First Choice Inn at the Swell

The Stopping Point For Your Utah Adventure

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First Choice Inn at the Swell: Your Home Away From Home in Green River, Utah

When searching for a hotel to stay in during a road trip or vacation, you don’t just want to choose the cheapest place. You want accommodations that feel like home, even if you are thousands of miles away from your bed. You want a clean, comfortable environment with modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, and an incredible breakfast.

You also want a conveniently located hotel close to important landmarks and tourist spots. But you also don’t want to drive far away from the main roads and interstates because you want to continue your travels once you’ve rested and recharged easily.

First Choice Inn offers all of this and more. We know you’ll be more than satisfied with your stay, and we look forward to seeing you during your visit.

When You Book Your Stay at First Choice Inn at the Swell, You Get…

Cozy Accommodations

First Choice Inn isn’t just your average hotel along the interstate. Instead, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible accommodations for each guest.

All of the rooms at First Choice Inn come with the following:
  • High thread count, triple-sheeted bedding so you can feel comfortable while you sleep
  • Blackout roller shades and roller sheers to minimize disruptions from lights and views outside your hotel room
  • Thermostat-controlled heating and AC so you can keep the room at a temperature that is most comfortable for you
  • Free high-speed WiFi and flat-screen TVs with 400+ HD Channels so you can stay plugged in.

Incredible Amenities

The room accommodations at First Choice Inn aren’t the only reason to stay with us. We also offer many great amenities that are available to all guests.

Your stay at First Choice Inn gives you access to the following:
  • An indoor pool and heated indoor whirlpool
  • A Business Center where you can use computers, printers, and other helpful forms of technology
  • Complimentary self-parking with ample space for RVs and campers
  • A fitness center where you can exercise or blow off steam for free with our equipment
  • A full breakfast buffet, including our famous waffle bar, omelets, bacon or sausage, biscuits, gravy, fresh fruit, and more

Local Adventures

With a name like First Choice Inn at the Swell, it’s no surprise that our convenient location is one of our major selling points.

When you stay at First Choice Inn, you can enjoy many local adventures, including:
  • Green River State Park
  • Crystal Geyser
  • J.W. Powell Museum
  • San Rafael Swell
  • Fishing or whitewater rafting along the Green River
You’re also less than an hour from these notable landmarks:
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Goblin Valley State Park
  • Birthing Rock
  • star rating  Not a single car on I-70, we rolled in late, about 2 AM. The desk staff was extremely courteous and friendly, although looking a bit tired himself. He showed us... read more

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    February 7, 2023

    star rating  Came here on a night it was storming all around Green River, flurries and blizzards were everywhere! The lobby upon entering is impressive, they had a real fireplace going with... read more

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    December 21, 2022

    star rating  What a great place. First and foremost of all, it was one of the cleanest hotels I’ve stayed at. Secondly, the bang for your buck surpassed probably every hotel I’ve... read more

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    November 19, 2022
  • star rating  Pleasantly surprised - Decided to stay here on a spur of the moment , as we were dreadfully road weary driving to Texas. Shocked at the level of good service and accommodating lodging.... read more

    November 14, 2022

    star rating  This location is one you will want to include in your trip. Truly First Class accommodations! From the morning breakfast and safe environment to the swimming pool and hot... read more

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    November 14, 2022

    star rating  This hotel used to be a Holiday Inn, and might I say they have upgraded? Gone is the bland, standard brand hotel. This place has some nice flavor and a... read more

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    November 6, 2022
  • star rating  Stayed over the second weekend of October, the wife and I, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the accommodations! Very nice outdoor seating, huge green lawn with convenient... read more

    October 16, 2022

    star rating  Came in last night without a reservation, we were greeted warmly and the hotel desk clerk was very pleasant. Our room accommodations were perfect. Clean and comfy. ... read more

    Donna R
    September 26, 2022

    star rating  We arrived late with a full car of luggage and equipment. There was no help getting to our room. The baggage carriers were MIA and the lone employee shrugged... read more

    September 23, 2022
  • star rating  I came here on a government field trip with myself and my 7 member team for a total of eight of us, we had 4 rooms and we stayed here... read more

    September 6, 2022

    star rating  Staff was attentive and wonderful, refreshing to see after a long drive. Spotless and spacious rooms, (we had 3), and a full breakfast spread in the morning. Just what we... read more

