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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Estes Park
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

My mom and I stayed 2 nights in a Queen on the River room this weekend. 5 minutes walking distance from downtown, 5 minute drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park. Nice large updated room with a microwave and a refrigirator. Plenty of parking. Back door opens to a patio on the river. Friendly staff. Free continental breakfast - bagels, muffins, cereal, toast, tea, coffee, milk, juice. There is a pool and a hot tub which we didn't use. My husband and I stayed in a King on the River room last May and were also very satisfied with the room and the service.

Room Tip: I would recommend a river room on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

We have stayed two times and found the staff to be very welcoming and the rooms clean and comfortable. The presence of a refrigerator and microwave was a definite plus. On both of our trips we spent time in Rocky Mountain National Park either snow shoeing or hiking and really appreciated the hot tub on our return. The breakfasts were good and the eating area spacious. A lasting impression of the lodge is that it was very clean and well maintained. The lodge feels as if it is outside of town but in less than five minutes one can walk to a variety of good restaurants so it has the best of both worlds.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We went and spent the Scottish festival weekend there and we will return next year. Even our family puppy had a Greg time. The room was pet friendly on the bottom right next to the dog area . The room was very clean and welcoming. It had everything we needed for the weekend and the outdoor grill was used. The room is right on the river bank. The staff were very helpfully and friendly . The breakfast was great. The pool and hot tub were great to jump into after walking round the festive all day. We had no problems with our late check in. If you do need a late check in just call a head of time. Our room had a king bed and a sleeper sofa with a full kitchen . The kitchen was well equipped with everything that you wold need.

It is a short walk into town . Everything is close buy.Great view of the mountains. They do have dura flame logs for sale for the fire place inside the cabin as the weather was very hot we never got a chance to use it.
The bathroom was a good size and they have the shampoo and bodey wash in dispensorsn in the shower so no messing with little bottles.

Room Tip: Ask for a bottom floor river side room
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Our room was clean and comfortable with a view of the mountains (power lines too but we got over it). The river was just outside, we left our doors and windows opened, it sounded lovely. Request a river room.

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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in July, we booked a king bed room, and when we got there we were upgraded to a 2 queen bed room and they even apologised for not have a river room available even though we did not book one. The service was wonderfull as was the location. The room was huge and beds were so comfortable.
The swimming pool was quite a good size and very refreshing after hiking all day.
The Location was very good a nice walk down the road or along the river into Estes Park. Would Stay here again if ever back in Estes Park.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We were in Estes Park for our yearly trip to the mountains. We spent 7 nights Aug 25 - Aug 31. We have stayed here for many, many years... and it was like 'home away from home' for us. The location is the best, because we can easily leave our car to walk into town. Now add to that the updates done by the new owners and the place is wonderful! The rooms are clean and fresh, and the beds are very comfortable. The updated whirlpool in the pool area is just what's needed after a day of hiking through RMNP or wandering through the town. The overall 'freshening' up of the lodge is awesome. Opening the room above the pool and serving breakfast is a fabulous new feature, along with the free wifi, and the dvd players and free movies. The new managers Loretta and Bruce are the BEST!! Their warmth and easy conversation makes us think of them as friends. Add to that one of the people on our trip this year broke a bone in her ankle... Loretta and all worked quickly to move us from a room on the 2nd level to a room on the ground level. Loretta had the young man working at the front desk even help us pack up and move all of our things to the new room. We are already looking forward to next year's trip!

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

We were looking for a room during the Scotish Irish festival and everything is booked. However when I called Murphy's, they offer a room.They dont usually accept one night stay but they gave us a room. Its their smallest room, the queen on top of the office. It has a tiny balcony. They do have other patio chairs around the lodge where you could just sit and relax. The bed is really nice and clean!! Staff is friendly, the owner offered me coffee when we came in really at 7AM, that is nice! Location is very good since they are on US 34 and close to downtown. They will also help you with tips for restaurants. I am not impressed with the river since there is a building right across so its not much of a view. But in Estes Park, you want to go out. We also used the pool, enought to do small laps. Next time we will be back but may ask for a different room.

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Additional Information about Murphy's River Lodge

Address: 481 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-9030
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Region: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Estes Park
#3 Business Hotel in Estes Park
#4 Family Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range: £65 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Murphy's River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Murphy's River Lodge is located 2 blocks from downtown Estes Park and backs to the Fall River. Murphy's was remodeled in 2011 and has a reputation of having the friendliest staff in town. Your stay at Murphy's comes with free wifi,free breakfast,indoor heated pool and hot tub,20 River front rooms ,6 pet friendly rooms and several value rooms for our friends on a tighter budget. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
Murphy's River Lodge Estes Park, CO

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