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“Amazing location! Hotel is mediocre at best!”

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YMCA of the Rockies
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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“Amazing location! Hotel is mediocre at best!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Stayed at YMCA of the Rockies for 2 weeks over the 4th of July for an international conference. The rooms are very basic with no tv, beds are old, linens old, but linens were clean. Carpeting was old and dirty. Found pretzels by the second bed in the room. Housekeeping does not have a clue. I left $5 tip with note saying thank you and requesting additional towels. Got the towels but the tip was left. Bathroom does not offer any shampoo or conditioner. Only a hand soap pump in shower, but same foam as in the bathroom by the sink...

YMCA offers a meal pass. A lot of us got sick while eating at the YMCA. Mostly diarrhea. Lasted 4 days, not pretty. So avoid the cafeteria and eat in town...

Grounds are amazing and the views are breathtaking.. You cant beat the view, had a doe with fawn run across the yard in front of my room. Enjoy and make sure to hike the Rockies. So much to see and do there!

Room Tip: Remember you are in the Rockies and WI-fi and cell service are extremely limited! So bring some boo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Not the most glamorous place, but a solid, great place to stay if you have kids. A bunch of wonderful activities (fly fishing, hiking, zip lines, rock wall, kickball, drum circles, mini golf, and on and on) for the family to all get involved in. A beautiful property and location. Safe, secure, quiet. And a really good value for the family. Food was okay. Good, not great.

Really close to Rocky Mountain National Park. A super great location.

The staff is all super nice and helpful. It was a great place to be.

Room Tip: We state din the lodge (which was fine). the cabins looked nice as well.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Benbrook
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We got a room in a lodge that was supposed to hold five. There were two "queenish" beds in a very small room and a single size futon mattress for the floor. My three kids fought for an hour over who was going to have to sleep on the floor. Once our bags were in the room, there was no floor space left. We stayed on the third floor of the Wind River Lodge, where there are no elevators. The bathroom was TINY! There are no coffee makers in the rooms. There is coffee available in the common room, but it was undeniably the worst coffee I've ever had in my life. We didn't spend a whole lot of time on site, but we did enjoy tennis and mini golf. The staff were friendly, especially those working the golf and tennis shack! Definitely can't complain about the view from our room's balcony, it was gorgeous. Come here for the view and the activities, but don't expect any more than "just a room." We never ate on site, so I can't comment on that other than it seemed quite expensive for the offering. We choose to use the free shuttle and go into town instead.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Alton, Illinois
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Some folks seem to think this is supposed to be the Ritz or a Westin - but it's not! It's a YMCA camp located in one of the most beautiful locations in the country - and, after all, isn't that why you came here to begin with???

We came with a youth singing group from our church - 60 kids, 14 adults - and stayed in the Mount Ypsilon cabin. Yes, the rooms were small for four people, but after a long day of hiking, rafting, playing and worshiping the bed was comfortable enough for a good nights sleep!

The food in the cafeteria was OK - some days better than others - but, again, it's a camp cafeteria...I wasn't expecting Wolfgang Puck! However, it was more than good enough to keep you fed and active during your stay - and was served buffet style so you could eat all you want.

The Hyde Chapel provided church service and there were many available overlook chapels and other places for grabbing some quiet time.

The camp store and cafe in the Admin building provided just enough eating and souvenir options to satisfy you, but the prices were a little higher than I expected...guess you are sort of a "captive audience" if you want to buy YMCA of the Rockies clothing!

Overall the camp has a wonderful layout with LOTS of lodging options at different costs - I guess you just need to rent the right type of room for your tastes. Bottom line - it's a GREAT way to see and experience the Rockies and at an overall affordable cost...I know for a fact that condos and restaurants in Breckenridge and Copper Mountain will cost you more than what you spend here.

If you keep your expectations in line - it is a YMCA camp after all - you will REALLY enjoy your time at the YMCA of the Rockies and all it has to offer!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I travelled here in September and very much enjoyed my 5 days here. It is full of nice people and amazing scenery. It is also good if you have kids but if you don't like kids running around then, forget coming here. It wasn't a long drive into the village but I don't know how it works with public transport. We had good food here (school canteen style) but, it was good to get away from restaurant food. I'd recommend it people travelling nearby.

Room Tip: I would say any room at this location is good. Amazing scenery although our wi if was very limited.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Good and bad. ..

We just had a family reunion here about 45 of us. There are incredible things to do at this beautiful location. The craft house was amazing. The activities are endless.

A few things to be aware of though. First is the rooms. We stayed in mt. Yipson lodge which is in dire need of a remodel. The stains on the carpet are terrible, beds are very uncomfortable. Rooms barely have any room for luggage. There was no housing option for us that could hold just the two of us so we were in a room with a full size bed and a bunk bed. I don't see how a family of four could move in the room with any luggage.

BEWARE of the food! ! I have never had such terrible cafeteria food in my life! Breakfast was a mix of bagged mushy eggs, frozen heated up omlettes, biscuits and gravy, stale churros, grits, and some fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner always had a very limited salad bar (canned veggies with lettuce). Lunch and dinner was chicken fried steak, boiled hard steaks, some kind of fish that was frozen and heated up in a sauce, hamburger and hotdogs. It was very difficult to eat anything half way healthy. I gained 6 pounds in 4 days! And I tried to eat healthy! For what it costs to add a meal plan, we were all very disappointed! If we go back we will be renting a cabin and cooking ourselves.

Also beware that there is a lot of walking to get anywhere. We went to the climbing wall and they said it was a 13 minute walk but it was a significant hike. We were ok but it would have been nice to have a heads up.

Overall ok.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Great place to stay with family, friends or just to get away into the mountains. Hiking,swimming, horseback riding are all great from here in the summer and fall. And the view in every direction is great! Food in the cafeteria is not the best but if you have a cabin, you can take care of yourself.

Room Tip: reception for phones and wifi is spotty but heh, you are in the mountains. Turn them off! There ar...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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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 #6 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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