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How Is Flanigan’s Inn at Zion Park With Kids?


The Hotel: Flanigan’s Inn

Where: Zion Canyon, Springdale, UT

a hilltop view of Flanigan's Inn, Utah

The Location:

a comfortable room at Flanigan's InnFlanigan’s is a half-mile from the south Entrance to Zion National Park, and just at the beginning of town. You can walk to the Zion visitors’ center, a grocery store, outfitters and a few restaurants.

(Read our Guide to Zion National Park with Kids)

The Room:

The Inn is a series of small buildings spread over the property. Our room was big and comfortable with a small outside porch, indoor gas fireplace, a fridge, large bed and small couch and easy chair. The bathroom was modern and stylish with the sink separate from the shower and toilet and nice toiletries from the hotel spa. We could easily have fit a rollaway bed. Our only quibble is that despite a reservation for three they were out of rollaway beds when we arrive (they said they’d just ordered more for the summer). But they gave us extra bedding and Tiny Traveler was fine on the couch.

the hilltop labyrinth overlooking Springdale, UTThe Amenities:

The pool area at this Zion-Park hotel has a nice deck. The heated pool was temperate despite cold evenings in early April. The hot tub was steaming.

The onsite restaurant, the Spotted Dog, has a laid-back but stylish vibe and good food; they even had Utah wine! If we had stayed longer than two nights we probably would have eaten there a second time. The breakfast buffet, about $5 per person, was small but everything was fresh and there was a slight southwest accent to it.

The coolest thing about the hotel is its hilltop labyrinth, great for climbing up to with kids and for enjoying the sunrise or sunset and a nice view of the town.

Wi-fi is included. There is free herbal tea and coffee all day in the lobby—always a nice touch—DVDs and bikes to borrow, and an exceedingly helpful staff at the front desk. They spent several minutes tracking down a horseback riding contact for us and tipped another family off to a “permit-only” trail that was a good fit when they asked about less crowded trails in the park.

The Vibe:

pool with a view at Flanigan's Inn, Zion ParkI would call the hotel upscale rustic. The property is landscaped for privacy and the log exteriors hold comfortable and well appointed interiors. Families were welcome but if you wanted a quieter, more adult experience you could have that.

The Bottom Line:

Hotels this close to a national park are expensive. We booked late and had to go directly to the hotel, which meant we paid the rack rate ($249). But we felt that we got our money’s worth with a good location, great service, a big comfortable room, a very nice pool and an onsite restaurant we enjoyed.

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Flanigan's Inn has a great pool, hilltop labyrinth, a welcoming restaurant and a laid-back, upscale rustic vibe. It's a good hotel choice for families visiting Zion National Park

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13 Comments

  1. June 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    Although we’re not travelling with wee ones any more, I think we’d still like to stay at Flanigans! The location sounds ideal, and it looks quite nice. The thought of a day hiking in Zion followed by a soak in the hot tub brings big smiles to our faces! 🙂 #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. June 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    I was actually looking into a trip to Zion a couple of days ago! This is perfect timing. You seriously can’t beat that location!

  3. June 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    What a gorgeous stay near the park! I never really understand it when a $200+/night hotel charges a low rate for breakfast. It seems like such a better marketing choice to just include the breakfast. #wkendtravelinspiraiton

  4. June 26, 2017 at 10:13 am — Reply

    Heading to Zion in a few weeks, so was excited to see this post! Definitely heading to your things to do in Zion with kids next… #theweeklypostcard

    • June 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm — Reply

      that’s great to hear. hope it’s all helpful!

  5. June 24, 2017 at 10:48 pm — Reply

    This hotel looks so nice! The pool and the labyrinth are beautiful. I have to keep this place in mind for my next visit to Zion. #wkendtravelinspiration

  6. June 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm — Reply

    The hotel looks nice and has good proximity to the park. The labyrinth is an interesting touch.

  7. June 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    Upscale Rustic sounds like a great retreat! After living in Montana for a few years but also growing up in Timeshares, this is a great mixture of both worlds! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  8. Anisa
    June 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Yeah you are not going to find anything decent and cheap last minute close to a national park. You were lucky to find flanigan’s inn. The room looks really nice and the pool and hottub sound lovely. I can’t believe the breakfast buffet was only $5! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • eileen g
      June 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm — Reply

      we were very lucky indeed. And after a very overpriced and mediocre hotel at the Grand Canyon we really appreciated it!

  9. June 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    Great that they provided an option as they were out of rollaways. Would have been horrible if they expected you to share the bed with tiny traveller.

    • eileen g
      June 25, 2017 at 11:54 am — Reply

      It was a peak week, last-minue reservation and I don’t think I asked for a rollaway, so I can’t blame the hotel at all for not having one. Luckily my daughter is small and fit on the couch!

  10. June 23, 2017 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Looks like a very nice boutique hotel. Beautiful room, charming, lovely grounds and views.

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