BEST WESTERN Hotel East Zion Thunderbird Lodge,  Mount Carmel

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Junction SR 9 & US-89 East Zion, 84755, Mount Carmel, United States - See map
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This Mount Carmel, Utah hotel is the perfect midway point between Arizona and northern Utah. Centrally located at the junction of US Highway 89 and Route 9 on the Utah border, the BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge offers convenient access to a variety of national parks including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Each well-appointed guest room at this Mount Carmel hotel is 100% non-smoking and features cable satellite television with HBO® and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Enjoy a delicious meal at the onsite restaurant before exploring all that Kane County has to offer. The hotel also features a nine-hole golf course, an outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal), hot tub (seasonal) and guest laundry. The BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge is just one mile from many local slot canyons including Red Cave, Red Canyon and Red Hollow. Spend an afternoon on ATV's through the Coral Pink Sand Dunes or hike through Zion National Park, only 15 miles away. A short day trip away guests can visit Bryce Canyon National Park, Red Canyon or the North Rim of Arizona's Grand Canyon. Guests will also enjoy visiting the Dixie National Forest, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell. The friendly, helpful staff at the BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Mount Carmel, Utah. Make a reservation today and save! Enjoy your stay!

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BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge,Mount Carmel
  • 5
    « Nice and unique »

    A perfect place after a day of hiking at Bryce and Zion National parks. One of a kind furniture make your experience unique and memorable. Size and cleanliness of the room #100 meet our expectations. Staff is friendly and helpful.We will recommend this place to anyone who would like to visit national parks or just get away.

    4
    « A Terrific Place to Stay »

    My wife and I had intended to spend our five nights in the Bryce/Zion area in St. George, but once we realized the distance from St. George to Bryce, we decided to seek a reservation to stay in Mount Carmel. We found the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, and they had a room for us. This motel was very clean, and we received a warm and welcoming reception when we arrived. We stayed two nights in a very nice room that looked out on the golf course. The room had all that we needed, and this was a great choice for us, for we could spend a whole day at Bryce Canyon and not have to worry about driving all the way back to St. George. We might have liked a free breakfast, but the presence of a restaurant on the property precluded that. We would stay at the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge on our next visit to the Bryce Canyon area.

    5
    « What a surprise »

    While the hotel didn't look like much from the outside, we were extremely happy with the quality of the room, cleanliness, and SIZE. Very, very large room. Great value for the money. Location was fine for visiting Zion. Skipped Springdale to save money, and happy we did. The restaurant is very good. Pies were excellent.

    5
    « Great location, great service, perfect for our needs »

    This hotel was just perfect for us after a full day of touring Zion!! We checked in with the very friendly attendant to a nice room, took a short nap, and walked a short walk to a great dinner. Our server was fantastic, very personable and the food was very good. The pie was great!! They were very busy with buses but gave each table above average service. The next day I realized I left very important earrings here and they quickly mailed them back to my home, and were so kind and helpful in the process I HIGHLY recommend this personal nature of this hotel. We left here to go to Bryce and it was just perfect.

    4
    « Good Location to Visit 2 National Parks - Zion and Bryce »

    Amazed at the price for a large, clean room with two queen beds. May have been off season rates didn't ask- $110 including tax. Would definitely stay again should that be a stopping point when traveling in the area. Did not eat in the restaurant.

    4
    « Pleasure trip »

    Hotel was cute. Room was larger with a nice sitting room. Bathroom was clean. What makes this hotel is the restaurant.our breakfast was excellent and their pies are wonderful. It is easy access to Zion and other fun state parks. We had a great trip and slept well

    4
    « Rocky Introduction but Nice Stay »

    After all day exploration of Zion, we were definitely looking forward to relaxing a BW East Zion, which we chose based on our travel itinerary in Southern Utah. We were greeted at check-in, with a sign saying the hotel has no water. No water in rooms, no water in restaurant. Bathroom facility was arranged with gas station across the street. Next encounter was waiting in line to check in, and watching a heated exchange between two tired travelers and understandably frazzeled staff. Tempers were frayed, and the exchange went on for almost 20 minutes before their issues were resolved. Not the best introduction to one's overnight stay. When it was our turn, to discuss our options, we learned that BW was prepared to reduce bill 60%, that the next lodging was at Kanab, an additional 25 miles down the road, and that there was no telling when or if the water issue would be repaired. Our road-weariness, made us opt for the known "roof over our head" rather than an unknown alternative down the road. We didn't think offering a discount of 60% was near enough, but we decided to forgo the argument until the next day at checkout....Fortunately, the water was restored a few hours after our settling into our room. The restaurant re-opened and we give huge kudos to the waiters and restaurant staff for bringing relief to all of the stressed out travelers who opted to stay. Their care, concern and friendliness turned a horrible situation right! We provided a review regarding this situation to BW direct (identical to this, except a bit more critical of the desk staff for "losing their cool"), and received a prompt, professional and grateful reply from the manager. All's well that ends well!

    4
    « Close to the Parks »

    Short driving time to Zion & Bryce National Park. Nearby convenient stores are available if u need quick breakfast as breakfast in their restaurant doesn't come cheap. Room is clean. No microwave. Wanted to chill my drinks, fridge is available but not working. No ice in ice machine either. Other than that, still a pleasant stay.

    5
    « Excellent Stay »

    This was a spur of the moment walk in stay. The hotel was spotlessly clean, Check-in was very efficient with friendly service. Their lobby, rooms, and restaurant had unique historical, and authentic decor representing the characteristics of the area. We have already recommended this hotel to other travelers we met in the days following our stay, who were heading through Mt Carmel Junction.

    4
    « Has all you want for your stay without he glitz! »

    We stayed the night before our trip to Zion national park. This hotel is simple in style but has all you need and has an elegant country style decor. The rooms are motel style but inside very nice. Has backdoors for easy access to laundry, restaurant, etc. The bed and air conditioning were nice. The furniture was nice and ample. Flat screen with direct TV. The shower had good flow of hot water, but ko bath tub. laundry and ice are available.

  • 4
    « Very convenient »

    Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge was a perfect location to get to Zion National Park, lovely scenic drive. Restaurant had great food, best chips I have ever had! Both hotel staff and restaurant staff were very helpful

    3
    « Great location and setting »

    Pros--1 A beautiful setting (Our room looks out to a beautiful mountain.) 2. Room itself--well appointed, clean, nice patio to sit on and watch sunrise or have a drink. 3. Our room backed up to a golf course. Cons--1) Some rooms only have a shower 2) Service in restaurant was terrible --we ended up going across the street to a local restaurant where we enjoyed the food and got great service 3) No elevator so ask for lower level room if that's important for you. 4.) No free breakfast.

    4
    « Great surprise stay after Zion Visit »

    After our visit to Zion saw vacancy light on this hotel decided to pull in and stay for a night. Price was OK kind of a resort that has a golf course and restaurant part of the property. The decor of everything the room, restaurant country for sure in very good taste. Room was clean and beds (only offered queens) were great. Would I stay again if ever was in the area would be yes!. The restaurant is a little pricey $14.00 for a burger but not much that I saw heading out the next morning so we stayed put for the night.

    4
    « An unexpected gem! »

    Despite good reviews on TripAdvisor, we had heard mixed things about this place. Most of the Zion hotels and motels are on the Springdale side of the park, but this was a great location for going on to Bryce Canyon. The town is nothing, and from the outside the hotel is also, but the rooms are great! Jimmy at the front desk was extremely helpful. Our room on the second floor overlooked the golf course and was huge, quiet, clean and nicely furnished. And the price was much lower than prices in Springdale. Highly recommended!

    2
    « No mini bar, but a mini bathtub. »

    No AAA, AArp or BW rewards member discount. No hot breakfast. Poor value compared to what we found later in Cedar City. The bathtub in our room was three foot long. We found a hotel in Cedar City that was a much nicer room, came with a full hot breakfast and was half the price of what we paid for this room. Staying here would have added about 25 miles more for us to get to the National Parks, but it would have been worth it.

    4
    « Away from the city »

    Nice place to stay, we had a ground floor room with a patio that opened right to the pool area. Had some troubles to start with, that water line broke, no fault of the motel, and they offered us 60% off the first night because of it. Was only given 40% off and had some struggles getting it resolved, but it was fixed and we got the 60% off as promised. It's a little bit of a drive to Kanab, but with the restaurants nearby and the rocks shops in Orderville we didn't need to travel to Kanab very often. Left the hotel and drove straight into Zion National Park. Over all a pretty nice stay.

