Cedar Breaks Lodge by Diamond Resorts
What We Love
- A four-seasons resort 9,600 feet above sea level, with a studio or villa and a dining certificateSkiing, snowboarding, mountain biking or hiking in the highest-elevation town in Utah
- Checking out the canyon views at Zion State Park
- Relaxing in the sauna or steam room at the end of the day
What To Know
- Guestrooms do not have AC, only fans
- WiFi can be weak
- The underground parking lot is convenient, especially during the winter months
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Cedar Breaks Lodge by Diamond Resorts in Brian Head, you’ll be minutes from Brian Head Ski Resort and close to Thunder Mountain Motorsports. This ski hotel is within the region of Bunker Creek Trail Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 118 guestrooms, featuring fireplaces. Kitchenettes are outfitted with refrigerators and microwaves. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. Skiers will be in heaven, but there are recreational options available for non-skiers as well, including an indoor pool and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands. The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.
Food & Drink
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Cedar Breaks Lodge by Diamond Resorts, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. This hotel has 3 meeting rooms available for events.
How to Get There
I rented a room for my husband & 2 daughters over the 4th of July. The resort concierge misinformed me (which I found out later from the owner of the condo on Airbnb) that we had to do our own housekeeping. So it was a bummer to have to keep using the same towels & taking trips to the dumpster daily.
But the view is amazing! Wild life roam everywhere! Often times we’d see deer in the picnic area. The pools were ok. There 1 medium size pool, 1 small kid pool, 1 hot tub, and 1 sauna room. Tons of kids fill those pools without adult supervision in the AM hours. So we waited until the afternoon where the pool was empty.
Power did go out. Which made the 3rd floor super hot!!
We left the next day.
A Huge Disappointment!
We had been really looking forward to our time at Cedar Breaks Lodge! Please, let me explain.
We live in St. George, Utah – a wonderful location near Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and many other amazing places! But St. George has one disadvantage – the heat of July and August. Heat that can reach 115°F.
Last year was our first in St. George, but it was enough to convince us that we wanted to be elsewhere during much of July and August of this year. So we spent a good amount of time seeking out a place to go where the temps would be much cooler.
Our research led us to Cedar Breaks Lodge! The anticipated temps were about 30° cooler there than in St. George during July and August.
Therefore, we had booked a one-bedroom there for four weeks – the second and fourth weeks of both July and August.
As the temperatures increased this year, our anticipation grew.
Finally, the time arrived. As did we. But, well there was a problem – there was no electricity. The power was out throughout the area. Apparently, there was an equipment issue some distance away. But the power should be back on by mid-night. Er… well, OK.
To their credit, the front desk staff did admit that since they could not guarantee that the power would be available through the night, they would refund that night’s fee if we chose to go elsewhere for that evening. They mentioned that several other parties had already done so. So did we.
When we returned the next day, we learned that the electricity had come on in the evening – but had then gone out again about 1am. Not a desired outcome for one who is dependent on medical devices having electrical power throughout the night.
Perhaps that situation colored our view upon our return to the unit we had been assigned. It seemed SOOOO SMALL. And SOOO DARK.
Soon, we were both feeling pretty bad. Each had a REAL headache.
And it got worse. Bad enough that we decided to take the afternoon as a “down-day”.
When the dinner hour came, we went to the in-house restaurant, where we found reason to feel even more negative. Service was poor and the food worse.
Returning to our room, it finally hit us what the issue might be. So, we looked up what the elevation was … Answer, just under 10,000 feet - An altitude at which we have previously suffered from altitude illness.
A half-hour later, we were starting to feel better as we were driving towards home.
Obviously, our own mistakes affected our experience at Cedar Breaks Lodge. We will let you determine how greatly that was the case.
But, even if you have NO trouble with higher elevations, we still could not recommend the Cedar Breaks Lodge.
We stayed for a week in June on a timeshare exchange through RCI. This resort is well located in Brian Head, UT, about three hours from Las Vegas. The resort is high up (elev. 9650 ft) in the mountains at the edge of the Cedar Breaks National Monument (>10,000ft). People prone to altitude illness or with respiratory issues may wish to consider whether or not these high altitudes may be an issue in their case.
