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Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Glenwood Springs
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The one night we spent at Glenwood Hot Springs was squeezed in between two nights in Manitou Springs and 2 nights in Vail. I had made the reservations the night before and requested a quiet room at the end of the hallway. My request was honored and we had a spacious room designed for handicapped guests. I only spent my limited time in the 104 degree pool. The view from the pool of the mountains was spectacular. The next morning we walked a block up the street which led us to a well-maintained trail over the highway and along the Colorado River. The walk was one of the most beautiful paths I have travelled...and I've been on many walking trails. This is a must-do for any overnight guest.

Room Tip: The rooms designed for handicapped guests are spacious and roomy.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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layala10, Lodge Manager at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

Dear valued guest,
Thank you for taking the time to post your recent review of our property on Trip Advisor. We are delighted you were able to squeeze us in amongst your travels across Colorado. It’s so nice to learn you enjoyed your stay and our beautiful trails here in Western Colorado. We sincerely hope you are able to plan another visit in the near future.
Warmest Regards,
Loretta A. Ayala
Glenwood Hot Springs, Lodge Manager

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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Our original plans called for only a few hours in Glenwood Springs, but as we read more about the town, and especially the hot springs, we extended our trip by a day to allow for extra time, including an overnight stay at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge (“GHSL”). We were delighted with the decision to spend more time in Glenwood Springs and with our choice of accommodation.
There were two adults and one teenager in our party.

We arrived early in the afternoon (before check-in time, unfortunately our room was not ready, but the front desk kindly took our bags into a storage area so that we did not have to lug them around). Returning to the hotel later in the afternoon, check in was simple and the front desk staff were welcoming and polite, the room was well appointed and clean, and the room location was exactly where we had requested—on an upper floor facing the pools.

The unlimited passes to the pools for everyone in our party, towels at the pools, and breakfast that came with the room rate made GHSL a winner for us. There are many options for accommodation in Glenwood Springs, and many of them are cheaper than the rates here, however when you factor in the cost of the hot springs admission, towel rental, parking, and breakfast, staying at the Lodge can be a much more economical proposition than it may seem at first. The Lodge itself features a basic front desk area, not many common areas or features. The décor is tasteful but simple, and what art there is is themed around the Hot Springs or the town. There is ample parking in several lots, though there may be a short walk to and from one of the parking lots. Our room had a view of the pools across the street and mountains in the background.

The location is ideal, pretty much adjacent to the center of the historic town district, giving you walking access to several in-town attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Access to I-70 is also convenient, and within 2-3 miles there are several larger stores (e.g., Walmart, Safeway) if you need grocery or household items.

The room was a double queen, both size and décor were adequate for the lodge segment and for the rate, and it was clean and comfortable. Lighting in the room was ok but not great. The free wifi worked without a hitch. The refrigerator and microwave were convenient, respectively, for keeping drinks and perishables cold and heating popcorn and small food items. Our room included an iron and ironing board, but we did not use them during our stay. Towels and linens were clean and adequately supplied, and amenities are in line with what you'd expect in the price range (discounted for the pool passes)--primarily soaps and shampoo.

The free breakfast is served across the road in the café adjacent to the springs. In summer, this is fine. However, in winter, it could be a chilly walk to breakfast! The food choices were quite a bit better than what you’d find at the free breakfast offered by many of the national chains’ value segments. Breakfast included made-to-order omelets and pancakes, as well as several choices of breakfast cereal, fruit, yogurt, etc. Flavor was quite variable—the omelets were just ok, which some of the simpler items were better. Presentation was basic, which is fine given that it is free, but you wouldn’t want to pay to eat here. The breakfast buffet and dining area were clean but the décor felt a bit dated.

We were able to enjoy the springs on both days of our stay and found the water and overall experience very relaxing, especially after driving for much of the morning of the first day. That said, the hot springs are more commercial in scale and offer nothing like the service and atmosphere that you will find at a traditional Japanese onsen. However, for the U.S., this was a very nice and very relaxing experience. The locker room facilities are not deluxe, but they are spacious, well laid out, and fairly clean. Locker rental is 50 cents, so take some extra coins!

Checking out was just as simple as checking in, and again the service was polite and personable.

Disabled access is pretty good within the lodge itself, including the main entrance and the front desk as well as the elevators. There is covered disabled parking, but it is limited. Access to the some of the parking lots is via stairs, and the most direct pathway to the pools also includes several sets of stairs.

As above, there are cheaper properties in town, and if you just want basic accommodation, you can easily do better pricewise. You can also find places with more service and more deluxe accommodation. In fact, no single factor--value, service, design, food, etc.--is a category winner at GHSL. Rather, it is the whole experience, which for us turned out to be much greater than the sum of the parts and which made our stay so enjoyable. If you have at least a few hours to spend in the pools and can take advantage of the free breakfast, you may be able to unlock the value of the somewhat higher rate. The springs are the main attraction, so that will make--or break--the decision. In summary, you can find both cheaper and nicer properties, however what is offered is comfortable and convenient and hard to beat if a more relaxed time is your objective.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay, despite that higher price, and each of us mentioned what a great time we had during our two days. We are already looking forward to our next trip, and plan to stay at the GHSL again.

