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“Nice and peaceful”
Review of Deer Crest Resort

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Deer Crest Resort
Ranked #11 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 July 2012

My wife and I stayed here for the 4th of July week with another couple of our old friends. We rented two adjacent mini-suites and it has been very convenient. We used the kitchenettes extensively for almost all meals and even a natural gas grill once by the pool. We used to put together four chairs on the patio around one table and enjoyed our meal outdoors. The table with benches and umbrella by the river is also a nice place to have a meal, but the plastic benches collect rain water inside and it was hard to make them dry. The bathroom in our suite has been recently renovated and it looked brand new. The entire place is very quiet and peaceful, you can hardly see any other tenants around your room. The complimentary wifi is nice although it is slower than I am used to. The resort is only one and a half miles from the edge of Estes Park and it is downhill, we could reach it in 20 minutes walking slowly. Free shuttles run to and from the village every 30 minutes. Nicky's restraurant next to the resort is a convenient place to have a quick lunch. Overall, we are very happy we picked this resort for our peaceful vacation and reunion with our friends.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

My husband & I found this place online and were enticed by the "no children, no pets, no smoking" aspect. This was a very peaceful place right on the the Fall River in a less busy part of Estes Park. The grounds are well maintained & plenty of seating outdoors to enjoy the river & the wildlife. Our suite was adequate for the two of us however, the bathroom and dressing space are quite cramped and so near the kitchenette window that is was slightly uncomfortable. The blinds covering the windows were not functioning exactly well so we felt our privacy was compromised. Had there been blackout type curtains instead of blinds, this would have made it more comfortable. The kitchenette was adequate for our needs & we were able to cook our own breakfast to eat out on our front porch. The chairs for the little table on the porch could use updating or repaired. Also, I would suggest bringing your own non-stick frypan. The AC was old but it worked well. The ceiling fan was so noisy we could not use it. There was a nice 32" flat screen TV. The bed was comfortable but the sheets were very old and did not fit well. We were never able to use the pool as each afternoon there were thunderstorms & rain but it looked inviting. We did make use of the above ground hot tub one evening. It seemed clean & functioned well but getting in was a little difficult as there were no steps to go up just a bench which for some would make impossible to get in. All in all, it was a nice stay. Also, be aware that there is another resort property which backs the other side of the Fall River.

Room Tip: 312 seems like one of the most private of the rooms.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Every year my husband and I always take to trip to Estes park, and almost always we stay at deer crest (when we come by ourselves) The owners Ken and Carrie and great. They are always helpful. They really make you feel special. We probably have stayed in almost every room. We just love it.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

My fiance and I just stayed at the Deer Crest for an extended weekend. We had been loyal to another hotel for our 2-3 yearly trips to Estes Park, but that hotel had closed for the Thanksgiving/Christmas season.

Well, we are so GLAD they were closed, as it gave us the chance to try the Deer Crest. We had read many good reviews here at TripAdvisor, especially noting the cleanliness of the room.

We booked the Riverfront Deluxe King room for the weekend. When we walked into our room, we noticed that it smelled so clean and fresh. The room was beautifully decorated with a fine bedspread with matching lamp covers, and beautiful mint green sheets. The bed was very comfortable, a little on the firm side, which is how we like a mattress. Maid service during our stay couldn't have been better.

The owner Ken was very friendly, as was the person who checked us in.

The grounds were lovely, with tables and swings along the river. Our view from the room was terrific. We saw a trio of 3 male elks, 2 that were practicing their fighting skills, locking and clicking their racks.

