“ Address: Under the Eaves Inn, at Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah „
We did a road trip around the canyon area of the US and our last stop was Zion National Park. We weren't sure where to stay for the best - we knew that there was hotel right in the centre of the park, but it was very expensive and we were trying to keep costs down as much as possible. We settled on Under The Eaves, which is in the nearby town of Springdale as it appeared to be a much cheaper option and had received excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and the like. Under the Eaves was fantastic; comfortable, in a fabulous location and came with a warm welcome.
The warm welcome and cosy feel of Under the Eaves is the thing that the owners (Mark and Joe) are most proud of, and rightly so. Right from the moment we booked directly with them at www.undertheeaves.com, we were made to feel like we were really valued and it made us incredibly excited about our stay. Under the Eaves is a bed and breakfast that is essentially the owners' home opened up to visitors. It only has seven rooms and so booking in advance is highly recommended and you won't find them available on comparison sites. The rooms vary in price from $95 per night to $185 per night and include breakfast. Booking was easy and involved a couple of emails back and forth, you pay when you arrive and they ask that it is by cash or cheque. In the last email they sent Mark and Joe added a few extra things about getting there, which included information about overzealous local traffic officers, which was very much appreciated and we though was a really nice thoughtful touch.
The location of the B&B is absolutely fantastic and possibly the best thing in a long list of great things about it. It is on the main street in Springdale which is the little town at the entrance to Zion National Park. The backdrop for the hotel is stunning and worth a picture in itself.
One of the best things about the location is the fact that the free Zion park bus has a stop just across the road from Under the Eaves. There are also plenty of cute little shops, bars and restaurants within a couple of minutes' walk from the front door. As part of the welcome pack, there is a little booklet detailing the local restaurants and bars which we found quite handy because it includes prices and opening times and the like. The owners will happily give more information if you need it.
The B&B is made up of two buildings - the main house and then the out house that has more rooms. There are a number of rooms within the main house as well as public spaces that guest are welcome to use during certain times. The house is the owners' home so there are boundaries, but it is not a big issue to be honest because they are so very welcoming that it doesn't feel restrictive at all. We didn't actually use the public areas because we were out for much of the day and 'we aren't socialising with stranger' types, but people seem to enjoy spending the evening sitting on the porch with the owners if that is your thing. You should also know that they have a dog which obviously has free reign in the house. It is a big softie of a dog so you don't have to worry about it. If you are, I'd recommend booking a room in the outhouse because the dog doesn't seem to go there.
The house is a pretty little thing and so is the outhouse. To be honest calling the latter that is a little unfair because it is more of a log cabin type building and it was actually formerly a building in the national park itself. Staying in either one of the buildings would be lovely because they are both so cosy.
There are a total of seven rooms available, ranging from $90 to $180 per night. In the interest of saving money, we stayed in the cheapest, which was the basement room in the outhouse. To describe it as cosy is probably the best description. It is a little twin room that is down a set of stairs. There is an en suite bedroom. It is tastefully decorated and comfortable but there isn't much room beyond the two single beds. There are a couple of shelves on the walls which are handy and a little fire between the two beds, but that is about it.
It was more than enough for us though because we spent so little time in the room. The important things for us were that it was safe and that the beds were comfortable and it ticked both of those boxes. However if you are looking for a bit more room and luxury, you are probably better choosing one of the more expensive rooms. The only thing I will say is that if you don't think you'll like the social aspect of the B&B, you are probably better opting for one of the outhouse rooms which are a lot more private - one of the things that we really appreciated.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room, which we thought was great. They don't make the breakfast in the B&B itself, you get a voucher for the Oscar's Café, which is just around the corner. It is open from 8am, although if you need an earlier breakfast you can get a voucher for a light breakfast from another place across the road. We opted for the Oscar's breakfast and loved it. The welcome we received was fantastic and the café itself is very funky. There is a wide selection to choose from including hot and cold options. Some of the choices were a little bizarre - such as the spicy omelette which included garlic and chilli or the 'flapjack' which is cheese pancakes stuffed with bacon and topped with syrup and fresh fruit - and a bit too much for my stomach especially at breakfast. But I thoroughly enjoyed my two eggs with bacon which were all delicious and cooked to perfection and my husband enjoyed the freshness of his huge fruit salad topped with fruit yoghurt and served with a homemade muffin. The portions were very generous and proved to be an excellent start to a long days' trekking in Zion park.
There is free parking at the B&B, certainly enough spaces for the number of rooms and it is pretty safe because the car park is viewable from the whole hotel.
The rooms are non-smoking, but there are outside communal gardens that have swinging chairs and garden furniture that you can sit on and watch the world go by.
The owners prefer that you pay by cash or personal cheque, although they do have the facility for accepting cards payments.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Under The Eaves if you are visiting Zion national park as it is completely convenient for visiting the national park and it is very comfortable. You can choose a room to suit every budget and the welcome and information that you get is fantastic and very helpful.