Vernal is the heart of Utah’s Dinosaurland, which has one of Utah’s best family destinations for decades. Last summer, my family returned to Vernal for the first time in ten years and I was surprised to find how much the city had changed since our last visit.
We found new playgrounds, museums, restaurants, shopping and hotels all along Highway 40, and were favorably impressed. However, my favorite parts of Vernal hadn’t changed. For example, I love the big dinosaur in the center of town that is dressed up for the holidays. He had rabbit ears and an Easter basket on our last visit and was dressed in a cowboy hat and flanked with “fireworks” for Independence Day on this trip.
SpringHill Suites Vernal is part of the Marriott hotel chain, and it fits in well in the new Vernal. However, this hotel is among the best rated in Vernal because it provides guests with comfort and attention to detail for an affordable price, which never goes out of style.
Here are seven reasons that SpringHill Suites Vernal is a good choice for families.
SpringHill Suites Vernal is located on Highway 40, which is the main road through Vernal. It’s easy to find and is surrounded by restaurants and shopping. Cafe Rio and Subway share a parking lot with SpringHill. It was convenient to pick up water shoes for my kids and other supplies for our rafting trip at K-Mart next door.
SpringHill Suites Vernal has the distinction of being one of the newest and nicest hotels in Vernal, and moderately priced at the same time. Even in the summer, you can get a double queen room for under $120 per night.
I have never seen a bathroom set-up quite like the one we had at SpringHill Suites Vernal. We had a toilet and sink in one room, a shower/tub and sink in a second room, and a walk-in closet in between. Both bathrooms had sliding doors and were located directly in front of the beds.
Overall, I thought it was a great design for families because keeping the toilet separate from the tub made the morning and evening bathroom rush easier for our family. There was plenty of space in the closet to hang clothes and store suitcases out of sight. On the other hand, having the bathrooms front-and-center made them feel a little less private.
Our room also had a mini-fridge and microwave – which are among my must-have hotel amenities. I particularly liked the little night lights on the beds, which made it easier for the night owls in our family to stay up and read while other family members went to sleep early.
Our room was a double queen studio, and we had plenty of space for our family of four. There was a sitting area with pull out couch and desk in addition to the beds. My 8-year-old son often sleeps on the floor of our hotel rooms because he doesn’t like to share a bed, and the pull-out bed meant that he had a little extra comfort, and we all enjoyed the extra space.
The weather in Vernal can be a little cooler than other parts of Utah. That’s good news for travelers who prefer milder summer temperatures, but it means that the outdoor swimming season is short. The hotel pool is the most important part of the vacation for my kids, so we were glad to find an indoor pool and hot tub at SpringHill Suites Vernal.
There is a fitness room next door to the pool. We didn’t use it on this trip, but it looked welcoming and I’m always glad to have that option for burning off a few vacation calories.
SpringHill Suites Vernal serves a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, and we thought that it offered a good variety of hot, cold and healthy items. I was happy to find fresh fruit, including beautiful red strawberries that we don’t see on most hotel breakfast buffets. Hot items included eggs, oatmeal with toppings, hot cocoa and the ubiquitous waffle maker. We also enjoyed cold cereals, a variety of breakfast breads, yogurt and juices.
Indoor and outdoor seating was available, but we found that it filled up quickly. You may want to go early or go late in peak season to beat the crowds.
The fresh, modern style of SpringHill Suites Vernal is apparent from the moment you walk through the door. The lobby is sleek with a fresh, up-to-date color palette. My kids loved playing with the iridescent drapes and beaded curtains in the open breakfast area. I worried that they would break something, but the front desk clerk assured me that my children were hardly the first to be fascinated by the decor. The hotel’s style carried into our room, with its clean design and cheerful colors.
SpringHill Suites was a good base for our Dinosaurland getaway, and we recommend it for families.
Disclosure: Our stay at SpringHill Suites Vernal was complimentary, for the purposes of review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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