The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is an excellent choice if you're planning a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. My husband and I recently enjoyed a romantic winter getaway to Bryce Canyon and we were glad we chose the Bryce Canyon Grand.
The hotel is situated near the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, and there is no hotel outside the park with a better location. Location is an important consideration for families who want to arrive early to see the sun rise over the Bryce Canyon or stay up late to attend a ranger-led stargazing program or full-moon hike.
The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area, and as part of the Best Western chain, it is also moderately priced. Unlike most lodging in the area, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is open year-round.
A Family Affair
The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is owned and operated by the Syrett family, which also owns the historic Ruby's Inn across the street. Ruby's Inn is nearly inseparable from Bryce Canyon, since Reuben (Ruby) Syrett opened the first lodging on the rim of Bryce Canyon nearly 100 years ago. When Bryce Canyon was designated a national park, Ruby opened Ruby's Inn just outside the gates.
Today, Ruby's Inn has grown into several hotels (including the Bryce Canyon Grand), a campground, and several restaurants. It also offers equipment rental, shopping, and its own outdoor recreation opportunities such as horseback riding, ATV trails and cross-country skiing trails.
We stayed in a Double Queen Suite and found it comfortable. Our room included a pull-out couch in addition to the two beds, so the room was large enough to comfortably accommodate a family of 6. The only disappointment was that the beds were doubles, not true queens, so the sleeping arrangements were more cramped than we would have liked.
The bathroom included two sinks with a long counter and two mirrors. The toilet and tub were in a separate room. That much bathroom space was nice for just the two of us. If our children had been traveling with us, it would have made hectic mornings and bedtimes better.
All of the rooms at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel have flat-screen televisions with lots of channels and movies, refrigerators, microwaves, and complimentary Wi-Fi. In a rural area where my mobile phone service and Wi-Fi are unreliable, I was pleased to find that the Wi-Fi and mobile service at the Bryce Canyon Grand were dependable and easy to access throughout our stay.
The Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel offers an array of family-friendly amenities. We were pleasantly surprised by the complimentary breakfast buffet, which included hot and cold items every morning. Hot items included scrambled eggs, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, sausage links, bacon, waffles and oatmeal. Cold items included yogurt, fresh fruit, pastries, bagels, toast and cereal.
The outdoor pool is open during warm weather months, but the hot tub is open year-round. The hotel also has a fitness center that is open year-round. The guest laundry facilities were the largest I have seen in any hotel.
For great comfort in a great location, the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is a great choice for your Bryce Canyon trip – any time of the year.
Good to Know
Where: 30 North 100 East Bryce Canyon City, Utah. You'll have to pass the hotel to reach Bryce Canyon National Park.
When: Year-round. Bryce Canyon's summer temperatures are warm, but pleasant, and summer is Bryce Canyon's busiest season. Winter can be very cold, but we loved seeing snow in the canyon and enjoyed the winter activities in the canyon. We also loved the lighter crowds and off-season prices.
How Much: Prices at the Bryce Canyon Grand range from $80 per room in the off-season to $200 or more during the summer season. The hotel is already fully booked for some 2014 peak season dates. Check the hotel's website for multi-night deals.
How Long: You can enjoy the highlights of Bryce Canyon National Park in 1-2 full days. You could also use the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel as a base for exploring Scenic Byway 12, Capitol Reef National Park and other local attractions such as Kodachrome Basin State Park and Red Canyon.
Disclosure: Our room at the Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel was provided free of charge so we could review the hotel for other families. The opinions expressed here are my own.