    4
    « Big Rooms, Pleasant Stay »

    Staying here to visit Zion was a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Springdale at the other side of the park. The extra drive was worth it for us. The motel was clean, friendly, well appointed; large rooms, comfortable beds, nice amenities like a hot tub and pool open until 11:00 every night through October. We fully enjoyed our stay there (and could have even played 9 holes of golf on the adjoining golf course, if we hadn't been so busy hiking in Zion.

    3
    « BW lower end motel »

    We arrived late in night. Check-in was quick, friendly. It is not a hotel, it is like normal motel. Western style wooden furniture. The insulation of the building is very poor, room was cold. There is an old heater by the window, when you switch it on it smells burnt and is very noisy indeed. Without normal heating system the bathroom in the morning is just like coldstore. The linen on one of our beds was stained. The noise isolation between rooms is very poor, our neighbors were watching tv until 2 in the morning, some western type movie, it was clearly heard in our room. Pros : good coffee maker, no problems with internet, got a discount for petrol at nearby station. Overall: from BW chain i would expect more considering their price, quite dissappointed. Would better stayed in Kanab, 20 minutes further drive.

    4
    « Great place! »

    I found my self being very surprised with this hotel. Spacious with strong wifi, back patios that opened onto the lawn, clean. The only quirky thing was an awkward sized bathtub - looked like a kiddie tub. Not a big deal but we got a laugh out of it. Great location being close to Zion. Restaurants in the area are lacking - basically one choice, which is part of the hotel...

    5
    « Fun place »

    This place was fun. Unique design...don't be looking for a regular BW type motel. It is an Adobe orange colored building, combo resturant and lobby. Rooms are in two buildings in the rear. We got the "old" part. It was the original old motel string of rooms. The new addition had a separate building with several floors. Both buildings around a green space also containing an outdoor pool and hottub. And the whole thing is on a beautiful 9 hole golf course! Our room had been totally redone and redone well. Not huge but plenty of room. Good bed, linens etc. Bathroom all redone. Fun little patio overlooking the grassy area. Only complaint about the room was that the little fridge had no freezer compartment. We carry a cooler and like to refreeze our freezer packs each night. No included breakfast. We ate at the resturant for dinner and breakfast. Don't try the chicken cordon blu special, very dry and not cooked properly. Breakfast was ok, had a cinnamon roll that was very good. The staff here were very friendly and helpful. Site also has gas and an amp type market.

  • 4
    « Good stopover place »

    This is an amazing place: a pink building , a motel with very large western style rooms, a basic diner type restaurant ( average diner, good breakfast ), a very well appointed gift shop ( you get a 10% discount if you stay there ), a gas station ( you get 20cts off per gallon if you stay there ) , and ..... a golf course ! When we were there they had a car show , children's games, helicopter and hot air balloon rides. And as a bonus you are only 12 miles from Zion National Park.

    4
    « Nice place to stay betwee Bryce and Zion »

    Originally, we planned on visiting Zion Natl Park and then staying at this Best Western that evening, getting a head start on going to Bryce Natl Park the next day. When we saw that the morning temperatures in Bryce were going to be in the 30s, we changed our plans and went there in the afternoon and our reservations at this motel worked out just as great. Our room was nice, had a mini-fridge without ice compartment but no microwave. We had a room overlooking the golf course and it was a quiet location. The room was not inexpensive but worked well for our purposes.

    5
    « Surprisingly Nice!! »

    Stayed here while riding motorcycles through Zion and Bryce Canyon and the location was convenient for heading south to the Grand Canyon the next morning. VERY nice property with southwestern decor, rooms appeared to be newly remodeled and were very comfortable and clean. The restaurant attached had very good food and there is a good gift shop in the lobby. And, it's on a golf coarse if you're in to that. Very happy that we chose this hotel.

    5
    « Best hotel near Zion »

    We very much enjoyed the Western decor and spacious room in the newest section of this motel. It is in a very convenient location just east of Zion Nat'l. Park with a restaurant on-site. The food was good but it was difficult to get seated just after sunset when other travelers arrived at the same time.

    4
    « Surprising Gem »

    This motel in Mount Carmel Junction is a surprise in the middle of nowhere. Our king room was actually a suite with a living/eating area and a bedroom, a TV in each room. It has a frig and microwave. Both rooms are spacious. You park outside your room and we had a back door. There is a guest laundry which was very important to us. You are about 35 minutes from the east entrance to Zion National Park. We would stay here again if in the area.

    4
    « Function Junction »

    Stayed here for four nights on our recent trip and served as a great base to reach attractions. Zion, Bryce and Kanab are within 1 hr of this lodge. Rooms are clean and comfortable and amenities are good. Restaurant is decent but on the pricey side. Discount for gas at the adjoining Chevron is a wonderful perk for guests. Keep in mind that there is not much here except for the lodge, restaurant, 2 gas stations and subway.

    5
    « Enjoyed th hot tub & restaurant,e stay which had a swimming pool, golf course & »

    Would hig hly recommend this to anyone based upon my stay, As mentioned above the Zion Best Western has a Golf course, Restaurant, Swimming pool & hot tub, The convience of having all this at one location was really great,

    3
    « Beware- it is not near the main attractions at Zion »

    This is a very basic hotel - clean, comfortable beds and quiet. The stay was very pleasant and the people at the front desk were wonderful. The HUGE problem with the hotel is that we booked it because it was supposed to be about 10 miles from Zion. What we didn't realize is that the East Gate is about 45 minutes from the main attractions. We had to drive about 1 hour total in both directions to get to the shuttle buses to the highlights of the park. If you book this hotel then be prepared to drive. When going to Zion stay in Springdale.

    3
    « Very rustic »

    The rooms were very rustic, log looking furniture, it was a fun for a night. The room needed to be cleaned better. The floor was pretty dirty. But it was an alright stay. I don't think I would stay there again unless I had to.

    5
    « East Zion Thunderbird Best Western »

    This place is fabulous. Gorgeous large rooms, internet that works, super clean, great gift shop and terrific food with nice, competent staff. A real gem! One of the best places we have ever stayed. Highly recommend it

  • 5
    « Absolutely great »

    We just wanted a place to stay over for the night on our way to Zion. We never expected suh a nice and comfy hotel. The rooms are fine decorated and very complete with a possibillity to sit outside in the garden. The room has a fridge which we really needed because of the high temperature outside. We parked the car in front of the room. Great! The hotel provides a laundry, a giftshop and a restaurant. 10% off at the gasstation and the giftshop.

    4
    « Pricey but very nice »

    The room was very large and comfortable with an outdoor deck overlooking the golf course-location is good if you want to get into Zion from the east entrance-room had fridge but no microwave.No breakfast included and restaurant is expensive as well- I was told it is under separate ownership even though it is in the same building. Staff was very friendly and helpful with a couple of minor issues.

    4
    « unexpected quality »

    We travel a lot and are picky. This hotel was a pleasant surprise and a great value. Everyone had a good attitude despite the crowds. They seemed to care about all the things that matter to a guest. The restaurant was good home cooking if you hate veggies (frozen and mushie).

    5
    « Great hotel »

    In my opinion, a good place to stay if you do Zion park, bryce canyon and cedar brooks, you are 20 to 45 minutes away from those locations. Hotel is great, clean and spacious rooms. Story of the owners is great. There is a golf as well. Restaurant is really great They really really have great meals in their restaurant and I spend a lot of time in a high end restaurant :) Service is professional. You won't make a mistake by spending time there.

    4
    « Good stay at a good price »

    Even though this was a motel it was quiet and the room was very large with a nice balcony and a great view of the golf course. Two queen beds and a separate seating area with large mini fridge made this room feel more like home.

