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TracyR344 from: Cypress, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Only reason to stay here is its location
Cabin was very dirty and we didn’t feel safe here (Covid). Toilet looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in weeks and there was an accumulation of gross brown grime in the corners of the bathroom. Also, right now, most reputable Hotels, are leaving a 24 hour period in between guests, but this place isn’t. People would check out in the morning housekeeping would spend about 30 minutes in the room and then by afternoon more guests had checked into the same room.
The floor is wood and creeks loudly when you walk on it, also there were dust bunnies in all 4 corners.
It seems as if all the cabins have adjoining rooms and the walls are so thin you can hear whole conversations.
Like I said in the title, the only reason to stay here is that it is just a short walk to the shuttle pick up and there are a couple of trails directly across from the lodge. Just as an FYI, if you get a shuttle pass and you can only get it for the afternoon, it doesn’t matter, because everyone that stays at the lodge can board the shuttle at any time. Our shuttle pass was for 12 noon, but we were able to catch a 10 AM shuttle.
bbell20 from: Indianapolis, Indiana
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Location location location
I was fortunate enough to spend 2 nights at the lodge in a 2 queen bed room, in September. I wanted to stay at the lodge to be better able to see the park at a relaxed pace, and have a place to return to during the day.
I was very pleased to find the room was much more spacious then most mid priced hotel chains, and did come with a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker,(even though some of the reviews, and hotel info said that was not part of the amenities). With the required, ticketed shuttle service as the only way to get to many of the hikes in the park, and no in/out privileges, if you stayed in Springdale, staying at the lodge was great. I got up early and was able to hike part of the narrows, then come back and do the emerald pools after a rest, for example.
Of an evening it was great sitting on the rooms porch and watch the shadows on the mountains, as the sun went down, and the deers gracing on the lawn.
I did run into Springdale late in the afternoon to pick up a few things, but that was only a 15 min trip, and got to see the magnificent view down the scenic drive.
So I would really recommend spending the extra $$$ to enjoy the park if you can get a room for a couple of nights. But remember you still have to get a shuttle ticket to get to the narrows, unless you want to hike the 4 miles.
See view from room of the parking lot, if you look close.
Jennifer T from: Grand Junction, Colorado
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Exceeded expectations all but the WiFi
Zion Lodge exceeded our expectations. We have a 2 queen bed lodge room in the Sentinel building. The room looked like it was just totally redone. It was large, clean nicely decorated, nice word furniture, newer fixtures and a lovely balcony with 2 rocking chairs. The surprise was the refrigerator and microwave in addition to a TV, and coffee maker. The internet is very slow and hard to use during peek times but I really didn't expect to get on at all so it was a plus
The location is perfect. Right in the middle of the park. You can walk to a number of trails right from your room or jump on the shuttle (with your ticket). Also we had no problems parking steps from our lodge building. The feel in the area seems so much calmer than staying in Springdale. We did drive in to Springdale a number of times for dinner. Getting in and out of the park with the pass provided and the security code was not an issue.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
mamiled from: Knoxville, Tennessee
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 27, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
I thought the Lodge was perfect for our needs. We were in a King Suite which has a microwave and fridge, other rooms don’t and a fridge is a must in this heat. The room was tastefully done in Mission Style furniture, it’s a Lodge not the Four Seasons. Rooms had some minor wear and tear but nothing to complain about. The shower had a tub, but water pressure was on the low side. All rooms have a patio or balcony, but from what I understand all King rooms are on the second floor. We faced the back side of grounds which was pretty quiet. To me, the cabins didn’t look very inviting. They are right on the main paths where people are constantly walking.
COVID-19 protocols are in place so no room cleaning/replacements unless you specifically ask. The restaurants on site are all take-out with limited menus. We found the 7 minute drive into town quite easy to eat out or grab groceries. FYI: prices on grocery items are sky high (can of progresso soup was $5.99) so if you can pick up what you need before arriving into Springdale.
We booked our shuttle tickets in advance and found no issues with getting on and off. Each shuttle will only hold 14 people so you may want for a few to go by, but they are pretty frequent. For August, the park was not crowded at all. Even the shuttle driver mentioned this is 1/2 the usual amount of tourists they see. Early mornings and evenings were wonderful because most people had returned to their hotels in town. If you like to have a pool, walks to stores/restaurants and amenities I would suggest staying in town, but if you want the location of being right in the park and walking trails without having to take a shuttle, I highly recommend staying here.
krawner from: Chicago, Illinois
Published Date: Aug, 22, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Convenient but inconvenient...
Staying at Zion Lodge lets you stay inside the park. You can wake up early and hike the Grotto Trail (1 mile easy hike) or to the Emerald Pools (moderate hike, several miles if you do all three pools). There's a large lush lawn in front of the Gift Shop/ Registration and if you bring a blanket, you can lay out on the lawn and enjoy the views and watch the deer. Also can rent or bring your own bicycle to go to the Narrows early in the morning.
The downside is that it's not completely convenient. As of now, shuttle tickets ($1) are required to ride the scenic route so you will not be able to just park anywhere. You need to get a shuttle ticket to Temple of Sinawava (the Narrows hike) or to Scout's Lookout (Angel's Landing Chain section currently closed). Getting shuttle tickets is crucial and competitive. Obtain tickets 9AM Mountain Time online the day before, or even better is to get the tickets in advance on a rolling basis 2 weeks prior. For example, tickets from Sept 16-Sept 30 are released Aug 31 9AM MT at recreation (dot) gov. The lodge has slow / spotty wifi and no cell service so best to get the tickets prior to staying there. Otherwise, the lodge has A/C and TV. Lodging is expensive and food options are currently limited to take-out only.
It may be better to stay in Springdale for more food/ entertainment options, better wifi/ cell service, and "more bang for the buck".
We stayed in a suite and a room. The suite has a mini fridge and microwave. Room does not have either. The room AC is a window unit that is loud but effective. Bathroom has body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Beds are so-so. Shuttle and check-in require masks and social distancing. There is an ice machine and water bottle refill station. Bring a water bottle. Bring a flashlight because the national park is quite dark at night. All rooms have a small balcony/ porch with 2 chairs and a table. No room service / daily housekeeping during Covid.
Overall, if you want to enjoy the views with less crowds and have more time in Zion Park and you can afford it, then stay in the Lodge. If you rather have good Wifi, more dining options, a pool, and looking to save some money, then stay in Springdale.
- Rooms: 3
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Service: 3