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“Gross, Never stay here!!”

Bryce Pioneer Village Motel
Ranked #6 of 9 Restaurants in Tropic
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

I am not a very picky person..but..this place was terrible in every way.. The rooms were small and smelled old and dirty. The linens were torn and stained and looked as old as the rooms, which is no compliment. The blonde girl at the front desk was an absolute snob to me and my children when we asked for extra towels. The price for the room we had was completely ridiculous, but cheaper than most places in the area, we planned to stay 4 nights, but went elsewhere after the first night. We were willing to pay any amount to not have to stay there again. The "dinner show" was a joke. Some guy in sweat pants and a cowboy hat came and played a few songs, and never said a word to the audience, and that was that. The food was okay, and the cook was very nice, but the experience was very strange. We ate at 'Ebenezer's Barn and Grill' the next night, and that was a real cowboy show, and a good one at that. Do yourself a favor, and don't stay here. Trust me.

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1  Thank Jared M
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We rolled into town and made the mistake of grabbing the first place we found after having found two places with no vacancies closer to the park. When you are travelling on the fly it is not always easy finding a place. The lights in the hallway were not on, and wouldn't be turned on until the maintenance man got 'home'. The front of the air conditioner was warped and falling off. On the plus side, they did have rags for cleaning your motorcycle (or car if you do cars). We did sleep well and the place seemed clean enough.

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Reviewed 8 May 2012

The first thing to know is that your options for lodging in this area are not limited to the kitschy, outrageously priced, Disneyland-esque fakery of "Bryce City." There's plenty of lodging in Tropic, which is only about 7 miles down the road. Once you get to Tropic, however, choose anything other than Pioneer Village.

Our experience: Checkin is at 2:00pm, but when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon about 3:15pm, our cabin was not ready. The woman at the reception gave us the key to a second cabin: same deal. It hadn't been cleaned. At that point, many phone calls, the upshot of which was that we had two options: accept the only cleaned cabin, which was more expensive, or take a room in their "motel," adjacent.

I argued that they ought to give us the cabin that was available--and for the same price, given that all of this back and forth had already wasted about 30 minutes, and we were hoping for a quick rest before heading into the park. Oh, no, she couldn't do that without "authorization." Couldn't she get authorization? Well, only if she made "some phone calls." She didn't show any inclination to do so.

Meanwhile, she gave us the key to the motel room so that we could go look at it. When we came back, she'd "realized" the cabin mentioned earlier had actually been reserved, so it wasn't available anyway. In other words, an out-and-out lie (I thought Mormons weren't supposed to do that).

So it was the motel: A cheap, tacky, grungy, dark room with two beds, the mattress on each of which was about as broke-back as you can get. Typical fare for this kind of place: pillows about 3 inches thick; small, scratchy towels, no amenities of any kind.

If this were a King's Inn, who could complain? But the fact is, we were paying over 80 bucks a night for this luxury -- and at that price the Pioneer Village is a rip-off.

Other lovely touches: the office, which she assured us would be open until 10pm, was locked up tight at 9:45am. They also turn off the wireless modem when they close the office, so there's no internet at night or in the early morning if you need it. Doesn't really matter, though, because even when the modem is on, the signal is too weak to reach the "motel" and no connection is possible. Oh, and the phones in the room don't work and there's no cell reception (at least with our carrier), so you'll have to walk to the office if you need anything.

The only reason for a tourist trap like Pioneer Village is greed. Obviously, we didn't stay at any of the other places on the Tropic strip, so can't comment on price/quality. But we can say this: You could probably do much better. You could hardly do worse.

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2  Thank Bisbeticone
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

We visited this rustic motel in late April 2012 and they were just getting started on their active season. Our "cabin" did not have hot water, only warm, but we went to the office and told them and they came right over and turned the temperature up. The phone in our room did not work, the TV had so much static on every channel that it was useless, wiggling the cable cord helped a little but not much. We were really too tired to watch TV, but if you like some TV you will be disappointed. Bed was medium comfortable, room was clean enough, heater worked well but noisy. Staff had not turned on the porch lights in this section of the cabins and so could not see the 2 stairs or the key hole for the key at night. Our room had new carpet and smelled of carpet glue and had loose carpet staples in the carpet at the bathroom door. The room was not as pictured in their online ad which showed room with a small table and 2 chairs which could be used for breakfast seating. Our room had a desk in a corner and a very recycled chair of the type used around office tables. They gave us $5 off when I asked if they had a discount for AARP or AAA. Still was barely worth the price. They invited us to a "western dinner" for about $30/person, but if we had gone we would have been in the company of a busload of german folks. 1 Nice restaurant down the street though. There is no internet connection in rooms which was disappointing as we were traveling and wanted to look stuff up about our destinations, weather, etc. Staff were helpful when asked.

1  Thank Nancy M
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