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Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We found this place on a whim and were a bit worried that it was going to disappoint because the price was much lower than other places we looked at. We had never been out to this area and were not sure what to expect. We drove from Vegas and got here about 10 p.m. very tired. We felt very welcomed, even later at night. Our room was the farthest out from the lobby/restaurant area right on the end. We had golf course on three sides! We were so impressed with our room - huge, clean, had everything we needed, including a fridge and coffee maker. The furniture, which is made of rustic wood was very nice. There was a sliding glass door that opened out to a small patio area overlooking the golf course. After 4 nights in Vegas, it was so refreshingly quiet. We went outside and saw lots of start and just appreciated the stillness. This hotel is perfect for traveling to the parks. Our first day we went to Zion and hiked a lot. The Jacuzzi back at the hotel was perfect for relaxing after a strenuous day. The second day we went to Bryce and again, were happy to come back and relax at the hotel. We ate breakfast and one dinner at the restaurant on site. The food was just okay, but I did have a slice of coconut cream pie and that was wonderful! It was so nice to have a gas station and convenience store on site as well - we picked up snacks for hiking and lunch one day. On the last day, after check-out, we headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - a bit far for a day trip from here, but it was great launching off spot. I was so happy we chose to stay here - it worked out just perfectly and I would highly recommend it if anyone is looking to visit these parks and if we get back to this area, we will certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: We were in the room farthest from the lobby area. It was very quiet. The walk to the pool area was...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2014

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We were very pleased with this hotel and enjoyed the story of the hotel and the pioneering woman who ran it for decades. If you have kids, ask for a first floor room that backs onto the grass adjacent to the pool area. Very convenient and it gave the kids a chance to stretch their legs. The service and quirky vibe of the restaurant were great (the food, just OK). Sad that we didn't get a chance to try the pie.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

That was my grandparents who homesteaded the land in 1931 and then built a business. It was a struggle to survive here. My Grandpa died early in the 60's, but my Grandma kept building and working hard to run and grow her business. It's still in the family today as her daughter and 2 grandchildren and their families now own and operate it. Thank you for your nice review!

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Had seen this reviewed on trip adviser before leaving the UK, and considered it as an option to stay near to the park as an alternative to the lodge inside the park. It was an easy drive to Zion so well positioned for a park visit. The room was of a good standard, with a balcony to enjoy in the evenings. As with other reviewers, the air conditioning was a major issue - too noisy to use so not a very comfortable sleep. The restaurant for breakfast and dinner was of a good standard, with excellent service, and for vegetarians an okay choice. Liked the history of how this place began.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Tip! When in a hotel just switch the air conditioner OFF the energy mode. Then it's quiet.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Everything about this hotel was absolutely tops. The only negative was the highway construction going on directly in front of the hotel, but even this was not as bad as one might suspect. The hotel's staff and their restaurant's staff was as friendly and as professional as any hotel staff I've ever been exposed to. The only negative during our staff was that the Internet connection was not as fast as we have at home (but at home we have very high speed Internet service which costs us extra). I'd pay extra for extra-high speed Internet service in a hotel. Andy McKane, Springville, Utah.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thank you so much!

I can't believe the road construction people choose the busiest month of the year to do their road repair. Grrrrrr!

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The room and the staff were great. The restaurant was fine. The big problem was the air conditioning. It was really noisy and came on, sounding a bit like a jet engine, every two minutes or so. It disrupted sleep several times for both of us. Despite the positives of this hotel, I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

That's an easy fix! Energy saving mode was on, and all you had to do was switch it to "cool" to prevent the cold air going on and off.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Hotel has a original history as a homestead. Fun decor and great restaurant. Very peaceful stay along a green golf course, Hotel was just what we needed after a day long visit to the Grand Canyon North Rim. Clean and well kept.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Folks like you that still appreciate a small family ran business warm my heart! Thank you!

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Highly recommend the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge located in Mount Carmel Utah. We always stay at Best Westerns and this was first rate. Very nice room, the restaurant staff is wonderful and the food really good. You have to have a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb pie with ice cream....I mean your on vacation!!! The location is ideal for visiting the Zion area, easy to find and a good base for traveling.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tanya M, Owner at Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

I always makes my day to see a happy and joyful person! Keep passing on the smile and thank you for your wonderful review.

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Additional Information about 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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Region: United States > Utah > Mount Carmel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mount Carmel
Price Range: £67 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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