Our first trip to Estes Park/Rocky Mt. National Park. We had to rely on internet travel info, so we took a chance and booked this hotel. We were greeted by a charming hotel management college intern, who saw to our every need (can't remember his name, but he has a bright future in the hotel biz!). He even told us about the best BBQ in town, Smokin' Dave's, which, in our opinion, was also the best restaurant in town, period, and we returned there for a second visit later on. Anyway, the hotel is very nice. Not super fancy/plush, but certainly not roughing it!
We had a balcony (shared with the other rooms that faced the lake on our floor), which was nice for watching the sun set. We talked about trying the paddleboats, kayaks, and bicycles that you can rent to go on the path around the lake, but we were so busy touring and hiking RMNP that we never got around to it! It's a 3-mile path, a nice distance, and it looked like fun. The lake is not really gorgeous - not much in the way of landscaping or natural greenery, but then, with all of the gorgeous views hiking up in the park, we weren't feeling shortchanged in the natural beauty department at ALL! And it was nice to open the curtains and see the water and the sun & lights relected in it at different times of the day and night. The breakfast was expensive and huge - we should have shared! The lobby/restaurant fireplace is very cozy, too. We tried another place, right in the town, the second and third mornings, that were more reasonably priced. But overall, this was the perfect place fo rus - lots of room to spread out, very helpful staff, a computer in the lobby so I could do a bit of work and email, and the location, a few minutes' drive from the hustle and bustle and "honkeytonk" of the gift shops and traffic of the Estes Park "main drag" made it most relaxing and rejuvenating. Surveying the rows of hotels in the town, I could tell we had chosen the nicest one. (I had considered the Stanley Hotel, for its historic aspect, but it does not offer any air-conditioned rooms, and I wanted/needed that. I would definitely go back to the Estes Park Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Estes Park Resort! The only lodging available on Lake Estes, overlooking not only Lake Estes, but also the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. Our Full Service Convention Resort has been completely remodeled, every guest room and public area has the finest offerings you will find anywhere in the area! Our Grand Ballroom has the ability to host up to 150 people for your reception, and larger amounts for your corporate events. Our outdoor wedding ceremony site will provide the most scenic backdrop available anywhere in Colorado and provide you with years of memories! Our Waterfront Grille and Lounge offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, along with Room Service, and special events such as Ladies Night, every Thursday, and a beautiful Sunday Brunch from 10am-2pm every weekend. Experience the finest and most modern resort in the area, experience The Estes Park Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Shore Lodge Mountain Hotel And Conference Center
- Lake Shore Lodge Mountain Hotel Estes Park
- Lake Shore Hotel
- Lake Shore Estes Park
- The Estes Park Resort CO