This post was most recently updated on August 30th, 2016
St. George Inn and Suites is ideally located about halfway between San Diego, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a road trip I’ve made dozens of times. Since St. George is the gateway to Zion National Park, it is a very popular destination to visit as well as the perfect stopping point for longer trips between California and northern Utah.
There are a lot of nice places to stay in St. George, with a great variety of amenities and rates. You can find national hotel chains (budget and luxury), vacation rentals, historic mansions, and bed and breakfast inns. St. George Inn and Suites just might be the best mix of value and amenities for families. I discovered St. George Inn when I was looking for an affordable hotel for my in-laws last November. It got great reviews from TripAdvisor, and the rates were very reasonable, even for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Unfortunately, it was also completely booked.
So, when we planned our next road trip through St. George, I decided it was time to check out St. George Inn and Suites. What did I like about it? Read on…
St. George Inn and Suites is located right off the freeway (only .03 miles from the Bluff Street exit 6). The entrance to the hotel is easy to spot, and there is plenty of room to drive right up to the front door and park long enough to check in. Then you can park your car near your room (if you’re on the ground floor), making it very easy to carry bags and belongings into the room.
I really appreciated how easy it was to communicate with St. George Inn and Suites, from the ease of using their website, to the courtesy with which I was treated when I called the front desk with questions before arrival. When southern California fires caused us a detour and subsequent delay, we were treated just as kindly with an 11:30 pm arrival as I imagine we would have been at an earlier hour.
After a very long day of packing and driving, all I wanted to do was get a good night’s sleep. That, and enjoy some efficient air conditioning! Perhaps I was especially easy to please, but I got exactly what I wanted! The air conditioning was whisper-quiet, which is rare. I have stayed at many hotels where the air conditioning cycles on and off all night, waking me up every time it comes on with a roar. And the roomy king-size bed was very comfortable, with just the right kind of pillows (fluffy and a little squishy!). I also liked the lightweight blanket that was “just right”. Even though we were close to the freeway, I couldn’t hear it. At all. The parking lot was quite full when we checked in, but honestly, we never heard any sounds, except a dog that barked once while we were checking in.
This is what everyone wants to know, right? Well, if you need more than just a place to sleep (which was ultimately enough for me), St. George Inn and Suites offered plenty! I hope I don’t leave anything out here:
Your room rate includes free high speed wireless internet, parking, complimentary hot breakfast, two swimming pools, a wading pool, two jacuzzis, two playgrounds, ice, exercise room, satellite TV, free local calls, children under 17 stay free, and free fax service. There are also soda vending machines and guest laundry facilities. And in our room we had a blow dryer, mini refrigerator, microwave, and toiletries.
I was surprised at the value offered for the prices at St. George Inn and Suites. If you’d like to see room descriptions, click here. The range of prices includes the low price for weekdays and the high price for holidays and weekends. We chose the King Leisure room, which was quite roomy for just the two of us. I noticed they also have family suites that sleep six people, and double queen rooms, as well as business suites, and bridal suites. On a week night, the king room runs just under $80, including tax. To compare, I recently paid $80 for a room at a Super 8, which was not nearly as nice!
My husband and I woke up early and decided to go for an early swim (in August). The water was the perfect temperature, and I appreciated extra details, like a clock for timing your laps, a water fountain, and additional restrooms. The outdoor pool area was adjacent to a modern playground on a padded surface. I can’t imagine needing anything else to entertain your children — especially with a wading pool just for little ones. When was the last time you saw a wading pool at a motel? For the chillier times of the year, there is also an indoor pool and playground.
After swimming, we showered and dressed (water pressure and temperature were fine) and went to enjoy breakfast. I’ve seen waffle-makers before, but this was my first time seeing or using an automatic pancake-maker. One push of a button, and two perfectly cooked pancakes plop onto your plate in less than one minute! Excuse me if I admit that was quite fun! 🙂
Our breakfast was very good: sausage and eggs, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, juice, and more. There was also the typical cereal and toast/bagel options. This was not just a danish and a goodbye! Just have to add that the particular fruit compote they were serving here was really good!
We had to be on our way to resume our trip to northern Utah, so we checked out earlier than the 11:00 am check out time. But I hope to return sometime. St. George Inn and Suites was a very welcome respite in the middle of a 12-hr road trip. It would also be a great place to hang out for a few days while exploring St. George and Zion National Park, as well as other nearby attractions. In fact, St. George Inn and Suites also has some golf and Tuacahn theatre packages you might want to check out. And here’s a 10% off coupon to get you an even better rate for your room.
Room for Improvement?
Was there anything I didn’t like? Oh, I guess every place has room for improvement, but honestly, I couldn’t really find anything wrong. After walking around the entire motel grounds, it was challenging to see the St. George temple, so I’m not sure how much of a view the “Temple View rooms” have, but that’s a minor point. If you stay on the 2nd floor, you must reach your room by climbing stairs, so keep that in mind if you have difficulty with stairs. St. George Inn and Suites isn’t a luxury hotel, but that’s not what I was looking for.
I meant it when I said that St. George Inn and Suites just might be the best mix of value and amenities for families. It’s convenient and close to lots of shopping, restaurants, attractions, and national parks. It has everything you need for a good night’s sleep and lots of extra, too. I hope that you consider St. George Inn and Suites the next time you’re passing through or staying in St. George, Utah.
Have you been to St. George? Heading there any time soon? You might be interested in reading my post about Zion National Park…
Much thanks to St. George Inn and Suites, who hosted me for this stay. As always, my opinions are my own!