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Mountain Lakes Lodge
Littleton, Colorado
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49 reviews
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“Cozy place”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Very cozy,rustic place. Had a great time relaxing here. Very nice owners!! Stayed 2 nights and wish we could have stayed longer! If your looking for a peaceful get away you will love it here!
Look forward to staying in one of there larger rooms next time!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this review, 5 June 2012
We're glad to hear you had a wonderful time! Thank you for taking the time to let others know!
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

We were looking for a peaceful retreat in a simple cabin to hide from the world for a weekend. There are two properties a mile apart: Mountain Lake, facing the canal/river with mountain backdrop, and North Shore property right on Lake Granby (literally right on the lake shore). We loved staying in the Gone Fishin cabin for long snowy February weekend at the Mountain Lake property. All the cabins are attached in a row, sharing two walls (same goes for both properties), but once inside you have an abundance of privacy and forget you have neighbors all together - the inside feels like a stand-alone cabin. The only time we heard our neighbors was as they went in/out because their door stuck and slammed a bit - nothing major. Your back walkout window/door faces a very private, tiny fenced in yard, and beyond that a beautiful expansive of open space, the canal/river, horses grazing, and of course a mountain backdrop. We stayed in the dead of cold, snowy winter and it was heavenly! These cabins have no drafts; our sweatshirts stayed in the suitcases, but I recommend slippers because the floors of course do get a little chilly. The thermostat inside allows you to easily set the gas fireplace to automatically keep your room the perfect toasty temperature. Of course these are cabins and not hotel rooms, but even as pet-friendly cabins they are exceptionally clean -- especially the two most important areas: sheets and bathrooms! The TV is tiny, but fitting for the purpose of our trip - quality time together. We brought our own DVD player, but the digital cable does include HBO. I had to work a traveling shift in Granby, and the drive to/from this place is a piece of cake - easy to find. We passed a moose while driving near the cabins, a bald eagle flew across our cabin's view the next day, and it was just such an ideal mountain retreat. The owners are friendly and genuine and memorable... For example, my boyfriend decided to snowboard the nearby runs in Granby during my work shift, and the cabin owners provided him with a free day pass! Totally awesome. Also no one was scheduled immediately after us, so they offered us to leave a little later than the official checkout on Sunday... That extra hour of sleep was perfect. Nearby Grand Lake historic downtown is welcoming and quite an experience - we felt like we were out in the middle of Alaska or something, in a good way. ;) Lots of restaurant and bar choices there, and everyone ditched their cars for snowmobiles, and people's friendly pet dogs walk around unattended like they're part of the community. :) If downtown Grand Lake isn't your thing, the Roadhouse is within walking distance of the Mountain Lake cabins (unless it's freezing outside - them I recommend you drive like we did). Great live music, locals laughing after a hard day's work and gathering on the dancefloor after a few libations. Total fun, and good food too. I can't say enough good things - We will be back to try the North Shore property this summer!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Doug and Edie D, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this review, 5 June 2012
Thank you for your lovely review! We take extra steps such as hand-wiping the floors to assure that our units are "hotel clean" even though they're pet-friendly. We're happy to hear that it works!
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Littleton, Colorado
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 December 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay in the Bear Collector Cabin. It was cozy and warm with a spectacular view of the winding river and valley. The sunsets in the morning were incredible and the stars at night were amazing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They even provided us with shampoo and a hairdryer that we forgot to bring. We will definitely return and look forward to next year's peaceful getaway!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

I was a bit put off by the negative reviews from a couple of summers ago but the lodge now has new owners and WOW! They have done an amazing job! The couple that run this, Doug and Edy were super helpful, answering all my questions and ensuring that my stay there was as relaxing and idyllic as I wanted. I liked that all the different rooms/cabins were different and came with all the amenities I expected, even wi-fi and satellite tv!!!
I thought the price was very reasonable, the location was awesome and I will definitely stay there next time I am in the area!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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MLLMGMT, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
We loved having you and appreciate you taking the time to let others know what a great place this is!
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

Extremely dog friendly! Small fenced in backyards. Canal nearby, campfires. Cute cabins at an affordable price.

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Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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MLLMGMT, General Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you back again!
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

We very much enjoyed sitting around the campfire at night and being able to walk our dogs along the canal daily. Very nice.

  • Stayed July 2011
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

When I arrived I pulled back the bed sheets in the North Shore Lodge room. It had short black hairs about 2 inches long in quite a few places. When I got ready for bed at night, hIsaw long black hairs, gross!

