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Red Cliffs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 37 Hotels in Moab
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 July 2008

We only spent one night here, but we enjoyed our short stay immensely. We were in a king cabin, with a jacuzzi (which was great!) and a view of the river. My only slight disappointment was that our cabin was located alongside some roaring rapids - awesome at first, but, after a while, the noise became annoying - not very peaceful! Otherwise, it was a lovely place. I did not notice any dirt on the balcony, although I didn't look very hard for it - there were more beautiful things to look at, including a hummingbird hovering over our table in the morning! The hotel provides packed lunches for a reasonable cost, if you order before 9:00pm - we found this very useful. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 28 June 2008

Imagine driving down a winding two lane road, surrounded by beautiful red rock views and the Colorado River, turning a corner and seeing what appears to be a true Western ranch, complete with horses roaming in the field. Quickly you realize it's your hotel--it can't be, can it? That's the feeling we had upon our arrival at Red Cliffs Lodge. Now, remember the word "ranch"--if you're looking for a spa or for room service, you've come to the wrong place. Red Cliffs Lodge is rustic--from the furnishings in the rooms to the feel of the lobby to the grounds itself--but that's part of the draw. Of course, the main draw here is the view. There is nothing better than sitting on your patio watching the Colorado River and its plethora of river adventurers, backed by the red rock.

The room itself was functional and larger than the average hotel room. We had a little difficulty at the beginning with our refrigerator, but the problem was resolved. With the temperatures hovering between 95 and 100 degrees, a working refrigerator is a must. The rooms are tile floors, and with a dusty, windswept parking lot, you might have to sweep the floor once or twice during your stay (a broom and dust pan are provided, along with a flyswatter--which we didn't need!), but what else would you expect if you stay at a ranch?

The pool area is large, and how can you complain if you're basking in the sun, surrounded by red rock? Some people we talked to said they would have liked some type of bar/drink service at the pool, and while we don't agree or disagree, it would have been nice to at least have a vending machine in the pool complex, which also houses a newer fitness room and a laundry room.

Perhaps the only drawback of the lodge, and many people might consider it an advantage, is its distance from town. You don't really want to make the trip into town more than once a day, so planning is required. Either bring supplies--snacks, water, fruit--or be prepared to pay more for dinner at the restaurant. While we did not eat at the restaurant, others told us the food was fair, and the price was high. The little store in the lobby does sell cold water, pop, snacks, and ice cream, and the prices are quite reasonable. However, after one day, we learned our lesson and prepared our days better. After spending the mornings hiking, we would eat lunch in town, roam a bit, and then purchase something to eat later on our patio.

If you have the time, do not neglect the hike to Fisher Towers. It's one of the closest drives from the lodge (Red Cliffs is at mile marker 14 on highway 128 and Fisher Towers is at mile marker 21) and worth the effort. While it might not have the draw of Arches National Park (which is at least 30 minutes away), it is a hike you do not want to miss. And, of course, the best part is it's only 10 minutes from the lodge!

In summary, what you pay for at Red Cliffs Lodge is the location, not the accomodations. While still above average, the lodge does not provide the luxury amenities some people might desire. However, it does provide the "natural amenities" that most hotels are unable to supply; Red Cliffs Lodge is definitely worth the money and the effort.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2008

The Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah was wonderful. We added a night because we were so mesmerized by the view and the laid back atmosphere...just what we needed after riding the highways with two young children for several days.
When we came into Moab, I never saw the first sign indicating how to get to this property (it may have been just on oversight on my part). Luckily, we had a Garmin to tell us where to go. It is extremely remote - 16 miles out approximately - so if you are wanting to be in on the shops & nightlife...turn around. If you enjoy peace & relaxation & really desire no entertainment other than God's creation...stay!
The hotel staff was excellent. They give you fresh cookies upon check-in & it was just a "homemade" touch that I felt was nice. Our first two nights were in a River Suite - one King & a sofa sleeper, which is fine. The room was spacious & clean. The view was to die for! We loved it so much we immediately requested a third night but had to change to a Queen Creekside room. We were thrilled to get the third night but a little disappointed with the view after where we had come from...still nice though. The second room was not nearly as clean, but no complaints because we were glad to be there!
The kitchen area was adequate & we did go into town to a nice grocery store & buy some food items.
The patio could have been spruced up somewhat, but who cares what you were sitting on when the view you were taking in was out of this world!
The pool area was nice. The water was really cold, but enjoyble. They had beach towels available in the room for you, which was very nice.
I did use the laundry facility....again, no complaints!
We did not get to ride horses...but we visited the stable and the staff there were congenial and lovely to talk with. The horses were in great shape & if I ever go back...I will do this.
We did go on a whole day rafting trip with Moab Adventures (I think)...whoever the hotel uses...& it was fun & definitely adventurous. A little scary for those that are not used to such but something you showed try. The best part for Mom??? The lunch provided by the Lodge - very filling & delicious! Our guide was a young man named John who was fun & knew about the area. He did a great job as a guide!
We ate supper @ the restaurant our last night. We sat outside & enjoyed the view & was pleasantly entertained by our waiter, David, who is from our neck of the woods originally. We enjoyed conversing with him & the food was good.
Bottom line...if you want scenery, peace, relaxing, rustic & ranch-like qualities...you have hit the lottery, man!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank GeorgiaBellablu
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Reviewed 22 June 2008

