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Best Western Coral Hills St George UT

After Page we headed over to St George for our last night in the US for this trip. On the way we routed via Zion National Park, just the drive through is an experience. we were a little pressed for time and by the time we arrived in Zion parking was at a premium and difficult to find but returning to Zion with more time is on the to do list. On arrival in St George we had time to stop off at the factory outlets before heading to the Best Western Coral Hills.

Best Western Lake Powell

We spent 2 nights at the Best Western Lake Powell in Page Arizona. On the first night some very noisy, possibly very drunk, Asians decided to congreate in the spa/pool outside our room window late in the evening and were making a lot of inconsiderate noise disturbing others. I called reception who advised they were heading out there now and soon after the noise stopped! The hotel is in a good location walking distance to restaurants and bars. We went to a terrific restaurant named Bonkers, the food was sensational, worth the wait for a table.

Yavapai Lodge Grand Canyon

From Bryce Canyon we headed south again across into Arizona and the Grand Canyon south rim to stay for the night at Yavapai Lodge. We actually wanted to stay at the north rim village but were a month early as the north rim closes for winter. There will be no early check in at Yavapai Lodge we had to wait until after 3:00PM and then line up at the check in counter. When we arrived at our building the cleaners were still working through the rooms.

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

We headed down to Bryce Canyon from Torrey via Hwy 12 referred to as Americas most scenic Hwy. There are certainly some spectacular views, Razorback for example.. We checked into the Best Western and went across the road to the other Best Western for lunch and then dinner. Unfortunately for us there was someone in the room above, possibly kids continually running or thumping on the floor/our ceiling until late and again early the following morning. the room was large and clean as a twin queen possibly should be, breakfast the next morning was chaos and very busy.

The Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse Torrey

From Monument Valley we headed for Torrey but first stop on the way not far past Mexican Hat was a drive out to Hovenweep National Monument. There was an icy wind making it very cold so even a very brisk walk around the ruins did not raise a sweat but this really is well worth the drive to check out. Also the drive across on the UT-261 N and UT-95 N offered up spectacular scenery, much more than expected on this leg of the drive through Fry Canyon area and crossing the Colorado river and across through Capitol Reef National Park.

Gouldings Lodge Monument Valley

We left Moab and headed down past Mexican Hat to Monument Valley in Arizona or actually on the Navaho Reservation. There were very strong winds on the way down causing dust storms which slowed the trip due to severly reduced visability and we contined on Kayenta to see it before heading back to Monument Valley and checking in. Our accomodation was one of the cabins overlooking the valley and everything was included for peparing your own food etc. Nothing outstanding with this accomodation but it was adequate.

Mainstay Suites Moab

From Ely we continued on Hwy 50 across Nevada into Utah, great 80 MPH speed limits on freeways in Utah (Australia??) and down into Moab for a couple of nights staying at the Mainstay suites. Unfortunately on arrival we were placed on a ground floor room at the back where the room above had a lot of noisy construction going on. I went back and asked reception what hours they worked and reception did not know. I went outside and asked the workers who told me they would be going unilt after 5 and be back early the following morning.

La Quinta Ely

After leaving Carson City and stopping off to check out Virginia City we continued on Hwy 50 across Nevada to Ely. On arrival at the La Quinta in Ely the check in staff were very helpful and informative giving out information on where to go and eat etc that night. We chose the mexican just down the street from the hotel and it was great food and plenty of it plus the service was friendly and pleasant. All up the room was warm and clean brekfast was typical of these country area hotels!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carson City

After the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco we picked up a Ford Expedition from Avis a couple of blocks away and took he I-80 E across to Sacramento then around the southern and eastern shores of Lake Tahoe to the US-50 E, US Rote 50 sometimes referred to as Americas loneliest road..

We only had one night stiopover in Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carson City, there were renovations going on near the lobby, the blind on the window in the room did not operate correctly and breakfast is fair but that aside the room was reasonably clean and the hotel not far from the highway. 

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

With 4 nights booked at the Hotel Nikko San Fransisco we arrived at the hotel early in the day and were coerced into upgrading to a suite which would alllow early checkin. After an overnight flight from Sydney Australia we took the option and checked in. the room was spacious and well appointed, seperate lounge area, bedroom and large bathroom, and great views out the window, this booking also included access to the club room every afternoon for free drinks and light food. the club room was ok, time was a little limited and it was no match for the standard of say the Lanham in Hong Kong.

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