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“This was absolutely the best "last minute" adventure we have ever had.” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Cliffs Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532   |  
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Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Moab
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Upstate New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“This was absolutely the best "last minute" adventure we have ever had.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

Red Cliffs Lodge was an incredible find. I was traveling with my 23 year old daughter and 18 year old niece and neded a room for 1 night. I called and spoke with Gloria. She was warm and friendly and made the reservation process a breeze. After a full day of hiking we arrived at the lodge and were pleasently surprised, especially the girls. They told me that I had done a great job finding a place to stay. The views were breathtaking.
The staff was welcoming and friendly. They gave us homemade cookies!!! We checked into a spacious, immaculate room with more amentities than anticipated. We had a delicious meal with fabulous service.
In the morning we had a tasty buffett breakfast and enjoyed the movie museum before checking out. We met Gloria whom I bet is gracious and outgoing even on a bad day. We were given suggestions for our days activities based on our time constraints (great tips by the way. The comment was made that "there is never a bad day at Red Cliffs Lodge." The only disappointmet was that we had to leave. They offer so may activities that we were unable to experience that I guess we will just have to go back.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

We first stayed at the Red Cliff's Lodge in the first month it opened a few years ago; quite by chance. Driving into Moab we just came across this stunning place and decided to stay there instead of a place in town. Since that first experience we've been back at least 3 times in addition to a 4 day stay over the last week. Not only is the lodge in a truly magnificent and quiet setting but it has been incredibly consistent in ambience, cleanliness, service and overall quality since it first opened.

The rooms are spacious, very quiet and well maintained; all on either a creek or the Colorado River. The lodge has a nice restaurant with large windows facing out over the river. A decent breakfast buffet is available for a reasonable cost and seating is open for taking in the stunning view. On our most recent visit we had dinner on the outdoor deck of the restaurant on two of the four days. These were our most enjoyable dinners of the trip...far superior to the restaurants in town. The service was great (only exceeded by the view) and the food exceptional. I had the salmon both nights; my husband a spicy chicken dish on each night as well. We loved both dishes.

We travel extensively both domestically and internationally...the Red Cliffs Lodge continues to be one of our favorite places in the world. I'm just thankful it isn't far from our home in Colorado.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New England
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

We loved staying at the Red Cliffs Lodge with our two kids, ages 8 and 13. We have been to Moab before but have stayed in town. Hence we never had the chance to drive the stretch of Rte 128, from the Main Street into Moab to the Lodge. Wow, that drive rivals any scenic drive in the world. You do use up a fair amount of gas, but we loved seeing those beautiful cliffs at all different times of the day. The Lodge itself is great. Not overly fancy but comfortable and clean. We had absolutely no problems with cleanliness or insects mentioned in other reviews -- mid-April, hot and sunny weather. The rooms are furnished in simple Southwestern style. We chose a queen suite overlooking a small creek. We also checked out the 2-room cabins. They were very nice, but note that they are farther from the main lodge, where the front desk and restaurant are located, so getting back and forth if you need to go there for any reason becomes time-consuming. Also, we noticed that in the river-front cabins (and, presumably the river king suites) you really hear the roar of the river unless the windows are shut. It actually sounds like an interstate, but it's just the river! The views from every angle of the room are just wonderful -- those amazing red cliffs against the blue, blue sky. And the split rail fence, the horse pasture. One morning the horses were just outside our door, on the other side of the creek. There is a small play area with swings and a tetherball set. Best for smaller kids, but our sons did play a bit of tetherball. There are two tennis courts, and the Lodge lends you racquets and balls if you need them. The pool and hottub are very nice, again with the amazing views. There is also a nice workout room and a laundry room. The staff was quite helpful and we sought their advice a lot. They helped us to book some guided trips -- horse trail riding, a Hummer Tour. The horse rides leave right from the lodge stables. There is a bit of a stables smell in some areas of the grounds, but that is to be expected, as it is after all a ranch. The kitchenette in the room is helpful. We were there five nights but had only two meals at the restaurant. The restaurant was very pleasant, again with those amazing views. The food was good, not great. But we were satisfied. We also ate at various places in Moab and we had groceries in our room for some of the meals as well. I would recommend stopping in town for groceries before arriving at the Lodge. I supposed some people might prefer the Sorrel River Ranch, which is supposed to be more upscale, but it's much more expensive, and this place really can't be beat for value and location. One of the people we met told us the views and setting at Red Cliffs is better than Sorrel River -- don't know if that's true. We would definitely go back and are sending friends there planning a Moab trip.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Snowbird, Utah
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

