We spent Friday and Saturday nights at the Mariposa -- our first stay there -- in connection with a long-weekend getaway we'd planned back in July. Our plans also included eating at a favorite restaurant (Mahogany Ridge) and trying a new one, to us, anyway (Three Peaks Grill). The highlight of our long weekend was a hike up Hahns Peak, approximately 30 miles north of Steamboat.
We arrived at the Mariposa mid-afternoon on Friday. Located at the end of Grand Street and adjacent to a ranch -- and, across the street, some apartment buildings -- the place has decent curb appeal, and is situated next to what has become, with the current drought, a seasonal stream. We found our welcome letter next to another by the front door; it instructed us to make ourselves at home, and call Dani (whom we would meet in the morning) if we needed anything.
The property consists of four guest rooms, a good-sized and well-appointed kitchen, a dining area with a massive log dining table for eight, and a small living space with a television, DVD player and wood stove. There were also games and books, including several volumes on hikes and climbs in the area.
We had reserved the Oso room, which is the next-to-most-expensive of the four. When we walked in, we found a curious mix of southwestern, Americana and wicker, including a carved lodgepole headboard topped with carved bear heads (hence the name of the room). There was a smallish but adequate L-shaped room housing the bed, nightstands and a wicker dresser, an unremarkable bathroom with a tub/shower combination, and a small adjoinging (sitting?) room housing a wardrobe and a chair. While my spouse found the room "nicely decorated," I found the decor somewhat confusing. The room was undeniably comfortable, however.
Each morning, Dani (not the owner, as indicated by another reviewer, but an employee) fixed an outstanding breakfast (tomato and basil Frittatas, with sausage links, blueberry cornbread and fresh fruit on Saturday, and a French Toast casserole with bacon and fresh fruit on Sunday). She was very pleasant and helpful.
As the title indicates, we found the property to be nice, quiet and clean, but at $179 per night, we both expected just a little more. Perhaps the decor could have been more consistent. Perhaps the room could have had a jetted tub. While we would not hesitate to stay at the Mariposa again, we will probably investigate other alternatives before doing so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mariposa Lodge is located close to the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, yet is nestled along a quiet stream at the edge of town. This four-room property provides a unique vacation getaway in this famous ski resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariposa Hotel Steamboat Springs
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