First off, some perspective, so you'll better understand where I'm coming from. I'm an American that has lived in Germany for a long time now. I spend at least one weekend every month in London (I'm addicted to live theatre!) I usually travel to at least five new countries every year, and I take traveling VERY seriously! I have stayed in a 7-star hotel that cost $5000 per room per night, and I've slept in Bedouin tents in the Sahara that included no running water, no plumbing, no A/C, but all kinds of memories.
I love the southwestern US, and those of you that feel the same also know that Kanab is one of the places that are great as "hubs" for visiting all the sights in this part of the world.
I've stayed in Kanab many times, and visited quite a few of the lodging options. This month I was in the US again, spending time on the "Trail of the Ancients", and needed to spend a night in Kanab. Some traveling friends suggest the Sun-n-Sands, and after reading the TripAdvisor reviews, I thought it was interesting enough to warrant a visit.
It is pretty much what it says it is: an old highway motel like you'd have seen 50 or 60 years ago. This place had character in spades! Starting with Wayne at the reception desk, I could tell that this was not a typical Motel 6. For one thing, it was a LOT cheaper than anyplace else in Kanab. For another thing, Wayne is a TOTAL character! If it hadn't been so late when we arrived, I'd have enjoyed sitting around and jawing with him for awhile. I'm pretty sure he would have some great stories!
From what I could gather from a quick visual inspection of the property, the owners are in the process of renovationg and rebuilding the place. That might explain some of the "dirty" comments in other reviews. "Dusty" would be more accurate.
Some of the other comments I've read on TA seemed to indicate that there are people out there that aren't happy unless everything is perfect. I always find it funny that people think that a hotel should be just like their house, only better and cheaper.
Well, perfect is what you won't get here. But you WILL get a clean room (we had two rooms, and nary a complaint at all), you WILL get a friendly welcome, you WILL get a 24-hour pot of hot coffee in the reception area, you WILL get a decent breakfast in the morning (included), and you WILL get a location in Kanab that, quite frankly, can't be beat. Everything you'd need is within easy walking distance. The cheapest gas station is right down the street.
We had a single room and a double room. Both were nice and roomy, with plenty of space for a lot of luggage. The bathrooms were more than adequate, in terms of size. For those that need such things, the TV worked well, with a good enough selection of channels to keep most happy.
To those of you that wrote negative reviews of this motel, all I can say is that you should never leave the US. Traveling overseas would NOT be for you. I've stayed in hotels in London, for example, that cost two and three times as much as the Sun-n-Sands, and would HORRIFY you negative people! So stick to Disney World and staying with your relatives when you travel.
If you're looking for a great deal, and a cheap place to sleep, stay here. If you need a hotel to be the DESTINATION of your travels (satellite TV, hot tub, heated pool, heated towel racks, imported soaps and Egyptian cotton towels), don't bother coming to this part of the world. I'd recommend the Ritz in London, or perhaps the Burj-al-Arab in Dubai. I'm sure they'd come closer to your unrealistic expectations! Or maybe not.
After all, the Sun-n-Sands only cost me $40 for a night's sleep. I got exactly what I paid for, and would gladly stay there again on a future visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Sun-n-Sands Hotel Kanab
- Sun-n-Sand Motel Kanab, Utah