We stayed in the driftwood inn in springdale and had a wonderful time at one of the most beautiful places on earth. Very nice dining choices, hotels are not top dollar, but they are outstanding when you consider they are dropped smack dab in the middle of outstanding views. It's about 2 hours to page, az, 2 hours to vegas should you have the urge, and 4 and a half hours to south rim grand canyon, closer if the north rim is open but it wasn't while we were there.
I've always travelled on the east coast, mid america, south, etc., needless to say, this was so entirely different. My wife and I were tired from overstimulation, lol. Every corner you turn there is some kind of different amazing new type of scenery to enjoy in this neck of the country. I highly suggest coming to this area and using springdale as your home base.