At night our friends were going to bake a few cookies. Check this out, the large pizza pan (no baking sheet provided ) would not fit in the oven. So they removed the cookie dough and put it on a casserole dish. A pizza pan that is too large for the oven! Door wouldn't shut.

The place is pretty run down, way over priced. Do yourself a favor and drive up to Grand Lakes.

Oh, and there are beat up trailers next to it, run down trailer park.

The lake is pretty enough, minus the run down lodge and trailers.

You also get charged $25 if you don't remove your waste basket trash. So what do you get for $200 a night??? They won't even dump the trash for you!!!

It was very cold too, and this stay was in July!

I rarely write a review, unless it is positive. However, I want to protect fellow travelers!

P.S. Wifi did not work.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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MLLMGMT, Manager at Mountain Lakes Lodge, responded to this review, 9 September 2011
Probably 80% of our business consists of guests traveling with their dogs. We are often praised for having a place where that is not evident. As any pet owner will tell you, it is impossible to remove 100% of the hair. We sincerely apologize that you encountered some and would have gladly remedied the situation if notified.

We do not provide bake ware in the units, but we do have everything you would need upon request. It is delivered to your door, usually within 10 minutes of your call. The “pizza pan” your friend tried to use, was not bake ware at all: It is a metal serving tray put in the unit for the convenience of guests who wish to BBQ on our outside grills and need to carry food down to do so. That is why it didn’t fit in the oven.

We agree that the lodge needs some continuing TLC. After two microbursts in Grand Lake this summer, there was damage to the building that moved “exterior paint” to the top of our list. I’m sure you would not have wanted us to set scaffolding up outside your window, and the same is true of the guests who were ahead of you. We will be working on the exterior during the small window of opportunity we have this fall. We are always making improvements throughout both properties, but have to choose our timing carefully.

These are “Housekeeping Cabins” which means guests need to do their dishes and take their trash out. This is stated clearly whether you book on-line, through us or are a walk-in. With a very small staff (only two of us for all but June, July and ½ of August, when we have part-time help) and accommodations for 110 people, it is sometimes 2-3 days before we can clean a unit. A sink full of dishes or a trashcan left full of diapers or cantaloupe can cause lingering odors for days and invite wildlife into our units. It is unfortunate that some guests need the added incentive of a fee, but we have never charged anyone who has at least made an effort.

Our WiFi does work: I used it in the laundry room (center of the building) the day you checked in. It is sometimes unreliable in the east end of the building. We have spent hundreds of dollars this summer trying to optimize our WiFi coverage and will continue to work on it until we’re satisfied. It does sometimes have to be reset, and again, that can be done with a simple phone call to the office.

If you were charged $200/night, please contact your credit card company immediately! On our end, we only charged you $129/night plus tax.

What do you get for your money? Do you mean besides access to about $2 million dollars of property? Please consider this your official invitation to find out: Please join my husband and I on one of our 14 hour days of cleaning, laundry, phones, questions, bookings, bookkeeping, chopping (free) firewood, hauling propane cylinders (free BBQ gas), untangling loaner fishing poles, repairing quilts, shampooing carpets, remodeling units, buying supplies, updating the website, repairing plumbing and electrical, lawn care, mailing out items guests left behind and much, much, much more. We have only had a combined total of eight days off in the last eight months, so I’m sure we can accommodate your schedule. We’ll even pay for your stay, at a different lodge of course. (Our choice)
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Property: Mountain Lakes Lodge
Address: 10480 US Highway 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447-8612
Region: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Grand Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Grand Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mountain Lakes Lodge has fun, rustic, Grand Lake-themed rooms with kitchenettes. Kitchenettes are stocked with basic cook ware and dining ware. Each unit has a 3/4 bath and all linens are included. We are pet-friendly (fee applies)and have great access to walking trails. Outdoor amenities include BBQs, picnic tables, fire-pits and games. This is a fantastic place for Family Reunions!Located on the Lake Granby-Shadow Mountain Canal, there is great fishing steps from your door all year. We're 6mi. from RMNP, 5mi. from Grand Lake Village, 2mi from Arapaho National Forest, 10mi. from Granby, 15mi. from Ski/Bike/Golf GRANBY RANCH, 20mi. from Hot Sulphur Springs. Near restaurants,snowmobiling, hiking, marinas, golf, horseback riding, shopping, wildlife viewing and much more. Snowshoe rental available on-site. ... more   less 
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