When visiting the parks of the US we tend to stay in National Park lodges in preference to accommodation outside each park. Zion was the fourth stop on a 3 week tour of southwestern US national parks, and I'm writing about it first because it feels as if our holiday has finally taken flight after some disappointing times elsewhere.
We stumped up for a lodge suite so we have spacious accommodation but what has surprised and impressed us is the quality of the room, particularly the furnishings and the general state of the decor. Solid wooden furniture of a type we'd be happy to have at home, a modern coffee maker that also makes tea (we're English, after all), a safe that accommodates a laptop, iPad, phones, SLR camera and spare lenses with ease (at Yosemite our safe barely had enough room for a wallet and two phones). Heavens above, there are also glasses to drink from rather than plastic cups; am I the only one that abhors drinking from plastic containers?
If you're on a long trip spend the extra 50 bucks and get a luxury room to relax in; this place is an order of magnitude better than our previous park lodges this trip.
We ate both nights in the Red Rock restaurant; good quality fare served with a smile. Park lodge food can tend towards being canteen fare that arrives with a speed that shouts 'microwave' and a taste that says prepackaged. This tasted like someone was caringly preparing food on site and the servers gave the impression that they were happy with the quality of the food they were offering. And a small anecdote about the servers. Our server slipped and dropped a collection of empty plates with a clatter the like of which I have never heard before. His colleagues appeared from all directions in a moment and just got on with the job of clearing up, which with so many hands was done in a moment. Someone gave the unfortunate plate-hurler a friendly pat on the back, then everyone went back about their business. It all gave the impression of a happy crew working together to make sure our vacation was the best it could be. We like that.
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- Also Known As:
- Zion Hotel Zion National Park
- Zion Hotel Springdale
- Zion Lodge Utah
- Zion Utah
- Lodge National Park Zion
- Zion Lodge Zion National Park, Utah