This review (it starts after the dashed lines below if you want to straight to it) is part of a 'set' of hotels/motels/attractions I stayed in/experienced whilst touring the region in and around southern Utah, aiming to visit the fantastic National Parks there, by hire car in May 2011.
I have created an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' which details the numerous significant attractions I visited/the places I stayed in enroute and includes a tour map and (hopefully) lots of helpful information/Internet/Trip Advisor links.
Trip Advisor haven't (yet ?) properly integrated it for direct access: to get to it you start by doing the required action to see my individual TA reviews/photos/videos (which I hope you will !) by mouse-clicking my profile 'name' located in the top-left corner of this review, below my profile picture of the Giza Pyramids, then mouse-clicking the blue 'Reviews' link from the resulting pop-up window. As well now being able to see my reviews, you can then access my Trip List by looking in the left-hand 'Contributions list (there you can also see my photos/videos direct) and select 'Trip List' - it is entitled 'Las Vegas + South Utah National Parks + Monument Valley, Arizona - May 2011'; click the title link and away you go - easy, NOT ! (TA admin please note !)
For accommodation my price range was $50-$60incl/night (occasionally up to $90incl due to local 'inflation'), for non-smoking rooms in establishments which were best located for visiting the nearby venue (sometimes for several days), that were TA reviewed as quiet/clean and should be well-equipped (eg fridge, wi-fi); I was not too bothered about what eateries etc were in the local area, nor if there were things like a swimming pool, as my days were maximised for visiting the associated National Park/hiking etc, the room being used to reflect on the day/'unwind'/sleep in !
I arrived at the Prospector Inn after an exhausting (but very enjoyable !) day in Bryce Canyon on my way to Capitol Reef NP. Having reserved a room by phone sometime before whilst still in the UK, my transition from arriving to relaxing in my room ($60incl/night for twin-beds) was speedy and pleasingly seamless. This is despite the place being quite busy when I arrived as it was clearly, and justifiably, popular as a stop-off in what is a largely quite remote and desolate area.
Standing perpendicular to the highway, you don't get a proper impression of the length/height of the motel until you turn into the parking area. The reception is at the front/right corner and was staffed by a solitary lady who was efficient and courteous - unusually, she was also there in the morning....
Parking space could be at a premium if full, but as it was I could park right in front of my ground-floor room with no problems. First impressions of the room were good; it was large, clean and tidy. As expected, there were no extra in-room facilities of note (eg fridge, microwave), save for the ubiquitous TV, but you could get freshly made coffee from reception; no breakfast supplied in the morning. Noise only seemed to emanate from other residents (either walking past the room, talking rather loudly or bounding up the external stairway to the upper floor); I didn't hear anything coming from the highway. True to her word, the wi-fi worked fine/as advertised by the lady at reception. The bed was comfy with no bed bugs (I have never had them in ANY bed in ANY hotel and am of the opinion that reviews which mention them are malicious !).
And that's it really. Whilst unremarkable, the Prospector Inn does not disappoint as somewhere to be used for a stopover in the remote Escalante region. The nightly cost was what I gradually became used to expect where there is relatively little competition/population in the area, so whilst I had no complaints at all about the room you don't get too much 'extra' for your money.
- Also Known As:
- Prospector Hotel Escalante
- Prospector Inn Escalante, Utah