Gateway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, the compact Utah city is where most adventure seekers stop and stay before heading off to explore the most stunning red rock landscapes on earth. It’s quite a hip and quirky place with a collection of great eateries, interesting shops, a microbrewery, and a great collection of unique hotels. Thinking of staying? From quirky inns to gorgeous lodges and cabins, here are some of my favorite cool and unusual places to stay in Moab, Utah…
Hideout at the Rim
Hideout at the Rim quickly became one of my favorite places during my Moab adventure. Nestled just 17.4 miles from the breathtaking Mesa Arch, it perfectly encapsulates the Moab experience. The rustic charm and the unmistakable sense of a home away from home made this Moab hotel truly special.
While visiting, the proximity to hiking and biking trails right at the doorstep was a game-changer. The hotel seemed to intuitively understand the needs of its guests. The cozy and inviting rooms rejuvenated us after a day of exploring the majestic trails. What amazed me even more was the almost complete absence of external light pollution, creating an awe-inspiring environment for stargazing at night.
Rustic Wooden Architecture
All American Bed & Breakfast
Close to major Attractions
No designated smoking area
The Rooms can be a bit noisy
No microwaves to reheat the food
Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton
During my Moab adventure, Hoodoo emerged as one of my favorite spots, conveniently located just a 3-minute drive from Rotary Park. This modern hotel, adorned with sharp lines and natural tones, perfectly complements the grandeur of the Moab rocks, offering a wonderfully comfortable space for relaxation and recovery.
The on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge became my go-to spots throughout the day, especially with breakfast starting as early as 6 am—a perfect perk for those early trail starts. The on-site spa, featuring expert massage facilities provided a much-needed retreat after a day of exploration.
Desert Theme Spa
Modern natural tone decor
A little bit Expensive
Room Service needs a slight improvement
Moab Springs Ranch
Moab Springs Ranch became one of my favorite places, a true desert oasis. Majestic cottonwood trees surrounded me, and the accommodation was simply stunning. I love this place for its flowing waterscape, where I could sit, swim, or fall asleep to the gentle flow.
During my stay, I had the option to choose from standalone luxury bungalows or townhouses with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, providing a home-like feel. The amenities were top-notch, and the views across Moab were breathtaking. While visiting Moab to explore its world-famous bike trails, the bike-in bike-out access made this the perfect place to stay.
What I appreciated most was the eco-friendly construction and operation, allowing me to enjoy my stay in comfort while contributing to sustainability. Knowing that my stay helped keep Moab safe for the next generation of explorers made the experience even more special.
Private Parks and Vineyard
Outdoor Pool and Hot Tub
Housekeeping might be a bit sloppy on occasion
Facilities can certainly use a laundry room
Red Moon Lodge
Nestled just 5 minutes from the city center, Red Moon Lodge became one of my favorite places. This circular, wooden haven sits amidst the famed red rocks, offering not just accommodation but an experience. I love the seamless access to trails, the daytime vistas stretching across the valley, and the nighttime spectacle of stars in the crystal-clear skies.
While visiting, I explored organic gardens, indulged in natural spring water, and reveled in the fact that the entire lodge runs on 100% solar power. It’s not just a hotel; it’s a sustainable marvel. During my stay, I discovered a yoga barn perfect for meditation and more.
Yoga Barn for meditation and Fitness
Various food options including Vegan and Gluten Free
Prime Location-close to main attractions
Can be a little hard to find
Reservations are to be made well in advance
Hyatt Place Moab
Perched atop Moab’s stunning red rocks, Hyatt Place Moab quickly became one of my favorite places. The fusion of Hyatt’s top-notch service with Moab’s laid-back vibe was a winning combination.
The rooms were a delight, and exquisitely presented, and the communal spaces fostered a sense of connection as we gathered for meals and shared tales of our trail adventures.
While visiting, I found myself drawn to the outdoor pools and water features, creating the perfect setting to unwind during the warm evenings. Additionally, the on-site fitness center proved invaluable in gearing up for the extensive walks and biking excursions I had planned.
Outdoor pool and jacuzzi
Complimentary Breakfast with American and Vegan options
24-hour Fitness Center
Can be a bit expensive
The food can use some elevation
Castle Valley Inn
Nestled in the heart of Moab’s breathtaking red rocks, Castle Valley Inn quickly became one of my favorite places. From the lush green surroundings to the iconic red cliffs, the bed and breakfast offered a serene escape with convenient access to Moab’s renowned attractions.
During my stay, I fell in love with the tranquil atmosphere and the opportunity to unwind in a garden hot tub. Imagine soaking away the day’s adventures while marveling at the stars in the clear night sky. Alternatively, I spent leisurely hours swaying in a hammock, simply observing the world go by.
Rustic chic architecture design
Complimentary Breakfast Bar
A bit distant from downtown Moab
Cell-phone may be down at times
Red Cliffs Lodge
Red Cliffs Lodge – one of my favorite places ever. Picture this: right on the edge of the Colorado River, surrounded by those breathtaking 2,000-foot red cliffs. I love the options here – you can go for a cozy hotel suite or a standalone cabin, giving you the perfect Moab experience tailored to your taste.
While visiting, I had this rustic yet comfy vibe that just fueled my adventurous spirit. It’s not just a stay; it’s an immersive experience. And oh, the surroundings are a dream.