    5
    « Quiet, convenient, clean »

    I was a little nervous when I booked this hotel for our trip to the National Parks but was glad I did. We stayed here for four nights and it was perfect for our trip to both Zion and Bryce Canyon. The hotel isn't far at all from the east entrance to Zion and it took us a little over an hour to get to Bryce Canyon. The room was comfortable and very clean. Laundry facilities were right across the parking lot ( yes, I did laundry on vacation!), and the restaurant was steps away. The thunderbird restaurant was very good and the staff were friendly and very helpful in giving us information on the surrounding towns and the parks. The food is a little pricy but it's good and it beats the Subway across the street. The golf course was right outside our door and the pool area was clean. Only con is that there really is only one restaurant to eat at excluding the Subway. However, Kanabe is a twenty minute drive and offers a variety of restaurants. I would definitely stay here again. We aren't picky people and only really want a clean and quiet place to sleep. This Best Western definitely satisfied our need and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

    4
    « Good stay, one minor issue »

    The room was comfortable, spacious, and clean. The staff was friendly and check-in/check-out was seamless and easy. We only had one minor issue: I called the front desk to request some shampoo, soap, and toothpaste and the friendly staff member said it would be brought to our room shortly but it never arrived. I understand that this was a small oversight that probably does not usually happened, but I was frustrated that it happened to me. This hotel was the most expensive one that we stayed in during our 11-day trip, but the service and hotel quality was not the best we saw. I guess that's the price to pay for proximity to Zion National Park.

    5
    « By Frank Lloyd Wright -- An Attraction in its Own Right »

    We've stayed at the Thunderbird several times over the years and I finally asked "who was the architect?" The minute I heard "Frank" I knew the rest -- "Lloyd Wright," one of the most important American architects of the 20th century. As I looked closer at the property (the original section), I realized the horizontal flow coupled with the peaked roofs and, inside, the fact that the rooms had few right angles, all made sense. ... It's not "cheap," but for the remote area it's quite reasonable and extremely clean, a quiet place with a full service restaurant, a pool, a pretty little golf course -- and a Chevron gas station that has competitive prices (in this area just finding a working gas station is sometimes difficult!). There are lesser priced motels in Kanab, but none with this history and amenities!

    4
    « Pleasantly Suprised »

    Not all that much to look at from the outside but our room was very nice. Quite large with a two room bath including double vanity sinks, a small table with chairs, microwave, refrigerator, king bed, coffee maker & TV - nicely appointed. It was very clean. Check in was quick and easy. Not on par with a Westin or Hilton but a cut above other mid-priced hotels we have stayed in including other Best Westerns.

    2
    « Decent motel, terrible service! »

    This is a motel near the Zion national park east entrance. They have good clean and spacious rooms, decorated in a nice woody style. But since they are one of a few places around to stay, the customer service is quite terrible. The lobby hours are limited, and even when open they are highly unreliable. I reached here at 9:30pm after a long and tiring drive and wanted to check in, but there was no one at the front desk. No manager in sight either. I was greeted by a sign saying that the associate was away "assisting other guests". I waited for over half an hour just to check in. Finally, a lady named Summer came in and was utterly unapologetic about the entire situation. I asked if there was no one else who could help me, and she said "oh I left a sign saying I was away". Is a sign supposed to check me in? Another guest who was waiting for the front desk associate to show up had been double charged on her card. She too waited for half an hour, and as long as I was there, it didn't seem like anything was being done to resolve her situation. This is a Best Western property and you would expect a basic level of professionalism and courtesy from them. I've stayed at much smaller, family run motels that have had much better service than here. Do the smart thing and stay in nearby Kanab or in Springdale on the other side of Zion.

  • 5
    « Nice Place - Quiet and convenient »

    Great location between two national parks, pool was very refreshing at the end of the day, room was clean and well maintained w/ patio. Great views of mountains, surrounded by a little par three golf course.

    2
    « Did not deliver. »

    I had made a reservation several weeks prior to arrival for a king sized bed. Upon arrival I was informed that due to some construction there were no remaining king beds available. They offered to refund a small amount of the cost of the room but that is all they could do. I informed them I should have been informed before arrival so I could have stayed in another town at a hotel with king bed. Due to it being late in the day we decided to stay and not drive further. The room they provided was adequate but the beds were too short. The lady at the desk did all she could but had to live with the manager's guidelines.

    4
    « Convenient »

    The location is about half way between Zion National Park & Bryce National Park, so was very convenient. Staff was friendly & helpful. There is a full service restaurant attached which is a bit expensive for what you get, but everyone we met including the owner was very nice.

    3
    « Staying at East Zion Thunder Bird Hotel »

    Nice pool, very quiet, good place to stay for convenience to both Zion (20 Miles) and Bryce Parks (near 45). 17 miles to Kanab on scenic drive with numerous restaurants. Nice looking golf course, discount give on gas at station next door.

    4
    « Great price, very nice »

    We were surprised at the large sized room. It was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. The food prices in the connected restaurant were high, but this may be the norm for Utah. It was cool and raining, so didn't use the pool, but it looked very inviting. The parking lot was being re-paved, so that tells me they are keeping the place updated.

    5
    « That Hidden Spot off the Beaten Path »

    This place is a hidden gem. Located on the East entrance of Zion National Park, this place is for the most part away from the huge crowds this park attracts. You get a nice Navajo Sandstone view in a peaceful atmosphere. There is nothing quite like relaxing in the nice heated pool and Jacuzzi after a day of hiking. Then as an added bonus there is a wonderful 9 hole golf course that you can rent clubs and a cart relatively inexpensively. This place has become one of my zen spots and I would recommend it to anyone.

    5
    « Great location for Zion! »

    We made a loop visit of some national parks on our road trip. We stayed here for 2 nights while we went hiking at Zion national park. Nice hotel. We loved our oI'm and the furniture is nice. Clean comfy sheets- which is a big deal for me- I do not like motel 6 style places. The park was about 15-20 minutes away but the nice part was having the restaurant right there especially after a long day of hiking. Very friendly staff! I definitely recommend this place. Plus it's one of the better priced stays in the area for Zion hikers. Loved it

    1
    « Too expensive, no complimentary breakfast. Stay in Kanab, UT instead. »

    Strong advice: if coming from southern AZ (Phoenix/Tucson) stay in one of the BW's in Kanab for less than the one in Mt. Carmel. Several good restaurants (e.g., Flying V) in Kanab and a good coffee shop. If coming from Salt Lake area, drive the extra 20 miles from Mt. Carmel on to Kanab. The Mt. Carmel BW is the only one we've ever stayed at that doesn't offer a complimentary breakfast. Can buy (not expensively) breakfast there. The only restaurant in the area that offers dinner as well -- and a bit pricey. The toilet didn't work (sorry cleanup crew) and the shower wouldn't shut off completely (they did take $10 off price for these two shortcomings). In short, either stop in Kanab less than 20 miles away or drive 20 miles more to Kanab. This place, while clean, is absolutely no bargain. No point staying here when Kanab offers more for less (including complimentary breakfasts).

    4
    « Very good service from Jimmy at the front desk »

    It was a bit hard to find the lobby when we arrived (in the evening, as usual); I actually had to go into the convenience store next door to ask where it was. After that it was fine, and the room was very nicely appointed. I did find it odd that breakfast wasn't included in the room rate, as it usually is with Best Western properties. We did get a coupon for 20 cents per gallon off at the gas station next door... As is usually the case, we asked for extra pillows and got them from Jimmy at the front desk, who was very friendly and helpful.

    4
    « Great location for Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion »

    We stayed here in August 2016, spending 3 nights in room 105. The room was spacious and the beds were comfortable. The decor was dated but clean and serviceable. The only negative was the satellite TV went out for the last day and the staff weren't able to get it working......the hotel is far from any town or entertainment so we spent that last night staring at our phones and tablets (the wi-fi was good). The best reason for staying at this hotel for us was the location. We were able to visit the Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce Canyon, and Zion parks easily using this hotel as our base camp.

  • 4
    « WESTERN CHARACTER »

    Beautiful rooms and western decor, nice pool between Bryce and Zion. Restaurant needs a boost in offerings and service. Right on a golf course amid the mountains for those who like the game. Lots of international visitors.

    5
    « High Desert Oasis »

    When you book a hotel on-line, you aren't sure what to expect. We were pleased to see that the Best Western Thunderbird Lodge was consistent with the other BW properties we have stayed at. Clean, well organized, spacious room, along with a cordial and professional staff. For being at a wide spot in the road, I rate it first class.

