"My cousin and I stayed here in October, along with my dog. We visited the North Rim, Bryce and, briefly, Zion. Goldena's is perfect for the relatively short drives to each park. The have directTV so we were able to watch the Texas Rangers beat up the Toronto Blue Jays - we grilled on the weber charcoal grill a couple of nights (couldn't locate a grill brush, which was shocking considering how well stocked this place is: kitchen is fully stocked with all the extras you could need to cook any meal, condiments aplenty in the fridge, several bags of coffee of all types in the freezer, a nice gas range, pet bowls which I forgot to bring, and on and on). The desert landscaping was done really well and adds a lot of curb appeal as you pull through the gate each evening. Nice front patio, easy in and out. Out back is more desert landscaping in a large fenced in area. The property does back up against another home, the only sign of life we saw was from the chicken coop - but not noisy at all. The owners provide a detailed welcome letter with a lot of great information. They are courteous but not intrusive, the privacy is nice. Inside is clean and charmingly decorated - a gas stovepipe oven adds to the ambience at night. It really is a great place to stay, and as a hotel manager I can attest that the cleanliness standards here are solid.
Ok, so as much as we love Goldena's, I do have a couple of suggestions to improve an already great experience:
Invest in some durable, comfortable seating for the back yard - the night sky is such a huge part of what makes a trip like this memorable. The patio is covered, which is great, and has terrific views of the nearby rocky bluff. Some comfortable outdoor furniture would invite guests to spend more time outside in this great space.
And...add a dishwasher. LOL, we cooked a large steak dinner our first night and only afterwards did we realize there was no dishwasher - I know, it's a cabin! And neither of us are strangers to hand-washing dishes. However, in the name of staying true to a vacation I recommend a dishwasher down the line.
Honestly though, these are minor, perhaps petty, quibbles. Goldena's is a spacious, comfy and clean place to call home during a Southern Utah vacation - you'll be happy you stayed here!"
Guest: Christopher J.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: October 11, 2015