We now have a new favorite place to stay in Estes Park. I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Stay on the 2nd floor, views are better and more privacy.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

We stayed here for the weekend of 28/29th October 2011. The property from the outside didn't look anything special, but it more than made up for it on the inside.
Our accommodation, which was the Bear Den Suite, was very, very clean and the room was serviced daily. It was exactly as described being decorated in a cabin theme with black bear decoration here and there. The fire place was huge with an open log fire (gas effect).
The bathroom was plenty big enough with hot water at all times of the day. The kitchen was very well equipped with microwave, toaster, coffee percolator, fridge freezer etc and all the pots and pans you might need, also very clean.
The bedroom area was adequate with a queen size bed and nightstands either side. A large chest of drawers and a built in closet would house a weeks worth of clothes easily. We found the bed to be comfortable and the whole suite was very warm, being as there was a blizzard going on outside.
The property has WiFi with a strong signal, staff were friendly and stayed in the background unless you needed them. The property is adult only which made for a very tranquil weekend.
The river runs along the back of the property alongside the BBQ's. Charcoal and matches were supplied free of charge, so we took the opportunity to use one rather than cook inside.
We also ate at The Trailhead restaurant which is near the entrance to RMNP. We ordered Elk Burgers and Elk Stew, both of which were very tasty. There is a Safeway's in Estes town (off H/W 34), which is useful for groceries.
We never had time to use the hot tub, but other guests were enjoying the view from the tub which is undercover.
RMNP is just a short ride away and being so close, it was a treat to be able to rise early and go into the park to see the sunrise over the mountains. The only wildlife we saw around the property were wild turkeys, but I'm sure lots more creatures frequent the area being so close to trees and the river.

Room Tip: Choose a suite, there's lots of space.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We rented a mini suite, we were so happy with everything. The kitchenette was useful, the room was large and the location was very nice. The only knock would be the bed was a little hard, but the seats along the river, the hottub, and the view out our front door were all very nice. Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: For adults only, no children or pets
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Having its location along the river where there is a 'waterfall' is nice.
One of the entrances to Rocky Mountain NP is just down the highway from Deer Crest.
There is a grassy area behind the building, and there are several trees along the riverside.
The building has 26 units on two levels. Upper level is about the same elevation as the parking lot and the office. The lower level is downstairs, close to and along the riverside area. Our wi-fi connection was fast. Our bathroom was quite small, The whole 'resort' is dated. Most of the walkways to the stairs and parking area are completely dark at night. We found this to be hazardous, especially at any step downs or stairs. Have a flashlight ready if you have to walk around out there in the dark. And, have some 'OFF' for the biting bugs outside. There is no place to eat here, but we were referred to nearby places for dining.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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TwoDeer1, Owner at Deer Crest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2011

We were surprised at the comment regarding "walkways to stairs and parking area were dark at night." There is a light outside each room in the walkways and hallways. There are LED lights along all the stairways. There are globe lights along the River. There are lights in the parking lot and in the trees and along the walk from the parking lot to the rooms. All of these lights are on at night. They are on timers that are set to turn off about 5-6am. Maybe there was a timer issue? We have checked this out and all seems to be working properly. Thank you.

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Additional Information about Deer Crest Resort

Address: 1200 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517-9137 (Formerly Deer Crest Chalet)
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#13 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range: £74 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deer Crest Resort is located on the Beautiful Fall River. We are a quiet, relaxing getaway for Adults only! Conveniently located between Town and the Entrance to Rocky Mt National Park. Hot tub, Free WIFI, 32inch Flat Screen Cable TV's, Rooms to Suites with kitchenettes and Fireplaces. Over half of our rooms with a/c. See website for our variety of room types and specific amenities. Just 5 mins to Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and just 5 mins to Town, shopping and all Festivals and Activities. Also on Summer Seasonal Free Shuttle Route. Restaurant nearby, just 2 min walk with lounge, coffee house, steakhouse & outside seating on the River. Stocked river for fishing. (Catch & release only). Enjoy our peaceful, quiet, Adults only Retreat. 100% Smokefree Riverfront property. Free parking. Complimentary snowshoes and poles for Winter. Hot tub, firepit, free DVD library. Peaceful, quiet, relaxing getaway. Open All Year! ... more   less 
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