I recently returned from a Best Western Great American Road trip 🇺🇸.   

The Best Western of yesteryear buried deep in the recesses of my mind no longer exists. They’ve reimagined themselves in more ways than one.

To say I was impressed with their accommodations and amenities is an understatement!

Each property had its own individual flavor, modern decor and unique touches that made it truly special.

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Loyalty Program

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If you decide to go with Best Western properties for YOUR next Great American Road Trip, be sure to join the Best Western Rewards program to get extras like:

  • ice cream sodas
  • bottled water
  • member rates
  • points for all your trips

Sometimes you might even find that they offer $20 gift cards per stay on paid reservations.

They’ll also status match with other hotel rewards programs and you can use cash and points to book trips.

You can read about all the details of the program in my post, Best Western Rewards Loyalty Program: Everything You Need to Know.

Use Our Favorite Travel Credit Card to Book Your Stay With Points 

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You can book Best Western hotels through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal using points you’ve earned from spending on your Chase cards like Lyn’s favorite travel credit card, the card_name. So, you can choose to give them a try without it costing you a dime!

Best Western’s Brand Portfolio

The Best Western Brand Portfolio has more than 4,700 hotels in 100 countries. This large selection of hotels includes 3 distinctive groupings of hotel brands, each offering different styles and amenities.

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Within the BW|Best Western Hotels and Resorts family, you’ll find:

  • Best Western
  • Best Western Plus
  • Best Western Premier
  • BW Premier Collection
  • BW Signature Collection
  • Executive Residency by Best Western
  • Aiden by Best Western
  • Sadie Best Western
  • GLō
  • Vīb 
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Within the WorldHotels Collection, you’ll find:

  • WorldHotels Luxury
  • WorldHotels Elite
  • WorldHotels Distinctive
  • WorldHotels Crafted
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Within the SureStay Hotel Group, you’ll find:

  • SureStay
  • SureStay Plus
  • SureStay Signature Collection
  • SureStay Studio

Some of the brand portfolio’s best properties are located in popular US destinations like these:

  • Sedona, AZ
  • Springdale, UT
  • Bryce Canyon City, UT
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Anaheim, CA
  • San Diego, CA

And did you know they have international locations, as well? 

Check out international destinations like these:

  • Ontario, Canada
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Paris
  • London
  • Rome
  • Denmark

It seems as if there are Best Westerns everywhere!

Our Best Western Stays

Aiden by Best Western, St. George, Utah

The first Best Western stop on our Great American Road Trip was located in St. George, Utah at the Aiden Best Western.

When you first pull up, you’ll see a little motor inn where you pull your car right up to the door of your room. You have that impression in your mind now? Then when you open the door to your room, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at the completely updated furnishings. It looks nothing like you just imagined!

Our room had:

  • 2 queen beds
  • an upholstered chair with a little marble side table
  • a desk
  • dresser
  • mini fridge
  • wardrobe
  • 2 luggage racks
  • a separate sink area from the rest of the bathroom,

The entire room was adorned with some beautiful landscaped pictures of the area. 

See my video of the room below…


As seen above, you’ll find a sparkling pool strung with lights for night-time ambiance, lots of seating and even a little teepee-style chaise lounger.

There’s a small enclosed hot tub and they even have some bikes to lend to customers.

In the morning, they had a hot breakfast buffet, including Seattle’s Best coffee. Our party agreed it was the best breakfast on our western trip.

One last thing that makes this place stand out above the rest is that, as a rewards member, you’ll be treated to an ice cream fountain soda as part of their welcome package. 😃

Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn and Suites, Springdale, Utah

The next hotel where we stayed was the Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn and Suites. That’s a mouthful!

It’s located in Springdale, Utah, about half a mile from the entrance to Zion National Park, which we found especially helpful when the parking lot at Zion was full as were all the shuttles that were zooming by us! We strolled right over in about 15 minutes.

This hotel’s lobby, fitness center and breakfast buffet are located in their own building separate from the 2-story lodge buildings, which surround the pool area.

The room also had modern décor and included:

  • 2 queen beds
  • a sofa bed
  • a padded bench (which we used as a luggage rack)
  • a desk
  • dresser
  • separate small microwave, refrigerator and coffee station area
  • closet
  • all-in-one bathroom

The bonus was a small balcony with views of the surrounding mountains.


The pool and especially-needed hot tub (after hiking between 7-14 miles per day 🥾) were very nice with mountain views and plenty of tables and loungers.

The back side of the pool hut holds a coin laundry, which could come in quite handy, if you want to wash your hiking clothes filled with the area’s abundant red sand. The property also has a fire pit with benches.

Here you can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet each morning, so we never left hungry. This was super helpful, since we did many areas of Zion National Park, including the Narrows, all of the Emerald Pools, Angel’s Landing, the Canyon Overlook trail and the Secret Petroglyph trail in less than 48 hours. 🍴

There are many restaurants and other amenities within walking distance, and you’ll be safe with sidewalks on both sides of the street.

One last thing…when we stayed, they put a little basket with replacement towels and toiletries outside your door, which was very accommodating.

Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, Bryce Canyon City, Utah

Our third stay was at the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, which is within 3 miles of the Bryce Canyon National Park entrance, making it super convenient.

The day we arrived, it had snowed, so walking into their huge lobby with a roaring fire in their fireplace was the perfect way to start our stay.

This hotel is more traditional in that it’s all in one big building, so you don’t have to walk outside to get to things which was very convenient since it was bitterly cold!

Our contemporary room had:

  • 2 queen beds
  • an upholstered chair
  • a desk 
  • an all-in-one dresser with mini fridge and microwave

The best part was the bathroom area, which had 2 sinks outside the rest of it. With 4 of us, that was super helpful!


Out the window, we could see a giant pool and hot tub, but it was just too cold to entice us to go down, no matter how much we hiked!

In the morning, there was a huge hot breakfast buffet in the room on the other side of the fireplace.

Best Western Red Hills, Kanab, Utah

Our last hotel of the trip was Best Western Red Hills in Kanab, Utah.

This hotel is a 2-story motor inn, so again you can pull right up to the door of your room. Super convenient!

This room had:

  • 2 queen beds
  • a dresser
  • a full table with 2 chairs, which was a first
  • a large closet
  • mini fridge

The bathroom was separated, which is always nice.


The artwork adorning the walls in the main building was absolutely spectacular! My favorites were two photos of the Milky Way that someone had taken from the parking lot of the hotel. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Although the fireplace wasn’t lit when we were there, it had cowhide chairs alongside it, which looked super cozy. You could grab a cup of coffee, which they DID always have on, and sit awhile.

One interesting thing is that they had 2 clocks in the lobby, one with Utah time and one with Arizona time, since they are only 7 miles from the state line.

Outside, there was a pool and hot tub and a large covered patio area with tables and chairs and a gas BBQ grill for guests to use.

The breakfast area was in the lower level of the main building. They had a small room that they used for the buffet area and then the large open room was full of tables and chairs.

Also on this level was a fitness center and game room with air hockey, ping pong, pool and old-fashioned pinball machines. What a perfect way to end the day! 

As you can see, each property IS truly unique and has plenty to offer.

Why WOULDN’T you give Best Western a try for your very own Great American Road Trip wherever that might be? It might become your new favorite hotel brand!

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  • Cami Sauder

    Cami Sauder, a member of the Families Travel Free team, is a longtime traveler who aims to be away from home at least 1/3 of the year. She's mastered the art of using miles and points to save on flights and hotels and saved more than $16,000 on travel using points in the last year. She and her husband have a goal to see as many National Parks as possible.

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