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“A nice and cheap place to visit Zion”

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Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
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San Diego, California
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23 reviews
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“A nice and cheap place to visit Zion”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thank you for your review. I am glad you appreciate the beauty of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and our location. I am confused as to why the room heater did not work sufficiently for you and I will look into this.
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Canton, Georgia
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Our room was not good. Kinda spooky. Misterious doors that lead to God knows where. Old and run down. Get an upstairs room because the floors above sound like someone is walking on your head.

The Central location is excellent because of all the attractions nearby. Zion, Brice,North Rim,Cedar Breaks. The Thuderbird Restaraunt has the best breakfast in Utah. Over the top.
Dinner is average.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Ouch! Are you sure you stayed in the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge? The rooms are remodeled with hand made log furniture. Perhaps you are talking about the old motel across the street. In any case, thank you for your review although I am confused.
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Huge rooms. Very very friendly snd helpful staffs. Didn't like how the rooms were a bit far from the lobby where the restaurant was but thanks to that, I felt like renting a studio. Mattress was a bit too soft. Terrible temperature insulation from the outside temperature cause of the large glass wall. A.C./heat unit wasn't the best. You would have to turn it to 80 to feel 70. But I would return for another stay. It's a good hotel option if you are visiting Zion from the east. The food at their restaurant was decent too. Lunch is reasonably priced.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
I am thrilled you would return and that like liked the large rooms and staff.


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Austin TX
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

My family stayed on night to visit Zion Canyon NP. The location was good to go to Zion NP but wireless internet was poor. Room space was enough for 4 people and nice view with golf course in front of door.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
I am glad you enjoyed the large room and the view of the Golf Course. We have implemented the best internet service that the area provides. Keep in mind however, that you are in a rural area of southern Utah, and probably here to visit some of the greatest landscapes in the world! With that comes one will loose some of the the inconveniences that are often found in the cities. That said, the internet service is usually quite good and very fast here - using a satellite service. If there was poor weather during your stay this can affect the service, or sometime things just happen and we report this to that vendor as quickly as possible.

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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

If you're already past Zion NP and to far away to reach Bryce NP (or Panguitch) than this is your best option. It's right on the junction SR-9 and US-89 in a little "town" where, besides spending the night, there's nothing to hang out for.
The reception personnel is friendly, they even provide you with a Best Western membership card if you don't have it yet. At the reception you also find a little shop that sells gifts.
The rooms are very large and ours had view at the pool and hot tub and had a small terrace. Coffee making facilities are available as well as a fridge. The bathroom is small in comparison with the rest of the room, not suited to be in the bathroom with 2 people at the same time. Downside is that the lights are bright white light and the airco in the bathroom makes a lot of noise.
There is a restaurant on side which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went here for dinner and the food wasn't to bad. If you are almost out of gas there is a gas station with shop. Fill up the tank here because it will be a while before you see another one.
There is also a small golf terrain next door where you might spot some deer in the morning.
Considering the location this is really the best option for a good night sleep but it is worth it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
I am thrilled you liked the rooms size, and it sounds like you liked everything except the size of the bathroom. The size of the bathrooms vary between rooms. Some rooms have absolutely huge bathrooms.

There are not many hang out place, this is true, unless you enjoy playing golf for only $6 bucks a round, or want to visit some of the historic areas nearby. There are quaint rock shops, historic buildings, short hikes - the Coral Pink Sand Dunes is just up the road.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

No major complaints, as hard to find much in the area. Great location to start out from in AM to see Zion. You get to park right by your room door and we were on golf course side so that was pleasant. Restaurant onproperty was good and convenient. Front desk people were not very friendly or accomodative but they did thier job even tho unhappily so.

Room Tip: great place to stay on way to Zion
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
That is an usual comment about the front desk people. I wonder if you ran into my very tired husband who was covering a shift for someone. He has a very odd sense of human that not everyone gets, but once they do they adore him. Thank you for your review.
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Travelling around the canyon and stayed two nights at the Thunderbird Lodge. Service at front desk, restaurant and shops was very good. Our room was a large floorplan (but not all are... so check this out). Furniture is chunky maple/western; very fun. Were on main floor with patio and grassy area for relaxing. Didn't use pool but many did and were very satisfied. The adjacent golf course (9 holes) was a welcomed surprise after being on the road nearly two weeks (without our clubs!). Because we were staying at the hotel, we paid $10.00 for 9 holes plus club rental, balls, tees, cart. Sure the clubs weren't new, but it was so nice just to be out on a course at the base of the mountains. The restaurant is FAMOUS for PIE... doesn't get any better... golf AND pie. Price was right but my only complaint was that their wifi seldom worked in our room or in lobby (think this is common in that area)

Room Tip: Two companions had smaller rooms than ours; perhaps this is an addition?? but our room was quite a b...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
You are correct - all but 2 of our rooms have a large floor plan. They had to be smaller to fit the laundry room in. Dang necessities! I am guessing you stayed in the one story units where we are remodeling all those rooms and adding the furniture. It's pricey handmade furntiure, so we were not able to do it all at one time, but we are working hard on this project. I love our golf course in the mountain too! My Grandma who built it, (my Grandpa had already died at this time) was met with the choice of grazing cattle up there or doing something more innovative to save her water rights and she chose to build a golf course, back before they were the in thing. The Ho-made pie, is another story. My Grandpa Jack made the original sign and there was not enough room to put home-made on it so he shortened it. This was way before Eddie Murphy changed the world's meaning of ho. Thank you for your review! You have captured what we try so hard to share with our guests.
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Property: Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge
Address: Junction SR-9 & US-89, East Zion, Mount Carmel, UT 84755 (Formerly BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge)
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Location: United States > Utah > Mount Carmel
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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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