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“Authentic and Relaxing”
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Allenspark Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Allenspark B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, PA
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Authentic and Relaxing”
Reviewed 12 October 2011

The genuine warmth of our hosts made our 4 days at the Lodge the most peaceful part of a two-week vacation. The dog, the cooing dove in the lobby, and the mustangs charmed us. Bill made us laugh and Juanita generously shared her knowledge about horses and even let us feed and pet the mustangs. In this rustic setting we could always find a fire burning, a hot cup of coffee, and a nook in which to read or dream. And every morning, even though I am not inclined to get up by 8 a.m. and eat with strangers, the bell clanged, and Bill and Juanita served a gourmet breakfast that made it worthwhile. Plus, once the coffee worked its magic, some of the strangers turned out to be interesting.

Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

My husband and I booked "The Apartment" for a quick weekend trip to Estes Park. I would have rated our experience 3.5 if I could have.

Husband had been there about two decades ago. Different proprietors then. More formal. Bill and Juanita, who have had the lodge for 14 years, were wonderful hosts. Always in the background to answer questions, add a funny comment, etc. Especially appreciated Bill's sense of humor. Amiable guy!

Quick list of what we liked:
easy hospitality
great sitting room for conversations: we met some wonderful people and wound up talking often. Greatly prefer this to hotels.
family-style breakfasts: again, great for conversation. Food was delicious, satisfying and fresh
cookies, coffee and tea set out in the dining room (They hit the spot after hiking. And after the bar!)
Bill and Juanita have horses and were generous to invite guests to see them, etc.
overall, a welcoming, easy attitude. Comfortable ambience and happy guests. Plenty of room to join in the conversation or else spend some quiet time by yourself.

The Apartment was clean. The bed (a full I think) sagged in the middle and made a good night's sleep a little harder than normal. Fridge, stove, microwave, stocked cabinets, etc. to cook if you wanted to. (Our trip was too quick for that.) The apartment is somewhat dark and felt a little depressing. Easily remedied by going downstairs. The bathroom was the least desirable part - damp, slow draining, dark-ish, etc. PLENTY of good, hot water though whenever we wanted it (as well as cold when we wanted that too). Bill said the lodge has 4 separate heaters!

The whole experience was sweet and charming. The best part was their old dog Sophie, a real lover.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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conifer, colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2011

My husband and I stayed the night over Labor Day Weekend. We were kind of hesitant as soon as we pulled up to the lodge as it is right off the road and was very decieving from the pics we saw on the internet. In any event, when we walked in the door, we were relieved. The owner and his wife were very nice. Our room was just what we expected but the mattress was worn out and when we laid in the bed, hubby's side of the bed went completely down and I had to sleep like I was on a hill. We were in room #15 (The gunpowder room). We were disappointed that they didn't offer any amenties such as (shampoo, conditioner or lotion) for showering. When we used the bathroom on the second floor there was a basket in the bathroom but it was filled with half used and empty bottles. This is the first time we stayed at a B&B that different offer these much needed products for showering. Other than that, the breakfast was delicious and our stay was nice but it was definitely a drive from RMNP and we really had wished we had booked somewhere closer. Another important note is that the town of Allenspark is very small! You will have to drive 20 miles to find someplace to eat. We spent the majority of our 2 day trip, driving to and from Estes Park and Lions to get food.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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AllensparkLodge, Owner at Allenspark Lodge, responded to this review, 24 March 2012
I'm Bill Martin, and my wife Juanita and I own the Allenspark Lodge.

The pictures of the lodge on our website no longer show the neighbor's cabins. Folks would call us trying to book the cabins they saw on our website. I figured the folks next door might not want to share, so I never booked their cabins for our guests' use. We did kinda get tired of telling people "no", so we cropped the picture on our website. Sorry if it's misleading. We are in the center of Allenspark, and around 200 people live year round in the ten square miles around us. The metro area is getting out of hand.

Most of the rooms have only a full sized mattress. When the lodge was built in the 1930's, a full mattress was considered plenty big, and the rooms were built accordingly. The weight of the average American is up 25 pounds since then, and most sleep in queen or king beds now. If we put queen mattresses in, you would have to climb across the bed to get to the other side of the room. It's better if you just like the person you vacation with here.

We are located in Boulder County, Colorado. If we were to offer the little, disposable, non-recyclable shampoo and conditioners, the peasants would storm the Bastille with pitch-forks and torches. We leave "industrial sized" shampoo and conditioners in the showers and by the tubs. I put them there 'cause that's where I would use them.

There are only three places to eat here in town, outside of us. A coffee shop that does soups and sandwiches in the evenings, a cafe that cooks breakfast and lunch, and a fine dining establishment (The Fawn Brook Inn, plan on two and a half hours for you meal). If none of those suit you, it is a 13 mile drive to Estes Park or an 18 mile drive to Lyons, where there are a number of very good restaurants. It is a beautiful drive either way, but watch out for the elk. They think they own the place.
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Joliet, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

My wife and I were directed to this bed and breakfast that has been around since the 1930s, by a guided hiking trip through Rocky Mountain National Park. We were greeted at the door by the owners and their dog, given warm freshly baked cookies, given a tour of the establishment that made us feel more like out of town family then guests, enjoyed the hot tub, and watched a movie in their front room. This place is fun and I suggest anyone looking for lodging in the area to consider staying here.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

There were 4 of us in our group and we stayed in the apartment which allowed us to make our own dinners and hang out together in "our space". Bill and Juanita are super hosts and the breakfasts are "to die for" - they last you until mid-afternoon easily even while hiking. Our space was roomy - had a kitchen, small eating area, a full bathroom and a bedroom that slept 4 with a balcony off of that. It is a bit rustic, but that's what we wanted. The downstairs area boasts the actual living area of our hosts with a gorgeous main room, a family room with over 500 movies to choose from, a common area where groups can meet with some capability of cooking, the dining area where breakfast is served and a small bar to enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day. There is always coffee, tea or hot chocolate available with yummy chocolate chip cookies. Guests eat together at a prescribed time at breakfast and the stories told are quite amusing and fun. We highly recommend this as a great place to stay - especially if planning to horseback ride or hike in the area. Be aware there is no TV reception and cell phones don't work here - ah, a bit of heaven away from this crazy world!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 30 June 2011

We had only a one night stay but we wish we could have stayed longer. Bill and Juanita were extremely accommodating. The breakfast was wonderful and the other guests were great. We loved our Teddy Bear room and would come back again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

From the warm greeting when we arrived, to the comfy quilt-covered beds, to the cozy sitting areas in the Great Room and Owl Cove, to the sumptuous breakfast (at which Bill and Juanita joined us and explained the delicacies of the day), to the great conversation with them and the other guests, to the tips for enjoying Rocky Mountain National Park and restaurants in and around Estes Park, to the book shelves, daily newspapers, games, puzzles, and last but definitely not least, Sophie the perfect dog -- our long weekend was just super. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Allenspark Lodge
Address: 184 Main Street, Highway 7 Business Rt., P.O. Box 247, Allenspark, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO 80510
Region: United States > Colorado > Rocky Mountain National Park > Allenspark
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Allenspark
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an historic log lodge built in the early 30's that is being run as a bed and breakfast. Hiking and horseback riding abound in the area. Join us and let the memories begin! ... more   less 
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