    5
    « Pleasantly Surprised »

    I was so surprised by this place. It was super clean. Way more modern than I expected. Everyone working there was friendly and helpful. Even though the rooms had outside entrances I felt very safe. A small little golf course right behind the property. Had a gift shop and restaraunt on property.

    4
    « Great for Zion and Bryce »

    We used this place as our base to explore both Zion and Bryce from. Room is comfortable, we had pool view. Upside: quick to the pool. Downside: you can hear other people in the pool. Staff was friendly, the restaurant serves a decent breakfast (though not included).

    2
    « Overpriced smelly old hotel »

    The carpeting was old and worn, the toilet had urine on it, the air conditioner was noisy and emitted an unpleasant odor. The bed sheets were stiff and uncomfortable. This room should cost $69/night not $239/night. Avoid at all costs. Go to a hotel in Kanab, Ut instead. It's only 17 miles away and there are many choices of newer hotels.

    4
    « Pretty nice. »

    We stayed here for our trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon. We were coming from the west so we drove through Zion to get to the hotel, which is near the East entrance. It was actually a nice ride and gave us the opportunity to get a grasp on the locations of various places within Zion. The rooms were clean, maybe a bit dated but that sort of went with the National Park theme. It is more of a motel than hotel - one level of rooms. The lodge has a nice clean pool and hot tub, large gift shop and fairly decent restaurant, as well as a nice 9-hole golf course. It has a family-run type of feel, as all the staff were extremely friendly and took pride in their jobs and the motel. It has a charming history and the location in relation to Zion is excellent, and Bryce Canyon was a pleasant drive away. I must say that we prefer staying outside of most national parks, as our experience has been that in-park hotels tend to be crowded and noisy. East Zion Thunderbird Lodge was very peaceful and relaxing. The only down side was the lack of other restaurants in the area - it's a pretty rural area, and the motel restaurant was probably the best out of the others in Mount Carmel. A few miles away was Kanab, which had a Pizza Hut, McDonald's and a well-stocked grocery store. If our room had had a kitchenette, I would have cooked a few meals there and rated this place a solid 5.

    5
    « Great stay for a visit to Zion and Bryce »

    My family of four stayed here while on a driving vacation visiting the national parks. I must say I and my family were all very impressed with our stay. The overall theme of the hotel is a bit throwback; which to me was part of the charm. It has been left a bit yesteryear, but still very much updated with all the modern conveniences you need and the maintenance seems to be up to par. They give you coupons to use at the nearby gas station; which was a nice touch and the attached restaurant was good and very convenient. The location is perfect for visiting Zion and Bryce and there are a number of other nice attractions in the area. At the end of the day, the hotel also has a nice little golf course attached if that's your thing (full on grab your 9 iron golf, not mini putt putt golf). Overall, this is a great stay for the money, my family enjoyed it enough that we decided to stay there an extra day. I rarely give 5 stars. Those are reserved for places that surprise and delight me. This placed earned it. Don't hesitate to check it out. You won't be disappointed. Cheers.

    2
    « I wish we had stayed in Springdale! »

    Our largest problem was the area. There were very few amenities. The service in the restaurant on the property was poor. The air conditioner in our room sounded like a 757 during take off and kept us awake. If you have a family and don't want "in the middle of nowhere," stay in Springdale, Utah. That is what we'll do the next time we go to Bryce or Zion.

    3
    « Was Lucky to Get Any Room - Very Friendly Check-in Staff »

    Sort of pricy for what you get -- but it is high season. I was thankful I could get a room anywhere without having reservations. But I got lucky. My room smelled like dog -- but I like dogs so I'll just go with it. The meal I had at their restaurant was way too salty. But it was late, I was hungry and I just went with it. Sometimes you just gotta go with it. Very convenient situation with motel, restaurant and gas station on property. The clerk at the gas station didn't know how to make change for $1.43 from $1.50. I had to tell her how much change to give me. Lucky for her I'm honest. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to stay here, but it served its purpose and could have been a lot worse.

    3
    « Clean and comfortable »

    Mixed feelings. I'm more of a hotel girl and upon arrival it definitely had a motel feel. Our room was clean and comfortable. The pool and hot tub were well maintained. There's a 9 hole golf course too. It's about a 30 minute gorgeous drive to Zion National Park. It's 1.5 hours to the Grand Canyon and about an hour to Bryce. The Thunderbird attached restaurant has good food but pretty slow service. Overall satisfied but not overwhelmed.

  • 5
    « Great Lodging Experience »

    We needed lodging, it was late, we were tired. Out in the middle of seemingly "no where." Checked online for something on our travel route and this hotel came up. Instead of booking online, called ahead. On arrival, the desk clerk was friendly (11 pm) and welcoming. No check-in snafus at all. Was shocked at the room - so clean, beautifully decorated in rustic knotty-pine. Well maintained, large and very quiet. What a pleasant experience!

    5
    « personal »

    The rooms were very clean and the beds and pillows were very comfy. The personnel were all friendly from front desk to restaurant to housekeeping. locations was good too as close to Zion and Bryce. we stayed 2 nights and were in a handicapped room. The shower had great ease of in and out and water was very hot. They also had a great pool and hot tub for families.

    5
    « Awesome! »

    Absolutely loved the hotel! Its great because, so many different people from all over the world come to stay there. As you swim or hot tub, you can meet and get to know some awesome people! The rooms were great and the bed was honestly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on in a hotel. Wonderful experience! Only downside is no free breakfast and lack of restaurants. Not a big downer since Zion springdale has some amazing restaurants!

    5
    « Great place to stay »

    We stayed here two nights while visiting Zion National Park. Large room (there were three of us) was immaculately clean and very comfortable - I think bathroom must be new this year (and a shower you can fully stand up in). The balcony overlooking the golf course made a great place to sit early evening. The restaurant was great food well cooked and the micro-brew beers and Utah wines were excellent. We also had breakfast - kept my teenage son very happy. Lovely pool area with towels supplied. Also laundrette - we washed and dried a huge load for $3. WiFi was fast. Final plus point - we bought two vintage number plates in gift shop for $10. What's not to like??

    5
    « Great family atmosphere! »

    Great place for families that is centrally located. Pool is clean and people were nice. Rooms were clean and very warm & inviting. Grounds were kept and staff friendly! The rooms actually have a Keurig coffee maker which was a nice surprise! The view from our room was of the Mountain side which was also a nice surprise!

    5
    « Great Breakfast!! »

    We enjoyed our night at the Thunderbird and all the history of the restaurant and hotel. Loved the decor of the rooms and breakfast was amazing in the restaurant the next morning. After traveling from Bryce Canyon and heading to Zion, it was nice to get up the next morning and be so close to the entrance to Zion National Park.

    3
    « OK Hotel »

    The hotel was terribly overpriced. Most of the rooms are old, but refurbished. Breakfast was NOT included. Pool was great, grass area was well managed. Asphalt parking area was poor, with some holes and much loose gravel.

    3
    « For the price and the condition of our room poor »

    The people were good but the room was not worth it. The internet was soooooo slow and I had to work every night we were on our trip (which was 2 weeks). This was the only hotel we had this much trouble with: No hot water. Refrigerator didn't have a freezer and didn't cool enough. Had to take ice packs to the gas station to freeze. Had to put them in a cooler to keep insulin cold on our trip. We had insulin and medications both that had to keep cold. Had to put the insulin in a coffee cup sitting in the cooler with ice around the cup to keep the insulin and meds cold

    4
    « Clean, comfortable and spacious »

    My husband and I were passing through from Zion to Bryce Canyon on a Saturday night and were desperate for a place to lay our head for the night at almost 8p. We got the last room...a king suite for a crazy $200. We were, however, very impressed with the suite! Extremely spacious, clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. Unfortunately, there was no free continental breakfast.

    5
    « Best Western, but no free breakfast. »

    The Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge was easy to find and centrally located to Utah parks. The rooms were larger than most and you can park right in front of your room. Updated and clean, with in room frig and free Keurig coffee as most BW hotels. No free breakfast at this Best Western as the restaurant is privately owned.

  • 4
    « overnight to Zion »

    We checked in late since we were coming from Bryce. I had an issue at check-in and the desk clerk was very understanding and helpful. The room was large and comfortable. I was bummed about no breakfast, but we had planned for it and brought stuff to eat. I liked getting the 20 cents-off-each-gallon coupon for the Chevron station next door. Was useful in topping off the fuel tank.

