If like me you traveling from Bryce to Zion instead of the other way around (and you are not a picky traveler used to opulence), this is a nice stop-over place. Zion visitor center is quite close and you also get to drive on the Zion-Mt. Carmel highway to get into the park instead of the conventional route through Springdale.
It is family run and the only staff I encountered (at the reception) seemed quite friendly and nice.
The rooms were neat and clean and parking is right outside your door, which is a plus if you have a lot of stuff.
The only complaint i have is the absence of central heating. You have to use a radiator instead and that isn't nearly enough to heat up the room, especially if you are traveling in late December like me. It got quite uncomfortable at night and early in the morning.
Other than that, I have few complaints.
The restaurant next door is OK, but they have very few veggie options. Then again, this is a problem with the entire Bryce region, which was even worse in terms of availability of veggie/vegan cuisine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zion National Park lodging at its best! The BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge offers a refreshing pool, hot tub, 9 hole golf course and free club rentals. Our rooms are 100% smoke free, 100% pet free, with balcony views and patios that overlook the beautiful mountains and lush green golf course, DirecTV. In-room coffee and tea, guest laundry facilities, direct dial in-room phones, free local and 1-800 calls, internet connections, AAA, AARP. We are located 12 miles from the east entrance to Zion National Park, 60 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park, 85 miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 45 miles from Cedar Breaks National Monument, and 12 miles from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Hotel Mount Carmel
- Best Western Mount Carmel
- East Zion Thunderbird Hotel
- Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge Utah/Mount Carmel