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Idlewilde by the River
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Kansas City, Kansas
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“What a gem!!!!”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We just returned from the most beautiful, relaxing weekend at Idlewilde. It could not have been more perfect for what we were looking for - peace, relaxation, rustic, mountain-feel. The original cabins were impeccably clean and cute! We loved sleeping with our bedroom door to our screened porch open and listening to the roar of the Big Thompson River just steps away and smelling the pine of the trees that surrounded our little home away from home. We enjoyed visiting on our porch swing, reading by the river and fishing right outside of our cabin. Lloyd and Donna couldn't have been more hospitable - so kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The resort has the BEST location as well - just minutes away from town and from the entrance to the national park. We look forward to our next visit with Idlewilde!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Idlewilde will always have a special place in my heart. It is charming, beautiful, super clean cabins and grounds and a real sense of peace. You can tell the owners Lloyd and Donna LOVE and take such special care of their wonderful place.
The river is so relaxing and only steps away from the cabin, a nightly fire, a hot tub that I REALLY miss set right among the pines and the feeling of really getting away from it all and loving every moment of it.
Lloyd and Donna are very special people and really care that all of their guests are well taken care of. They are there to help no matter what need may arise. It really gives you the old fashioned feeling of a home away from home, one you want to return to year after year.
I HIGHLY recommend Idlewilde as a family vacation, couples get away or by yourself. You will feel refreshed and relaxed when you have to say goodbye.
I was very blessed to stay and I will be back!
Gerri G. Austin, Texas

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Our group of four ladies has made a September trip to Estes Park for the past 14 years. We've stayed at Idlewilde by the River the past seven years and can't imagine staying anywhere else. Our cozy, log cabin is right on the river and off the highway. This year we saw elk come to the river right across from where we were sitting! Lloyd and Donna are warm and welcoming. They provide lots of little extras, like recommendations and coupons to the local restaurants, DVDs and books to borrow, board games, a hot tub....all to make our stay so enjoyable. We can't say enough good things about Idlewilde. And we can't wait to be back next year!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Sullivan
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We had a cozy,private cabin right on the river, our porch could not have been closer to the water. We could hear the relaxing sound of the river throughout the cabin. Lloyd and Donna were very welcoming and helpful. The perfect place to relax and enjoy the lovely fall scenery. We will definitely stay again when in Estes Park.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

We have stayed at the Idlewilde many times over the years. What always brings us back (other than the nice owners) is the location. We've looked at every other resort in the area and this is one of two where when you sit outside your cabin to look at the Big Thompson river the background is NOT the highway. Instead we are looking at a hillside where we have seen elk, mule deer, turkey, bears, and a variety of birds including American dippers. Much nicer than watching the cars go by!
The cabins are small and made from knotty pine during the middle of last century so if you are looking for a brand-new condo this is not the place for you. But everything is clean and well cared for and very nice.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

I first stayed at this property in 1971 and when we moved to Colorado in 1991 one of the first things I did was check to see if it was still there. My husband and son and I started going there every spring and fall and my husband and I have continued to do so. Although we travel many places throughout a year, this is always our favorite getaway. The cabins are so cozy and being so close to the river and hearing the rippling water is so relaxing and peaceful!!! They are consistently clean and well equipped. Donna and Lloyd are the best! For us it is like going to visit family every year. They are so friendly and accommodating. We have stayed at several other places in Estes Park throughout the years, from cabins to the "famous hotel" and this will always be my first recommendation to anyone. Actually, I'd like to keep it a secret so that we can always get a reservation when we want it!

Room Tip: The cabins by the river are my favorite but any are close.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lombard, IL
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed 4 nights in late August and we were delighted that we chose Idlewilde. I believe there are so few reviews here because this is a small 13 unit resort and most visitors are repeat customers. The pictures do not show just how beautiful the setting is and how charming the cabins are. The cabins are very clean and well maintained. It really was amazing to be right on the edge of a rushing river! As soon as we checked in and sat down next to our cabin, I looked up to see 2 deer standing across the river looking down at us. You won't be disappointed with these rustic, back-to-nature accomodations.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Idlewilde by the River
Address: 2282 Colorado Hwy 66, Estes Park, CO 80517
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Description: Located in beautiful Estes Park Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park, Idlewilde By The River offers many different styles of cabins to meet your individual needs. Idlewilde is located on the banks of the Big Thompson River. The sound of the rushing water is highly audible throughout the resort during most of the season. With Idelwilde's close proximity to Estes Park, there are hundreds of specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants for your enjoyment. Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is just 1 mile from Idlewilde. ... more   less 
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Idlewilde By The River Estes Park, CO

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