by Kaitlin Braun
The Historic Pioneer Lodge was the first hotel built in Springdale, and is still a favorite of visitors today. Conveniently located downtown, the lodge has 40 standard rooms (adjoining on request), as well as a Jacuzzi suite and several family-sized apartments (one- or three-bedroom). The apartments each feature full kitchens and comfortable living rooms. All accommodations are equipped with free Wi-Fi.
Although breakfast is not complimentary, the full-service restaurant onsite does serve a hot breakfast buffet as well as made-to-order options. Lunch and dinner are available there as well. You also have the option of spending your mornings relaxing by the fire with a coffee and pastries in the comfy internet cafe before heading out for the day. Don’t want to drive? Take advantage of the hotel’s seasonal shuttle to Zion National Park, which is located about a mile away. When you return after a long day of exploring, relax in the hot tub while the kids play in the pool.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite family restaurant
- Pool and hot tub
- Free Wi-Fi
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
I got a very low rate for a 2 queen bedroom compared to other hotels in Springdale. We had low expectations, having stayed in chain hotels in Springdale or La Verkin on all previous visits to Zion. So the room was a nice surprise.
ROOM: It looked like it had been redone, looked pretty clean and the furnishings were in good condition. The mattress was in fair shape and the AC was in good working order. The TV had countless channels, it had a nice size closet with hangars, hair dryer, fridge, etc, everything you'd need. I had no real complaints about the room.
PROPERTY: The parking lot was rather cramped and the main drawback of the property. Since shops and restaurants are within walking distance, and shuttles were mandatory in Zion, we didn't have to move our car. We didn't bother using the pool.
SERVICE: Receptionists were polite enough but they were curiously often absent from the counter whenever I popped my head in.
FOOD: I don't knock review ratings based on the FREE breakfast food. When a motel is offering free food, your expectations should be adjusted accordingly. It's the same fare that's offered at other motels, maybe with less variety. I usually skip free motel breakfasts, but I have to say, the coffee was exceptionally weak. Deep Creek Coffee is a few steps away, however, and offers decent coffee.
VERDICT: This ended up being a pleasant stay and a very good deal for an expensive town.
Took my family down a few years back, had 2 toddlers and going to hike around in Zion. Stayed here because of the value. After a hot day we decided to hit the pool. It was freezing. I inquired at the desk and they said the heater was broken. I imagine that is not the case as the place had some things in disrepair, so they were probably just trying to save money. The rooms were very dated and had not been freshened up for years. If you are trying to save some money and need a place near zion then this is great. But for a few dollars more you can go next door to the laquinta, which is brand new and the pool is amazing.