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“A lot of romantic potential, but the devil is in the details”

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Boulder Brook on Fall River
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Denver, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A lot of romantic potential, but the devil is in the details”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

We stayed in one of the spa suites, which is a collection of little row-house rooms away from the main lodge. The spa suites run along Fall River, and include a HUGE indoor jacuzzi tub in the main living/sleeping area and a small kitchenette. The room was clean and nicely decorated, and the bed was very comfy. However, i had to take a star off for the way the window blinds are set up. In the marketing photos, it appears that the spa suites are on the 2nd floor, overlooking the river. Much marketing talk is made of how romantic it is to sit in the jacuzzi tub with your sweetheart and watch the snow fall. However, that really isn't possible on the weekend when other guests are around -- the spa suites are on ground floor and people walk by your windows along the river. So, if you want even basic privacy, you need to lower the blinds all the way. In which case, there's no way to see the pretty scenery outside. Top-down / bottom-up blinds are widely available these days ... Boulder Brook should invest in them! That would enable guests to cover the bottom half of the windows so passers-by couldn't see in, but enable guests to see out the top half of the windows. Another issue we had was the doors slamming. Any time a neighbor opened/closed one of the many doors to their unit, we heard the banging. There was a TV and cable, but it oddly didn't include any music stations. And the little boom box radio didn't have a jack to enable us to plug in our iPods. So we had to listen to music off our tablet PCs. Luckily, the free wi-fi was super-fast, so we were able to stream Pandora. So, in summary, the place has a lot of potential, but there are a couple of little details that could really make the place great. Until those details get fixed, i don't think it's worth $200/night and i don't see us rushing back.

Room Tip: Spa suites 1-4 were a bit further away from the road.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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kcampbellbb, Owner at Boulder Brook on Fall River, responded to this review, 11 May 2012
We really appreciated this review! This property was purchased in 2008, and we have invested over $100k each year in upgrades to the property since then. That said, we hadn't replaced the mini-blinds in the Spa Suites yet. The blinds that open from the top or bottom is a great idea. We will implement this as soon as it fits into our budget!

In the meantime, we have purchased new stereos for the rooms with iPhone/iPod adapters and MP3 input. We agree that it is disappointing that the local cable provider doesn't have music stations (and there are few radio stations in the area)!

Thank you for your constructive ideas for improvements. They are helpful and are taken very seriously!
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Cape Neddick, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2012

When I read some of the reviews I wonder if we are all talking about the same place. Too many rules? What? Don't smoke and Please leave the kitchen as you found it. Wow. Terrible.

We initially booked out of all the choices because they enforce a strict No Smoking policy. We return because its a well run place with great people.

Chris and Kim didnt build the place. They bought it used. Each year that we have stayed we have seen renovations and repairs.

My family and I have been coming here from Maine since August 2009. We stay for 10-12 days on our summer stays. My wife and I will be making our fourth visit in April 2012 and returning for nearly two weeks for our 5th visit in August 2012.

We come for the hiking and mountain climbing. The hotel is just downhill from the Fall River entrance of the National Park. Just a few minutes from downtown Estes. The location couldnt be more covenient. Except for the upcoming April visit, we have always stayed in the same Lodge accomodations.

After hiking for 7-10 hours in the Rockies we love returning to the welcoming and very comfortable home style furniture in "our suite." And the bedding is very comfortable. Obviously we love that suite and always feel very at home in it.

Chris and Kimberly are very thoughtful people and jump to help. Last summer, we took a side trip to Utah to replicate a 2001 photo of myself and my then 6 y.o. son in a canyon. He was 16 last summer. Chris told us exactly what time we should get up and go and suggested a route. The route took us directly into Vernal, Utah and we were there by late morning!! The drive was stunningly beautiful.

Chris made some hiking suggestions to a part of the Park we'd not been to. We had incredible hikes in there.

As I said, great location and great owners.

The housekeeping staff is also wonderful and very friendly. Our experience has been highly responsive to any request.

Counting the days until the next stay. We hope they never sell.

Room Tip: look at their site. call/email and ask questions. decide what you really want.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

The hotel its self was nice. We felt very uptight and were ready to leave. We left a day earlier as we had probelms with house keeping and her kids that lived on the property. They were loud and noisy. Her kids kept peaking in the window. We felt like any little thing we did would get us thrown off the property. We went two days without tp as housekeeping never filled it. They just threw some of our food and drink stuff away. We were still charged our full rate. Even when we did talk to the front desk and emailed them about these problems they never replied. We wont be staying there again. They are not pet friendly, kid friendly, or friendly at all. Tons of rules and polices.

Room Tip: For couples its great but not a family trip
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Phoenix, AZ
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We stayed for only a night while visiting family nearby. What a gem! The bed was very comfortable, accommodations were very good. The view was amazing! I am looking forward to coming back and staying much longer. The staff members were all very pleasant and made the experience that much better.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a deck over the river :)
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

My husband and I stayed in a Spa Suite for two nights over the Valentine's Day weekend. The room was cozy and relaxing, with a nice view of the Evergreen trees. We lit a fire in the fireplace and filled the spa with warm bubbles. The spa is right by the windows and it was romantic watching it snow outside. One thing I would recommend is that they invest in a larger HD TV - they are not that expensive these days. The TV they had was pretty small and it was hard to see from the couch. There are lots of house "rules" posted throughout the room and the bathroom was a little "tight". But, overall, it was a nice relaxing room and yes, we would stay there again. There are also movies and music cd's you can rent from the front office.

Room Tip: I would recommend a spa suite nestled away in the trees, away from the main office.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Excellent service, great attention to detail, friendly staff and excellent suite. The winter was a wonderland and the town of Estes Park has all anyone could want as far as shopping, restaurants and sights.

Room Tip: Just speak with the front desk, tell them what you are looking for and they will try their best to a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Owasso, Oklahoma, United States
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2011

We were pleased with our stay. The location and setting make the experience. It sits 10 steps from the river. The room we got had a indoor two person hot tub about 30 feet from the river and a two person shower. Also a fireplace - It was a cozy, romantic night. I agree with some of the reviews saying the accomodations are dated. If the owners would put some money into rennovating, it would be amazing!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Boulder Brook on Fall River
Address: 1900 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9107
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 78 Speciality Lodging in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Boulder Brook on Fall River 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
19 riverfront suites with private decks along the Fall River. Kitchenettes and fireplaces in every unit. Outdoor hot tub. Spa suites feature two-person jetted tubs with river views. One Bedroom suites have one-person jetted tubs.. ... more   less 
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