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“Only Choice”
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Far View Lodge
Edwardsville, Illinois
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145 reviews
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“Only Choice”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

The Far View Lodge is the only lodging choice in the Park if you aren't camping. Staying there saves about 2 hours each day vs staying in Cortez. As park lodging goes the price was reasonable with the prepaid discount. The room is nice but basic. No A/C, No TV, No Cell Service. They did have reasonably good Wifi. The bed was comfortable. The shower/ toilet were separated in a rather tight space. The sink/vanity area was nice sized as was the room itself.

The best thing about Far View other than the location is the balcony. It overlooks the mesa and the valley beyond. A small table and chairs inside the window serves as a viewing area when weather makes the balcony unusable. The balcony provides a nice escape from the warm stuffy room.

The rooms can be quite warm and stuffy in warm weather. There is no window or ventilation opening on the back side of the room, so even opening the windows and door to the balcony provide no ventilation unless you are willing to open the door to the parking lot. For reasons that aren't clear the vent opening above this door has been blocked in leaving the rooms quite warm and stuffy in warm weather, I can't imagine what they are like in hot weather. The provided oscillating fan does little to help. The rooms are not air conditioned.

I found the Lounge above the dining room to be a good, less crowded place for dinner. The nearby cafeteria proved to be a better choice for breakfast and lunch. Comparable quality, better price.

If you are looking for night life, this is NOT the place. Other than sitting on the balcony and diner there are really no options. Early to bed seems the overall choice.

I booked an option where I prepaid when I booked saving about 20% The only downside is there is no refund if you cancel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

To be fair, there are certainly advantages to staying overnight at Far View Lodge -- there are, as advertised, far views and a considerable saving of time for exploring Mesa Verde, compared to staying at the base of the mountain in Cortez. And the Lodge's dinners were excellent (though the breakfasts rather less so). The real disadvantage to staying overnight at Far View Lodge is the accommodation. Frankly, the rooms were a disappointment. Amidst the most spectacular views of mountains, mesas and valleys, one might have hoped for something equivalent in the accommodations. They were not. They cry out for a make-over and up-grade, for redemption from spending the rest of eternity as a 1950s-style motel with exhausted plumbing and windows that rattle in the wind.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

About the only good thing I can say about this hotel is that the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. We were part of a large group staying at Far View in Sept, 2013. It probably didn't help the ambiance that we arrived in a driving rainstorm with temps 15 - 20 degrees below normal. Our accommodations were in the cabin-like clusters of room above the lodge. The cabins were very rustic and had no foundation but rather they sat up on pilings. Phones didn't work so you couldn't call for help if there was a problem. And there were problems discovered by our co-travelers. Some of the 1950's style wall heaters didn't work and some of the rooms had enough space under the door that rainwater was being driven into the room by the wind. Personally, our heater worked and we didn't have water coming in but I could see daylight around the balcony door and frame. Wouldn't want to stay there in the winter - brrrrr! I must say the food at the lodge was excellent and we enjoyed dinner and breakfast there - with a wonderful view. With this place, it's all about location inside the national park. It's your only choice if you want to be close but it shows what happens to quality when the government has the monopoly.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Riva Del Garda, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was the only accommodations in the Mesa Verde National Park. So unless you want to make a 30 miles trip one way into the park everyday you will needs to stay here. The room was pleasant and bed was comfortable but was very basic. No Internet, No phone, No TV! Restaurant in the main lodge was very good.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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127 reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Good sized room with a good view from the balcony. Coffee pot, refrigerator (no microwave), toiletries in wall dispensers, shower, no tub. Decent linens and comfortable bed. Overall construction is showing its age--no noise insulation and the floor felt soft (I'm not that heavy) under the carpet and tile. But it's the perfect location to view a sunset or get an early start on your day in the park without having to drive in from Cortez or Durango. Very friendly and helpful desk staff. We had a normal checkout because we had planned to leave 1 October, but the crew was really working hard to find alternatives for disappointed customers subject to the government shut down.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Harrison, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Very nice king kiva room with ok view. The bed was very comfortable and the room clean for national park lodging. The location was what sold us. We wanted to experience the total park without having to drive and this was perfect. The king kiva was updated. The highlight was the sunset.. Would recommend the king kiva. The view may be a disappointment due to trees glowing taller ,but we were not in our room much, only to sleep.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

The rooms here are just so, so but the view makes up for any shortfall in the room. Do not miss a meal at Metate in the lodge. . . . a couple of the vest vacation meals I have ever had! And just 100 yards from my room. Make sure and go out at night and get a good view of the dark night sky. . .spectacular. One good note, we were into the archaeological sites. Nobody touts the Far View site just a mile or so down the highway toward the big popular sites. Spend 45 minutes here and see 5 different and significant sites just minutes from your room.

Room Tip: pick an end room if you can, the walls are thin and you hear every word from your neighbors!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Far View Lodge
Address: 1 Navajo Hill, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
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Region: United States > Colorado > Mesa Verde National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mesa Verde National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Far View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only lodging within the park; it is open April through October. ... more   less 
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