The Lodge is a hotel with a suprising amount of history, charm, and character for it's out of the way location. Started as a true log-cabin style lodge back in 1899 and rebuilt in it's current form in 1911, the Lodge is a pleseant surprise in the otherwise quiet town of Cloudcroft, NM.
The Lodge is about 3 hours from the nearest major airport (in El Paso). Nearby sites include the small town of Alamogardo (and the nearby White Sands Missile Range), White Sand National Monument, and the Ski town of Ruidoso. Farther away there's Roswell (think UFOs) and Carlsbad (caverns). Cloudcroft isn't a place that gets a lot of tourists these days. My wife and I visited because we were visiting my parents in nearby Las Cruces and wanted to spend a night by ourselves.
The hotel (and 9-hole golf course) are at an elevation of 9000ft. It's high enough for the air to be a bit thinner, so you may need some time to adapt. All the more so if your on one of the upper floors, as there is no elevator. Historically, the elevation was a great advantage, as it offered one of the few escaps from the heat of the desert southwest in the days before air conditioning.
If you are in the area for whatever reason, the Lodge is the definately the place to stay. It's age definately shows, in good ways and bad, but it's a definate step up from the local motels (it's probably the largest hotel in the area) - and features a real rstaurant, 59 guest rooms, a 9 hole golf course, a spa and a swimming pool.
The grounds of the hotel and the lobby are impressive, and have generaly aged well. The rooms are a more mixed bag; our room was nice but definately on the small side. In general the place seemed well kept.
As you might expect, the lodge is full of history. A visit to the top room of the "tower" (ask for the key and the front desk) is definately worth the trip up the stairs. There are great views (all the way to white sands and the Organ Mountains) - and you can see where Clark Gable and Judy Garland carved their names into the wood. Also of historical interest is that the hotel was once managed by Conrad Hilton. It's also alledgely haunted.
Overall our stay was very pleseant. We had breakfast at Rebecca's and enjoyed it as well. We only stayed one night; I'm not sure many guests will find a reason to spend much more time here than that. Be aware the room rates tend to vary quite a bit, so it's possible to get a deal with a little work.
Certaintly if you are in the area (or appreciate getting away from the crowd) this is a great place to stay. It's also one of the few places in the area with enough space for larger events, like weddings or corporate meetings. If you do stay make sure to soak up the history... it's not a place many will visit but those who do will certaintly remember it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic resort that combines luxury with rustic charm, and contains an excellent restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Cloudcroft