Bryce Canyon Lodge is ideally placed within the Bryce Canyon National Park and has a fantastic rustic feel to it.
Front of house staff were really friendly and helpful and certainly made our stay most enjoyable. I would also like to make mention of the younger staff in the restaurant who were really great, however the others were somewhat cynical in their attitude with us, even when commentary was delivered with a smile.
You cant get much better placed for visiting the national park.
We originally booked in a cabin, which was very rustic and authentic, if a bit old. Unfortunately we were unable to stay in the cabin due to the fact that we discovered once the lights went out that we had some little fury companions in our room. Now being a national park full of wildlife I can understand that this does happen, it is just unfortunate that it was so late at night as noting could be done about releasing the little beasties back into the wild so we had to move rooms into the Sunset Accommodation block. The Sunset block was once again rustic and in keeping with what we were expecting, once a gain quite old, but pretty well maintained. The beds were comfortable, mainly twin queen beds can be found in the accommodation, and we got a very good nights sleep the second night.
As mentioned earlier the younger waiter staff were excellent and it is worth mentioning this again (not forgetting the front of house staff). However that is where my accolades for the kitchen really stop.
I am not normally super critical about hotel food however in this instance i was so surprised that aside from a couple of dishes that were very good (soup of the day and quesdillas) the rest was not really up to par in my humble food loving opinion. The first night I ordered a steak which was tough and stringy (i actually left half which is unlike me) the vegetable really seemed like they were from the frozen food counter, not what you would expect from a full priced meal with prices on par to most good restaurants. Breakfast in which i ordered bacon and eggs came out with two eggs (which is fine), breakfast potatoes that once again im sure came from a frozen bag, and only two little strips of streaky bacon which is not what I would expect for $9 and poor fair when considering you are then expecting to go out walking and trekking on this.
Day two i ordered a chicken salad, the salad and plate were frozen cold, no dressing and bland as was my wife's pasta. I actually ate the chicken and left pretty much everything else on the plate (once again unlike me). Breakfast on day three we went for bagels, salmon, and cream cheese ( you cant mess that up) which was good, but a bit pricey at $12 (just as well we had a voucher).
there are of course a raft of activities that you can do at the national park. We drove to all to the views and vistas which was along an 18 mile stretch of road with all stops well maintained and truly great views to be had.
My wife went for one of the horse riding activities that is run through the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed herself commenting on how excellent the wranglers (cowboys) that took the trek were and would absolutely recommend it.
In general i would say that the lodge is an excellent option and if they can sort out the food would get five stars from me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, located near the rim of Bryce Canyon, is the only lodging in the Park and the perfect spot from which to launch your hoodoo and spires exploration. Couples, families and groups enjoy up-close access to the Park's rim trails and excursions plus front row seats to stunning sunrises and sunsets. Accommodations include 70 newly remodeled motel-style guest rooms(2 queens or 1 king bed) with refrigerators and microwaves; 40 cabins with gas log fireplaces. Complimentary Wi-Fi is located in the Lodge's lobby and at Valhalla Pizzaria. The historic dining room at the Lodge dates back to the original opening of the Lodge. We offer a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Healthy gluten free and vegetarian options compliment the steaks, chops, pasta, fresh seafood and chicken selections. Our wine list features local Utah Micro-brews, domestic as well as international wine selections. Guests on the go can also grab a snack at the fast-food snack bar in the Park's General Store. Or, order to-go box lunches 24-hrs. in advance to take along on hiking and day-trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bryce Canyon Hotel Bryce Canyon National Park
- Bryce Canyon Lodge Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah