My last minute road trip idea from St. George, Utah to Page, Arizona to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon would require an overnight stay at a local hotel. With only a few options, I chose the Marriott Courtyard Page at Lake Powell for the overnight base to relax and recover from my road trip and prepare for my day in nature. As it was November low season, there was no reason to use points for this category 7 hotel (35, 000 points per night) as the rate was $107 plus tax.
Marriott Courtyard Page at Lake Powell – Location
The hotel is a quick drive from the Glen Canyon Dam and from all Page, Arizona attractions – Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell (which I didn’t have time to visit). Page, Arizona is about 1.5 hours from Kanab, Utah (on the way to Zion National Park) and over 2.5 hours from St. George, Utah driving in November. During high season, I’m sure there’s more traffic to contend with extending the drive times. For those driving to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (during season) it’s about 2.5 hour drive. You can also drive to Bryce Canyon. So basically, the Marriott Courtyard Page at Lake Powell hotel is a great road trip stop in between so many fantastic Arizona and Utah attractions.
Arrival & Check In
I was scheduled to arrive around 5 p.m. after standard check in as I was driving from St. George to Page. I used the Marriott app to check in prior to arrival so that the hotel was aware of my late arrival time. When I arrived, my keys were all ready and I only needed to provide my credit card and photo ID to finish registration. The front desk lady gave me a map of town as well as a list of recommended restaurants in the area. As no one was waiting behind me, there was time to chat and when asked about my plans, I mentioned Lower Antelope Canyon tour and plans to visit Horseshoe Bend. She told me that I HAD to do the Upper Antelope Canyon, it was more popular and the views were spectacular. She said that most of the photos of Antelope Canyon were taken in the Upper Canyon. With that enthusiastic recommendation, I changed my plans online to book both the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons.
Marriott Courtyard Page Lobby
The lobby had a few seating areas, a small bar and restaurant off to the side and a large convenience shop with souvenirs and snacks. I had seen more than one tour bus arrive and spill out their guests into the hotel. Given that the hotel caters to a variety of tourist – tour groups, business travelers, families and road trippers like me, the lobby was set up in a few configurations to accommodate everyone. The lobby bar had a communal table, the couches and seating areas were scattered throughout the four separate areas. There was also a bank of computers to work on (empty during my visit). Beyond the lobby is the large outdoor pool and patio which I’m sure is popular in warmer months.
King Room at Marriott Courtyard Page
My King room was down the hall far away from the elevators. When I entered, I was surprised to see a brick wall on one side and the red wall and red couch on the other. I really appreciated the local photos of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend throughout the room. With other art on the walls, the décor was quite nice for a change and to be honest, quite surprising in a good way.
The entertainment center and working desk took up most of the one side of the room while the king bed and seating area (couch, table, chair) consumed the other side of the room. It was a nice sized room with enough space to use. There was an in room coffee maker and room to work and move.
The Wi-Fi was free and strong in room. I was able to stream my Xfinity DVR recordings without any delay in speed. One annoyance was the air-conditioning/heater unit. I put the heat on and it made a pinging noise so I ran it for a while until the room was toasty and then shut it off during the night because I couldn’t sleep with the ping. Staying only one night I worked around it and reported it upon check-out. Staying longer, I would have asked for it to be fixed or moved to a new room.
The sink area was outside the shower/toilet room and had a stained carpet tile (annoying to see as I always feel housekeeping can easily report this and engineering quickly replace one carpet tile). The toiletries were by Paul Mitchell. The shower water pressure was good in the morning.
Breakfast at Marriott Courtyard Page
The morning buffet had a good selection to choose from except there wasn’t an omelet station. The waitress confirmed that the scrambled eggs were made with water not milk so I could eat them from the buffet. They did not have gluten free breads. I was lucky to have just missed the large tour group that had taken over the majority of inside tables and devoured the foods at the buffet. The breakfast cost was reasonable and the portion size a good start to the day.
Overall – Marriott Courtyard Page Hotel
The Marriott Courtyard Page at Lake Powell was a top end hotel in the town. The staff were wonderful each time I had a question (needed a map, restaurant recommendation, tour options, etc.) and I definitely was made to feel like a welcomed guest. When you stay at a hotel for one night, sometimes you just get to be a passer in the night with nary of an impression but for my stay, I was acknowledged throughout. That says a lot about the hotel and the locals who work there who are keen on you enjoying their town for a short or long time.