I was here alone 3 years ago on business and returned last week with my wife for our aniversary. The place has grown, but is so well planned that even if it is full, you have all the privacy you want. The owner has improved on a very good thing. Our King Suite was located right on the turn of the river, it was clean and well presented. The staff is very accomodating and helpful. My wife is far pickier about such things than I am, and it passed every test.
The menu has greatly improved, and dinners there were wonderful.
The peace and quiet you find here is unreal. Even tho town was besieged by thousands of visitors for the annual car show, Red Cliffs is quiet and serene.

There have to be hundreds of acres here, all accessible to the guests. We asked if we could look at the new cabins, and were given keys to 3 different ones. The staff really wants to make the guests feel at home. National Geographic is correct when they say this is not mainstream or traditional innkeeping. You feel like you live here.

Moab offers all kinds of activities like Hummer rides, ATV rentals, boat rides, etc and the staff arranges everything so you don't have to sort all that out.

This isn't just a hotel, it''s an experience. A very good experience.

Plan to stay for at least a couple of days to really get the feel. My wife wanted to stay on.

We will return after Labor Day with friends, and for Thanksgiving with family.
One of my favorite places ever.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

Though the distance from downtown Moab (14 miles on a winding road) gave us pause to consider this resort, we are very happy that we stayed at the Red Cliffs.

With so many things to do during the day (Arches National Park being the gem for hikers), being able to be out of the downtown area at night was perfect for us. The lodge has a great restaurant, and Sorrel River Ranch is also nearby so you actually have 2 choices for dinner. Red Cliffs also has its own winery, and we certainly took advantage of buying several bottles!

We stayed 2 nights in one of the resort's River Side King Suites at a "Hot Deal" price. The room is large and comfortable and had a magnificent river view. There is a small kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator. So, bringing in groceries for a quick breakfast and packing a lunch would be easy for those wishing to do so. The bed "room" is terraced up from the kitchen/living room area so no matter where you are in the room, there is a view. The room also had a private patio which opened out to the grassy area in front of the river.

Every staff member provided the best of service. An interesting note: the resort continues to take and maintain all reservations and billing the "old fashioned" way -- by hand and not computer. Their reservations ledger is huge, all handwritten, and a true piece of nostalgia.

Would we return to Red Cliffs? Absolutely.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utah
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

A large group of us (about 15-20 of us staying in 6-10 rooms/cabins) stay at this hotel once or twice a year when we are staying in Moab. We stay here because its in a beautiful location up the canyon, and it is away from the crowds and noise of downtown. Every time we go we have issues with the staff. They all act like they are doing you a favor by checking you in, answering your questions, etc. Its like they know that there really isn't anywhere else to stay. The restaurant is mediocre and overpriced (although Sunday brunch is good). The rooms are outdated, the mattresses are lumpy and uncomfortable. The great thing about this place and the thing that keeps bringing us back is it's unbelievable location. We keep hoping that someday they will change things around and focus on their customers, or that somebody else will put a hotel up the canyon!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Midwest
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

The concept and layout of Red Cliffs Lodge is nice enough and location to Moab is great. The staff in general seems very pleasant. The offputting items about this lodge are the overall cleanliness. The wall by the toilet was urine stained, there was enough dust and cobwebs around to make us comment about the conditions. These two probably led to the third item - roaches. We found a total of two oriental cockroaches in our room. When I went to the front desk - and mind you I was pleasant about it - the response was a disappointing, 'ho-hum', yeah the guys were here yesterday and sprayed, thanks for letting us know attitude. I guess if this were my place I would have offered my guest another room, a discounted stay, or a meal, etc, but that is just me.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532
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Location: United States > Utah > Moab
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Moab
#1 Romantic Hotel in Moab
#3 Business Hotel in Moab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Cliffs Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Cliffs Lodge is Moab's National Park experience. Located on the banks of the mighty Colorado River surrounded by 2000 foot cliffs on 220 acres. Lodging includes suites and cabins all with private water views. Rustic elegance and rated #1 place to stay in Moab by Trip Advisor 7 + years running. ... more   less 
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