I had the pleasure of staying at the Elkhorn Lodge in mid July. The facility and the staff were fantastic. The location was perfect with great mountain views. It is a short 5 minute walk to the village. The concierge is very attentive and can point you to the best restaurants and best hiking. I would definitely return to the Elkhorn Lodge.
I had read the summer reviews regarding the lack of air conditioning prior to my booking a stay and did not find that it was an issue at all. The afternoons have an intense sun; but the air, mornings and evenings are cool. I few nights were so cool we had to close the windows. Even though I was on the west side of the building (which is warmer because of the late afternoon sun), I left the windows open during the day and caught the cool mountain breezes which were very pleasant. In combination with the fans in the unit, I did not find that air conditioning was necessary. Certainly if you are someone who must have constant 72 degrees at all times, you may not be as happy; but, if you enjoy mountain breezes with open windows, I think that you will be satisfied.
Interestingly, I ran into an owner and we spoke about the air conditioning issue. He stated that the air conditioning reviews are believed to be instigated by an Elkhorn owner from NYC who is pushing for air conditioning for the building and is using the reviews to coerce the other owners. After I returned, I looked at the three reviews that mentioned air conditioning and they are all from NYC and the reviewers only had done a single review.
If you come in the summer, bring hiking clothes but also light coats for the evening as it can get cool. We enjoyed hikes in the morning and an afternoon Jacuzzi with drinks on the lanai. Check out the following restaurants: Ti Amo (Northern Italian and reasonably price, Juniper (American and expensive), Minturn Saloon (casual Mexican but excellent)
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- Also Known As:
- Elkhorn Hotel Beaver Creek
- Elkhorn Lodge Beaver Creek