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“Beautiful, but......” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mary's Lake Campground

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Mary's Lake Campground
Eureka, Missouri
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“Beautiful, but......”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2006

This review is actually for Mary's Lake Lodge (not Mary's Lake campground).

We stayed at Mary's Lake Lodge for two days in July. The place itself is very beautiful, set just outside of Estes Park so very easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park. However, the staff and a handful of rowdy guests at the lodge ruined the stay for us.

The person who checked us in was friendly enough, but was not knowledgable about the site. We were given a map and when we asked where to park, she told us either parking lot was fine and the room was just as accessible from either. After eventually finding our room, we discovered that the lot we parked in required hauling our luggage up three flights of stairs where as the other one had direct access to our room. Ok, no big deal, we moved the car.

We went to bed at 11. Because we were on the third floor and also because of no air-conditioning, we had to have the windows open. The lounge is quite a popular place and when it closed, people started coming out around 12 and partying in the parking lot. This went on until 2am. Then at 7am, construction on new cabins being built on the property started.

At 8:30 that morning, we had two girls come up to our room, carrying a bottle of Windex, asking if we wanted housekeeping. I told them we were going to be leaving in twenty minutes and if they could come back then, that would be great. They left and i heard them ask another room the same question. When the person said the same thing, they left and started complaining loudly that they would never get their job done if people wouldn't leave.

Friday night after midnight was even worse. it appeared that some members of the staff must stay on the property because girls were running around in the parking lot, yelling 'Housekeeping !! May i clean your room ??' and laughing loudly. This led to partying in the lot again, with stereos in cars turned on. This group went on to stay in one of the cabins and partied in their room until past 3:30 am.

We had to get up early the next morning to leave so we tried shutting the windows but it did not really help.

After managing to get four hours of sleep, we checked out. We complained to the person who checked us out about the noise. She looked at us blankly, said she had worked there until 11pm, heard nothing, and that this was the first she had heard of it. i told her that many other guests would probably be complaining, and we were given an 'oh well' and sent on our way.

I am not an easily annoyed person and can deal with noise, less than conditions, etc. But this place was very disappointing to me, especially given the cost(over $200 a night). Our condo(202) that we did stay in was very beautiful, with a huge deck having a gorgeous view of Mary's Lake and the mountains. That is the only reason why i gave this a 'two' instead of a 'one'. (the condo itself would have warranted at least a four) It is a shame that the staff ruined this stay for us because of their indifference and disrespect they showed to their guests.

While we loved Estes Park and our condo, we will not be returning to Mary's Lake Lodge.

Stayed July 2006
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Eagle, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2005

In visiting Estes Park visit Marys Lake Lodge for the food and entertainment. There are many other options for lodging.
If checking in after 8:00pm proceed to the bartender to receive your key. Upon our arrival in our room we found a lovely amenity of a freshly used diaper and a Gator baseball cap at bedside. Any room changes can only be accommodated in the morning that is after 8:30am. With leaving the diaper and hat at the desk with a note you would think there would be an apology.
Not for three days or at check-out.
The food is great, the Chef is the General Manager he can operate a kitchen but not an Inn.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2003

My friends and I were thrilled to find a campsite at Mary's Lake Campground in Estes Park at the last minute at the beginning of the 4th of July weekend, due to a last minute cancellation. The people at the front desk were very friendly upon check-in and they had someone escort us to our tent site, which had lots of trees, a picnic table, fire pit, a level tent area, and plenty of room between sites. We had just bedded down at about 12am, when two trucks pulled into the site directly across from ours and out spilled about 12 people who left their trucks running and lights on and proceeded to make the most awful racket for the next 2 hours. Kids were yelling, there was lots of shrieking and cursing. Who let these people in at midnight? The front desk staff were apologetic the next day but still... We were a little annoyed.The campground itself is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and it sits right on a little lake. The restrooms were very clean and the general store is well-stocked; even an ATM. They do have a small pool that looked a little murky, but that didn't stop us from jumping in when we got up in the morning. Despite our unfortunate experience with the campers from you-know-where, I would stay at Mary's Lake Campground again. Any resort can have an off-night, and the beauty of the area and friendliness of the staff outweighed the temporary frustration of a semi-sleepless night.

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Additional Information about Mary's Lake Campground

Property: Mary's Lake Campground
Address: 2120 Marys Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-7932
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #52 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a beautiful valley at 8,050 feet and surrounded by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, this campground is a stone's throw away from Mary's Lake. All types of campers, from big rig RVers to the adventurous tent-dwellers, escape from the city life here. This campground is the perfect destination for camping enthusiasts of all ages ...whether your ideal day is spent across the street fishing in the lake or onsite splashing in the heated pool, this campground is a long-time favorite of many who return year after year. The close proximity to the town of Estes Park for shopping or dining, makes the location one of the best in the Estes Valley. Amenities are plentiful with full hookups with 50 amp service, hot showers, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, a propane fill station, and a fully stocked camp store. It's easy to pass the time here with your friends and family while you enjoy all that Estes Park has to offer. This campground is open from May 15th - October 3rd. ... more   less 
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Mary`s Lake Campground Hotel Estes Park
Mary's Lake Campground Estes Park, CO

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