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“Great last-minute rate”
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Discovery Lodge
Ranked #14 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

The Discovery Lodge was our saving grace when my husband and I got stuck in Estes Park over Valentine's Day weekend. When the blizzard came out hard and fast and our car started sliding on the mountain roads, we had to look for a last-minute booking. Brenda was friendly and helpful. Our room overlooked a pond and grassy field. Inside, accommodations were fairly standard. The room was on the small side. The mini fridge, while a nice amenity, froze all of our food. Overall, though, the Discovery Lodge was a great deal for the rate. We appreciate that they are pet-friendly, and would consider staying here again with our pup.

Room Tip: If you're not looking for a view of the parking lot, ask for a room that overlooks the pond.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Discovery_Staff, Front Office Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am glad we were in a place to help you in your time of need! The snowy weahter can cause stress sometimes (especially in the mountains) and I am glad you found a safe place, in our hotel, to rest your head! We will address the issue with the mini fridge so that you will have a fridge that doesn't freeze all your food! :) See you soon and have a great week!!!

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Reviewed 11 February 2014

What an amazing place! It isn't the Stanley, but frankly, the bathroom was nicer. Clean and affordable. Loved the fireplace and the hot tub. (They both had been freshly cleaned as well. Brenda checked us in and let us know that she could be reached if we needed anything. Great lady!! We stay in Estes once a year, and plan to make it more often now. Look forward to staying at Discovery again.

Room Tip: Room 312 was fabulous!!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Discovery_Staff, Front Office Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Hello,

Thank you for your kind words in regards to your stay with us at Discovery Lodge. We always appreciate any feedback you can give us and are thankful for your business! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, and have a great day!

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Had a great time at the Discovery Lodge. Beautiful views from any room. Nice folks work there and very helpful. Rooms were clean and up to date. Pet friendly is a perk. So close to the center of town. Walking distance to the local grocery store too.

Room Tip: All are with great views. Any will do.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Discovery_Staff, Front Office Manager at Discovery Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2014

Hello, and thank you for the kind review regarding your stay with us at Discovery Lodge. We always appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon. Thanks, and have a great day!

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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Additional Information about 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 Best Value Hotel in Estes Park
#2 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#10 Family Hotel in Estes Park
#11 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range: £47 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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