A car is definitely recommended for this area of Utah. Brian Head is a good base of operations, as the opportunities for site seeing are wonderful. Several national parks and monuments, plus national forests and recreational areas, as well as some notable state parks are within reasonable driving distances. The scenic highways in between are noteworthy just on their own. There can be stretches of road with no services as this area is sparsely populated so careful trip planning is highly recommended. One of the highlights of this area is the Cedar Breaks NM itself, which is a great park with a wonderful ranger staff who will go out of their way to welcome visitors. Their astronomy presentations are a great feature. Rangers provide the telescopes and commentary.
As for the accommodations, after paying an upgrade fee directly to the resort we ended up in a compact unit with one bedroom. The unit had a sitting room and bedroom, with a kitchenette in between. The bathroom is off the bedroom with sink and whirlpool tub shower. The kitchenette had a fridge with freezer although it was not full size. There was a small two eye stovetop, and microwave. There is no dishwasher, and the sink and counter area are small. A studio unit has a mini fridge, no stove eyes, and is smaller in size.
Our condo was small but clean. Bedding was comfortable but the bedroom had no other furnishings except a small chest of drawers and nightstands. There is no air conditioning which may not be needed because temps at night get down to 40 degrees or less and the bedroom has 3 windows that open. However, a fan is required to move the air into the other areas of the condo which means the bedroom door remains open. A window fan and ceiling fans are provided. WiFi is available in the rooms with adequate performance, but the resort fee may be charged for access along with the other facilities.
Given the high pollen levels in the area it would be helpful and more energy efficient to have a heat pump in the unit which would recirculate and filter the air, thus improving the air quality and guest comfort. Heat is only by wall units and a gas fireplace in the bedroom.
Check-in was smooth. Staff was friendly and helpful, providing area information, and, quick to respond to requests. There is an onsite restaurant and bar plus a snack bar. We found the restaurant to be pretty good, with fairly reasonable prices. We especially liked the salads and the pizza. An onsite shop offers some amenities but there is a larger market close by just across the highway. The closest grocery store is down the mountain in either of the nearby towns. The resort has an indoor pool with hot tub plus a better than average fitness center. A laundry facility provides several washers and dryers for no charge, with guests to provide detergent, etc. There is no hanging rack which is an improvement opportunity.
Parking is free at the basement/ground level with elevator access, so guests can enter their buildings under cover. There is a nice outdoor sitting area with grills for guests to use, and lots of space for folks to walk around on the grounds. There is a weekly schedule of activities for a range of ages.
The beauty of this area, but especially the people, made our stay terrific and we will probably want to come back again someday.
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We went to this lodge in July/Aug of 2018 and we had a lovely time. We decided to book a three night stay this June (2019) because we had so much fun as a family there last summer. Right before we were supposed to go on our trip, I became very, very ill with mono.I was told by the resort that it was up to Groupon to refund our money. I gave them the option of moving our dates which they refused to do. There are no phone numbers for Groupon Getaways online. They just tell you that they have moved all of their customer service to "online." Finally after my husband going round and round with them online, I was able to get someone to give me the number (its 844-298-4347, if you need it!!). The woman I spoke with assured me that she would "escalate" our situation since there was no way I could travel being so ill, and that if they (Groupon) could confirm that we had not checked in or used the services they would issue us a refund. I found out several days later when I was able to check email again because I was so sick, that indeed that was not the case. I called, spoke to someone who refused to help, asked for and was passed on to a supervisor who put me on hold twice for about 8 minutes before he assured me that there was nothing he could do to help me and that it was Cedar Breaks Lodge who was refusing to allow them to refund us. I called Diamond Resorts who owns Cedar Breaks Lodge and was treated very poorly by their "customer service" rep. He refused to transfer me to a supervisor and told me it was totally Groupon's decision to not refund us. I assured both Groupon and Diamond Resorts that we would immediately re-book the vacation for a later weekend when I was well enough to travel if they would issue us a refund, but both are refusing to help us. We loved this resort and the little town of Brian Head, but we feel like we can't go back if someone doesn't do something to make this right. There was NO way I could travel to 9000 ft with the illness I had and we did not know I would become so ill. Please don't risk it for your family! You have no way of knowing if someone will become ill or if you will have another family emergency. This is a deplorable way for both of these companies to do business. Both businesses are pointing the finger at each other and trying to blame me because I booked through a third party. Please make a different decision for your family and vacation somewhere else. Also, never, never book through Groupon!!
Very attentive staff—helped with route planning to visit national parks in the area (due to late season snowfall-we don’t get much snow at home, so what was normal for Utah seemed extreme for us). Rooms were clean, updated with fireplaces. Food was good and not over priced. Couldn’t have been happier with our experience.