Good morning everyone. Last month, my brother and I went to Zion National Park for Labor Day Weekend (September 4-7). The trip was amazing and I definitely recommend everyone go to Zion National Park for a few days if you are ever in Southwest Utah. A few weeks ago, Frequent Miler wrote a post about his recent trip through Zion National Park where he stayed at the Zion Lodge (log cabins) for ~$200/night. I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience at the Holiday Inn Express Springdale / Zion National Park and show what other points hotel options were available at Zion National Park.
Getting to Zion National Park is tricky. You can fly into St. George, Utah, but that is a very small/expensive airport. I recommend flying into Las Vegas (easily accessible from every airport with many flights from many airlines) and then driving ~3 hours to Zion National Park (Google Map). My brother and I landed in Vegas around 8:30pm and then made our way to the Las Vegas rental car lot and then toward Utah. We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express hotel a little after 1am (1 hour time change from Arizona to Utah).
Let me back up a little bit and explain that whenever I start thinking about booking a hotel stay, I always consult Seth/Wandering Aramean’s Hotel Hustle tool. When I searched for a hotel in Zion National Park (Springdale, Utah is located inside Zion National Park), there are only 2 hotels within 20 miles available on points: IHG and Hilton. Spoiler alert: I ended up booking 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Zion National Park hotel, thanks to Seth’s Hotel Hustle tool.
The Holiday Inn Express Springdale / Zion National Park was a very nice/new hotel. The nightly prices can easily go over $300/night during peak travel times, but the award nights are a bargain at only 20,000 IHG Points. Since I was traveling with my brother (he is not in the points and miles game, not yet at least), I did IHG Points and Cash for all 3 nights (10,000 IHG Points + $70). He reimbursed me $210 for the 3 night stay. A few weeks after my stay, I looked at my IHG account balance and noticed an extra 6,000 IHG Points, which represents a 10% rebate on 60,000 IHG Points, thanks to having a Chase IHG Credit Card. You can stop reading this post right now, since this is the best hotel deal on points for Zion National Park.
If IHG is not your thing, you can stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park, which had plenty of award space available. Unfortunately, the price is 50,000 points per night year round with no cash and points availability.
Up next, the La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park/Springdale had no award space available. I checked several dates over a 2 month period and could not find a single day that showed award space.
Last but not least, the Quality Inn at Zion Park (a Choice Hotel) had no award space available either. I checked several dates over a 2 month period and could not find a single day that showed award space.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
P.S. This is the only pic I took at the Holiday Inn Express Zion National Park. They had a nice pool (pictured) and a large hot tub (not pictured) with great views of Nation National Park all around the hotel. The rooms were nice and modern, and the breakfast had typical Holiday Inn Express food.