We'd been recommended the Best Western hotel in Springdale by a friend, but as circumstance would have it (and retrospectively, luck), they were full.
This was around halfway through our west coast tour, and it was only by chance that we realised that when we reached Zion, we would be right at the centre of the ring of fire eclipse. Our journey from Death Valley to Zion was therefore fraught with worries about whether we'd make it in time, and even what time the eclipse was. Coming from California, Pacific Time, we'd not realised that crossing into Utah took us forward one hour, so suddenly we had an hour less to do everything.
I hurriedly checked into the lodge, as it seemed that our makeshift pinhole camera was indicating that the eclipse had started, and as luck would have it, right outside our room, where I'd parked the Chelsea Tractor (for two of us, it really was HUGE), I was able to set up my camera on it's tripod, and follow the eclipse. I won't bore you with eclipse details on what is supposed to be a hotel review, except to say that for the journey from San Francisco to Springdale, and mention of eclipse glasses was met with a look of disdain, and a "what do you want THOSE for"? But at Springdale, suddenly there was a recognition of how valuable these were, and during the eclipse, Jeff, the head chef, came over, lent us his glasses, and had a really nice chat with us.
OK, eclipse, and chat with Jeff over for now, we checked out our lodge. It was lovely and spacious, with a large seating area & TV, and a large round table for using laptops etc. This large area was connected by a narrow kitchen-like area, to the main bedroom, which itself was connected to the bath/shower & toilet by a sliding door. My only fault with these rooms was that to wash your hands after using the look, you either had to bend down and use the bath taps, or go back through the sliding door to use the kitchen area. I found the lack of a washbasin odd, and moreso, when you realised that this meant you had to shave in the kitchen.
Apart from that, this was a beautiful place. We went to the restaurant, had a magnificent couple of steaks, and Jeff came out and spoke to us once more, checking that everything was to our satisfaction. It certainly was, and for the second time on this trip, I began to realise that one night was not long enough here.
All-in-all, I utterly recommend this place - we'd definitely go back. And their placement of the eclipse could not have been better (it 'set' behind the hills a little after totality - see my pics) ! ;-)
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