A reader going by the handle “Dr. Jay” sent me this review of a Hilton Curio Collection hotel with access to a walking path to the Zion National Park entrance. Zion is one of my favorite national parks and so the idea of staying in a great hotel within walking distance from the park is very appealing. This looks like it would be an excellent use of Hilton free night certificates as well!
Bottom Line: This hotel appears to be fantastic. Not only did Dr. Jay love it, but many gushing reviews on Trip Advisor and Google agree.
Everything that follows, including photos, is straight from Dr. Jay:
The Cliffrose Springdale moved to Hilton last year and is an amazing property. Springdale, Utah is the charming gateway town to Zion National Park. I did my homework and emailed the GM who moved me to a 2 bedroom suite in advance as a Hilton Diamond. We stayed 3 nights using 1 cert and paid for the other nights with points. The Cliffrose is now 80,000 a night with Standard availability.
It was an amazing, full service property. The grounds were wonderfully kept with an expert team of gardeners working daily in competition with the 8 or so resident mule deer that cross the river to the property daily. The Virgin River outlines the rear of the property and is accessible to guests with chairs on the small sandy bank. This was especially nice in the morning or evening when the temperature was tolerable and the sunlight plays off the Zion rock faces.
The breakfast ($30 a day as Diamond) ordered to the room was excellent and the customer service was top notch across the board. The staff were top of the line across the board- check in, housekeeping, room service, lawn staff… everyone seemed to be happy to serve us and requests (K-cups, towels) were met within 5 minutes. With a full kitchen, we bought groceries on the way in the neighboring town of Hurricane. There are several small, quality restaurants in Springdale, but they can be busy and no one (we asked) delivers. So having some food in the fridge is perfect after a day of hiking if you want to get out of the heat. The room was spacious. The living room and dining table had room for 6-8. The King bedroom and two queen bedroom each had their own bathroom, with the king having a separate shower and tub.
The parking was free and right next to our room.
We were thrilled with the room, but the kicker was this view from our balcony. Morning coffee from the in-room Keurig was perfect on the balcony as the sun highlighted the mountains.
The property is right at the gate of the park. There is a back walkway for walking to the Zion NP entrance so you don’t have to mess with parking, which is wonderful for hikers who want to catch the shuttle. Some people were parking a mile down the road and walking in.
A spa is located on site as well as two pools and hottubs (2nd pool is only 3 ft, but the main pool is 8 ft).
Our room was going for $1,300 a night. Sausage, bacon, skillet potatoes, and the smoothie bowl (pictured) were all excellent. You can skip the biscuits and gravy.
Thanks Dr. Jay!