Hall of Fame, 2015
Hotel of Excellence, 2011-2014
#1 Family Hotel USA, 2010
#2 Family Hotel World, 2010
Best Hidden Gem Hotel USA, 2007 & 2008
Best Bargain Hotel USA, 2008
More than 128,000 travelers took part in our 28th annual Readers' Choice Awards survey—the most in its history—submitting millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to help us create a list of winning favorites. The breadth of their top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti. They chose tiny private islands in the tropics, small culture rich cities in Europe, and intimate river cruises. Most notably, they declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected—finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world.
The editors culled through thousands of picks to come up with this list of their top 20 choices. The hotels that were selected are unique, unusual, and not-to-be-missed; and you're sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience.
True Value Award, 2005
Desert Pearl Inn, Utah
By far the best place to stay is the understated Desert Pearl Inn. Like the rest of Springdale, it’s authentic without trying too hard: reclaimed old-growth Douglas fir floors and a tawny palette of neutrals provide a soothing retreat from the blazing red rock outside. –Katie Arnold
The Fodor's Choice Hotels list is the annual roundup of the Fodor's editors top picks for hotels that receive the Fodor's Choice designation in our Gold Guides.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our top picks this year are all towns close to America’s natural splendors.
“Riverview rooms at the Desert Pearl Inn are particularly nice.”
Desert Pearl Inn offers sleek and spacious contemporary-style rooms, with well-fitted kitchens, which means you’re completely self-sufficient and free to spend days outdoors enjoying water sports on the Virgin River, trekking in Zion National Park, or cycling, riding, fishing and bird-watching.
Commanding a spectacular location on the banks of the Virgin River at the entrance to the famous Zion National Park in Springdale, Desert Pearl Inn is a luxurious haven in the western desert that promises an unforgettable getaway...
Utah hogs the American West’s best scenery, says David Whitley...
A visit to Zion National Park during its off-season affords the chance to experience a classic national park under its best conditions. And free of crowds. Its majestic beauty is illuminated under dramatic autumn skies, and countless hidden canyons and passages are yours to explore alone...
With gas prices currently as low as $1.65 per gallon--should you have the patience to wait in line at Costco, that is–it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend escape to the Desert Pearl Inn in Springdale, Utah...
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What Our Guests Are Saying
Our Favorite Review!
We loved the room. It seemed very European in design and was so large – bath area, sleeping area, kitchen area, living area, and balcony. It was a delightful stay while visiting Zion.
San Antonio, Texas
LOVED every moment! Stayed elsewhere on previous visits. Desert Pearl was so beautiful, so comfortable, so well situated in town. Original reservation was at Zion Lodge but we changed after a TV show recommendation. We will be back. We will tell ALL of our friends.
The Fili Family
Glen Cove, New York
Really appreciate the efforts made in providing quality, detail, and thoughtfulness in designing and furnishing the rooms. Great pillows! And nicely landscaped. We’ll be back.
We’ve stayed in fine hotels all over the world. Your Desert Pearl Inn ranks right up with the best. It will be nice when the restaurant is up and going. This was our first visit to Springdale in winter...
Cedar City, Utah
Loved your room. Hate to leave.
We chose our family vacation based on the amazing experience last year. We had to return!
The Holah Family
My stay here was absolutely phenomenal! Peaceful. Beautiful. Just the rest I needed. The staff is warm, friendly and caring. I appreciate all the eco-friendly measures Desert Pearl Inn takes to raise awareness and be kind to our planet. Thanks a million!
Las Vegas, Nevada
We LOVE this property! Be back soon!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Beautiful room, grounds, amenities. One of the few places we have stayed where we are honestly sad to leave! Would recommend highly to anyone and will certainly return!
Keep doing what you’re doing. It keeps me coming back!
Los Angeles, California
The Desert Pearl is our home away from home. The staff is great. The rooms incredible. Great job all. See you soon!
The Reicher Family
West Hartford, Connecticut
We were both thrilled and grateful that the hotel manager drove to La Verkin to pick us up after we had car trouble on our way to Springdale. Definitely over and above the call of duty. Desert Pearl Inn is our favorite place to ring in the New Year and staying there has become an annual tradition.
Salt Lake City, Utah
This was our first visit to Zion and the Desert Pearl. Both exceeded our expectations–except for all the rain! We will be back and will recommend it to our friends. Loved the room and the balcony overlooking the river. Very peaceful and a great room.
We’re so excited we discovered Desert Pearl Inn. We love the rooms, the option for three beds, and the big deck.
Cedar City, Utah
Excellent stay. Thank you! A beautiful place to stay–so clean and well-equipped. We loved it! The cleaning staff did a superb job. Front desk reception–so very welcoming!
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
We will be back! Someone put a lot of thought into these rooms and it shows! Thank you!
Los Angeles, California
Absolutely beautiful hotel, sparkling clean, amazing views, impeccable decor and neatness. Amongst the best we’ve ever seen.
East Lyme, Connecticut
Desert Pearl Inn is in our top five hotels EVER! We loved it here. You are so close to the park. The decor was beautiful and comfortable. We loved the amenities, especially the kitchen in our room. Thank you.
Was very impressed with the architectural style, attention to detail and re-use of arch elements. Aesthetics were outstanding. Staff very friendly and efficient. Very happy here. Great value and a wonderful stay!! Thank you.
Santa Cruz, Alabama
Fantastic! A+++++. Thank you!
San Francisco, California
We absolutely loved the “Desert Pearl.” We all travel a lot and found the attention to detail and thoughtfulness impeccable. We loved the creek area the most. ABsolutely relaxing and divine. The decor in the rooms is really well-executed. Everything was perfect.
The nicest property we have encountered on many vacations across the country. Everything from top to bottom is perfect and is rare these days. Customer service is a lost art and I applaud you for making it FIRST here. Keep it up and we’ll be back!!!
We loved it here. I even called family and friends telling them they have to come stay here. Desert Pearl Inn is definitely in our Top 10 of places to go. Thank you so much!!!