Hope this helps. Good luck and safe travels.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Our room was very clean & nicely decorated, staff was very nice also. Lots of places to charge phones, cameras, computers...Nice big flat screen TV & refrigerator. There was a useful clothes drying rack on the balcony which was handy for drying bathing suits. They offer a very good breakfast, which was a very nice improvement! The gripes I have are: the mattress closest to the balcony was a bit saggy & not very comfortable to sleep on. I don't think the other mattress was as bad. The drapes were difficult to open & close as was the screen door since it was not on the track that it should have been sliding on. Followed the instructions for the room safe, but it did not work. So for those reasons I don't think it was quite worth what we paid. That being said we do love it there & yes we will go & stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank JeanMary25
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

My wife and I and two teenaged children stayed at the Glenwood Springs Resort on August 14 and 15. We had a room with two queen beds. It was decently appointed, but was quite cramped. There was no significant extra room between the between the beds the TV and desk. There was no place for our 4 carry on size wheelie bags. We were on top of each other. It was our smallest room during our two week trip and also our most expensive.

The service was mechanical, bureaucratic, and legalistic. I felt no sense of true hospitality. When we showed up at 3:10PM, I was immediately asked to fill out an almost full page multi-paragraph fine print legal document and asked to pay before being told I wouldn’t be assigned a room until 4 (apparently pursuant to a written policy). A buffet style breakfast including omelet’s cooked to order was included. It was pretty good, but not a deluxe breakfast. The problem was that on one of two mornings we had to wait almost a half hour just to get into the dining room and get seated. It is frustrating to stand in a long line when you have already paid for breakfast and thus do not realistically have the option of skipping the line and using one of the many nice looking breakfast places nearby instead.

The hot springs pool was great and not to be missed. You do not need to stay at the hotel to use it, however. It is almost a block long with mountain views on all sides and includes a sizable therapy pool at roughly 104 degrees F. Unfortunately, they tell you use of the pool is included in your hotel package, but did not bring home to us the variety of additional charges. It may well have been said somewhere. You may want to scour the materials for this information before booking. For instance, if you want bubbles in the therapy pool, you have to feed quarters into a machine. Use of the water slides is also extra, significantly extra.

For many, I would not recommend this hotel. There are nice looking hotels a couple of blocks down 6th. You can stay there and pay the daily fee of $17.75 to use the pool. For us the 4 daily admissions and the 4 breakfasts every day made staying here not as expensive as it might be to some others. Do your own calculations. For many, however, I think there may be better options. This place reminded me of mass market cruises or Disney World. It appeared to me to be strictly business. In my view, you should not expect the true hospitality you get in other parts of western Colorado.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This was the last leg of a long trip we took from Denver > Mount Rushmore > Yellowstone > Tetons. The staff was so nice and friendly. Our room with a King Size bed was so comfortable, we didn't want to leave. The hot spring is incredibly relaxing, though, there were a lot of kids splashing and playing in the cooler pool. The hot pool seemed to be more for adults, so we hung out in there most of the time. I'd totally recommend staying here.

Room Tip: Our room was a corner room that faced the road. It was quiet and comfy.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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layala10, Lodge Manager at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

Dear valued guest,
We are so delighted to have been a destination amongst your travels across our great western states. It’s especially nice to know you had such a relaxing stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback and for your patronage.
Warmest Regards,
Loretta A. Ayala
Glenwood Hot Springs, Lodge Manager

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

My summer is not complete without at least one trip to Glenwood Hot Springs and Lodge. I love that unlimited swimming, lovely breakfasts, scenic views and even the pool towels are included in the price of the room. The rooms are excellent and the convenience of the lodge in relation to the pool, parking, and to the town of Glenwood is superb. If you are looking for a beautiful place to kick back, this is the place!

Dawn W.

Room Tip: The rooms on the south side give a great view of the pool and the mountains.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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layala10, Lodge Manager at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2013

Dear valued guest,
We are so delighted to learn you continue to enjoy and return to Glenwood Hot Springs. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on Trip Advisor. We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to your next stay.
Warmest Regards,
Loretta A. Ayala
Glenwood Hot Springs, Lodge Manager

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

I love staying here. The beds are comfortable, you have unlimited access to the hot springs, and you get breakfast. Its a great location. It can either be a family location, business trip, or couples trip. I will always stay here when we come to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 415 E 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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Region: United States > Colorado > Glenwood Springs
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Glenwood Springs
#5 Family Hotel in Glenwood Springs
#6 Romantic Hotel in Glenwood Springs
#6 Business Hotel in Glenwood Springs
Price Range: £117 - £213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge completed a multi-million dollar renovation at the end of 2011, transforming 107 guestrooms into one of the top hotels in the Roaring Fork Valley. Enjoy the world's largest hot springs pool and Colorado's premier mineral springs resort. Guestroom rates include unlimited access to the hot springs pool and daily full hot breakfast. The lodge offers complimentary wi-fi internet access and secure gated parking. Our award winning Spa of the Rockies boasts a full service menu of facial and body treatments, massages, manicures and pedicures. The Poolside Grill, Athletic Club, and Sports Shop are additional amenities for our guests to enjoy. This history filled site was revered by the Ute Indians as a sacred place of healing. Today, guests from around the world visit Glenwood's favorite place for fun and healing! Come visit us at Colorado's premier mineral springs resort.This year, Glenwood Hot Springs celebrates 125 years! To mark this milestone occasion, the resort will be hosting a variety of events and activities throughout the year. ... more   less 
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