Bryce View Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGaestehaus Lommerke Willingen
Bryce View Lodge definitely comes recommended. Even though it was surrounded by a number of other hotels, it didn't create a feeling of busyness or overcrowdedness. There was also a swimming pool. It was within walking distance of restaurants, the post office and a few other places of interest. The shuttle stop to Bryce Canyon was also just a few feet away. Horse riding was one of a few activities offered. There was a lengthy bike path that started a few miles before entering Bryce Canyon City. Red Canyon was within cycling or driving distance.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gaestehaus Lommerke Willingen
Clean and comfortable
We stayed here on the first leg of a motorbike trip around the National Parks. Although basic accomodation, the location was good, the room was comfortable and clean and good faclities (shop, restaurant, take away) are available very close by. Reception staff were also friendly and waved us off! No complaints.
Bryce View Lodge: A roof above your head - and that's about it
Just returned from a week long trip to southern Utah - beautiful parks and outdoor activities, but frankly I was surprised at the lack of quality lodging and customer service. We stayed at the Bryce View Lodge, which is a cheap spin-off owned by Ruby's Best Western across the road. First impressions are lasting ones and we will never forget the indifferent and unwelcoming reception we received when checking into Bryce View lodge. The front desk personnel are presumably under the age of 21, don't smile, and don't care care about their customers. I booked a non-smoking room 8 months in advance and upon opening the door to our room, the stale smell of cigarette smoke was obvious. We immediately called and requested another room, which proved to be a huge undertaking by the "kids" working the front desk - I almost asked to speak to the manager. Not one apology was uttered. We finally got a smoke free room and settled in. I don't believe I have ever stayed at a motel/hotel that didn't have at least one picture hanging on the walls. Fortunately, during our 3 night stay, my companion and I explored Bryce Canyon all day and only needed this room for sleeping and showering. This motel does have some positive qualities, however: it is within walking distance of restaurants and stores, has in-room coffee makers, and it is set back off of the highway eliminating traffic noise. My advice if you decide book a room at BVL is to request a 2nd story room. Tour buses often run for long periods of time in the parking lot. For a change in venue, try the highway diners on Hwy 12 just a few miles away - the food is usually tastier and less expensive than Ruby's. Overall, BVL was okay at best.
Good location, bad quality
Bryce View Lodge (along with Ruby's, across the street) is as close as you can get to Bryce Canyon without staying inside the park, so we chose it because we wanted to be close enough to get to the park for sunrise. They definitely get away with their prices based on their proximity to the park, not the quality of the accomodations. The nonsmoking room smelled funny, and the furniture was the cheapest-looking stuff I've ever seen in a hotel. There was a coffee pot haphazardly thrown on the folding table/desk, but no fridges were available. The walls seemed to be incredibly thin, and we were on the ground floor, so we heard footsteps and running water upstairs as well as voices/phones/TVs from the rooms on either side. Voices in the parking lot and the headlights of cars pulling into nearby spaces late at night were also disturbing, so I'd suggest requesting an upstairs (2nd floor) room if you're going to stay here.
We didn't realize how limited the food options would be near the park. Basically, it's one of the two restaurants at Ruby's, or food at the Lodge in the park, or limited microwaveable meals from Ruby's "general store." If you're not into fast food or are a vegetarian, I'd suggest bringing your own food or eating at the restaurant inside the park - we thought it was MUCH better taste and quality for comparable price, even though they probably require reservations for dinner.
Worst hotel of our entire trip !
Very basic motel-style hotel accross the large tourist trap which is the Ruby's Inn area. Rooms very small, furniture is old and dated. Beds bad. Bathroom really need to be remodeled. Overpriced. But very close to the main entrance of the park: the only one advantage !
Try an hotel in Panguitch !
Staff was great, rooms terrible - very, very shabby (and no, not shabby chic). Garbage under the beds (paper, bottle, etc.). Beds were hard. Bathroom definitely needs someone with a brush that scrubs showerheads, shower walls - lean down people and look! - and toilets. Overpriced. Restaurants pricey also.
Good for this location
The motel itself isn`t very good, but also not very bad. The location is good and near the entrance of the Bryce Canyon. The room was small but clean. And it was very could outside, but the room was warm.
Good Location for Bryce Canyon
We stayed here for 3 nights in September 2004. BVL is a motel and well used. The location is about half a mile to the Park entrance and the closest place to stay outside of the park, apart from Ruby's Inn opposite.
The room was adequate and obviously well used by a lot of tourists. That said, it was clean and comfortable with a coffee maker, which was welcome as it can get very cold after sunset. There are no restaurant facilities at BVL however take a short walk across to Ruby's and you can have a cowboy buffet (good value!) at their restaurant or visit the diner for pizza and burgers.
You don't visit Bryce Canyon for the hotel but for the fantastic scenery and breathtaking views and this motel suited our needs during our visit.
Not bad, not great
It was ok. The Lodge was clean and quiet. The rooms are very simple. It's about a mile to the park's entrance. Everything else happens across the street at Ruby's Inn. They have one regular restaurant and one fast food place. Those were the only options to eat and there was always a line. All in all there was not much to do in the evening ... not that we expected nightlife like in Las Vegas, but there was really nothing except wandering around the gift shop maybe. We went to the Rodeo one night which was fun for a short while, still we had to leave early, because there were long breaks between each bull/horse/sheep riding and it got boring. I thought $7 per person was a lot.
Great Place, Great Price
The rooms are large, clean and convenient. All the facilities at Ruby's Inn are available to the lodge guests. We were very impressed with the entire hotel scheme, market, shops, camping supplies, etc. You have to arrange your meals, but there are plenty of options. The lodge is less than 5 minutes from the Bryce entrance. There are lots of activities: rodeo, horse rides, swimming. We were sorry we couldn't stay longer. I'd definetly stay here again.
My wife and I visited Bryce Canyon National Park recently and stayed at the Bryce View Lodge as we couldn't get into the Lodge in the Park. It's pretty new and is really just a motel with a fancy name. The rooms are fine; big beds, bath and shower, and the whole property is set back from the highway so doesn't suffer from traffic noise although there is a "scenic helicopter ride" service out front which operates during the day. Best of all we found that their rates are very reasonable. There is no facility to eat at BVL but across the road is "Ruby's Inn" and the dining facilities there are ok. The shuttle buses to and from the Park go right past BVL so are very easy to pick up. You could do worse than stay here.
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Um 6:15 Uhr klingelt der Wecker. Kurzzeitig ueberlege ich, ob ich das Mistteil ausstellen soll und einfach weiterschlafen soll. Ich habe schon mit dem Gedanken gespielt den Bryce Canyon abzusagen (Wetter soll ja eh nicht so toll sein) und als ich aus dem Fenster schaue, finde ich die Idee immer besser. Strahlender Sonnenschein! Irgendwie wird das …
... then back to the condo for a relaxed evening. Oh yes, more wine!
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We turned down it and realised why - essentially it would become a river. The road was dirt and rocks and it was easy to imagine that water gushing down the mountains would find this the easiest way along for sure.
Well we drove the 10 miles along this road which took us about an hour (and we were silently congratulating ourselves ...
... can run at speeds exceeding 50 mph and the babies can sprint at speeds over 20 mph within a few hours of being born. They have ungulate hoofs with soft pads to cushion their legs as they run. They are vegetarians and have teeth like a horse with extra enamel for wear and tear. The orbits (eye sockets) are prominent and set high on the skull allowing them to see in a 320 degree angle. They are a little smaller than the mule deer with a distinct black, brown and ...
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