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“Charming and Unique Old Hotel in Out of the Way Cloudcroft”

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The Lodge Resort and Spa
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cloudcroft
Reviewed 13 November 2007

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.

  • Stayed: February 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

Just returned from a stay at The Lodge at Cloudcroft and loved the peace and quiet. It is an old historic hotel, so if you don't care for that, this isn't the place for you. It has a golf course, spa and small pool/jacuzzi. We had a king size bed and the room was small, but adequate. The mattress and linens were very good. Their restaurant, Rebecca's, is excellent. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. After dark they had a fire going inside and around a patio outside and that was a nice touch. Your best bet for rates is to get a package (you can find them at their website) The Lodge isn't cheap - no rooms were less than $100.00/nt (which required a 3 night stay) and most were more. If you want to stay in Cloudcroft for less, try the Cloudcroft Hotel. It offers huge, clean rooms all with two beds and a kitchenette for approximately half the price. Then you can have your meals at Rebecca's!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2007

First off, we drove up from Albuquerque, which is about a 3 hour drive but we did some sigtseeing on the way, it's a beautiful drive through the Sacramento Mountains.... There was no one at the check in counter when we arrived so we waited patiently for about 5 minutes.... When she arrived she acted as if we were interrupting her.. Never saw a smile nor recieved a greeting from this person. We were never given any information about the ameneties nor even welcomed .. To me, this was a bad omen as I travel a lot.... I am used to staying at Marriot Hotels and no matter what city I am in they are always courteous and helpful.. I had upgraded us from a standard room to what they call a Superior room... I have no idea what it was superior to, but believe me it would barely qualify as standard in any other hotel.. be clear about what you expect to be in your room. I thought there was a refrigerator in the upgrade I paid for.... I was told no but for $10.00 they could bring one up... I don't know what was more confusing to me.. How they would get it up 3 flights as there is no elevator in the hotel.... or where in this tiny room they would place it...... In any event, you are paying for the scenery not the service as I was not witness to any of the latter....... Stay at the Inn of the Mountain Gods nearby, it is much nicer

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2007

This was a nice place for a week of hiking and getting away from it all. It is very rustic, nice rooms, comfortable beds with plenty of room. We had a fireplace in our room which was nice and there was an adjoining room for our 4 kids. there was not a refrigerator in the room and there is no laundry facility. our room was in the Bed and Breakfast Pavillion. there is a golf course and spa. I had a massage at the spa that was very good. I would stay here again. We hiked the trails around Cloudcroft and also did day trips to the Solar Observatory and White Sands. We did not eat at Rebecca's as we did not want to torture the nice retired crowd with our 4 kids but I did have the beef stew as takeout one night and it was very good.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

What a fantastic, quaint hotel/restaurant. Has a beautiful golf course, at about 9,000 ft. Can see White Sands, NM from the area. The rooms are old Victorian, small but with a lot of history. The small Lodge is nestled in the southern mountains of New Mexico, that most people don't even know exist. What a treat!

  • Stayed: April 2004, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2007

This place is OK but dont expect frills for the money just a close golf course and a nice place to eat. The rooms are small, worn, and one can hear all that goes on in the hotel. We stayed in the main older part of the hotel. I had heard there were newer sections but never saw them. No elevator, no bellhop or any other assistance to your room so pack only what you are willing to lug upstairs by yourself. History is great but two beds squeezed into a one bed room may be too much like living in the past.

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Reviewed 21 June 2007

Staying here was like being transported back in time and we enjoyed it very much. We stayed for 3 nights total, 2 in a king bed room on the 3rd floor, and 1 in a queen bed room on the first floor. The rooms were charming, very clean and attractive, but the queen bed room was very small. This hotel was built before queen and king beds became common. The restaurant had good to excellent food and the service in both the hotel and restaurant were excellent. Some refurbishment was underway but didn't disturb us. A hotel of this age must need constant work to keep it's high standards. We would stay again, in fact we're looking forward to it.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Lodge Resort and Spa

Address: 601 Corona Place, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
Region: United States > New Mexico > Cloudcroft
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cloudcroft
Price Range: £96 - £111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lodge Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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