    5
    « Great Customer Service »

    This hotel was very good, with a great restaurant, but what was really good about it was that when I left behind a prescription of pills, they offered to drive it to me, two hours away! Not many places would do that!

    5
    « Pleasantly Surprised »

    From the outside, I thought this place didn't look too nice. I was reluctant when my husband suggested we stay there. I was so surprised when we got into our room. We were on the second floor. Our room was so spacious, had high ceilings, and a great view of the golf course! When we arrived we did find 2 wasps in our room, but we killed them right away. Hey probably flew in when a door was open. We would definitely stay there again!

    4
    « Good location, easy to drive to Zion Canyon! »

    This is a good hotel, clean and neat. It has good customer services and It also has good breakfast. It is easy to drive to Zion Canyon National Park from this hotel. It has the best location and I wish I could stay there longer.

    4
    « Good Central Location among National Parks »

    Used this hotel as "home base" as we visited Zion, Bryan Canyon, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Room was very comfortable and incredible decor, had a nice golf course view but not at all impressed with the restaurant...wasn't bad, but not really many choices in town.

    5
    « Western Style Motel »

    Nice 9 hole golf course, e.Western Style Motel excellent accommodation, great restaurant, quite, nice decor Price is a little steep, but it is close to a very big tourist area, Springdale , and Zion National Park

    4
    « Terrific Place to Stay! »

    Our group was ready to accept a little displeasure at the East Zion Best Western. It was the only place we could find with a vacancy when we were planning our trip to Bryce and Zion. But! We were so pleasantly surprised. We loved this place. The room was pleasant and clean, the beds extremely comfortable, the restaurant fun and the food good. The atmosphere was pleasing overall, once we got beyond the exterior. Do not hesitate. This place is nice, perfect for your trip to Zion and Bryce.

    5
    « Surprise in a small town »

    We stayed at this BW east of Zion National Park after a day I the park. Mt. Carmel Junction is a dot on the map but this hotel was modern, extremely clean with a super friendly and helpful staff. It sits in a peaceful scenic setting on a 9 hole golf course not far from Zion. Their restaurant is the only place in town to eat and the food was very good. I would definitely stay there again.

    5
    « Pleasant surprise in a small town »

    Very pleasantly surprised by this hotel. At the east of Zion National Park , Mt. Carmel Junction is a dot on the map but this hotel was modern, extremely clean with a super friendly and helpful staff. We stayed after a day in the park and never expected such a relaxing evening with this peaceful scenic setting on a 9 hole golf course. Their restaurant is the only place in town to eat and the food was very good. You can also drive back to Springdale through Zion or go to Kanab for more restaurants. I would definitely stay there again. And to top it off, they gave us a coupon for 20 cents off a gallon of gas at the gas station next door.

    4
    « Good location for Zion or Bryce »

    Friendly and clean enough. Nice log furniture in the room, LED TV, clean. Back door a little shaky as far as needing to insert a pin to lock it. We were right next to the laundry and ice machine. Seemed like a lot of non guests were doing laundry in there. There is a pool and hot tub, a convenience store in the parking lot, and an attached restaurant. It is next to a golf course. On this trip, we stayed at several locations for one night. This location was peculiar in the sense that it was 106 that afternoon and 46 when we woke up. The only spot I saw the temperature under 68 the whole trip.

  • 5
    « Close to the park »

    It is actually about 20 miles from Zion. But for the cost and the cleanliness and comfort I found this is the best place to stay. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. The room was in the newer part of the motel extremely clean the beds were very comfortable. Although the restaurant is not part of the motel they will take care of you. Will diffently stay here again.

    5
    « Great location »

    The room was very spacious. Nice decor in the room. Large bathroom area. Enjoyed using the spa. Had a great meal at the restaurant at the hotel. This hotel is right on the turn to the east entrance to Zion Natl Park.

    3
    « Best Western - not Best Price »

    Stayed in several Best Westerns on this trip. All pre-booked apart from this one. As we had booked other Best Westerns we thought this would be an easy choice and save us a few miles driving further up the road.. This was by far the most expensive with no breakfast included and only very sporadic internet connection

    4
    « Great Room »

    Nice, clean rooms. Comfortable beds. You really feel like you are pampering yourself after a long day in Zion park. By staying in Mt.Carmel you are able to drive directly into the park as opposed to having to take the shuttle if staying in St. George. Don't waste time with the restaurant. Food is awful and expensive. Drive to the other side of Zion for meals. It was a great stay.

    5
    « Outstanding rooms »

    What a pleasant find sort of in the middle of nowhere! Gorgeous, large rooms with patios overlooking the golf course and a view of the mesas....hated to leave after 2 nights....very convenient to sightseeing in the area....polite, friendly service...a great value and highly recommend.

    5
    « Great place to stay »

    Fabulous place - very friendly staff, huge clean rooms (two queen beds that will easily sleep 4 adults; great view and lots of space for baggage, large bathroom); very friendly restaurant staff. We had booked for 2 nights on Expedia but wanted to cancel one night - Expedia said it couldn't be done but the check in staff called Expedia and spent 15 minutes during which she was able to cancel one night's charges. A very special thanks to Kymi at the front desk. Would definitely stay there again.

    4
    « Zion National Park »

    Was a very nice little area on the east side of the park to stay. Friendly professional staff. Great restaurant for your meals there on location. Ho-made pies were really good. Pool area was nice. Played 9 holes of golf one evening on the course right their on location. It was a fun place to stay. Entering from the East entrance into the park was much more scenic & less traffic. Would definitely stay here again.

    4
    « Pleasant find »

    Had a nice stay at Zion Thunderbird Lodge at Mt. Carmel, Utah. Close to Zion. Restaurant very good as well; great service. Gas and small quick-stop store had everything we needed. Room was clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. Great staff.

    5
    « Great place »

    Great location to see the parks. We stayed in the one story part and everything was excellent. Right in middle of the golf course which was nice. Furniture was quite nice for the price. We liked how quiet it was and woke up to the sounds of birds. We had no complaints but a little something for breakfast or even fresh fruit would have been nice. Will definitely stay here again.

    5
    « Our Trip to Zion And Bryce »

    This is a nice, clean, friendly, hotel. We enjoyed three meals in the restaurant and were quite pleased with the choice of homey American meals, especially the pie. Our room was large and had a little outdoor seating area overlooking a golf course and the mountains. We drove to Zion NP, about a half hour drive, and to Bryce, a nice drive, though about 1 1/2 hours from here. We will stay here again.

  • 4
    « Comfortable Room Near Zion National Park »

    Room 112 was spacious and located in a building outside of the check-in building. Room opened up to an enclosed courtyard area that housed the outdoor pool (closed) and hot tub (open). We also had a small patio with 2 chairs for relaxing outside) Breakfast was not included yet the property had a restaurant that opened at 7 a.m. WiFi included, we had a shower only (no tub), furniture in room was wooden and similar to something you would find at an Amish furniture store, small fridge in room and bed was comfortable. One thing to note is that the small town shuts down between 10 and 11 pm and doesn't open up until 7 am the next day. Not a big deal as there isn't much there, but should be noted. Staff was friendly and helpful about getting into the park the next day.

    4
    « Close to Zion »

    A nice location for a visit to Zion and also along the highway for easy in and out. The room was large and a great bed for a good night sleep. The restaurant has me buffaloed, why would you serve Instant mashed potatoes at your price point.? Give fair value for what you charge!!! Meals were large but quality left something to be desired.

    5
    « Loved this place »

    A gem of a hotel recommended by my big bro. Situated near Zion and near enough to drive to Bryce Rooms nicely furnished and staff very helpful and friendly No breakfast included but you can get breakfast in the thunderbird restaurant there is a fridge in the room and our room had a balcony

    5
    « Wrong first impression »

    When we pulled up I was a little nervous based on the decor (never been to this area of Utah before). When I walked into the lobby I was surprised to find the modern but local looking theme. I now think the building looks appropriate for the area and fits in quite well. The room was neat and clean, actually pretty spacious. Again unusual theme, but fitting for the surrounding area. Beds were very comfortable, parking was excellent, shower and bathroom area were spotless.

