by Caroline Costello
The Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is a large-scale property located close to Bryce Canyon National Park. The hotel is pretty large compared to most of the smaller local properties — which means families staying at the Bryce Canyon Grand can take advantage of a host of convenient onsite amenities, from a fitness center to a free airport shuttle. Plus, all rates include daily complimentary hot buffet breakfast.
Although the hotel doesn’t offer child care, it does have plenty of features that will keep the youngsters entertained. Guests can splash around in a heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool located in the hotel’s courtyard. The steamy whirlpool is a welcome retreat after a long day of hiking (because of the area’s high altitude, temperatures are on the chilly side for most of the year). On-demand movies are available on in-room TV’s. And nearby attractions — from Bryce Canyon National Park to Western-themed dinner shows — are just a stone’s throw away.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite pool and whirlpool
- Proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park
- Onsite coin-operated laundry room
- Horse Back Riding
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The Bryce Canyon Best Western Grand has 16 rooms, all of which are non-smoking, located in two four-story towers. Choose from two kinds of rooms at this hotel: suites and guestrooms. Regardless of what kind of accommodations you book, your room comes with plenty of convenient amenities, like a microwave, a mini-fridge, a flat-screen TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, hair dryer and in-room coffee maker. Cribs are available upon request. Adjacent rooms connected by a door are also available upon request.
Guestrooms are up to 530 square feet and have either one king bed or two queen beds.
Suites, which are larger at 770 square feet, contain two rooms -- one with a king-size bed and one room with a sofa-bed -- and are perfect for larger families.
This is a really nice place to stay when visiting Bryce Canyon, it is close to the park entrance. The room I had was clean and spacious. Ample parking plus continental breakfast made for a great stay.
After staying at Springhill suites outside Zion, this was a long way down. We arrived to smell of cheap perfume throughout the motel. Rooms were clean but cheaply decorated. Walls were thin, one lamp did mot work and air woke you whenever it went on. Breakfast was the cheapest packaged food you could buy. For health conscious outdoors people, real turnoff. Coffee and oatmeal was watery. The town badly needs a Marriott or Hilton to bring standard up. The price of room was similar to Marriott in Zion.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah's Bryce Canyon's fantastical rock formations that tower over the slopes are the main attraction in this national park, that features eight different day-hiking trails, horseback riding and an impressive calendar of mostly free ranger-led activities (including lots of programs just for kids), it's almost impossible to get bored in Bryce.
The outdoor pool is heated so kids can swim and splash no matter the time of year, and parents can relax poolside.
Ebnezer's Bar and Grill
A Western-style dinner show located adjacent to the hotel held nightly from May through October at 7 p.m. Admission includes dinner (choose from four entrees) and a cowboy-themed musical theater performance. Kids will enjoy the singing cowboys, and Western dishes like cornbread, coleslaw and chicken.
The free breakfast at this Best Western is a fantastic touch. Families can get up early, hit the buffet and be ready to hike early in the morning without having to drive to an area restaurant. Foods served in the buffet include eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, fruit, muffins and more. There is also a selection of juices, coffees and teas.
While there aren't any onsite restaurants for lunch or dinner, there are several restaurants within walking distance from the Best Western.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The coin-operated laundry room at the hotel makes packing light a breeze. If you don't want to bring quarters, you can get change at the front desk or at Ruby's General Store across the street.
There's a business center at the hotel with computers that have a printer and Internet access. This comes in handy when you need to print our boarding passes for your flight home, and you can use the Internet to research directions, and local activities and restaurants.
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
Be sure to make your reservations well in advance if you're planning on traveling during summer. But keep in mind that rates are highest during summer months, which is the busiest time of year for travel to the Bryce Canyon area.
Bryce Canyon is accessible via Salt Lake City or Las Vegas, both of which are about 270 miles from the airports.
A car is required to get to the Bryce Canyon National Park, but you'll want one to take in the scenic drives, too.
For Mom and Dad
The adults will love the convenient location to Bryce Canyon National Park.