    September 1, 2022

    star rating  Overpriced for an ok room. Standard breakfast items so nothing special. Elevator made screeching noises as if it had trapped a cat. On the positive side, it's... read more

    Marc B
    July 10, 2022
  • star rating  We have stayed here a few times and have never had an issue. Hotel is clean, bed is comfortable, and the shower is the best. The staff has... read more

    July 9, 2022

    star rating  This is motel-style property, with easy access to your room from your car if you have a first floor room (but steps if you're on the second floor). Clean,... read more

    May 23, 2022

    star rating  Very spacious rooms. Everything very clean and orderly.
    Excellent breakfast offerings. The breakfast room was well kept and stocked.The staff was friendly and helpful. The property is well maintained.... read more

    May 14, 2022
  • star rating  It was a wonderfully kept hotel. Everything in working condition, helpful staff and plentiful at breakfast. We enjoyed the heated pool and whirlpool along with our children. This used to... read more

    April 17, 2022

    star rating  Rooms were clean, staff was helpful, breakfast was good. Booked through a third-party but next time I'll just book directly for more flexibility (my nephew got sick and we had... read more

    April 16, 2022

    star rating  Stayed here at a whim because I was tired of traveling. The service is incredible and is ensured by the hands-on owner who works there as well. Will definitely be... read more

    April 15, 2022
  • star rating  Great location, great room. First hotel that didn't have awful cleaner smell, yet entire facility was very clean. Our room was large and spacious, the vanity inside the bathroom (wished... read more

    April 4, 2022

    star rating  We drove into Green River welcomed by very nice surroundings and this hotel had really cozy rooms. Convenient parking as we were hauling a 42’ trailer. Loved that fitness center... read more

    March 20, 2022

    star rating  We stayed on March 16, 2022 in a King Room. Very clean, and easy access to the Interstate. We were so doggone tired after driving in from Nebraska and Kunal,... read more

    March 18, 2022
  • star rating  We came here not expecting anything more than an average place to stay, but this was far from average. These guys mean business when it comes to customer service and... read more

    March 3, 2022

    star rating  The First Choice Inn really works......it's excellent location, friendly/helpful front desk, clean and neat rooms, and pet friendly, make it the place to stay in Green River.
    Ken at... read more

    March 2, 2022

    star rating  Kunal - aka Ken owner greeted us. Clean room, spacious, and welcoming. Comfortable bed, quiet hotel, and excellent stay. It’s an older hotel, yet has all the essentials for... read more

    January 8, 2022
  • star rating  The new owner is trying his best, and the room was clean with a comfortable bed. The pool heater was broken and unusable and the hot tub was cool too.... read more

    Marilyn S
    September 22, 2021

    star rating  The hotel seems ok on the surface but for experienced travelers, a few things stood out:
    - the very first question asked of us was if we brought a... read more

    September 20, 2021

    star rating  We stayed here after a full day of visiting the Arches. Check in was a little difficult. The young man at the desk appeared to be uncomfortable talking... read more

    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  The front desk staff was the new owner who was very helpful and friendly.
    Due to Covid restrictions, the breakfast buffet was closed, however, the owner
    had breakfast sandwiches, unlimited... read more

    June 28, 2021

    star rating  We were charged an exorbitant rate for a room in a shabby hotel and given the reason it was one day of Memorial weekend. The room was short towels... read more

    June 3, 2021

    star rating  Stayed for 4 nights in May 2021.

    New owners have done a wonderful job of making this a great place to stay!

    Felt like a new motel with... read more

    Dale E
    May 24, 2021

The Best Stopping Point for Your Utah Adventure

When most people think about a “Utah Adventure,” they think about all of the sites in Moab, such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. If you’re willing to take your time as you drive through Utah, you will discover that captivating views and thrilling experiences await you in every part of the state.

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Conveniently Located Between Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks

The majestic landscape of Utah is home to five incredible national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Park. Regardless of whether you start in the eastern part of the state at Cayonland National Park or travel from the west starting with Zion, the town of Green River is conveniently located along your route between Arches and Capital Reef National Park.

Even if you are hitting just a few of the parks and not all of the Mighty Five, spending a night or two at First Choice Inn at the Swell gives you the perfect opportunity to rest your eyes and your body without traveling far off the beaten path or sacrificing desirable amenities.