    4
    « Surprising Elegence »

    When we arrived at the hotel we were a little concerned. It looked a bit older on the outside. The grounds were clean and it was next to a small golf course which we though odd but pretty. When we walked in the room and saw it was spacious and nicely decorated, it was a nice surprise. Obviously it had been remodeled though the carpets looked a little worn but were extremely clean. We had a nice view of the pool and lawn area between the buildings which was very pretty with the mountains surrounding. The restaurant was a nice surprise. With their Ho-Made pies. A nice story behind that name. We had dinner and breakfast there and the food was good the atmosphere fun and entertaining. If you stay you have to try their apple pie. Excellent. All in all it was a nice surprise for an older hotel. Really glad we stayed there.

    5
    « Great staff! »

    The staff, especially Kymi, were great! The location to Zion NP was perfect! Older hotel but clean and rooms were spacious. Would definitely recommend and would stay again if ever back in the area! the restaurant had a nice feel and the history behind it and the hotel was interesting. The food was a little overpriced I thought, but was good.

    4
    « Ho Made in Mt Carmel »

    This is a gem that blends old school with modern amenities. I was in an end unit 2nd floor..no elevator. Room was huge and the bed was heavenly with lots of pillows. In room coffee was Keurig. Some noise from neighbors but otherwise great alternative if you can't stay in Zion National Lodge. Restaurant on site is amaxing. Front desk staff very nice and accomodating. Internet works well.

    4
    « Loved It (2nd Time) »

    Four years ago, we had no hot water during our stay. That has been corrected! We had a large room with 2 queen beds. Furniture is rustic but really nice. We had a nice-sized flat screen tv and small fridge. We asked for, and were provided, with a microwave. Bathroom has been updated. Great place to stay for Bryce or Zion Parks. Highly recommend (now that there is hot water)! The restaurant was good too.

    4
    « Clean Rooms »

    The rooms were extremely clean and spacious. Same with the bathrooms. However the property itself was not appealing from outside. No elevator to get to the 2nd floor. Did not use the restaurant, as breakfast was not included. The front office staff was very courteous and friendly.

    3
    « OK for a night »

    Room is clean and very large. Equipped with mini refrigerator, but no microwave. Breakfast is not included and the restaurant in main lobby is NOT recommended as it is VERY expensive, and food is about average (fried chicken is fine, but the pasta is below average). The location is close to Zion East Entrance, around 10min drive to the entrance (and there will be about another 20min drive from east entrance to Zion visitor centre).

  • 5
    « Very good value »

    Very good value especially in comparison with other options in the area. Rooms are in very good shape. Incrementally they have been making improvement incrementally over time. It's nice to have the pool and hot tub back in order.

    4
    « Comfortable stay »

    Had nice room overlooking golf course; was nice to see the green grass. Used clean laundromat. Great location to visit Zion. Clean, comfortable, rustic furniture. Didn't eat at restaurant. Slow check in.

    2
    « Ok for one night »

    Only one person for entire hotel running desk & maintenance problems! Pool closed for season & Jacuzzi jets not working. Check in & out took forever waiting for the one person. TV didnt work, room smelled. Ok for one night. Not good value for money $116

    5
    « Great Hotel »

    BW Thunderbird lodge was very clean and affordable. Highly recommend it. We will definitely stay there again. Great location for Zion National Park, only 15 minutes away. Resturant was a little pricey, but food was good. Laundromat area was clean!

    5
    « Coming back again! »

    Rooms very nice as was the restaurant food and service. Golf course affordable and fun. The restaurant is unique in decorations depicting the area and the food is presented nicely. Rooms are well appointed and the area is clean. 9 hole golf course is fun to golf and every level of players can enjoy their game. Carts are kept up and available.

    5
    « Awesome place to stay »

    This setting of this hotel is beautiful. The hotel had scheduled our stay for a different night. At first there was some discussion, but when we produced the confirmation email stating the correct date, the date we were there, they did all they could do to accomadate us, and gave us a hefty discount to boot. They rooms were VERY spacious. The hot tub was wonderful. The decor was nice.

    5
    « Spring break »

    This place was great! We were really impressed by the service and friendly people. Kyme at the front desk was very helpful. I would definitely stay here again :) It's close to Zions,Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef. Not far from Kanab.

    4
    « Going Overboard »

    Wasn't sure what to expect pulling up but what a difference it makes to have excellent service. The front desk Manager, Amanda went over and above to accomodate us. She needs a raise because they should not lose her. Our room was better than some Hilton hotels we've stayed in. They had 2 luggage racks in the room, Very clean and roomy King Bed room with a patio and view of the golf course. Some rooms even have the view of the hills. The remote control was freshly cleaned and in a wrapper letting you know. The shower was wonderful, lots of hot water, clean, clean, clean. Big Screen Tv. We were informed that the restaurant connected to the Hotel is not owned by Best Western so they gave us 20 cents off per gallon of gas at the Chevron station next door and 10% off at the gift shop which would take you an hour to go through. It's loaded with cute things. Well worth the money and if you want to golf it's right there with electric golf carts, outdoor patio with umbrella tables and a big bar be que. Pool was not open but hot tub was. We didn't use.

    5
    « great stop »

    great stop on our spring break vacation to Zion, very friendly staff, great location to Zion National Park. Very quiet location. The food and service was wonderful at the restaurant. Will definately stop here again.

    5
    « nice hotel »

    I like best western inn at las vegas I will using anytime this hotel becouse clean and good service and nearest strip of las vegas. location is very good. bbq and pool and laundary all cleanliness. good~ good~

  • 4
    « CUTE PLACE, GOOD LOCATION, GREAT STAFF, CLEAN ROOM, STAY AWAY FROM THE RESTAURANT!! »

    I live right outside of NYC, so this review is not coming from some snooty guy who expects City style luxury, in fact, when I go away to national parks, which I do often, I expect what I would find in these places, as long as it's clean and the food is decent (again, decent, I'm not expecting gourmet fair)....Then I'm happy, the lobby is real cute, a very honestly friendly staff...(these are real genuine people) the room , although a bit dated, was very comfortable, warm, nice shower, good WiFi....happy there, BUT...when we arrived, we were starved...we went to their own restaurant, The Thunderbird Cafe..........Oh Dear God, We dubbed it the "Thunderturd cafe" The food was basically swimming in grease, the veggies, ..cooked to the point that you could see light through them.........although, once again, our waiter, was a real person, friendly, attentive, couldn't have been nicer, couldn't be mad at him, he only serves the food, he doesn't cook it.......stay at the Hotel...find some place else to eat.....We went to Hustons the 2nd morning....only 15 minutes down the road, and THAT was an AWESOME breakfast....

    5
    « By far the best value on our trip. »

    Great room, coupons in room coffee and hot tub! Loved it! Stayed in numerous hotels this trip this was by far the best hotel and best value. On site restaurant was great, coupons for gas and the gift shop. Great staff.

    4
    « Great stop over in a great location »

    We booked this ahead of time and found that for this time of year, was a great value. The place is laid back, a bit funky, yet unpretentious. Loved the hot tub, and the grounds include a 9 hole golf course. We even did a load of laundry during our overnight. Be sure to eat in the coffee shop, the staff is very nice.

    5
    « Must-Stay! »

    We visited Zion National Park recently and stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge. At first glance, I was worried, however the rooms are clean and comfortable. The check-in was a little rough, as staff was not there and took about 10 minutes to get someone at the front desk. However, the rooms are great value and if you're like me and hate camping, staying here will provide you with a good location for quality sleep and adventure while in Zion.

    4
    « Unexpected jewel »

    Located literally in the middle of nowhere, it is actually perfect to access both Zion and Bryce national parks. Rooms are very nicely decorated, staff was caring and helpful, restaurant not bad at all neither. Other than the hotel and restaurant, the location offers a 9 hole golf course, a subway (sandwich) outlet, a gas station, two gift shops and an independent restaurant.

    3
    « Basic with a nice view »

    Large comfy room with nice pine furniture. No indoor corridors. Lots of loose sand, stone and dirt in parking area that gets tracked into room. No breakfast included. Front desk lent me great book about Zion Park that I studied and was very helpful for our next-day hiking.

    3
    « Perfect location, clean and spacious rooms »

    This hotel is located very close to the Zion National park entrance and only 45 minutes drive to Bryce Canyon which makes its location just perfect. Rooms are spacious and clean, bathroom updated. Staff is very friendly (although we had some issues with room charges due to lack of communication between hotel staff). Recommended for short stays.