During my time at Red Cliffs Lodge, I tried it all – explored the on-site Western movie memorabilia museum, went white water rafting, played tennis, and took refreshing dips in the pool. The best part? The hiking and biking trails, calling out for exploration, were conveniently close.
Moab Film Museum
Rustic Architecture Design
A little on the Expensive Side
Food can use some improvement
Expedition Lodge, one of my favorite places, is an eclectic, retro motel surrounded by the stunning red rock of Moab. From the moment I arrived, the quirky charm was evident—the full-size jeep suspended under the hotel sign, 15 feet in the air, set the tone for a unique experience.
While visiting, I couldn’t help but appreciate the smart and bright décor that brought comfort and style to the rooms. The Voyager room, a personal favorite, featured two queen-size bunk beds, offering an unusual but delightful sleeping arrangement for up to 8 people.
While at Expedition Lodge, I experienced the welcoming atmosphere, knowing I was in a place that fully embraced mountain biking. The entire hotel is bike-friendly, allowing me to rest easy. This made it an ideal choice for those exploring the nearby trails.
Constructed from reclaimed wood, Expedition Lodge is strategically located near major trails and visitor spots, adding to its allure. The motel is not just a place to stay; it’s a living story shaped by the diverse individuals who pass through its doors.
Retro roadside 50s motel vibe
Celeb theme Food
A little bit expensive
The Lodge Website is quite laggy
The Gonzo Inn
Gonzo Inn is one of my favorite places, bringing desert chic to Moab’s heart, just half a mile from the trailhead. While visiting, I loved the boutique, condo-style setup and the understated luxury of the rooms. The bike-friendly amenities, including wash and repair stations, made my stay even more convenient.
While staying at Gonzo Inn, I experienced the saltwater pool, perfect for an evening swim. The hot tub was a lifesaver, easing my tired muscles after a day of adventure. For a more relaxed vibe, I enjoyed drinks around the open fire in the outdoor lounge.
Desert Chic Interior Design
Outdoor Fire Pit and Sitting Area
A tad Expensive
Extra charges for accommodating pets
Sunflower Hill Inn
Sunflower Hill Inn became one of my favorite places during my stay. Just three blocks from the town center, this historic cedar home offers six unique units with rustic charm. The soft, comfortable furnishings and uncluttered design created a cozy atmosphere.
While staying at this charming inn, I discovered a pool outside, providing a perfect relaxing spot. The patio offered a stylish setting for outdoor dining, and there was even secure bike storage and a wash facility—an ideal solution after a day on the trails.
I loved the personalized approach to breakfast. The evening meals showcased fresh, local produce, delivering a delightful taste of Moab.
Personalized Breakfast Menu
Bathrooms can be a tad more spacious
Prices can feel a bit steep for some
Sage Creek at Moab
I love this hotel – Sage Creek, one of my favorite places in the area. While visiting, I was captivated by its embrace of natural materials, modern design, and innovative thinking. The experience wasn’t just confined to the beautiful rooms; it extended to the outside space, creating a living experience like no other.
While staying at Sage Creek, I found myself at the heart of Canyon Country, where adventure seamlessly met luxury. The accommodation exuded modernity with sleek, minimalist lines and a touch of luxurious comfort that I truly appreciated.
One of the highlights was the spectacular pool area. The open fire lounge added a cozy touch, and the stunning views made it one of the most spectacular places to sit, relax, and watch the beauty of Moab unfold in the evening. If you’re seeking the perfect blend of adventure and modern comfort with a dash of innovative design, Sage Creek has it all.
Open Fire Lounge
No designated smoking area
A little bit expensive
Entrada 632 in Moab
Entrada 632 became one of my favorite places during my visit, just 7.5 miles from the mesmerizing Mesa Arch. The rustic yet cozy decor and the welcoming atmosphere made me feel right at home. I love the blend of convenience for the trails with the luxury of comfortable living.
While staying at this vacation rental, I enjoyed the freedom of self-sufficient living. Each unit is equipped with its own washing machine, kettle, cable TV, and a fully functional kitchen. It was like having my own little haven after a day of exploring the incredible region.
I experienced the joy of having free wifi and access to an outdoor swimming pool, adding to the overall charm of Entrada 632. The on-site services, including bicycle rental, made my stay even more enjoyable.
Hot Air Ballooning
A little noisy at times
No in-room microwaves
Hotels in Moab Compared
The following table classifies the top 12 cool and unusual Hotels in Moab for your convenience.
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Hideout at the Rim 2534 Roberts Drive $226-$232 No 9.0 2
Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton 111 N. 100 W. $321-401 Yes 19.0 3
Moab Springs Ranch 1266 N Hwy 191 $296 No 18.0 3
Red Moon Lodge 2950 OLD CITY PARK 346-446 No 10.0 2
Hyatt Place Moab 890 North Main St $165-$482 Yes 18.0 3
Castle Valley Inn 424 Amber Ln $307-$420 No 14.0 3
Red Cliffs Lodge Mile Post 14 Highway 128 $472-$537 No 14.0 3
Expedition Lodge 168 North Main Street $160-$171 No 18.0 2
The Gonzo Inn 100 W 200 South $167-$332 Yes 17.0 2
Sunflower Hill Inn 147 North 300 East $328-$381 Yes 18.0 3
Sage Creek 2331 Mesa Rd -- No 4.0 5
Entrada 632 at Moab 438 W. 600 N. $738-$811 Yes 17.0 3
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