Green River: Another Utah Adventure

Here in Green River, endless attractions await those traveling along I-70. You can enjoy rafting, fishing, golfing, and more at Green River State Park. History buffs will love learning more about the history of the Green River area at the J.W. Powell Museum. Most of all, you will want to make the short trek to the San Rafael Swell, an incredible geological feature of brightly colored, highly eroded sandstone formations that make the perfect outdoor adventure site.

First Choice Inn at the Swell is centrally located, so you’re minutes from all Green River, Utah, has to offer.

Whether you’re traveling for business or stopping to rest in Green River on your way to the Mighty 5 National Parks, First Choice Inn’s convenient location off I-70 makes it easy to relax for the night. Then, once you’re recharged, you can discover all Utah offers and live life elevated.

Rest, Relax, and Enjoy

Whether you’ve been driving down I-70 all day or living out Utah’s motto of “life elevated” and exploring the great outdoors, the comfort of our modern rooms at First Choice Inn will help you rest, relax, and enjoy your evening.

Relaxation Through Modern Technology

Each room at First Choice Inn is a testament to thoughtful design, with a blend of contemporary aesthetics and practical functionality that makes your stay comfortable and truly enjoyable. Our high-speed Wi-Fi will keep you connected to the world and let you browse the web or check out social media from the comfort of your bed.


You can also entertain yourself by watching shows or movies on the sleek, flat-screen TV, prominently positioned for optimal viewing within your room. All hotel rooms have access to our premium cable television package, which includes over 400 high-definition television channels, and many movie channels (all the HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax channels). This means you’re never short of choices on what to watch.

Restful Slumber

Every aspect of our rooms aims to create an ambiance of ease and relaxation, making your trip to Green River a carefree, memorable experience. The inviting triple-sheeted bedding will lull you into a restful, rejuvenating slumber. You can nestle into our plush beds, where each layer of crisp, clean sheets is smoother and softer than the last. The ample pillows, all encased in cool, high-thread-count covers, are just the right balance between soft and supportive. Once you rest in one of our hotel rooms, you will wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

The Comforts of Home

In addition to the comfortable bed and modern technologies available to you, each hotel room at First Choice Inn comes equipped with many of the comforts of home you want when staying overnight.


You can make yourself right at home with thermostat-controlled heating and AC. Then, you can unpack your things and place all of your clothing in the provided hanging closet or the TV stand that doubles as a dresser. Also, the blackout roller shades and roller sheers let you decide the level of privacy and light you want to enter the room from the exterior windows.

Each room has a mini fridge and microwave. You can use these amenities to stock your space with various beverages, heat a late-night snack, or store leftovers from nearby restaurants.

The bathroom is also set up to accommodate your needs and provide the standard amenities of the home. The bathtub/shower combo lets you decide how to wash away the day and refresh. Also, the included hair dryer and available bathroom amenities mean you don’t have to worry about whether you remember your haircare products.

We provide a generously-sized work desk with an ergonomic chair for our guests who may need to catch up on work. With ample lighting and a quiet environment, it offers a conducive workspace, balancing the demands of work and the comforts of a hotel stay.

At First Choice Inn, we also recognize that pets are family members, too. Therefore, we offer a select number of pet-friendly accommodations for travelers who brought a dog or other furry companion along for the ride through Utah.

No matter what you need or desire in your hotel room, First Choice Inn at the Swell has already considered it and ensured it’s accessible.

Fuel Up Before You Start Your Day

Every morning at First Choice Inn at the Swell, our guests awaken to the comforting scent of freshly brewed coffee. It’s an irresistible aroma permeating the hotel, greeting you with its rich and refreshing fragrance when you leave your room.


Our expansive breakfast buffet is a visual and culinary feast set up with exquisite attention to detail. The assortment is abundant, designed to cater to all palates and dietary preferences, and features hot and cold dishes prepared fresh each day.

One of the standout features of our buffet is the famous waffle bar, an all-time guest favorite. Indulge in freshly made waffles, golden and crisp on the outside, fluffy and light on the inside. You can customize your waffle with an assortment of toppings, crafting a breakfast dish that is as unique as you.

Omelette lovers will also be delighted by our fluffy cheese omelettes, each cooked to perfection, just oozing with taste. These breakfast classics offer a delightful mix to counterbalance the sweet items.

