Beautiful Spaces: Where We Stayed at Lake Powell, Arizona

by Gigi Griffis

Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. This hotel was kind enough to provide a reduced rate in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own.

As you probably already know, this May, Chad and I set off from Flagstaff, Arizona, on an epic cross-US-then-cross-Canada road trip. The trip will take 2.5 months and will take us through gems like Banff and Quebec City and Jackson, Wyoming, and NYC.

And our first stop, as we slowly made our way toward the Arizona border, was a three-day jaunt to Page, Arizona, one of the gateways to the famed Lake Powell.

While there, we stayed at Lake Powell Resort—a prettily manicured cluster of buildings just above the shores of Lake Powell itself.


Now, the rooms weren’t particularly special. Just your standard hotel rooms. Clean. Older. And just fine, with all the basic stuff you need, including a mini fridge and a comfortable mattress.

But the grounds? My god, they were beautiful.

Lake Powell Resort Grounds

The hotel backs right up to the lake and half of the rooms have views from their patios or balconies. And even if you don’t have a view (we didn’t), it’s only a few steps out your door and around the building to the beautifully manicured pink-stone grounds where you’ll find winding pathways, well-kept benches, and sweeping views of Lake Powell.

The grounds also featured multiple pools and fire pits, all with their own views of the lake, as well as at least one hot tub, which we took full advantage of after our long workday.

Lake Powell

Rates start around $150 a night. Pets are $20 per pet per night. And very very important to note is that the listed price isn’t the full price. Not only should you keep tax in mind, but the hotel charges a utility fee (ours was $8 per night) and there’s a $25 entrance fee to the National Recreation Area (which is where the hotel is located, but is likely something you’d be paying if you come to this area anyway, since you’ll want to get down to the lake even if you aren’t staying here). The pass is good for one week. Factor those into your budget if you want to stay here.

Also important to note is that there is no internet in the rooms and the internet in the lobby ran extremely slowly when we were there. If you’re coming for a vacation, it’s pretty refreshing to be forced to take a break from electronics. But if you’re working while traveling, don’t expect to do so here (we found good internet at the River’s End Cafe in Page).

Interested in Arizona? I’m working on an unconventional guidebook. Be the first to know when it hits a bookshelf near you.

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Em May 12, 2016 - 7:21 am

So glad you had a great time there! Minor edit – Glen Canyon is a National Recreation Area, not a National Park. The fee information is correct, though. For travelers coming through the Southwest planning to stop at more than 3 or 4 National Recreation Areas, Parks, or Monuments in a 12-month period, you’ll want to get the Interagency Annual Pass. Here’s more info:

gigigriffis May 12, 2016 - 8:04 am

Thanks, love! Fixed above.


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