We stayed at the Cliff Rose for 2 nights as part of a tour through the Rockies, National parks and beyond and we were looking forward to arriving as this was billed as one of the nicer – more luxurious places we had booked to stay. On the whole, it lived up to our expectations and we would recommend to others.
For us there were probably 3 highlights.
The first was the hotel rooms themselves. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite – 5 of us including our 3 grown up kids. There was plenty of room, the fixtures and fittings were plentiful and of the highest quality – full size fridge/freezer, proper kitchenette, full size dining table, couch seating for us all, 2 excellent sized bedrooms, well equipped with comfy beds and 2 huge bathrooms, again, nicely equipped and laid out. (In addition there is a continuous flow of free coffee and tea available in the reception area if you prefer the walk rather than making your own – really nice touch – especially as they often had a plate of free cakes on the go as well!)
The second highlight was the lodge location: right on the river and as close as it was possible to be to the entrance to Zion National Park. Less than 5 minute walk down the river to the NP Visitor Centre from where the shuttle service runs through the park from early in the morning. (You are not allowed to take your car into the park during the summer months – the shuttle is the only way of visiting). Some might say that the location would be better if (like most of the hotels and motels) the lodge was further away from the park and towards the centre of Springdale. This would certainly be more convenient for walking through the town for shopping and restaurants etc, but for us we preferred to be by the park entrance.
The third highlight was actually the town of Springdale itself. This is the third town we have visited on this trip whereby the almost sole purpose of the town is to be the gateway to the nearby National Park. (The others being Moab for Arches NP which we thought was a bit of a mess, and Page for Lake Powell National Recreation Area which we really enjoyed). Springdale is really nice! Some might say it is a bit ‘twee’ and certainly it is clearly built for the tourist rather than the almost nonexistent locals – but they have done a great job. Restaurants are varied (no chains – all independent) and all looking great. Hotels and motels are neat and tidy and appealing. There seemed to be a really relaxed, happy, buzz around the place. As mentioned above the Cliff Rose Lodge is about a mile from the town centre so it can be walked, driven or there is a free shuttle which runs from the NP entrance into/out of town continually.
The only possible downside we could mention about the Lodge would be the pool area. It was really hot whilst we were there (nearly 100 degrees) and by mid afternoon as people came out of the park, the pool area was packed – it simply wasn’t designed for the number of people who wanted to use it to the extent that we gave up and went and sat in our Air Conditioned rooms instead to recover. Not a hardship but an observation if a great pool matters to you. Couple of other small points – there isn’t enough parking space – both nights we ended up having to park by reception (probably 150yds from our room) as spaces near the rooms were already full. Finally, with the exception of the free coffee/tea already positively mentioned the only other food/drink on site is a very limited fridge in reception. I understand the lodge isn’t big enough to warrant a café or restaurant, and there is a café next door, so only a minor point – but just in case it matters to you!
Overall we were really pleased with our stay at Cliff Rose. Can’t say it completely bowled us over in the way that some other places have, but no complaints at all, and very good in delivering what we wanted/needed.