Additionally, you can choose from our selection of proteins: crispy bacon slices that provide a salty crunch or well-seasoned sausages cooked to juicy perfection. Pair these with a serving of our golden scrambled eggs, creamy and light, a perfect balance to the hearty meat dishes.

For those who enjoy a southern-style breakfast, we offer flaky biscuits smothered in rich, peppery gravy, a comfort food masterpiece that will you will reach for in seconds.

If you’re after something lighter or healthier, we have you covered, too. Our breakfast spread also includes a variety of fresh fruits. You can enjoy them alone or add them to your cereals or yogurt for an added nutrition boost.

Our breakfast buffet offers a dining experience where quality, variety, and flavor converge, providing our guests with a deliciously satisfying start to their day. We strive to make every morning memorable as you start your day fueled by our delectable breakfast spread.


Beautiful Oasis on Interstate in Utah

“This was the perfect place to stop on our way to the Grand Canyon from Rocky Mountain National Park. The hotel was very well maintained and offered an unbelievable complimentary breakfast. The room was large and very comfortable.”

– Bydianer-LA from Destrehan, LA

Consistently Wonderful Hotel.

“We’ve stayed here twice a year for years and it is always the highlight of our travels. Amazing!!”
– Bywilburco6 from Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions

Hotel Policies

What is the check-in and check-out time at the hotel?

Check-in begins daily at 3:00pm, and we ask guests to check out by 11:00am on the last day of their stay.

Does the hotel have a pet policy? Are pets allowed in the rooms?

First Choice Inn at the Swell proudly offers a select number of pet-friendly rooms for travelers who brought their dogs and other pets along for the journey. Please let us know when booking if you need pet-friendly accommodations so we can select the best room option for you.

What is the hotel's cancellation policy?

24 Hours prior to arrival. 8 AM Cut off time.

Does the hotel offer early check-in or late check-out options? Is there an additional fee for that?

Subject to availability. Fees may apply.

Does the hotel have a policy for extra beds or cribs? How much is the charge?

Cribs are available upon request and are free of charge.

Can I smoke in my room, or are there designated smoking areas within the hotel premises?

First Choice Inn at the Swell is a smoke-free facility. We do not allow smoking in any of the guest rooms or anywhere inside the hotel building.

What is the policy for visitors?

We understand that you may have friends or family members who live nearby. All visitors must check in at the front desk before proceeding to your room.

Does the hotel require a security deposit upon check-in? How is it refunded?

Those who pay with credit or debit card are not required to pay any deposit since your card is on file for incidentals. For guests who pay for their accommodations using cash payment, a security deposit is required.

What is the policy regarding lost and found items?

Our housekeeping staff may find things you left behind in your room after check-out. If you realize you are missing something, give us a call and we will check through our lost and found. We keep all found items in our lost and found for up to 14 days.

Are there any age restrictions for booking a room? What is the policy on minors staying at the hotel?

Although we happily welcome families of all types in our hotel, the primary guest who reserves the room must be 18 or older.

Breakfast Rules

Is breakfast included in my room and board?

Yes, our incredible breakfast buffet is complimentary for all hotel guests.

What time is breakfast available?

Our breakfast buffet operates from 7:00am to 9:00am daily.

Can your breakfast accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes, we are more than willing to accommodate dietary restrictions. Just talk to a staff member about your needs.

Is coffee available outside of breakfast hours?

Yes, we keep fresh coffee available in the lobby before and after breakfast hours.

Travel Questions

Where is First Choice Inn at the Swell located?

First Choice Inn at the Swell is located just off I-70 in Green River, Utah. Our convenient location makes it easy to stay in a room as you travel between Utah’s five national parks.

Is First Choice Inn at the Swell close to Arches National Park?

Yes! First Choice Inn is just 45 minutes away from Arches National Park in Moab. It’s the perfect distance away from the park to make a day trip without dealing with the limited accomodations and crowds in downtown Moab.

Will I pass First Choice Inn when traveling between the Mighty Five National Parks?

First Choice Inn is directly along the route most GPS systems recommend when traveling between Utah’s national parks. Whether you hit all of the Mighty Five or just want to drive between Zion and Arches National Park, First Choice Inn at the Swell is the perfect center point for your Utah adventure.

How far is First Choice Inn from Capitol Reef National Park?

First Choice Inn at the Swell is located just over an hour from Capital Reef National Park. You can take Utah Highway 24 East most of the way, then briefly merge onto I-70 to reach us.