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Murphy's River Lodge
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Estes Park
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great location, clean and comfortable room, beautiful balcony overlooking river, very nice heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, great free continental breakfast, within easy walking distance to downtown. The staff were very pleasant and accommodating. Murphy's River Lodge is highly recommended!

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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
We are so happy you had a great experience at
Murphy's River Lodge. It's great that it is so
close to downtown. The mountain beauty is also a plus.
We are glad our staff kept you happy and the rooms were clean.
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed in Estes for my girlfriend's birthday with friends and decided to try out Murphy's River lodge. We booked through Booking.com which created some challenges when we needed to change our reservation, however, the management team went out of their way to work with Booking.com to settle our issue without a fine or deposit. Once we arrived we loved the quality of the room and amenities. We used the pool, and the hot tub and very much appreciated the plentiful continental breakfast each morning. The proximity to both the National Park and the town (easy walking distance) made our stay everything we hoped it could be. The day after we checked out one of the cleaning staff found a charger that had been left in the room and they even mailed it to us. If you are looking at this place and on the fence you can definitely feel comfortable with choosing Murphy's River Lodge. Its a great place to launch your vacation in Estes and RMNP from.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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MurphysHotels, Owner at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Our managers solve problems. Thank you Annette and Doug.
They work at keeping our guests happy.
We are glad you enjoyed our Lodge and
the mountains. It's a plus we are close to downtown.
Please stay with us again.
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Houston
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

A great location in Estes Park. The room was large and clean, it was a second story room with a fireplace, small refrigerator and coffee pot. A nice amenity was a balcony over looking the river. We enjoyed it while relaxing and having a drink, later we left a window open all night to enjoy the sound of running water. Not all units are on the river so be sure to ask before booking a room. The hotel is on the edge of town, an easy walk to all of the stores and restaurants. Annette was very knowledgeable about town and a pleasure to deal with. There was a continental breakfast which was nicely appointed and was a good starting point for our day walking in the town.

The unit we rented has a pass through to a set of stairs that connects to the unit below, which we didn't see, but were told has a complete kitchen. This would be great for a large family or group. All in all Murphy's River Lodge was a pleasant surprise and is on our "do over" list.

Room Tip: Upstairs on the river side.
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Green Features: The staff seemed pretty committed to recycling waste.
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MurphysHotels, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Roy,
Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed the Upper King River Condo room. We have a lot of guests that enjoy both sitting out on the balconies and sleeping with the windows open to enjoy the river flowing by. I am so happy Murphy's River Lodge is on your "Do Over" List. We are excited and look forward to you returning to stay with us again!
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Loveland, Colorado
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

My husband and I stayed in the kings rooms on the river. The room was nice and clean. The tv was in a kind of awkward spot to watch movies, but it is do-able. Small mini fridge, coffee pot and microwave in the room.
Right off your room is a small patio big enough for two and the river. Not all rooms are on the river, so if you want one make sure to ask.
It is within walking distance of downtown, but not right on the strip.
The service desk was very helpful and nice, and took our picture on the big chair outside, printed it and gave it to us before we left.
The continental breakfast was small and consisted of mostly pastries.
We did not use the pool or any other amenities.

  • Stayed May 2014
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MurphysHotels, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Carissa ,
Thank you for your review! The Garden tub room that you stayed in, is one of our most popular rooms.The TV is angled in the corner more to keep it a safe distance for the jetted tub. I am glad you had a chance to climb in the BIG Murphy's Rocking Chair to get your complimentary picture taken. We look forward to you returning and staying with us again soon!
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Granby, Colorado
2 reviews
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Stephanie, behind the front desk, is great on the phone and great in person. We talked to a couple of other places before choosing MRL and they weren't nearly as hospitable. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The creek off the back porch is a perfect addition. We will stay again. Don't let Stephanie leave, she might deserve a raise. We stayed in room 104.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thank you for your review! Stephanie is a really great staff member, and she loves helping our guest with all their needs. Thank you for your compliment on our clean rooms. We hope on your next visit to Estes Park you come and stay with us again.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Thank you, Murphy's River Lodge, for everything: your perfect location: mere steps from Estes's main thoroughfare and your utter proximity to Rocky Mountain NP(!); for your wonderful staff (Stephanie & Annette are wonderful hosts); your immaculate rooms, generous breakfasts; meticulously cared for pool and hot-tub, and quiet, secure premises.
Thank you also for understanding that I don't travel to the Rockies from sea-level on the East Coast, to sit shut-up in a room with windows that don't open.
I am a robust organism; I don't require an hermetic seal!
Your answer to this is fully operational windows and, in certain instances, units that have outdoor sitting areas (porches), that open directly on to a river/stream.
I plan on hiking/camping in Badlands NP later this year, and also revisiting RMNP.
And you, of course. You will see me again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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MurphysHotels, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Thank you for review! Thank you for all compliments on our lodge. We all work hard to make sure our guest are enjoying their stay with us. We look forward to you returning and staying with us again on your next trip to Estes Park .
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I have stayed in a few places in Estes, but this place is by far the best. We were there for one night for my daughters birthday. We got two rooms and both were very nice. My room had a kingsize bed with fireplace. My daughter and her friends shared a room with two queen size beds. The beds were very comfortable, I slept very well. The fireplace was perfect, they use duralogs that you can purchase at the front desk. Our room overlooked the river. It was so peaceful. The babbling song of the water put us in a fairytale like enviroment. One of the best things about the lodge is how close it is to downtown Estes. You can walk down to the main street(where everything is) in less then 5 minutes. The breakfest is so good, and coffee is fantastic. You could not ask for a more friendly staff. They go above and beyond to ensure that your stay is a good one. I will stay here again on my next trip to Estes Park!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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MurphysHotels, Manager at Murphy's River Lodge, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Thank you for your review! Thank you for the many compliments. Our River rooms are very popular, and our River rooms that have fireplaces are always in hight demand. We look forward to you staying with us again next time you are in Estes Park!
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Property: 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
#5 Romantic Hotel in Estes Park
#5 Family Hotel in Estes Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Murphy`s River Hotel Estes Park
American Wilderness Hotel
American Wilderness Lodge
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