One of us attended a weekend business meeting/retreat at the Baldpate Inn. I was excited about the location and that was indeed very special--beautiful rustic setting in the midst of the Rocky Mountains. The room was okay, and we were forewarned that the Inn has shared bathroom and shower facilities. That worked okay, although it was a guess as to whether one could take a shower at a given time. Robes are provided in the rooms so roaming around is not awkward.
Most of the employees are college students (not from the area) using this opportunity to make a few bucks while having a summer in the Rockys. They were charming but highly variable in their knowledge of how to get things done.
Food at the Inn was disappointing. They served wonderful and distinctive breakfasts to our group, but the one lunch and two dinners were all the same: A choice of two uninspired soups along with an uninspired salad bar. I don't know if that was all they had to offer, or was what we got for our group rate. The Inn specializes in pies and they were pretty good.
As a business venue, the Inn was below par. We did use the Library for our meetings, which worked okay. But the WiFi at the Inn was spotty and went out for our entire second day. Nevertheless, the Inn served its purpose of bringing together a dozen people in a secluded setting to allow us to accomplish a lot in a 1.5 day retreat.
Overall, this would be a nice home base for exploring RMNP. Nearby Lily Lake is very pretty and a great place to take a walk. The front porch is very nice, and seeing the hummingbirds that feed there was truly special. But as a place for a business meeting I would seek another place that is better set up and serves better meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Baldpate Inn is key to enjoying serenity in Estes Park. With Rocky Mountain National Park as our neighbor, the log & lace feel of our 1917 National Register Inn pampers you with B&B accommodations in our main lodge guest rooms or our cozy cabins. Enjoy the front porch views, become fascinated by our collections of Keys and Photographs or savor our famous Soup & Salad buffet as you dine in our award-winning specialty restaurant ... more less
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- The Baldpate Inn Estes Park, CO