BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge

Address: Junction SR-9 & US-89, Mount Carmel, Utah, 84755, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel is located on Junction SR-9 & US-89, Mount Carmel.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge Mount Carmel

      Reviewed by bigdean


      Reviewed Jul 19, 2013
      by (24 reviews) , Switzerland Flag of Switzerland

      Nice and comfortable rooms.

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      Reviewed by ksc2space

      Mt Carmel

      Reviewed Jun 12, 2013
      by (13 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

      Not a lot of choices in this area, but that doesn't mean its a bad thing. This was a very pleasant place to stay. Although, the facility is old, it was clean and comfortable.

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      Reviewed by lindaonthego

      Nice location!

      Reviewed Jul 16, 2012
      by (13 reviews) Niles , United States Flag of United States

      Our room was clean and well- equipped. Had a fridge, but no microwave. Breakfast was included with our room, and was served restaurant-style with certain choices you could order. While the food was good, portions were somewhat small, and both days we stayed there, our food was barely warm. It seems they need more wait-staff, as they were rushing around but took some time to get our order and then get our food to us (as it sat cooling in the kitchen).

      The best thing about the place is the location. It was easy to get to from the Grand Canyon south rim (although a 4-hr drive), a beautiful drive into Zion on the Mt. Carmel Zion highway, and an easy drive out to Bryce Canyon.

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      Reviewed by travelalongto

      A Good On-Your-Way Stay

      Reviewed Jun 29, 2012
      by (4 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

      The hotel is nothing special but it was clean and the staff was friendly. I highly recommend eating at the restaurant attached to the lodge but NOT the one across the street!

      This hotel is a bit further than we expected. This is not the hotel's fault and did not affect my rating. We needed to be on the West side of Zion National Park but this is on the East side and increased our driving time by at least an hour.

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      Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge Mount Carmel

      Nice Motel but don't leave anything behind


      We stayed 2 nights at the Thunderbird while visiting Zion and Bryce Canyons. The motel was nice and was located in a good location. The restaurant served good, if plain, food and it was open late into the evening. It was not quite what I would call a "resort", more like a motel with a golf course around it. My only complaint is that my daughter left behind some clothes in our room, and I called the SAME DAY to see if I could get them back and I got the supreme run around. They were very uncooperative and never did return my phone calls to let me know if they had located the clothes. (Come on hard was it to find a bright yellow Tshirt with Kutztown University on it and a red plaid flannel pair of sleep pants?) I guess the maid really liked this outfit. I was disappointed that the staff was not more helpful or concerned that their maids are taking home items that do not belong to them.

      Good location, paper thin walls!!


      We've stayed here for a trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The location (Mount Carmerl Junction) is perfect if you are coming from far away and plan to visit both parks in a single trip. You can even include Grand Canyon North Rim and several other state parks in your itinenary. There was a down side however; the walls were so outrageously thin that you could hear and even feel every little move next room or upstairs. We live in a downstairs apartment in a wooden structure, so you can believe me when I qualify something as disturbing. You may not want to stay here unless you are one heavy sleeper; because you can not simply ask your neighbor not to walk or talk.

      Not Many Alternatives


      My wife and I stayed at this motel on July 18th, 2004 while traveling from Bryce to Zion NP. We had a very large room in the one story building that had a patio and great view of the golf course. The room had a King bed and standard amenities. Parking was at the door. The air conditioner was very noisy and the walls were very thin. The air conditioner was so noisy that I shut it off in the middle of the night only to be kept awake by the noise from the air conditioner in the adjacent room. The room was somewhat worn but clean.

      The adjacent restaurant was reasonable. The pies are great!

      There aren't many choices if you stay in Mt. Carmel and this place looked about the best. If I had to do it over again I would have skipped staying in Mt. Carmel all together and spent an extra night in either Bryce or Zion NP.

      I'd recommend it for a Zion Trip


      I stayed here in April 2004 and rate it above average if only for the convenience to Zion National Park. Great little on-site 9 hole golf course although I didn't get to play. I generally am happy if a hotel is clean and quiet. My biggest complaint is you could hear next door guests way too easy. I usually travel with a noise maker for sleeping so it helped greatly but I'd question my ability to sleep if I hadn't had it. On-site restaurant was a little overpriced for the food quality. We ate breakfast across the street and it was fantastic. If you have never visited Zion, I'd recommend staying and entering from the east if possible. The view when you enter from the east Tunnel is breathtaking and I believe more dramatic than enterinc from the west entrance.

