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Abajo Haven Guest Cabins
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

One of the most infuriating things when travelling is encountering accommodations that were misrepresented on their own websites. Why not state exactly what you are and make people happy who arrive with the right expectations instead of disappointing those who expected something quite different? Doesn't make sense from a business perspective, especially in these days of omnipresent online reviews.

The website for Abajo states that each cabin comes with a private bath. What isn't mentioned is that this bath is outside. If you are a child of the city, with a delicate bladder, you might not be excited at the prospect of having to cross a dark, unknown stretch of half-wilderness with who-knows-what-animals in the middle of the night. (See photo: the cabin is on the left and the bath on the right, behind the trees.)

The talk about solar panels used for generating energy makes you think this is a place that is environmentally conscious. However, we strongly assume this place having solar energy is more due to the fact it is so far outside of town that it's off the grid and needs alternative energy. Considering the size of the panels and the warning to turn off the 1 (!) CFL bulb in the cottage whenever not needed, it is pretty clear to me that the cottage's panels mostly supply energy for the owner's residence. The warm water in the bath is provided by a propane tank next to it, and we also had a propane heater, which we used because it got quite chilly at night, though the cottage was well made and nicely insulated.

The mattress was as lumpy as if it were a bunch of hay stuffed into a large bag.

We didn't take a shower, as the bath was just plain filthy. Also, we didn't know if we could trust washing with non-potable water. The water issue was disclosed on the website, and on arrival we were each given two small bottles of water, so we could at least brush our teeth. The tap water must have come from a well, and even though there are environmentally safe ways to remove contamination (coliform bacteria etc.) from well water (e.g. UV treatment), the Abajo owners are apparently not willing to do this for their cabins. Considering that they seem to be off the grid for water too, I wonder if they drilled a better well, treat their own drinking water or simply buy tons and tons of plastic water bottles.

Even though the place was meant to be pet-free, we're not sure if the owner's dogs might go into the cabins, as they roamed around freely and almost attacked us when we arrived.

If you're not into lenghty talks, better not ask the owner for recommendations on where to go and what to see, as he's the chatty type.

All in all, this was just one step up from tent camping, and we were glad we didn't pay more than ~$80. We seriously considered leaving and finding a different place to stay for the night, but every hotel we passed during the day had no vacancy.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

I don't understand your comments in your review, Know what to expect, June 11, 2012. Our web site is based on what to expect at Abajo Haven Guest Cabins. We are an outdoor, nature and archaeology based guest cabin business and are off the grid for a reason. The night sky, wildlife and not being in town are a big part of what we offer people that do not want to stay in a motel on main street in town. You seem to have not understood this and thought we were a motel on main street. Our web site goes into detail on the cabins, restrooms , services we offer and the location of the cabins. There are all so many comments from guest on the web site that relate there experience at Abajo Haven.

I'm sorry you feel the way you do, but I think our web site is pretty clear on what to expect.

Thanks, Bill Haven.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

The cabin had a king size bed and 2 twin beds. The cabin and bathroom were very clean. Bill is a wonderful host. He was informative and gave suggestions of places to visit. Bill will cook a very hearty breakfast if you want and left coffee every morning on the picnic table. You can also get a supper of chicken, ribs, beans, Texas toast, salad and key lime pie (which is homemade and delicious). This is so much better than staying at a hotel right on the main highway. It is quiet. We saw deer, turkey, rabbits and many birds, especially hummingbirds. There is no TV but who needs it. It is centrally located to Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Natural Bridges, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Highly recommended and if we return to this area, will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: There are 4 cabins and I believe they all have the same setup.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Joanne G
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

Thank you for the great review! Look forward to your next stay with us.

Thanks, Bill Haven.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Abajo Haven Guest Cabins were one of the highlights of our month long honeymoon through the national parks of Utah, Arizona and California. The room was great, comfy bed, clean and rustic, no wifi or electiricity, which we loved! Sometimes its hard to actually get away from everything but this little place was perfect. An open fire to cook on. Nice propane heaters and a good bathroom close by. The hiking in the area is great, really cool Indian ruins. There is a great hike just off property that was beautiful. The best thing about this stay was the Owner, Bill. He was amazing, super helpful with directions, and destination. We had the special dinner the night we arrived and honestly the BEST ribs I have ever had!! Finished with some Key lime pie! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a real romantic getaway, where you want to getaway from everything! THanks Bill!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank busy65
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Management response:Responded June 24, 2012

Thank you for the great review and letting Abajo Haven be apart of your Honeymoon trip. We do have solar power for all 4 cabins to run lights and plugins for phones and cameras. As far as TV., how can you beat the star show every night by your camp fire?
Thanks, Bill Haven.

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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Abajo Haven is it's own piece of heaven! Quiet, peaceful, beautiful, clean - everything one needs to rejuvenate, connect back to nature, and find one's self. Hot clean showers in a clean bathroom included! Bill is a gracious host, quick to ensure our stay is ideal. Just know that the town of Blanding is not the place to find great vacation type dinners. Make sure to take Bill up on his offer to wash the dishes, if you choose to cook your own delicious meal, or order his homemade bbq (I wish we would have). I hope to return (and stay at Abajo Haven) in the next few years and continue my discovery of ancient pueblo dwellings.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Host is very friendly. Cabin is beautiful and surroundings are great. The kids loved seeing the deer that you could see from the property. I will definitely be coming back next time I vacation in that area.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We had a great time and at some point will go back. Bill is an excellent/fun tour guide and makes a great barbecue. Loved the area and want to explore some more of the ruins. If you are interested in the Ancestral Pueblo history and want a little adventure this is the place. We just had a lot of fun and learned so much. This area really sparks your imagination. You can have as much adventure as you want.
Daryl and Penny A.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

This is a clean comfortable place to stay in a beautiful setting, run by nice people who go out of their way to help you enjoy your visit. It's like a lot of the great parts of camping with none of the annoying parts. Each cabin has it's own corresponding (clean) bathroom/shower cabin, a campfire pit, picnic table and grill. There are only three cabins so it never seemed crowded or loud. The price is more than reasonable too.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Bill A
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Address: 5440 N Cedar Edge Ln, Blanding, UT 84511-2063
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Location: United States > Utah > Blanding
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Blanding
Price Range: $96 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A refreshing oasis in Utah Canyonlands." Described by Dr. Brian A. Catlos, author Rough Guide Languedoc & Roussilon. Nestled at the base of the Abajo Mountains, enjoy your evening in nature relaxing by a campfire. You may get a visit from our friends the wild turkeys or deer. The cabins are very nice, clean accommodations with a king size bed and two twin beds. Your private restroom has tiled showers and hot running water. Don't forget to order our delicious BBQ rib and chicken dinner, delivered right to your cabin! This just hits the spot after a day of exploring all of the ancient sites in the area! ... more   less 
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