by Whitney Rife
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers a 1920s elegance with hickory furnishings as well as its historical setting in the national park. Nearby, guests can access the amphitheater’s rim and hiking trails. Four different types of suites, motel-style rooms and spacious cabins are available at The Lodge. The hotel is a great place for families who want to relax with nature, as there are no televisions in the rooms. Motel rooms have two beds, a full bath and a private porch or balcony. Suites offer two separate rooms, a sitting area, clock radios and coffeemakers. The Western Cabins feature private porches and log fireplaces. Cribs and rollaway beds are available on request. Guest laundry facilities are at The Lodge, too. The dining room serves up gorgeous views of the Ponderosa Pine Forest in a rustic atmosphere. It is open for all meals. Green Restaurant offers organic and locally-inspired dishes, focusing on sustainability. In-room dining is also available, and box lunches for hikes can be provided. Children under 17 stay for free with parents. The national park provides ranger-led children’s programs.
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We loved the Lodge at Bryce Canyon as it was perfectly situated within the park and walking distance from some of the most spectacular vistas of the National Park.
Room was large & spacious , well heated , clean and well appointed. Coffee maker and fridge.
The restaurant served breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Great value , wholesome food.
Sunrise Point and Sunset Point vistas were a 5 minute walk from our room. What more could you want.
Loved the position of the lodge and its welcoming friendly staff.
by Juliann M
We stayed here as part of an Insight escorted bus tour of the Grand Circle. The location in the park is fantastic. You can walk less than half a mile and be on the rim trail and looking over the edge. We stayed in the Sunrise building for two nights. It is rustic, two floors and has no elevator. We ended up on the second floor. This was hard for me because at 8000 feet, the air is thin and I have asthma. For my 85 year old mother who has had 9 bouts of pneumonia, and my 86 year old father who has had one hip replaced, being placed on the second was particularly difficult. When we talked to the person at the main desk, she told us she could do nothing for us since they were booked. She blamed it on the Insight, tour director, Kristin Jenn not telling them there were mobility issues. Even though, the young lady may have been right, her attitude of it's not our problem rubbed me the wrong way. She suggested we contact Kristin and see if someone else from our group would vacate their room which they were already settled into.
When I say rustic, there is no TV, and the wifi is iffy. The rooms resemble hotel rooms from my childhood. It is perfectly serviceable and about what I expected in a national park. The only reason I mention the wifi is we needed to keep in touch with a special needs adult/child who was not with us and a doctor's office to schedule tests. The wifi kept dropping out. Going into the little town of Bryce took care of that issue.
My biggest complaint about the lodge was the staff. The desk staff were indifferent. None of the servers in the restaurant were pleasant. In fact they were downright surly. The first night we arrived we were told by our tour director that there were no reservations for the restaurant and we would just have to wait if we wanted to wait until after sunset to eat. My parents had opted to relax in their room and head over to dinner just before sunset to give themselves some light to see the path. We stayed out near the rim until just after sunset because it was too cold to see the full moon rise. My parents had requested a table for 4 and were on the list for about 35 minutes before we were called. The waiter was testy as we ordered. I was trying to just make it through dinner. The salad I ordered was very fresh and having added shrimp to it, I was happy with it. When the bill came, my husband questioned the 20% gratuity that had been added since the menu said it was groups of 6 or more that it was automatically added to. The waiter got huffy and said they always do that with tour groups. After all, while they don't take reservations, they do indeed serve tables for bus groups and that was the only way we got seated. Then he made some comment about Americans knowing they are supposed to tip but Europeans don't. When we said we had waited on waiting list like anyone else, he suggested we talk to our tour director.
Our server at breakfast was snippy but after seeing an incredible sunrise over the park, I did not let her ruin my morning. The following morning at breakfast, my mother made the mistake of asking that same server for more coffee. She replied, I am not your server but I guess i can either find him or get you the coffee myself. She then went into a diatribe about how there were only 60% of the staff with 95% capacity. How is this my problem? If the lodge says they will provide lodging and breakfast, they should provide that service. After all we were not charged less because they are understaffed. So don't complain to me.