    5
    « Spacious room with view of the golf course »

    We had room 142 and it was quite spacious. The room was clean. It had a huge king bed and lodge pole furniture and nice art. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom a nice size. The nice part about the rooms in this section of the motel (rooms 120-142) was the small private patio with chairs to rest and relax outside after a day of hiking in Zion. It is only 13 miles from the east entrance of Zion National Park and 1 hour from Bryce Canyon. It has a restaurant (we didn't eat there) and a large gift shop. The check in clerk was very helpful and nice. We would definitely stay here again!

    5
    « exceptional »

    Very nice and comfortable. Sit on the semi private porch. watch the sunrise or golfers. Unique construction and very comfortable floor plan. The staff we met were considerate and kind. very quiet and out of the masses. Enjoyed the stay.

    4
    « Missing tile »

    The bathroom was very nice, it had a new tub and shower head, however the floor tile had not been finished and there was a 4 inch gap between the tile and the bathtub. The tile was also missing some grout.

  • 3
    « Place has seen better days. »

    There were some problems with this hotel, but staff were super friendly and fun. There is a restaurant on the property and the food and staff were great. Shout out to Carmen the waitress who let us stay there for over an hour just talking after dinner. She was super helpful with road and local place info as were all the staff. Hotel room itself needed some up-grades, particulalry the shower area. Clean and very comfortable beds. Several amenities missing in the room, like soap, cups, etc. But readily available it you ask. Highlight of this place is the staff.

    4
    « Excellent Location, between Bryce and Zion »

    This place offers very decent mid-range lodging in one of the most scenic areas on the North American continent. You're about 12 miles from the eastern entrance into Zion (and about a 45 minute drive to the canyon), and a little over an hour's drive to Bryce Canyon. When I stayed there (in mid-Februrary), the premises were undergoing some renovation, so I did not necessarily see the place at its very best. But the rooms were large, comfortable, and decently furnished, with refrigerator, coffee maker, and porches. Staff was friendly and helpful. Gift shop, even winter, open until 9 PM. Receive 25 cents a gallon coupon for adjoining gas station.

    4
    « Good location »

    It is the location of this hotel that makes it great to stay - close to Bryce and Zion canyons. The restaurant also is great with friendly staff. There was some construction going around during February, which we found to be not comfortable at all. However, since we had only a night's stay and considering that the construction issue is temporary, I would surely recommend this hotel.

    4
    « Awesome staff »

    Awesome staff in a very small village, with a pretty decent building that's been around for quite awhile, but they are doing a pretty good job of keeping it in good state of repair. Could see daylight around the door, so needs weatherstripping or a new door. Did I mention "Really Nice People"?

    3
    « Ok for one night »

    We stayed here because it is well located, just on the road. We were driving from Arches to Zion (May 2013). Rooms are big, but hotel needs renovations. Plus was having big hot breakfast, jump to the car and drive!

    5
    « UTAH »

    I was very impressed with my room. Zion is a very beautiful area,; I will be back in the fall to experience the canyons. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed for remodeling. We went across the street to eat. I would call this a one-horse town, though. Overall we enjoyed our stay and had very good experience.

    5
    « Zion National Park »

    Following the lead of many National Parks, there is buss service and adequate parking at the buss station. The buss will drop you off at the best trailheads which range from a short walk to several miles. Zion is spectacular and we barely scratched the surface in three day of site seeing. A day pack, plenty of water and a good quality camera are a must. If you are planning your trip in the warmer months, you will need to get your hiking in during the early morning hours as the park heats up by noon making hiking uncomfortable. The early morning light is fabulous for taking pictures and catching a glimpse of wildlife. The little town outside the park has everything but a drug store so make sure you have what you need before you go, its a long drive out of the park to anything major. The town has several restaurants that should meet most peoples tastes. This is a fabulous park, if I were to do it again, I would do a horse back trip into the Canyons and spend a couple of nights on the trail.

    4
    « Nice place »

    Service was good, Internet was spotty, great location for visiting Bryce and coming into Zion from the East. Do not offer the free breakfast as most other Best Western's. Food in the restaurant was just ok. No Microwave in the rooms

    4
    « Truly outstanding »

    This hotel is in a great location right at the junction coming out of Zion national Park. The decor is first class all the way and the on-site restaurant serves great food. Breakfast is not included, so instead they offer a $.25 per gallon discount at the gas station next door. The Internet was great but did sometimes have slowdowns, thus the four-star instead of a five star rating. We will definitely stay here again.

    5
    « Nice help on the holidays »

    We needed a place near Zion Park to spend Christmas Eve. The staff at the front desk was very helpful, made sure we had exactly the kind of room we needed before she went off duty -- also the pie at the restaurant was excellent and restaurant mgr was friendly and conversational. Great wifi, beds, big room, would have stayed longer if we had had time.

  • 5
    « Great location. Great value. Great room. »

    Clean comfortable value. The rooms are large enough for all your bikes, camping gear etc. In between Zion, Bryce and the North Rim. The rooms are clean and well appointed. A great value. No complaints at all. Restaurant onsite was a diner style and had decent food and great service.

    4
    « Best Western East Zion »

    We stayed 11/29/15. Had the place almost to ourselves. Very nice rustic motel. Room was different but nice SW decor. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was good and reasonably priced. We would definitely stay here again.

    5
    « Hidden gem »

    This hotel exceeded all expectations. List of the positives: the kind staff, the keurig in room, a nice size room refrigerator, free wifi, plenty of parking, coupons for the gas station next door, clean rooms, and comfortable beds. I loved this hotel after a day of hiking at Zion.

    4
    « Centrally located for Zion, Bryce Canyon and North Rim of Grand Canyon »

    This place is at a junction of three highways directly headed to all three of the above named national parks. Its a great way of getting to the north rim of Grand Canyon. Its a two lane highway, but almost no traffic. The motel is comfortable and clean and the decor is western logs. The resturant is reasonable and decent food (about the only place around to eat). There is also a 9 hole golf course as part of the motel.

    4
    « Nice location »

    This is a nice hotel is located just a few miles from Zion. We were driving through Utah visiting all the national parks. Very easy stops. Sadly, the lobby restaurant's heat was out for morning breakfast which chilled an otherwise a good experience.

    5
    « For the price and location in middle of 3 parks ...perfect »

    Clean, nicer than expected. Enjoyable stay. Near Bryce, Zion, and Coral pink sands parks. Restaurant pricey, but every restaurant was $$$ in region. Hotel staff, polite, accommodating and very friendly.

    5
    « Best location between Bryce and Zion Parks »

    All of the staff were very friendly. Jay, in particular, helped us with route planning to our next destination and helped us to understand liquor laws and practices in Utah. We encountered an unusual way of billing tips on our first dinner there. Restaurant staff obviously discussed it later. The next evening another wait person apologized for their error when he seated us. Rooms were large and perfectly clean. This is a very small town. The attached restaurant is the only good choice unless you wish to drive 10-15 miles. In summary we were pleased with our stay.

    5
    « Close to Zion National Park »

    We wanted to stay close to the park, and found out that rates for hotel vary widely. By staying a few miles away we saved more than $130 for the lodging. This place is clean, nicely furnished with solid wood furniture, and the rooms have a back door opening to the green space with a pool and hot tub. Unfortunately, breakfast was not included due to the attached restaurant belonging to a different entity.

    5
    « Love the room »

    Great experience. Hotel clerk and waiter were friendly, upbeat and helpful. The outside of the hotel is modest in appearance so we were really surprised when we saw how great the room was. It was much larger than most rooms, great view, and the furnishings were beautifully made using rugged pieces of wood.

    2
    « Best Western at Mt.Carmel junction near Zion needs work »

    My room smelled of old stale cigarette smoke, although it was a non-smoking room, and I could hear the people next door indicating poor sound barriers. Service in the restaurant was slow due to under-staffing. I waited 20 minutes for my order to be taken, and eventually got up to find someone.

  • 4
    « My Stay »

    We went up on a golf outing. this was a very pleasant experience with a lot of our summer and winter friends. There is lot to do there such as golf, trail riding, off roading and all things fun. There is also an animal sanctuary close by. Really nice.