The Red Cliffs Lodge is really a special place nestled in some of the most beautiful canyon scenery in northeast Utah. We loved pretty much everything about our recent stay -- the rooms are large and well-appointed, the food in the lodge is excellent (and there are good kid choices), the pool is large and the perfect temperature for the weather, and the scenery really can't be beat. This is a property that does not cater to very young children (e.g., no cribs, a rather sad-looking 'playground'), and I'm pretty sure our 2- and 5-year-old were the youngest kids there. Nevertheless, our kids loved the big room, big pool, and big backyard. Our 2-year-old also got a huge kick out of the bighorn sheep statue in the lobby.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

This property is located on an amazing piece of property. The scenery is incredible and the room we stayed in was right on the Colorado River. All of the employees were friendly and live in the area which is helpful when seeking directions, activities, etc. We spent some time talking to the wranglers who both take care of the horses and lead trail rides and were impressed with their care of the animals and their friendly manner. However, the room we stayed in could have used a thorough cleaning. The patio was full of spider webs and had not been swept in a very long time. The bed was not very comfortable and the room could use some updating. There was no screen on the patio door which was a shame since it would be great to keep the door open rather than use the A/C. The food at the restaurant is fair, at best. If you visit, take some time to go through the museum in the basement. I had no idea how many movies had filmed in Moab.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2008

The Lodge is in an absolutely beautiful setting and is remote but convenient to Moab and Arches National Park. Our cabin appeared to be brand-new (I don't know if they all are) and it was pretty and very clean. We put a mom in one room, a mom and young child in another room, and a teenage boy on the sleeper sofa in the family room. The water out of the faucets is safe to drink but full of minerals, so the Lodge has installed special faucets that provide filtered water. The A/C worked well on a hot afternoon, and we used the gas fireplace one cold night. The food at the Lodge was very good, but not great. They arranged a half-day rafting trip for us with Moab Adventures and we had an absolute blast. James and Derrick were the two college-age guys we interacted with on the rafting trip and they were so nice and wholesome, we just loved them. My petite nine-year-old daughter had a wonderful time rafting and felt strong and proud of herself at the end. The half-day trip was about 2.5 hours for us (the river was high and fast) and that was just right. The pool at the Lodge is nice but cold and there is no food or drink service.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2008

My wife and I planned a two week vacation from Pa to the southwest. We looked at the Red Cliffs Lodge pamplet and it really looked beautiful. We were very disappointed when we arrived because on that day the weather was changing and because the parking lot was not paved it was very dusty. It started to rain and the dust quickly turned to a red slime mud as we transfered our suitcases from car to our room.
As we opened our room door there wasn't a mat (just a tile floor)and now we have mud on the floor in our room. We checked out the room and found our own personal plunger in the bathroom when the sewage backs up. Our shower curtain smelled of mildue. The drinking cups were sitting there not wraped in plastic. They also wanted us to reuse the towels to save water.
The thing that irritated us the most was we arrived at 3pm and wanted to use the pool and hot tub to relax but couldn't because of bad weather. They need an indoor pool and hot tub like all of the other motels. They didn't have any vending machines and the restaurant was closed and it had a limited menu and hours. We should have ate in Moab before we drove out to Red Cliffs.
Our room cost us 195.97 and they didn't even have a complementary breakfast in the morning. All good motels give you an expanded breakfast in the morning. The cost of their breakfast was 10 dollars per person. When we checked out in the morning another couple was complaining to the manager and we should have complained also but I didn't at that time.
I am complaining because for 200 dollars a night I expect more. If I would stay at a motel 6, I would expect less. This place is way to expensive for all that you get and remember that the view is free.

Stayed: May 2008
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Address: Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532
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Region: United States > Utah > Moab
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Moab
#1 Romantic Hotel in Moab
#2 Business Hotel in Moab
Price Range: £92 - £293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Cliffs Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Cliffs Lodge is Moab's National Park experience. Located on the banks of the mighty Colorado River surrounded by 2000 foot cliffs on 220 acres. Lodging includes suites and cabins all with private water views. Rustic elegance and rated #1 place to stay in Moab by Trip Advisor 7 + years running. ... more   less 
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