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From journal Zion Park
September 22, 2003
We all appreciated how the Inn was designed to blend in with the surroundings, accomplishing almost a Zen beauty with the red rocks and green trees. The use of wood and metal are ingenious and beautiful. No detail was left undone. Someone loved this place, and it shows. The beds are so comfortable!
The Desert Pearl is located right off the main highway through town and does get some highway noise. If this sort of thing bothers you, go for the river-view rooms. We had a room that faced the pool and had some road noise, but WHO CARED? All you did was sit there with your mouth hanging open at the view anyway. It really didn't bother us at all, and inside the room, you can hear nothing.
Desert Pearl rooms are so comfortable that I forgot I was in a hotel. Beautifully decorated (see website) and incredibly clean, they offer a weary hiker so much comfort on his return. The bathroom is enormous, with a bidet (my 5-year-old LOVED this). The verandas (with huge wooden deck chairs) are gigantic, almost half the size of the room. Gathering there in the evenings to watch the gathering storm clouds scoot over those crags with a cocktail is just too much.
The pool area at the Pearl is exquisite, with a great jacuzzi that is backed by a waterfall!
Although the most expensive hotel in the area (by far), it is well worth it. There are free movies to rent every evening (as if you could stay awake after all that hiking, but my kids adored it), and coffee, fridge, and paper plates in the room. They literally have thought of everything at this hotel to make you comfortable and it shows.
From journal Zion, Utah wonderland
August 25, 2003
We arrived late afternoon and were greeted pleasantly at reception and allocated our room ($115 prpm). I had paid a little extra for a king with river view. You can also choose a pool view or a queen room. The rooms are located in two storey blocks with parking outside, but don’t think this sounds like a motel, it is very much more than a motel.
Our room was very large with a king bed, kitchen area with microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker and plastic cutlery provided. There was a sofa, coffee table and dining table & chairs. Another huge bonus was the large wooden balcony. We overlooked a large lawn with a beautiful river, surrounded by trees, with squirrels running round. Beyond the river the mountains of Zion were stunning. Lower floor rooms have a patio area. This is definitely the most stunning view I have ever had from a hotel room.
The bathroom was also large, with a separate vanity area and then through to a room with bath, shower, toilet and bidet.
On the lower level rooms, the floor is wood laminate, but the second floor rooms have half carpets to cut down on noise. They are very clean and spacious, with a modern look. My only minor criticism would be the limited wardrobe & drawer space, but this flaw is more than compensated by everything else.
There is a TV and VCR in the room - you can borrow videos from reception, free of charge. There is a huge catalogue of titles to choose from.
Other hotel amenities included the swimming pool, which has allocated "adult only hours" at the start and end of each day. There is also a Jacuzzi near a waterfall next to the pool. Next to reception you can find the coffee shop, which adjoins the gift shop. The only thing the hotel lacks is a restaurant, but this is not a problem as there are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops within walking distance.
The complimentary shuttle bus to Zion National Park stops right outside the hotel, so you do not need to use your car.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, it definitely more than lived up to our expectations
From journal Zion wonders