    4
    « Pleasant surprise after seeing the pictures on the internet »

    Was not sure of this place as it looks a bit weird on the internet. Got a nice room on the golf course. Nice pool. Check in check out was good. Quite expensive but it seems what one has to pay when you are close to any National parks. The only problem is the restaurant. The service is bad beyond belief, the food is average at best for a price less than average. The person at the reception desk should definitively be fired or fine another job. Best Western regional manager should go there and have a look to see how bad it is. I know it is not the same owner than the owner of the hotel but they are related and it definitively reflects on the hotel. Unfortunately there is not much around there. No competition equal lousy service I guess. Get a sandwich and eat in your room !!!

    4
    « Great location »

    I booked this hotel for my wife and I for its location between Zion and Bryce canyons. It proved to be a good choice. We had a room that was like a small single storey chalet in a terrace where we could park outside the front door. It was clean and everything you expect from a Best Western. The reception staff were super friendly and made check in and out really easy. On site restaurant was also good providing good home style food.

    5
    « Great Roomfor a Great Price »

    As we drove up, we were not too sure of this place, since it looked like an old renovated second rate Motel. We were pleasantly surprised upon further examination of the room. Extremely convenient for visiting Zion National Park. Room was in great condition and very comfortable. The attached restaurant was a Huge disappointment. Waited 25-mins for service and finally just left. Only two other choices in the area!

    4
    « Expensive for Seniors »

    Clean, comfortable room. No complimentary breakfast, fairly expensive restaurant adjoining motel lobby. Only option to stay when leaving Zion Natl. Park. I wouldn't recommend this motel to any of our friends, all of which are seniors and on fixed income.

    5
    « Great Place to Stay When for Both Zion and Bryce NP »

    Stayed 3 nights and was thoroughly pleased. The room was clean with plenty of room. The hotel staff was very pleasant and helpful. On our 8 day trip in northern Arizona and southern Utah this was the best hotel we stayed at. About a 20 minute ride to Zion NP and 65 mile drive to Bryce NP. Good place to stay when visiting both parks.

    3
    « Not a bad hotel »

    Nice spacious room with balcony and pool view, comfy beds and good wifi. Right next to golf course but not a lot else around. Ate dinner and breakfast at the onsite restaurant which was our most unpleasant dining experience of the whole holiday. Had to wait ages to be seated with staff wandering around not even acknowledging you're there. No smiles or greeting from them just a grunted 'follow me' when they eventually take you to your table. The waiter we had for dinner was great,happy and smiley and doing a great job with his tables. The food did take quite a while to come out though and even longer at breakfast,if we'd been in a rush to get on the road I would not have been happy. If I'd known service was going to be that bad if have gone to subway instead as its the only other option.

    4
    « Nice Restaurant »

    Almost passed this restaurant by. Am glad we turned around. Varied menu. Wife had pasta and I had the roast beef. Both generous helpings and tasty. Added the salad bar for a small additional charge. They have an adequate beer and wine list. Asked Carter, our excellent waiter, for a suggestion which worked out very well. Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you're in the Zion or Bryce National Parks area.

    4
    « Great place to stay to see both NP »

    This hotel is very convenient to both Zion, Bryce Canyon NP, and Kanab, Utah. It is quiet, clean, comfortable, great internet access, and has a nice little restaurant on property. (Good home cooking, bread, and pies). We drove into Zion in 30 minutes and HWY 9 is a very scenic drive. Great way to enter the park because you avoid the busy entrance at Springdale. The drive to Bryce Canyon was about an 1 1/2 hrs and Kanab was about 30 minutes. There is a pool and a golf course on the property too.

    4
    « A nice to stay on the east side of Zion »

    We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Zion. The room was clean and quiet. The staff was helpful and except the 1st person I dealt with they were friendly. The person checking me in was a little grumpy and not especially friendly. This BW does not offer breakfast even though they have a room for it. It is the only BW I've stayed at that doesn't offer breakfast. When I asked about it they told me there is a restaurant right next door. The food there wasok but that does add another $25 onto our stay that I wasn't counting on.

  • 5
    « would reccommend »

    great location excellent place to stay. Everyone was very helpful and nice. The only thing was i thought the restaurant was expensive. Gift shop, golf course, gas station,etc everything in one location.very close to Zion and Bryce Canyon

    4
    « Niche in the Mountains »

    Room was a good surprise, view of golf course and mountains, very clean and country fresh appearance, comfortable bed nice furniture. Restaurant food was okay, wait help in need of attention to detail. The only problem was employees yelling across the parking lot in the early morning in communicating with each other.

    4
    « Gret stay under the stars »

    Wish we weren't rushed and could have stayed longer! The room was cozy with a lovely rolling lawn to walk down to the pool and jaccuzi. The beds were comfy and the room was clean. Can't wait to come back. A perfect stop before entering Zion!

    5
    « Quite and relaxing spot »

    Located about 13 miles outside Zion national park, it is an easy drive to the east entrance. The motel is in a quite area next to a golf course. The restaurant is off the motel lobby, but is not affiliated with the motel, which is a little odd. There is also no free breakfast service as is usually offered at Best Westerns, but breakfast at the restaurant was good. The beds were the most comfortable I've ever encountered in a motel. I wish I had one like that at home.

    4
    « A good motel close to Zion »

    This is a nice Best Western a few miles from the east entrance of Zion National Park. Our room was clean and large and well furnished, Everything worked, and the staff people were competetent. We would stay there again. People should be aware that the drive to Zion, though short, will take a while because of the road.

    4
    « Quiet scenic accomodation »

    This is a hotel on the east end of Zion National Park, away from the hustle and bustle of Springdale and Hurricane. The hotel does not look like much from the road, but was pleasantly quiet in a scenic location along a golf course. The rooms were dated, but comfortable and above all, clean. The internet worked good and TV was modern with good channel selection. Thunderbird restaurant was right next door and was good for breakfast.

    5
    « hotel visit »

    this hotel to be highly recommended friendly staff nothing too much trouble a pleasant location handy for visits to Bryce and zion national parks restaurant serves a variety of meals and are reasonably priced

    5
    « Perfect between Zion and Bryce »

    Service was wonderful. Room was new from paint to furniture to bathroom fixtures. Very clean. Had a refrigerator and coffee maker and comfortable beds. Room overlooking golf course. Each room had a parking space in front. Spent day at Zion on way to hotel from Vegas, spent night at Thunderbird with excellent dinner and breakfast, (portions huge), spent day at Bryce, returned to hotel for another great dinner and breakfast. Drove through Zion again on the way back to Vegas. Gas station, food mart, and gift shop on property. Would highly recommend to anyone going to both parks as the perfect in between stop.

    4
    « Don't look anywhere else »

    This is a very good hotel. Quiet and clean rooms. Comfortable beds. Great service. Central location to Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Convenience store, gas station, gift shop, golf course and restaurant on premises. There is nothing we didn't like about our 2 night stay.

    4
    « Mt. Carmel Junction »

    This is virtually the only hotel east of the Zion National Park that is within a comfortable driving distance. Fortunately, it is a very pleasant place to stay. Their restaurant is famous for its pies.

  • 4
    « Nicely Updated »

    We enjoyed everything about our stay except for the restaurant attached to the hotel. Our room was spacious, the wi-if worked well, and the location was good. The restaurant was horrible the Friday night we tried to eat dinner there. It took 25 minutes after our server took our order to get our drinks so we decided to forego dinner and order pie. took even longer to get 2 slices, which were mediccee, at best.

    4
    « Zion trip »

    We liked the location of the hotel and the rooms were great. The pool and hot tub facility was good. The restaurant food was disappointing. The golf course was very inexpensive and you get what you pay for. It was a disappointment that the east entrance to Zion was closed so we had a 2 hr detour around to the park.

 

Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: Salt Lake City. Travel Interstate 15 south. Exit on Highway 20. After reaching US-89, follow it south to Mount Carmel Junction. Mount Carmel Junction is a resort destination at the junction of U-9 and US-89, located 12 miles from Zion National Park to the BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge. ·From: Las Vegas. Travel Interstate 15 north. Exit north of St. George, at Exit 16. Take U-9 to the only stop light in LaVerkin. Turn right and continue on U-9 through the south entrance of the park, to the east entrance. Continue 12 miles east on U-9 to Mount Carmel Junction. U-9 through the park is always open to the BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge.
 

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