasant person we met during checkout, to fix the sidewalk for his benefit more than mine.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

So lets get the less than positive out of the way first.  This is a small, private owned hotel which looks like it saw its glory days in the 50's. it's WiFi is marginal at best. The rooms are really basic.

But if you can live with that, this is a good place to stay. It is a good value, we paid $58 a night. The owner and help care-such as John, the owner-saw that one of the dryers had run out of time for one of his guests, so he feed it quarters. We stayed five nights and the rooms were clean. Everything worked in room. Our room, which was by the Virgin River, was quiet.

A definite plus is the location. It is about half an hour to the east of Zion Canyon; 70 minutes south of Bryce; and two hours north of the the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 

So would we stay here again? Yes.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

I'm torn on this, because $52 a night is genuinely cheap.

But this place was pretty poor. We rented 4 rooms for family coming into town for a funeral. One of the rooms was a decent size and had a remodeled bathroom. That room would have been a good value for what we paid, if it had been clean.

The other three were tiny- rooms so small that there were less than three feet from the foot of the bed (full, not queen or king) to the bathroom wall. The walls were plasticky pre-fab and so thin that I could hear every word of my sister and brother-in-law's conversation next door.

The decor was tacky and shabby. I don't expect much for $52 a night, but no decor at all would have been better than the dusty mauve dollar-store porcelain swan full of dead fake flowers or the faux-copper sailing ship cut in half.

The rooms were freezing cold when we arrived, and the radiant electric heaters smelled ghastly when they turned on. The windows and walls were so thin we could guess what kind of cars were driving by on the highway only 20 feet away by their exhaust notes and tread noise.

The bathrooms were likewise extremely cramped, and two of the four mini-fridges (located in the tiny bathrooms) smelled as though something fuzzy had only recently been evicted.

We arrived after the viewing hoping to get some dinner, but the restaurant (open til 9:00!) was deserted, the salad bar empty, chairs on tables and employees vacuuming at 8:45. The employees directed us to the cafe across the street.

We just needed a place to crash, wash, and change for the funeral. All of these things would have been tolerable, or even perhaps charming in a tacky sort of way if it had not been for the cleanliness issues.

I was irritated with the layer of grime in the windowsills, and some sticky spots on the counters. I was a little squeamish about some mold in the (tiny) shower. The bedspreads looked like they had been purchased used from a Holiday Inn about 20 years ago.

But the worst thing was when we checked the rooms prior to leaving in the morning. Under all eight beds in all four rooms were various evidences of genuine filth. Under one bed were huge dust bunnies and more than a dozen candy wrappers. Other beds had similar grime and empty beverage containers. One bed had three dirty socks which did not belong to any member of our party, and one was home to a used prophylactic.

For $52 a night, in the middle of nowhere in southern Utah, I don't expect much. I have thought long and hard about this review, and have had to conclude that Golden Hills Motel did not measure up, even at an extremely low price.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Provo, Utah, United States
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165 reviews 165 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We got a room with a king-sized bed, fridge, microwave, free wi-fi and a fireplace for $38! That's just unheard of these days! The manager got our room heating up while we went to dinner and the nearby Golden Hills restaurant. That's personal service. We'll stay here again. And again ...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Between Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP and the north rim of the Grand Canyon NP.
Stayed here 4 years ago and the rate has only gone up $5 in that time.
Restaurant on location looks OK, but we didn't use it.
Nice little stream benind is quaint.
Bathroom re-modelled.
Don't know if it's the time of year, but its the 2nd time here without the outdoor pool being available. Difficult to rate against a Best Western!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

Looked old on the outside but had been updated inside. Clean. Nice view of the creek behind. Deadbolt didn't work but had a security chain that did. Nice furnishings. I was tempted to use the electric fireplace just for the homey feel.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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somerset
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Really, there do not seem to be many authentic places like this left. It is not the height of luxury but it is clean and friendly and it is run by people who care. You'll get a good welcome and a good breakfast in the diner next door.
The location is superb - really recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Golden Hills Motel

Address: 125 East State, Mount Carmel, UT 84755
Location: United States > Utah > Mount Carmel
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Golden Hills Hotel
Golden Hills Motel Utah/Mount Carmel

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