“ Address: 30 North 100 East / Bryce Canyon City / Utah 84764 / USA „
The Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is actually one of two Best Western hotels in the little village type area just outside the entrance to the Bryce Canyon national park. It is slightly cheaper than the other one, which is Ruby's Inn and I'll be honest, that is the main reason we chose this one. It turned out to be a great option because the hotel was comfortable and convenient.
Getting to the hotel is so easy because it literally is at the gates to the national park so if you follow signs for that, you are onto a winner. As you approach the park gates, you can see the Best Western on the left hand side. There is a huge car park in front of it and I would imagine that even at peak season there is plenty of room. The parking is free and you can happily leave your car there and use the park shuttle bus to get around, which is great.
The welcome we got was enthusiastic and genuine as seems to be the case across the canyon area. We were given a really handy little four page guide which had a plan of the hotel as well as information about the local area and the park itself. All of the staff that worked on the reception area quite clearly had a good knowledge of Bryce Canyon and the area and they were all able to answers all the questions we had and give advice.
The hotel entrance area is lovely and has a huge open fire as well as a couple of comfy chairs and it all adds to the feeling of offering a warm welcome. Behind this is a big bar area which also doubles up as the breakfast room. Breakfast is included in the price of the hotel and is pretty good. It was one of the best we had whilst we were in America and included a good selection of hot items such as pancakes, sausages, bacon and eggs. There was also fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals, juices and fresh coffee. It was very tasty and the room was more than big enough to accommodate even a full hotel comfortably. When the bar isn't in use for breakfast, you can use it as a communal area and we even saw a big group of people who had set up camp with a huge crate of beer which they had clearly brought with them - it seems that you don't actually have to buy beer at the hotel itself to be able to drink it there. There are lots of tables as well and you can eat your own food there - kind of like a hostel type thing.
The rooms were lovely and absolutely huge. They have two double beds in them and the beds were pretty damn comfortable. The rooms have a separate bathroom which has matching his and hers sinks, which I absolutely loved! The whole room was very modern and well decorated which gave it a feel of luxury which is well above the price bracket of the hotel. All of the essentials are there including hairdryer and iron with board. There are plenty of little extras as well including tea and coffee making facilities complete with complimentary cookies and a selection of really nice toiletries.
The hotel has a surprising amount of facilities for one that is fairly out in the sticks. The three blocks of the hotel surround a triangular shaped pool which also has a Jacuzzi. The pool is small but functional although I'd imagine that it doesn't get much sunlight due to its location surrounded by buildings. There are computers with wifi in the entrance area as well as a 'business centre' where you have the facility to use the fax machine and so on. There is also a little exercise room and laundry room that are both open from 6.30am until 10pm.
We paid £90 for our room which I thought was exceptional value because the room was so comfortable and the hotel was thoroughly nice. It was very convenient for the park because there is a bus stop right outside where the free shuttle bus stops. I'd definitely recommend it, we loved our stay there and our only wish is that it could have been for longer!