Desert Rose Inn & Cabins
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Hot tub
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Refrigerator in room
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Historical Traveler Reviews Desert Rose Inn & Cabins Bluff
A great place to watch lightening!
We stayed here one night, between Mesa Verde and Monument Valley trips. It was delightful and a good value. It's more like a motel than a true inn (it has no restaurant or breakfast service, but it is charming). My kids felt very comfortable here and we all enjoyed not only our room, but the wraparound porch that had comfortable wooden chairs in front of each room on the 2nd floor. The setting was amazing! At night, we were treated to a fabulous summer storm--and the view of the lightening was simply awesome from the porch! Lots of Bluff seemed closed down but we found a pretty good outdoor steak dinner at the Cottonwood Steakhouse (got interesting when the rain began) and a nice breakfast at the Twin Rocks cafe. I would definitely stop in Bluff again, based on our experience with the Desert Rose! But if you go in August, make reservations--the town was booked when we arrived mid-week, in early evening and the manager indicated it had been very busy!
Very clean but no breakfast
The place was very nice and very clean. Every detail in the room was carefully thought about. However, we received a list of rules that included fines of $100 if you would break them. It did not give a very welcoming feeling. Another disadvantage was that no breakfast was included.
Really really good!
My wife and I were on a tour of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and California and spent one night in the Desert Rose Inn in Bluff before going to Monument Valley early the next morning.
I had booked it after reading some good reviews in trip advisor and they were not wrong. This is a very nice hotel, with spacious rooms, good bathrooms, very quiet and a brilliant view in the morning when you wake up (ask for a room at the back of the hotel overlooking the cliffs and the river)
There is no food provision in the hotel (neither breakfast or dinner) and options for eating out are limited in Bluff but the hotel is rustic and yet modern and very charming indeed. It is one I would be happy to stay in again.
The drive to the Valley of the Gods is only 20 minutes and it is another 25 minutes on to Monument Valley so the location is excellent as well.
Great place to stay
We arrived May 2, 2005. The hotel is neat, clean, and attractive on the inside and the outside. The room was very spacious with a large separate vanity area and the bed was comfortable. The lodge has a large porch on both sides with chairs placed for relaxing and taking in the views. The desk clerk recommended a restaurant that is next to the Navajo Twin rock formation and we really enjoyed it. We ate our evening meal and breakfast there and had good food and good service and they were priced reasonably. This hotel is close to Natural Bridges National Park, Hovenweep, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, Goosenecks of the San Juan Park, and Monument Valley. Don't miss the view from the top of Cedar Mesa at the Moki Dugway overlooking Valley of the Gods. I really enjoyed Valley of the Gods and the view from Goosenecks of the San Juan.
I usually dislike big lodge-looking motels done in oversized "timbers" that reek of WESTERN decor. So I almost didn't stay here based on the web site--it looked like a big chain or a ski lodge, whereas I like cute mom and pop type places. But this motel is fabulous. Stayed in two different rooms (since I made a last minute decision). My first room was on the rear north corner downstairs and was enormous and light filled. The second night I had a smaller room in front upstairs at the end of the balcony--much darker, but still quiet and comfortable. The towels, spreads, linens, etc in this place are impeccable. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Rate was verrry reasonable.
Excellent to the North of Monument Valley
We stayed here for one night after trying to book Gouldings in Monument Valley itself. It was nearly an hour's drive north of the visitor's centre although we were very glad to make this drive. Otherwise we wouldn't have found the Valley of the Gods drive which was fab but not for the faint-hearted in a normal car, which we had!
The hotel was a gem. A wooden lodge exterior with wide balconies you could tie your horse to! We received a warm welcome and our room was a delight. In fact it was the biggest bed we'd ever seen. The furniture was all solid wood, high quality and huge, including the rustic log headboard. Very clean, well appointed with great bathroom and coffee machine.
Thoroughly recommended as are the breathtaking views driving down into Monument Valley.
Stayed here 2 nights September 2004, my family and I had 3 rooms. All the rooms were very spacious, clean and beautifully decorated with log frame headboards on the beds. The lodge itself is a modern version of a lodge which belongs in yellowstone. Nice wooden chairs outside the door to the room allows you to kick back in the cool night air. Whilst your in Bluff check out the Cottonwood steak for outdoor seating under a Giant Cottonwood tree and check out Lucky's cowboy riding tours (great fun and Lucky is a real character!)
An attractive Inn which has had some thought put into its rooms. After staying in chain hotels and motels it was a pleasant change to stay in a room which was individual and whose decor fitted in with the Western style of the Inn. The beds were very comfortable too. Just wished they had provided hair dryers!!
Nice Inn in Bluff
I stayed at Desert Rose in mid-June 2003. The inn was log-cabin design on the outside and very modern and confortable on the inside. Each of the two floors had a wrap-around style porch, with the backside overlooking the river. Overall, the inn was very nice - just wished I didn't have to go the lobby each time I wanted ice.
I love Bluff and for years have spent time there hiking and going on river trips with the local commercial outfitter. (Excellent guided tours incidentally!) The new Desert Rose is one of the finest lodging values to be found anywhere. It is now my favorite Bluff lodging facility!
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I dag går turen fra Page til Bluff, der efter sigende skulle være et hul i jorden, men det ligger perfekt i forhold til, at vi skal omkring Monument Valley i dag, inden vi i morgen skal drage mod Bryce Canyon.
Turen går videre gennem Navajo-reservatet. Trist at tænke på, hvor ringe jorden er, og at det i sin tid var denne ubrugelige del af …
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... Owen, and I walked through the water all the way back. Once we got back we realized that we had been hiking 5 hours! We were all so hungry. Mom had told us half way through that if we went farther then we could go eat Mexican for dinner. We went to eat and then decided that we were going to go to Malibu, California. We will arrive around 11:45 pm California time. Tomorrow we can't wait to go to the ...
... stocked up on food for a few days.It took a while to get back on track, but we did, only to find a FULL sign at the turnoff for the camp grounds. This is a First Come, First Served camping ground so we knew there was a degree of uncertainty, so we were happy to find there were a few sites free. We had our first night on the road.
We walked three walks over our short stay, so will put up a few photos.
... on drive back to Bluff. Very interesting to see how San Juan River weaved through valley below. Next day we drove to Hovenweep National Monument. We did a 2 mile hike around the canyon where they had built their village. Stopped by 4 Corners on trip back to Bluff. Last day in Bluff we drove to Natural Bridges National ...