My husband and I traveled to southern Utah to experience Zion and Bryce national parks. We stayed at a few different hotels during our trip. We elected to stay in Springdale for its proximity to Zion and for the convenience. Because the shuttle system is in effect until about November, we figured that we might as well take advantage of not having to drive into Zion and stay in Springdale. I cannot imaging how crowded this very small town must be during the high season, but during the shoulder season it was a great place to stay.
The hotel is conveniently located near a bus/Springdale shuttle stop (which is free). The shuttles stop conveniently every 10 minutes. There are some typically touristy shops nearby and a few restaurants including the Pioneer Restaurant right on the property. Plenty to keep someone not interested in hiking occupied for a day. The hotel is adjacent to a ranch(?) with elk and long-horns - you'll hear the elk making very cool Jurassic-park sounding noises throughout the day (and night).
About the hotel - parking was straightforward. Our room was a double on the second floor. We had originally requested a king room, but they were out. The double room would be a tiny bit cramped for 4, but for 2 people, it was perfectly adequate and cozy. Decor was pseudo-rustic - very pleasant and not overdone. The beds were SUPER-comfortable, especially after a long day of hiking. There was a refrigerator and coffee-maker in the room. The desk sells large bags of ice for $1 so keep that in mind if you have a cooler in the trunk. The shower felt GREAT - wonderful water pressure and soft water that leaves you feeling a little slimy afterwards, but refreshed :) Although it was a little too chilly to take advantage of the pool, it was heated. We did use the hot tub which was spacious, clean, and adequately hot! What a gorgeous backdrop for the pool - it would have been nice to have a little more time during our trip to relax and enjoy it. The coffee shop downstairs has internet. We managed to log in from our room at no charge.
The hotel didn't offer a complimentary breakfast, but they did give us a 10% discount card to use at their adjoining restaurant (didn't have breakfast there though) and the coffee shop at the front desk. Dinner at the pioneer restaurant and the mexican place across the street was average. We went to Blondie's next door for an elk burger and a BBQ sandwich special - good. Lunch at the Zion Lodge - overcooked, pricy burger/good salmon burger, long wait (they had just closed down their "faster food" section for the winter) at lunch time, but if you wait until a little later, the line thins. Best idea for lunch is to bring it into the park or take a break from hiking and go into town. Our last dinner was at the Whiptail Grille - slow service but AWESOME FOOD - great outdoor dinner backdrop with the light dimming over the mountains.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. I think we booked the room off of expedia or orbitz and there was a little bit of a discount. I definitely would recommend staying here to visit Zion. We stayed in a hotel in Tropic just outside of Bryce afterwards - I think that it would have been too much to try to tackle Bryce (unless you were only planning a short day visit) from Springdale. Although the drive through Zion is absolutely gorgeous, it takes about 45 minutes at an average pace to get through to the road that connects to Bryce. There were a few B&B's on the east side of the park that may be more convenient if you wanted to stay central to both. There are so many small hotels/motels/B&B's in Springdale and around Bryce that it was easy enough to pack lightly and travel through.
Some other things: We also stayed 2 nights in Kanab at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - great place, you can even volunteer if you have the time. On the way to Zion, we stopped in Hurricane and rented a rhino to go off-roading (took off straight from the rental place) and had an amazing time driving through all sorts of desert conditions! Best of all, we did a day of canyoneering through Zion Adventure Company - totally awesome and potentially addictive. Highly recommend them and the sport - even for someone with no experience. Can't wait to do it again! I got sick and missed hiking up Angel's Landing - apparently, not for wussies. My husband LOVED the hike. Because of illness, we elected to wait to do the Narrows since it was a little chilly. That will be our next trip out!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Pioneer Lodge and Restaurant is centrally located in downtown Springdale near the entrance of Zion National Park. We have 40 beautifully appointed rooms in rustic western decor. There is a jacuzzi suite, a one bedroom apartment and a 3 bedroom apartment. On location we have a full service restaurant, open 7 days a week serving excellent quality meals, an Internet Cafe/Espresso Bar and gift shoppe. There is a outdoor pool and jacuzzi. We have guest laundry facilities. Our property has been totally renovated in 2006. We pride ourself in excellent customer service with a relaxing home away from home attitude. We have a 4 diamond rating with AAA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Pioneer Hotel Springdale
- Pioneer Hotel Springdale
- Historic Pioneer Lodge Springdale, Utah