      Thunderbird 'Tis Wonderful Accommodation


      We were thrilled with the rooms overlooking the Thunderbird Golf Course as well as the scenery around us. We stayed at the Thunderbird Best Western as we visited Zion Park, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, then the last day of our trip we took the drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Staying on the east side of Zion put us in the middle of all the attractions and the accommodations were fabulous. We were even just a few miles from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, so we squeezed time into our rushed vacation to see them all.

      Best accomodation between Zion and Bryce


      The Best Western Thunderbird Resort is a great central location when visiting both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. In our travels between the parks, we didn't see any other comparable accomodations. Our ground floor room was spacious, nicely decorated and furnished, had a sofa and easy chair, terrace, and huge 2-room bath with double vanity... all at a very reasonable price. The on-site restaurant is convenient and there's another one diagonally across the road with home cooking that will fix you bag lunches to go for your park visit. The Thunderbird also has a well stocked upscale gift shop. The management and employees are very accomodating. There's a golf course on site. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of several nights.

      Zion National Park paradise!


      I return each year to the Thunderbird in Mount Carmel Junction. I am never disappoined.

      Love the Place, Love the Location! If visiting Zion, stay in East Zion


      The Thunderbird Best Western had great rooms, wonderful hospitality, but most of all the location was incredible. We were at the east side of Zion that put us near Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Cedar Mountain, Red Canyon and not too far from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was paradise. It is a resort town with great prices and none of the commercial hub bub on the other side of Zion Park. There was also golf with green fees of only $10!

      The Thunderbird is an absolute Gem


      Great location, Friendly people, HUGE, clean rooms, and lots of helpful tips on what to do in the area. We stayed a couple nights and highly recommend it.

      Great Stop


      We have stayed here a couple of times as a way stop on trips heading for other destinations. This is truly a gem and deserves a longer stay next time we are in the area. Good location for exploring the surrounding country and excellent, clean accomodations.

      TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge Mount Carmel

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

      Travel Blogs from Mount Carmel

      On the road - Utah National Parks here we come..

      A travel blog entry by the_blue_anzac on May 16, 2013

      10 photos

      This was a big 'drive' day. Early start from Monument Valley after seeing the brilliant sunrise.

      Drove south to the 160 and onto the 89 and 89a. The 89a was the route to take us to North Rim of the Grand Canyon - this is very much quieter than the South Rim for two very good reasons. The Nth Rim is closed off in winter - snow and the other …

      Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail

      A travel blog entry by the_blue_anzac on May 18, 2013

      12 photos

      We arrived before 8am - no ticket man on duty :) and headed up to the end to Bryce Point to begin our hike. Basically you can do it either way but from the Bryce Point it is the high point and one walks down 1.8km to start the Peek-A-Boo loop and thr the bottom of Navajo Loop and into the Queens Garden (bit touristy) and climb to the Sunrise …

      Zion or BUST!

      A travel blog entry by jimconnietravel on Apr 21, 2014

      2 comments, 28 photos

      Day 3 ~ Zion National Park Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

      We're currently sitting in an RV Park out of the East Entrance at a cross roads called Mt. Carmel Junction… a small park… 10 or so spaces owned and operated by the Best Western Motel across the street… We’re really on Hwy 89 and I thought …

      Day 2 - Petroglyphs to Sand Dunes to Fireworks

      A travel blog entry by byramroadtrips


      ... Only took short 3/4 mile hike, but girls were worked. Nice drive out past Mesquite and Hurricane, then through Colorado City (where we saw a few families in prarie dresses), and finally an excellent dirt road to sand dunes. Dunes were epic. Lent the sleds to young family from Oklahoma and then drove to hotel in Kanab. Quick shower and with bikes to dinner and then fireworks. They started late which was great for us, and we loved the way ...

      Traveler Photos BEST WESTERN East Zion Thunderbird Lodge Mount Carmel

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