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“Tons of Activities, Bad Food, Inexpensive”

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YMCA of the Rockies
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Denver, Colorado
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“Tons of Activities, Bad Food, Inexpensive”
Reviewed 6 August 2012

There is lots to do for kids! All kinds of options for activities and they're mostly free. The horseback riding and fishing trips and biking etc. cost money. The Arts & Crafts Center is awesome! My kids loved the painting and the mosaics and the jewelry and so did I! The Aspen dining hall there is just awful. The food is absolutely terrible -- overcooked, tasteless, dry, etc. The room is bare bones, but the rate is very reasonable. We stayed in Mt. Ypsilon and it's definitely a lot like camp. We had a queen size bed and bunk beds and a table and two chairs. No TV, no fridge, no dresser, no air conditioning, no nothing. The room was barely big enough to fit it all in, but it was adequate. They don't clean your room when you are there. You have to take out the garbage and replace the bag, trade in your towels and get clean ones, etc. They just clean it in between guests. It's great for a family on a budget like us though.

It is a beautiful setting and it's a very friendly and happy place. It's wonderful to see all the families together spending time doing fun things together, happy.

Room Tip: If you have the extra cash, stay in one of the newer, nicer lodges. Mt. Ypsilon was very bare bones...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

visited the y this past week for a family reunion. location and amenities were great however the food was horrible. first off, the dining hall was not designed to accommodate that many people. long food lines and seating was limited. we chose to eat outside but they did not furnish the tables with condiments and tray return areas were closed. we were informed that this was there "busiest weekend" yet no "management" was seen anywhere and the place was a zoo. food quality was poor. do yourself a favor and DO NOT buy the meal plan. it is pricey (for what you get) and definitely not worth waiting in a long line. The box lunch option is a joke. the sandwich choices are previously frozen and thawed PB&J or turkey. if you like soggy bread, then yumm!

Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stayed just one night in the Longs Peak Lodge. The room was sparse (no TV, no cups) but adequate for our family of five. The Y has tons of (mostly) free activities: miniature golf, swimming, hiking, bingo and crafts ... just to name a few. Plus you're very close to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. The dining hall food was average at best and over-priced for what's served. It's good only for the simple convenience of being so close to the lodges/cabins. Overall this a great place for families large and small.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

I went there for a confrence...and it was great!! We stated at the Wind River Lodge and the place was comfortable! There were so many family reunions there, I never new families gathered for more than a day :) But I can see why they would stay here!!!

Room Tip: There was no a/c in Wind River, but they do have a boxfan...it does get down to the 50's at nigh...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

My husband & I (no kids) visited the town of Estes Park & lodged at the YMCA of the Rockies. The Y has many lodging options, we stayed in a room in the Wind River Lodge. The hotel room was clean & felt newer, the decor nice & simple and the bathroom was average & well maintained. Favorite part - We had a small balcony off our room with a mountain view by day & a star filled sky by night. The temps are perfect in July so we kept our door open all the time & enjoyed the cool, fresh air. No tvs but free wi-fi so you could still check in with the world if you needed too. The YMCA campus has plenty to do if you need to get out & about w/o driving. We ate in the Aspen room for breakfast each morning - large, hot buffet at a great value. A perfect start to a day of outdoors activity. We spent the day in the NP & ate in town at night. Good location - easy to get around to both. This is a great family place, feels like you are at camp & away from the busy world. If you want a getway from family or kids, I would not recommend. Overall for two adults in peak season, perfect place to stay, great location & excellent value.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Marysville, Ohio
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

First, I am really bummed we only stayed here for 2 days. We stayed in Longs Peak Lodge, which was much nicer than the pictures. Very clean, beautiful setting, and centrally located. I didn't eat any of the cafeteria food/cafe, etc., but my mom did and she said it was fine. My kids (9 and 11) weren't thrilled with the breakfast buffet items. I decided to keep a cooler in our room and buy food at the Safeway. There are also several good take out places about 10 minutes away. The wildlife is wonderful - my boys were swimming in the indoor pool and a bunch of elk ran right by the windows - amazing! We did not get to take advantage of nearly as many activities as we would have liked because we planned a white water rafting trip that took up almost a whole day, but were able to swim and play basketball. I hope to go back someday - our whole family really enjoyed this place.

Room Tip: Keep windows open and turn ceiling fan on - it stays pretty cool, even without air conditioning.
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Fantastic setting. So much to do. Family friendly. Best value for a family vacation anywhere. Views are priceless! Have to experience it! Our family has been traveling here for years. Each time is different. We never have enough time to do all the things there is to do. Endless activities or nothing at all. Just sit and enjoy the views. This year we had a mother elk and her fawn walk right in front of our cabin every evening.

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Property: YMCA of the Rockies
Address: 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 600
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. We have 7 lodges and 206 cabins spread over 860 acres. Perfect for family vacations, reunions, retreats and conferences. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ymca Of The Rockies Hotel Estes Park
Ymca Of The Rockies Estes Park Center
YMCA Of The Rockies Estes Park, CO

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