Making our way from the Grand Canyon in Arizona, up into the south of Utah to begin exploring the national parks here, we made a mid-way stop-off in the friendly town of Bluff. We were lucky enough to find ourselves staying at the Desert Rose Inn & Cabins - they are the first thing that you see when driving into the town, and your jaw will instantly drop at how gorgeous the timber-work of the lodges and cabins look against the backdrop of mountainous landscapes beyond.
We arrived the morning of our stay, and were instantly greeted by a friendly young lady at reception and one of the owners, Amer, who warmly welcomed us to his family owned lodging of 20 years. We acknowledged that we had arrived much before check-in and did not expect our room to be ready yet, however we were assured that this was no problem, and a room was located that was available for us to check-into immediately.
Accommodating for a range of different styles and sizes of rooms, Desert Rose Inn & Cabins is perfect for whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple, family, or even a small group of friends. We had the pleasure of enjoying one night in our own private cabin - which was exactly what we needed after only living in the small confinements of our van for the past 6 weeks!
Our cabin & private porch area was fully furnished with everything that we needed for a day and night of comfort and luxury - an extremely relaxing queen sized bed, flat screen TV and cable television, coffee and tea making facilities, microwave, mini fridge and freezer, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, lounge chair, desk area, heater/AC unit, and a spacious bathroom area with the best shower that we had had in quite some time! The room was decorated wonderfully with lots of little touches which made us feel right at home - soft rugs and pillows, paintings, lamps and flowers, fresh white towels, and complimentary bathroom soaps, shampoo’s, etc. This entire lodge really captures the authentic native indian culture that this town is renowned for.
After settling into our room, we went to explore our surroundings - instantly drawn towards the indoor pool and jacuzzi! A seperate building from the lodges, the indoor pool and spa area is a large, open, and spacious building, the swimming area surrounded by glass windows, offering unbeatable views of the landscapes outside. We then made our way to the other part of the building, the formal lounge area - high ceilings, a grand fireplace, large canvas paintings and mirrors, a ceiling-high bookshelf, and many comfortable old-english chairs.. making you feel as though you have just stepped foot into a gorgeous medieval castle! Also attached to the same building, was the exercise room - with a treadmill, bicycle machine, elliptical strider, and weights, working out has never been so pleasurable with the stunning views that you enjoy at the same time.
Once you check-into Desert Rose Inn & Cabins, you truly have no reason to need to leave! With speedy wifi connection, laundry facilities, an on-site market that sells a range of food products and basic needs, and a restaurant open for breakfast and dinner (Dukes), everything that you need for your stay is right here! But if you have a few days to explore the surrounding areas, there are many day-trips that can be made from this great location also. Some nearby attractions which are all accessible and within a short drive are the Crow Canyon, Gooseneck State Park, Edge of the Cedars, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, and Valley of the Gods. In our room we found a very helpful guidebook which details all of the activities and viewpoints that you can access nearby, with all the information that one can need! Another small and thoughtful touch that sets Desert Rose apart from others.
In the morning we were able to enjoy breakfast outside on our own private porch, wishing we didn’t have leave this hidden oasis! For anyone driving through, or visiting any of the areas even remotely close to the town of Bluff, we cannot recommend enough stopping off at Desert Rose Inn & Cabins - it truly is a home away from home, and every single person that we met during our stay here were also blown away with the attention to detail, facilities, and comfort of this gorgeous lodging. To check them out further or organise your own - visit their website at www.desertroseinn.com
Thank you Desert Rose Inn & Cabins for being a wonderful and warm welcome to Utah, we hope to come back one day to once again enjoy your cabins and facilities - we wish you all the best in your plans for further expansion, and with the passion that the owners Amer and his wife Cindy have for this place, we can only imagine what is to come!