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Discovery Lodge
Ranked #12 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Bologna, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
80 hotel reviews
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“Give it a try when in EP”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

I spent two nights at the Discovery Lodge in October 2013. The young man who checked me in was extremely friendly and professional and for an even better price than the one published on their website I was offered a renovated basic room located on the ground floor. It was a nice surprise and if the room, beside being equipped with a fridge, had had a microwave and/or a coffee maker I probably would rate it even better. In any case guests needing a microwave can use the one available in the lobby, where every morning from 8 a.m. complimentary coffee is served. The location is good, being just a minute drive from the central Elkhorn Ave and being within walking distance to the river promenade and a main chain supermarket. Would I stay there again and would I recommend it? If you need a simple and right priced accomodation YES.
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Lack of in room microwave and coffee maker
Coffee not served before 8 a.m.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Discovery_Staff, Front Office Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us here at the Discovery Lodge! We are glad you had an overall good experience at our lodge! One thing to keep in mind for next time is the fact that we do offer microwaves and coffee makers upon request! Also the summer hours start at 7:00 am with coffee ready! We look forward to seeing you again on your next stay and thank you for your recommendation! Have a great week!!
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Kansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

Nice stay close to downtown Estes Park. Nothing fancy, but clean comfortable and convienient. Would stay again. RMNP is a close 10 minute drive away. There is a Safeway across the street and the Stanley Hotel is not much further. We stayed there one night in May with my wife and 2 kids.

Stayed June 2013
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Discovery_Staff, Front Office Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us regarding your stay at Discovery Lodge. There are many benefits to being close to downtown and encourage our guests to take advantage of them! We always appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon. Thanks, and have a great day!
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

They say that they are handycap friendly, this is not true!!!!! They did not have any idea what food places were going to be open over the holidays. The road going to check in at office is not marked well at all!! They also need to make all of lot much safer when weather is bad. The room was clean but hard to get wheel chair in. The bathroom was very hard to get a handycap person into and a bath was not going to happen.

Room Tip: Do not stay if handycap
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Discovery_Staff, General Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our entire staff reads and carefully considers every post and make it our priority to improve our property whenever we can.

While we do have some rooms that are wheelchair friendly that may not have been available during your stay. We have talked to the front desk staff to ensure that they communicate that in the future should a guest notify us that they are in a wheelchair.

Winter weather in Estes Park can be very challenging especially when the heavy wind is blowing snow overnight. Guest safety is our number one priority so we have purchased a full sized snow plow truck and are fully staffed to shovel and salt the grounds. We will absolutely look into how we can treat the property to make the experience safer in the future.

Thank you again for your feedback.
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Monument, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

A great setting for this motel with elk wandering through the golf course next to our room. Easy access to our room, however being on the lower level we heard activity in the room above us. The rooms were very clean and plenty of room for the 4 sisters to share a fun few days together in beautiful Estes Park.

Room Tip: lower rooms were noisy, but no problem sleeping.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Discovery_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Thank you for your kind review on your stay at Discovery Lodge. We are particularly lucky that the elk frequently pass through our property as they move through the valley. We always appreciate their visits because we know how much our guests love them. We hope we are in your travel plans the next time you visit Estes Park. Next time you may want to try one of our suites with fireplaces for your group. Thank you, and have a wonderful day!
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Tobermory
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

We had an amazing holiday In Estes Park, Discovery Lodge was perfect for us the cabin was spacious, comfortable, warm and quiet. we loved it and would definitely stay again. The staff were lovely, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Discovery_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Hello, and thank you for the kind review regarding your stay with us here at Discovery Lodge. Our luxury log cabin is a beautiful way to visit Estes Park and the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. We are glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. Thanks and have a great day!
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84 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

The motel is near Rocky Mountain Park. I was traveling with friends and stayed in a 3 bed, 1 bath room. The room was comfortable and had a fireplace. The best part of staying at this motel was waking up and discovering elk a few yards from the room. The motel had free Wi-Fi. The motel did not have a hair dryer in the room.

Overall the motel met my needs. I spent most of my time in Rocky Mountain Park. The room was a nice place to rest in the evening and to sleep. Based on seeing the elk, I would stay at the motel again if I was in the area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Discovery_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for the kind review regarding your stay with us here at Discovery Lodge. The elk are frequent visitors to our main property with our close proximity to the golf course. We are always excited to see them and know that they make for a memorable experience for our guests. We always appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon. Thanks, and have a great day!
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Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
91 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We have stayed in the small cabin they have over and over and are never disappointed. The rough pine and the wonderful ambiance really helps get rid of all the stress of the city. Though there are only 2 of use the cabin does have 2 bedrooms. The newly remodeled bath is so great I take long showers and never want to come out. I love the ability to cook in the large kitchen and we have had family up for the day to join us for a holiday dinner. The living room is large and the TV and phone were great as well. I hope everyone starts going back to this great town as the fall is the time to see all the ELK and there is nothing like rolling your car window down and have the little ones come up to you.

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Green Features: We love all the nice environmental programs the hotel has to offer. I have re used towels for years and it is nice to finally have that be a plus in your life.
  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Discovery_Staff, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at Discovery Lodge. Our cabin can be a spacious retreat for two or cozily sleep up to 6. It can be a beautiful place to host small gatherings with its generous seating area and kitchen. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks, and have a great day!
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Property: Discovery Lodge
Address: 800 Big Thompson Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#2 Best Value Hotel in Estes Park
#11 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#12 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Discovery Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Discovery Lodge. We are within walking distance of downtown Estes Park Colorado. Although we are located near downtown, the views of the Rocky Mountains are clearly visible and some of the best. Here at the Discovery Lodge you are located just 10 minutes from the Rocky Mountain National Park. ... more   less 
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